Yeah. One has to wonder how such creative writing would lead to the writer of the said episode to say...
Tracy Tormé wrote:
"I've completely disowned the piece. I suppose skeletally it's my story, but when I started to reread the rewrite, I got ten pages through it and I got sort of a cold chill and had to put it down. I felt like a lot of the comedy was taken out. A lot of the surrealism was taken out. I feel that it's very heavy-handed now, and it's gone from being a strange episode to being a stupid episode."
So a centuries-old, presumably self-looping pulp casino on a hellish planet in the middle of nowhere, catering to the needs and comfort of a long-dead man who was horribly miserable in the later part of his life, isn't
Look, I'm all for thinking outside the box, and doing occasional goofy eps like "Qpid" and even "A Night in Sickbay", but if "The Royale" isn't "surreal" or "strange" by Trek