Is it weird that The Royale is one of my favourite episodes?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by PTRACER, Nov 22, 2012.


    PTRACER Lieutenant Red Shirt

    May 18, 2009
    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:

    Any other opinions of this episode? :)
  2. sbk1234

    sbk1234 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 24, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I don't share your view, but I applaud your bravery for admitting it freely.
  3. Michael

    Michael So Fucking Cool Moderator

    Jul 10, 2007
    Aloha Quadrant
    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! :drool:

    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.
  4. Mrs Q

    Mrs Q Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Oct 3, 2012
    Nottingham, England.
    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. :lol:

    LOKAI of CHERON Commodore Commodore

    No, not weird at all! The Royale remains one of my favourites from S2.
  6. Tora Ziyal

    Tora Ziyal Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 27, 2010
    Well, to me it was exceedingly boring and silly, but you go right ahead and enjoy. Differences in taste make the world more interesting. :)
  7. wissaboo

    wissaboo Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 12, 2006
    It's a cool concept.
  8. kolibri

    kolibri Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 11, 2012
    I was actually surprised to realize everyone hated it.

    PTRACER Lieutenant Red Shirt

    May 18, 2009
    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.
  10. Dream

    Dream Admiral Admiral

    Dec 2, 2001
    Hotel Transylvania
    "This planet. What do you call it?"
    "Earth. What do you call it?"
    "We call it Theta VIII."
    "How charming."

  11. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    One of my favorite episodes of TNG.
  12. SiddFinch1

    SiddFinch1 Captain Captain

    Jan 28, 2005
    State of Mind
    Neither a great episode nor a terrible one. It was okay. Silly but aime enjoyable moments
  13. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    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
  14. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

  15. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    TNG is my least favorite Trek.

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

    So, maybe there is something in that.
  16. SonicRanger

    SonicRanger Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 17, 2001
    Minneapolis, MN
    The Royale is one of the episodes most similar to classic sic-fi like The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, so I really like it for that reason.
  17. Enterprise is Great

    Enterprise is Great Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 24, 2004
  18. RAMA

    RAMA Admiral Admiral

    Dec 13, 1999
    NJ, USA
    Yes, but it's no big deal.
  19. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    among the general population? yeah. It's all relative
  20. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 20, 2009
    One of the things that I like best in certain episodes, is when TPTB give us little trickles of information (as opposed to gluts of exposition) on the history of Earth and the Federation, and how things came together.

    The date of the astronaut's fight, and details from the flag on his pressure suit are examples of this.