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As the episode opens the crew are all having strange nightmares, which
all have one thing in common, they each feature the same strange alien
which is of a species non of them have encountered before. When they
talk about their unpleasant dreams they realise there must be a cause.
Some of the crew fail to wake up so Chakotay volunteers to go to sleep
so that he can try to talk to the alien. In his dream he meets the
alien again and learn that it is of a species which spends most of its
time in a dream state. He is told that by the time Voyager has passed a
certain planet they will be out of their space and free to go on their
way. He wakes but learns it is a trap, when they get their the aliens
board Voyager and take the crew prisoner. As they search for a way to
escape Chakotay realises that he is still in a dream. He manages to
wake himself again and finds that only himself and the Doctor are awake
and everybody else is sharing the same dream. Even though he is
exhausted he must struggle to stay awake until he can locate the aliens
and somehow stop them holding the crew in their dreams.
This was a pretty good episode where for much of the time the viewer isn't sure whether what is happening is real or a dream, it is also amusing to learn that even Vulcans have dreams where they turn up to work undressed.
When the show begins, crew members are all having very strange dreams.
This is pretty weird. But what is alarming is ALL of the dreams
culminate with the same alien showing up in it unexpectedly! Obviously,
some race is reaching out to the crew from their dreams. This is a nice
first contact situation, right? Nope. Some of the people WON'T awaken
and soon everybody on the ship falls asleep en masse. It clearly is
because this alien and his people are taking over the ship. The only
hope is Chakotay who has sent himself to sleep deliberately and is
using some American Indian mumbo-jumbo magic to control his dreams. Can
Chakotay be the crew's savior or not?
If you can ignore the mumbo-jumbo aspect, this is a dandy episode with a super-creative sort of threat. Well worth seeing...even if you don't have a wind-catcher or peyote to help in your enjoyment.
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