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5 Memorable Casinos in Sci-Fi Movies and TV

5 Memorable Casinos in Sci-Fi Movies and TV


Sci-fi movies and TV shows tend to present a vision of the future where our present day preoccupations and lifestyles have continued in an exaggerated fashion. It's no surprise than that casinos have popped up in several cinematic visions of the future.

With online casinos like 20Bet available at the click of a button, you don't need to head to outer space to place a bet, but maybe in the future we'll be visiting casinos like those featured below.



Star Trek: The Next Generation

The second season of the 1980s Star Trek reboot The Next Generation features a memorable episode titled 'The Royale'. Investigating a mysterious planet, the crew of the Enterprise find themselves in a replica of an Earth hotel, complete with a casino. It turns out the hotel was created by an alien race who stumbled upon a pulp novel called Hotel Royale. To escape, the Enterprise crew must pretend to be characters from the novel.



Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi divides Star Wars fans like no other entry in the blockbuster franchise, and one of its most divisive scenes takes place on the casino planet of Canto Bight. A sort of intergalactic Monte Carlo, Canto Bight boasts casinos and race tracks, where the galaxy's wealthiest bet their fortunes. In the movie, Finn and Rose are arrested by the Canto Bight police and make their escape, releasing a herd of alien racehorses.



In Time

In Time boasts a clever sci-fi premise that posits a near future where citizens are paid in time rather than money. Rather than receiving funds to your bank account in your monthly pay packet, you get a certain amount of time added to your life. Just as money can be gambled in our world, so can time in the world of the film. This sees the film's hero, played by Justin Timberlake, visit a casino where he hits the jackpot and adds a whopping 1,100 years to his life.



Andromeda

In the episode titled 'The Knight, Death and the Devil', the crew of the Maru come across a ship - The Clarion's Call - which has now been converted into a floating casino. Running for five seasons from 200-2005, Andromeda was based on unused ideas by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and the show was produced by Roddenberry's widow Majel Barrett.



Battlestar Galactica

The 1978 pilot for the cult sci-fi show features a casino planet of its own. After escaping the evil robot race The Cylons, our heroes take refuge on the planet of Carillon. Initially enjoying all it has to offer, they soon discover it has a dark side - the resort is being used to lure humans into a trap and become food for the insect like alien race the Ovions.