Star Trek: Voyager

Season 4 Episode 13

Waking Moments

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 1998 on UPN
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Stardate: 51471.3
The crew is "attacked" by a species of alien that live in the human dream state. It is up to Chakotay, with extensive knowledge about the dream state, to save the ship and its crew.

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  • Waking Moments

    Waking Moments was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode which had some funny and serious dream sequences of the various crew members. The story was pretty cool and the aliens involved were interesting. I wish there would have been more background information on them. I liked the idea of lucid dreaming. It was fun to watch Chakotay try to save the day, and for the Captain to take control of the dream state. It was crazy when Chakotay kept finding himself asleep. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Chakotay saves Voyager, thanks to his Indian background.

    In a part of space where there are no habitable planets, the Voyager crew experience nightmares. When they realize they all saw an alien in their dreams, they suspect they are contacted by an alien race. But ensign Kim doesn't wake up, so maybe they're under attack. Chakotay applies the technique of lucid dreaming to find out what's going on.

    The idea of making contact through dreams is not new, but attacking a whole ship through dreams is interesting, although they don't explain what the aliens might have wanted with the ship. I liked how Chakotay bravely entered the dreamstate and tried to keep in control, but that wasn't very easy. I loved how, every time you think all is well, there's another layer of "reality". The society behind the dreaming aliens isn't very well worked out, but the story of this episode was entertaining and funny.moreless
  • A show about shared unconsciousness.

    A show about shared unconsciousness.

    It's an idea that's been done before in Sci-Fi but this one doesn't use overt technology (stasis chambers etc.) to pull it off. Instead, it's simply about the Voyager crew having what at first appears to be, disturbing dreams. The aliens behind all of this are asleep all the time in a very large cavern. They're just spread out on their backs all over the place, snoozing away and sharing dreams. It kind of makes you wonder what they would want with the very physical Voyager since they could probably dream up even larger and more powerful starships (which they actually do in a dream they provide to the Voyager crew).

    Chakotay has explored lucid dreaming so he goes under to talk with the aliens. They tell him they want Voyager to leave their space. Chakotay thinks he wakes up and sets Voyager's course away from the aliens but soon finds Voyager under attack and boarded by the aliens. He eventually realizes he never woke (by seeing an image of the Earth's moon). He wakes up for real and understands that the entire Voyager crew (except for him and Doctor) is still stuck in the same dream. Chakotay locates the aliens chamber and after falling asleep again, he tells the aliens that the Doctor (not dreaming) is about to incinerate their chamber and they are all about to die in their sleep. The aliens let Voyager go.

    Now, the thing I like is the general presentation of the story as well as how well it unfolds in a timely manner. The suspense rises continually. It's a complicated storyline that expands itself at a reasonable pace without a great deal of contrivances.moreless
  • sooooooo thats what Vulcan's dream about!

    for anyone who has an interest in Dreams...check this ep out!

    Seven and Harry finally kiss! ....oh no just a dream!

    not only are the crew dreaming...but they are experiencing the same dream!

    this episode is great, there seems to be something fascinating about the concept of dreams, people have been studying dreams for centuries, Voyager makes a great episode out of this.

    Chakotay decides to use a technique called Lucid dreaming to try and contact an alien who has been appearing in the crews dreams.

    Naturally the aliens are hostile, with the doctor and chakotay trying to save the ship in the real world the crew have to work together in the Dream world. Love it!moreless
  • Some of the crew wakes up later than usual, Could the cause be the bad dreams they where having? Discussing the nightmares they have had, they realize they all had the same dream. They all were dreaming of the same alien. Oh no, Harry Kim did not wake up.moreless

    Some of the crew wakes up later than usual, Could the cause be the bad dreams they where having? Discussing the nightmares they have had, they realize they all had the same dream. They all were dreaming of the same alien. Oh no, Harry Kim did not wake up. He is transported to Sick Bay. The Doctor is unable to wake Harry. Other crew members including Paris begin falling asleep again. Chakotay goes into a controlled dream state and communicates with the aliens. He does find out what they want. The aliens only attack when the waking species sleeps.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips


Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

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