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Old November 22 2012, 04:53 AM   #1
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Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

I just think the whole premise to it is wonderful. It doesn't matter that it's not in any way rooted in reality, it's just a real classic Sci-Fi story.

My favourite part is surely when they find the body of the US Astronaut and Riker reads out his diary entry. A brilliant piece of writing:

"I write this in the hope that it will someday be read by human eyes. I can only surmise at this point, but apparently our exploratory shuttle was contaminated by an alien life form which infected and killed all personnel except myself. I awakened to find myself here in the Royale Hotel, precisely as described in the novel I found in my room. And for the last thirty eight years I have survived here. I have come to understand that the alien contaminators created this place for me out of some sense of guilt, presuming that the novel we had on board the shuttle about the Hotel Royale was in fact a guide to our preferred lifestyle and social habits. Obviously, they thought this was the world from which I came. I hold no malice toward my benefactors. They could not possibly know the hell they have put me through, for it was such a badly written book, filled with endless cliché and shallow characters. I shall welcome death when it comes."
Any other opinions of this episode?
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Old November 22 2012, 05:07 AM   #2
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Re: Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

I don't share your view, but I applaud your bravery for admitting it freely.
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Old November 22 2012, 10:17 PM   #3
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Any other opinions of this episode?
It's one of my favorite episodes from the season! Granted, as filmed, it's quite campy, but Tracy Tormé's original story had much more depth to it. For years I've been trying to get my hands on his original script/treatment. Apparently it was written with a much more serious tone. In this version the astronaut isn't dead, but has been kept alive by the aliens for decades, forced to live inside the Hotel Royale world.

But even the episode as-is has some qualities to it. The whole setting is quite eerie with a lot of atmosphere. And I love the way they try to outsmart the pulp story and get out of the hotel. Also, some funny scenes with Data and the Texan. I'm looking forward to this episode in HD!

If anyone knows about a way to contact Tormé and ask about his original story, please let me know. I'd love to hear about the original story at the heart of this.
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Old November 22 2012, 11:07 PM   #4
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Re: Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

PTRACER wrote: View Post
I just think the whole premise to it is wonderful. It doesn't matter that it's not in any way rooted in reality, it's just a real classic Sci-Fi story.

My favourite part is surely when they find the body of the US Astronaut and Riker reads out his diary entry. A brilliant piece of writing:

"I write this in the hope that it will someday be read by human eyes. I can only surmise at this point, but apparently our exploratory shuttle was contaminated by an alien life form which infected and killed all personnel except myself. I awakened to find myself here in the Royale Hotel, precisely as described in the novel I found in my room. And for the last thirty eight years I have survived here. I have come to understand that the alien contaminators created this place for me out of some sense of guilt, presuming that the novel we had on board the shuttle about the Hotel Royale was in fact a guide to our preferred lifestyle and social habits. Obviously, they thought this was the world from which I came. I hold no malice toward my benefactors. They could not possibly know the hell they have put me through, for it was such a badly written book, filled with endless cliché and shallow characters. I shall welcome death when it comes."
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I completely agree with you! I've just posted about it on the unjustly hated episode thread.
It's one of my favourite TNG episodes. I love the entire story.
And it had Data at his cute and funny best, which is always a big plus for me. His gambling scenes are hilarious.
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Old November 22 2012, 11:23 PM   #5
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Re: Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

No, not weird at all! The Royale remains one of my favourites from S2.
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Old November 22 2012, 11:25 PM   #6
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Re: Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

Well, to me it was exceedingly boring and silly, but you go right ahead and enjoy. Differences in taste make the world more interesting.
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Old November 23 2012, 12:48 AM   #7
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Re: Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

It's a cool concept.
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Old November 23 2012, 01:09 AM   #8
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I was actually surprised to realize everyone hated it.
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Old November 23 2012, 01:16 AM   #9
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It sort of reminds me of a lucid dream. You realise you're dreaming, so you try to find holes in it...Like when Data asks the Texan to take him to his car, or when Worf moves the slot machines to get at the windows.

I didn't know that M! That story would make it even more eery than it already is.
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Old November 23 2012, 01:23 AM   #10
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Old November 23 2012, 01:31 AM   #11
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Re: Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

One of my favorite episodes of TNG.
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Old November 23 2012, 03:51 AM   #12
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Neither a great episode nor a terrible one. It was okay. Silly but aime enjoyable moments
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Old November 23 2012, 04:14 AM   #13
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It's weird to like TNG at all. No one could really fault you for liking a less commonly celebrated episode. I find much of it kind of tedious on rewatch, but I dislike it much less than some of their other episodes. It's one of those that remind me of TOS
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Old November 23 2012, 05:23 AM   #14
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Mojochi wrote: View Post
It's weird to like TNG at all.
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Old November 23 2012, 05:42 AM   #15
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Re: Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

TNG is my least favorite Trek.

The Royale was one of the few episodes I remember fondly.

So, maybe there is something in that.
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