Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 12

The Royale

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Aired Unknown Mar 27, 1989 on CBS

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    • When Picard reads the opening line of the novel The Hotel Royale he says, "'It was a dark and stormy night'...not a promising beginning..."
      These words are the actual opening of the 1830 novel "Paul Clifford" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, which is considered by some to be the worst novel ever written. The line is a cliche as the opening for a bad story, a situation that has been parodied many times in the comic strip Peanuts. Each year, the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored a Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, in which contestants are asked to contribute the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.

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