Picks and Pans Review: Sleepwalkers

updated 11/03/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/03/1997 01:00AM

NBC (Saturdays, 9 p.m. ET)

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Stanford is in the news again. First, Chelsea Clinton enrolls there; now comes this series about a group of dream researchers headed by a scientist (ex-Nowhere Man star Bruce Greenwood) who left the university under a cloud because his work was deemed frighteningly cutting-edge. So much for academic freedom. Greenwood and his colleagues—including an expert in "cross-cultural mythology" (Naomi Watts) and a "polysomnograph technician" (Abraham Benrubi from ER)—now operate the Morpheus Institute, using their unfathomable skills to enter clients' nightmares and slay the demons of their subconscious. The mumbo jumbo is notably thick, but it's encouraging to realize that the dream world by its nature holds limitless plot possibilities (Greenwood even employs Morpheus technology to commune with his comatose wife). Near the end of the Nov. 1 premiere, a satisfied customer (Jeffrey D. Sams from Soul Food) is about to be offered a job as one of the nightmare busters, despite his apparent lack of training in sleep science. Why not? This ain't Stanford.

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