Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 12

The Royale

Aired Unknown Mar 27, 1989 on CBS

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  • The Enterprise investigates the wreckage of a 21st century Earth spaceship orbiting a distant planet and the appearance of a casino with inhabitants based on a paperback novel.

    This is a filler episode with no historical significance that merely plugs a hole in a shortened season dealing with a writer's strike; but the joy is in the fact that it never tries to be anything more than that. The plot is cleverly written so that it makes sense that the story doesn't make any sense, if that makes any sense. Follow me? (Don't worry, I think I lost myself, too.) This is a light hearted episode that winks at the viewer and understands that it will never rank among the greatest Trek episodes; but the abstract sets and silly plot actually work for the premise, and the result is a somewhat unique installment, although it has similarities to the malfunctioning holodeck episodes.