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Albert
05-30-2008, 01:01 PM
"Frame of Mind," (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frame_of_Mind_%28TNG_episode%29) Star Trek: The Next Generation
"Shadows and Symbols," (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadows_and_Symbols) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
"Normal Again," (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_Again) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"Dave," (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_%28Lost%29) Lost
"Labyrinth," (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallville_%28season_6%29#Labyrinth) Smallville

Anyone know any others?

The Dean
05-30-2008, 01:03 PM
There's the episode of Futurama where Fry gets stung by a bee but it's really Leela.

AND the ST:TNG episode where Picard lives most of the life of a man (Jaylyn?) after being hit by a ray from a satellite.

ZombieSpeedball
05-30-2008, 01:05 PM
This concept bugs the shit out of me, because there is absolutely no way in which to find out whether or not they ARE in fact hallucinating.

Ben
05-30-2008, 01:08 PM
There's the episode of Futurama where Fry gets stung by a bee but it's really Leela.

AND the ST:TNG episode where Picard lives most of the life of a man (Jaylyn?) after being hit by a ray from a satellite.I think Albert means episodes where it's revealed that the entire series is a hallucination. Correct me if I'm wrong, Albert.

Albert
05-30-2008, 01:09 PM
I think Albert means episodes where it's revealed that the entire series is a hallucination. Correct me if I'm wrong, Albert.

Yes, although "revealed" is not the right word. As ZombieSpeedRacer said, it's always meant to be ambiguous.

Slewo.O
05-30-2008, 01:10 PM
I think Albert means episodes where it's revealed that the entire series is a hallucination. Correct me if I'm wrong, Albert.

Expect a vague and hilarious answer.

ZombieSpeedball
05-30-2008, 01:11 PM
Perchance to Dream: Batman the Animated Series

Bruce Wayne wakes up one morning to find that his life is completely upside-down: his parents are alive, the Batcave doesn't exist, Alfred does not remember Robin, and he is engaged to be married to Selina Kyle. However, it doesn't mean that Batman isn't still around, and Bruce starts to wonder what has happened, especially after seeing the characteristics of a dream (such book and newpaper prints not making sense) inside this new life.

DanLTaylor
05-30-2008, 01:12 PM
St. Elsewhere.

Though not Sci-Fi.

Albert
05-30-2008, 01:13 PM
Perchance to Dream: Batman the Animated Series

Bruce Wayne wakes up one morning to find that his life is completely upside-down: his parents are alive, the Batcave doesn't exist, Alfred does not remember Robin, and he is engaged to be married to Selina Kyle. However, it doesn't mean that Batman isn't still around, and Bruce starts to wonder what has happened, especially after seeing the characteristics of a dream (such book and newpaper prints not making sense) inside this new life.

I really like that episode. It taught me that you can't read in dreams! Though I swear that I can.

Albert
05-30-2008, 01:14 PM
St. Elsewhere.

Though not Sci-Fi.

The William Daniels character was a Romulan.

Dreaded Anomaly
05-30-2008, 01:15 PM
I really like that episode. It taught me that you can't read in dreams! Though I swear that I can.

I've read in dreams before.

Also, while not sci-fi, there is of course Dallas' "Blast from the Past."

JABSEN
05-30-2008, 01:18 PM
I really like that episode. It taught me that you can't read in dreams! Though I swear that I can.I think I've heard the creators mention that they just made the no reading thing up. Might have been a commentary.

glk
05-30-2008, 01:19 PM
AND the ST:TNG episode where Picard lives most of the life of a man (Jaylyn?) after being hit by a ray from a satellite.


"The Inner Light" or something. While I typically DETEST this device, this episode of TNG was one of Star Trek's best.

Albert
05-30-2008, 01:19 PM
I think I've heard the creators mention that they just made the no reading thing up. Might have been a commentary.

Fuck! Next thing you'll tell me that Batarangs aren't real!

glk
05-30-2008, 01:20 PM
I think I've heard the creators mention that they just made the no reading thing up. Might have been a commentary.

No, it's actually true. Since your brain uses the right to read and the left to dream, you can't read in dreams.

JABSEN
05-30-2008, 01:21 PM
No, it's actually true. Since your brain uses the right to read and the left to dream, you can't read in dreams.hmmm..I coulda sworn I heard someone say that. Ah well. Sorry, Albert.

Albert
05-30-2008, 01:22 PM
hmmm..I coulda sworn I heard someone say that. Ah well. Sorry, Albert.

So Batarangs ARE real? Yay!!

JABSEN
05-30-2008, 01:23 PM
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perchance_to_Dream_%28Batman:_The_Animated_Series% 29)
Bruce claims to have figured out he was dreaming when he couldn't read the print in the newspaper. He then states that reading is a function of the right hemisphere of the brain and dreaming is a function of the left hemisphere of the brain, so it's impossible to read in your sleep. In actuality, reading is a function of the left hemisphere and dreaming is a function of both left and right hemispheres. There is no reason why a person couldn't read something in their dreams. (The ability to read while dreaming is important in lucid dreaming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dreaming), however.)

JABSEN
05-30-2008, 01:24 PM
So Batarangs ARE real? Yay!!Of course.


Bat Shark Repellent is bullshit, though.

Albert
05-30-2008, 01:24 PM
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perchance_to_Dream_%28Batman:_The_Animated_Series% 29)

Fuck! So Batarangs aren't real after all! Goddammit!

JABSEN
05-30-2008, 01:25 PM
Anyways, I can't think of any sci-fi eps that haven't been mentioned.

Your Pal, Carl
05-30-2008, 01:33 PM
There's got to be a several dozen from Star Trek alone.

Far Beyond the Stars
Hard Time (O'Brien believes he's spent 20 years in prison)
You could make the case that Picard's near death experience in Tapestry was a hallucination.



I really like that episode. It taught me that you can't read in dreams! Though I swear that I can.

Seriously. I swear I can read in dreams all the time but that Batman episode gives me doubts. Maybe I just dream that I can read in dreams.

Jason Rodriguez
05-30-2008, 01:36 PM
There was that Lost episode where Hurley's imaginary friend hinted that every thing on the show is a dream or something.

EDIT Goddamit, it was in your original post.

Ben
05-30-2008, 01:37 PM
Super Mario Bros. 2 may have all been a dream.

Your Pal, Carl
05-30-2008, 01:40 PM
I think I've heard the creators mention that they just made the no reading thing up. Might have been a commentary.

My childhood self was lied to.You can't believe anything you learn on TV :(

Damian696
05-30-2008, 01:45 PM
I'm pretty sure Stargate had one of those, too.

Joe Kalicki
05-30-2008, 01:47 PM
I'm pretty sure Stargate had one of those, too.

A couple I think. There was one where Teal'c was a firefighter or something for sure. I bet every character had at least one, the show was on 10 years after all.



I think the real question about reading in dreams though is, why would you? They're dreams! Unless you're reading brail off of a nude model why would you want to be doing it in a dream?

Albert
05-30-2008, 01:52 PM
A couple I think. There was one where Teal'c was a firefighter or something for sure. I bet every character had at least one, the show was on 10 years after all.



I think the real question about reading in dreams though is, why would you? They're dreams! Unless you're reading brail off of a nude model why would you want to be doing it in a dream?

You've never had that recurring nightmare when you're at a library with every comic in the world and then you find out you can't read them?