It’s a venue, in essence, connected to a human vice, and perhaps that connection helps to explain why the casino is such an oft-seen locale in cult-television history.
In short order, however, Franklin finds himself wholly seduced by a malevolent slot machine or “one-armed bandit.”
Serling reportedly based “The Fever” -- which culminates with a walking, talking Slot Machine -- on his own experience in Vegas. Here, Franklin can’t turn away from the desire to “win” and he is finally stalked to his death by the ambulatory slot machine.
In “Time of Terror” starring Patricia Neal, the Vegas casino at the center of the action is actually a kind of Purgatory, a middle-ground between life and death.
This means she is heading to the afterlife, and that her husband is, separately, heading back to Earth. The exit to the casino in "Time of Terror" is a revolving door that leads back to Earth, and the site of the deadly car accident that took Ellen’s life.
In "Saga of a Star World" the Carillon casino is administered by insectoid Ovions, and it offers games, night club acts, and enough food to feed the starving rag-tag fleet.
But underneath this extra-terrestrial Sin City, the Ovions are secretly capturing revelers, taking them to a subterranean basement, and feeding the humans to their hatching young. I still remember how terrifying I found this casino trap as a kid in 1978.
The only entrance and exit to this facility -- like “Time of Terror" -- is a mysterious revolving door, seemingly between realities.
To escape from the Royale, Riker, Data and Worf learned that they must pose as “foreign investors” and purchase the hotel and casino from its current owners. To do that, however, they have to earn some gambling winnings.
In many of these programs, the casino represents a dramatic test for the protagonists, and there is a lot more at stake than money…