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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old February 11 2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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The Royale: What if it was a different book?

In Season 2's "The Royale" the Enterprise comes across the remains of a 21st century manned space vessel that has somehow found itself light years further out that it should have been able to reach -or gotten to in the elapsed time. Turns out the vessel was pulled by an alien race, in inadvertently destroyed and the sole survivor of the craft, Col. Richey was set-up on un-inhabited/able planet by the aliens and given a representation of what the aliens thought Earth was like out of a sense of remorse or guilt.

The simulation Richey was set-up in was from a novel he had on board that a was a poorly-written pulp-trash novel filled with cliches and badly written characters, Rchey in his own journal writes that he feels no ill-will towards the aliens but will welcome death when it comes.

The events of the novel play out in the episode and includes a young bellboy and his love for a woman belonging to a mobster (who ends up killing the bell-hop), a woman plotting with another man to kill her husband (we learn about this through Data's recounting of the novel) and 3 businessmen who come to buy the hotel (which ends up being the Away Team.)

Anyway, what if another novel had been on the NASA craft and the aliens had built a simulation of that novel for Richey. Say if the book has been one of the Twilight novels?

How do you think things would have played out in the episode with the Away Team in that novel? (Yes, the episode would be named something different.)
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Old February 11 2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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It might have been a better and creepier episode!
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Old February 11 2012, 10:51 PM   #3
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Re: The Royale: What if it was a different book?

Trekker4747 wrote: View Post
Anyway, what if another novel had been on the NASA craft and the aliens had built a simulation of that novel for Richey. Say if the book has been one of the Twilight novels?
Poor bastard wouldn't have died in his sleep, he'd have hung himself.
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Old February 12 2012, 12:18 AM   #4
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The title of the episode would be: "L. Frank Baum's Original Oz Series". Which I saw just the other day down at University Book Store.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,
The Marvelous Land of Oz,
Ozma of Oz,
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz,
The Road to Oz,
The Emerald City of Oz,
The Patchwork Girl Of Oz,
Little Wizard Stories of Oz,
Tik-Tok of Oz,
The Scarecrow Of Oz,
Rinkitink In Oz,
The Lost Princess Of Oz,
The Tin Woodman Of Oz,
The Magic of Oz,
Glinda Of Oz.

Oh, just think of the fun Riker, Data and Worf would have had figuring this episode out.

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Old February 12 2012, 06:20 AM   #5
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Star Trek meets Twilight? Perish the thought.
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Old February 12 2012, 06:50 AM   #6
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Anyway, what if another novel had been on the NASA craft and the aliens had built a simulation of that novel for Richey. Say if the book has been one of the Twilight novels?
Poor bastard wouldn't have died in his sleep, he'd have hung himself.
Thanks Bill. Had to damn near bite through my lip to keep from waking the missus. You couldn't be more spot on!
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Old February 12 2012, 07:16 AM   #7
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Re: The Royale: What if it was a different book?

It was a nice idea for an episode but I actually feel if the book had been Twilight, the episode probably would have been better. The novel we got was just lame.
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Old February 12 2012, 08:35 AM   #8
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Re: The Royale: What if it was a different book?

Part of the joke is that the novel is terrible. The poor guy or one of his shipmates brought along his favorite guilty pleasure, a tacky pulp novel, to pass among the crew for a laugh on their long voyage. The aliens mistook the bad novel as everyday life on Earth.

That said, we know which 20th-century authors are remembered by the time of Kirk and Spock: Jacqueline Suzanne and Harold Robbins.
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Old February 12 2012, 12:08 PM   #9
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It was a nice idea for an episode but I actually feel if the book had been Twilight, the episode probably would have been better. The novel we got was just lame.
Well, that was sort-of the point it was a lame, crappy, novel.

Allsaid, though. The episode itself is a guilty pleasure of mine.
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Old February 12 2012, 12:22 PM   #10
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The Kama Sutra.

Of course, it was a G rated show, so not so much.
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Old February 12 2012, 07:54 PM   #11
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What if it was a "futuristic" TOS novel? Now that might have been a good crossover episode instead of the lukewarm episode we got.

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Old February 12 2012, 10:41 PM   #12
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Naw. I think episode was very "Twilight Zone"/"Outer Limits" for TNG, and I love it for that reason -- making the novel too futuristic would have ruined that feel, but it would have diluted the "fish out of water" part for our characters.
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Old February 13 2012, 12:15 AM   #13
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Re: The Royale: What if it was a different book?

No, I agree. It's a fun episode with that odd feel. Just wondering what some would think the episode would be like if the aliens found a different book with Richey.

I do have to chuckle when Worf finds the book in the hotel nightstand and expect him to say, "Who are the Gideons, sir?"
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Old February 13 2012, 12:27 AM   #14
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My memory might be a lit out, but didn't this episode re-write the laws of physics and have a colder tempature than is possible -291C. When absolute zero is around -273C
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Re: The Royale: What if it was a different book?

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My memory might be a lit out, but didn't this episode re-write the laws of physics and have a colder tempature than is possible -291C. When absolute zero is around -273C
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What would have really stunk would have been a Steven King novel; Riker, Data and Worf would have found Richey's cut up body in that room's closet.
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