Episode 1: Waking Nightmare

Day 5: Episode 1: Waking Nightmare

After an extended drug bender, addict Jake ventures out into the quiet streets to discover he's actually missed a terrifying global phenomenon.

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  • Hypothermic_Ice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hypothermic Ice

    2 days ago

    Is this very quiet for anyone else?

  • MJB328 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Blue Team RULES!!!!!!!!!

    3 weeks ago

    RIP Sam

  • EdgarTheRainbowPug FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Wasn't expecting the nudity. 

  • neurodo

    2 months ago

    im not sire if anyone thought of this why dont they just cut off their eyelids 

    • Storm-Cutter FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      probably doesn't stop you sleeping.... If sleep deprived people can sleep in noisy clubs and in intense sunshine without sunglasses, it wouldn't help- besides, without eyelids, you'd be very uncomfortable within minutes, and prone to a lot of eye damage....

  • ExplosiveNinja FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    YARR! For all the people out there watching this with younger siblings!


    There be boobies at 12:09!

  • Hemry FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Really good episode. But My question is, we know there are gonna be people who are gonna give up, say "screw it, at least I'm asleep when I die." So why hasn't that hospital tried to find someone like that and examine what happens in the brain? Its safe to assume most, if not all hospitals have an MRI machine, and we know they have power still. If that place doesn't happen to have one, then there's bound to be one in the area.  Meaning, they can take someone who is giving up, and get them in an MRI before they sleep. Its possible they could find the cause in the moment of stage one sleep, like jake was in, and into stage two and so on. While instantaneous, they could obviously see a shift in functions in the brain in that pass out moment. Still then, I'm pretty sure it records the scan and can be slowed down and paused at any moment. But then again, I'm no doctor. For all I know, what I just said is bs. Either way, really good first episode

    • EdgarTheRainbowPug FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      I was thinking the same thing, but if that were to happen the series would be very boring.

    • BrianThering FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      MRI doesn't really work that way. You've probably never had one done, so here's a brief description from someone who has had 2 in the last year and a half.


      Basically they slide you in a tube and take a bunch of images. These images are cross sections of your body--imagine if you were cut into tiny slices, like potato chips, and you could see your insides the same way you can see a tree's rings if you cut it down. They tell you not to move, because the process is not instantaneous--you might have to hold perfectly still for anywhere from 2 to 15 minutes, depending on what exactly they're scanning. The sleep thing seems to be instantaneous, so all you could see is the brain either alive (pre sleep) or dead (post sleep).


      Also, in the timeframe being considered, such an experiment would likely not reveal anything that would change what's happening. Identifying the problem and then creating a solution is the kind of thing that takes years--understand that this show takes place within a week.

  • DorthLous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Soooo.... They'd better pray the bird didn't die because it slept... Or else they are all already dead anyway. Also, we found out plants don't die (green leaves on trees), bacteria don't dies (they are still alive), viruses don't die (if bacteria are around, RNA still works), most likely mushrooms don't die. I'm curious what "sleep" is defined as within the animal kingdom. We've seen that they can pass out and back without dying, yet the girl died in a moment. So my guess is Stage 1 is survivable but not stage 2. Probably the waves of the brains going haywire. That fit with animals only (with a neural system), but how would sleep trigger that and what could have caused it...

  • dbseventy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Unborn Heretic

    3 months ago

    The one scenario where being a drugee is useful.

    • DaruTSH FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Eater of Time and Basil

      2 months ago

      I don't know what's worse, not sleeping... Or the inevitable withdrawal phase everyone's gonna go through if they're cured.

  • Kantilvih FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    As a non native English speaker, I would love a English text option, so I can share this show easier with friends and family.

  • Roberto8000 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    How did Sam know that the apocalypse started a 3AM?

    • DaruTSH FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Eater of Time and Basil

      3 months ago

      What do you think a red eye flight is?

    • DaruTSH FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Eater of Time and Basil

      2 months ago

      Just messing with you, he's probably been watching the old guy on TV.

  • devilito666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Anybody else rewatching the series and getting ready for the premiere at RTX.

  • HarshNon-HumorousGerman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keep moving forward

    4 months ago

    Okay, this alone was worth my First Membership. Seriously, great Work RT!

  • TheRealFailsafe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    someone in RT once said "we want to make something that anyone, including people who aren't RT fans can enjoy." and then they locked it to first

    • TheRealFailsafe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      or wait. or did i say that? shit.

  • AutumnOnFire FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold How may I be of service?

    7 months ago

    Not gonna lie, those boobs caught me off guard.

    • clapsectionfromfriendstheme FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chris Tatterson

      7 months ago

      I was watching this in class, so definitely of guard

    • superline51 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      It literally says there's nudity at the start. As soon as it showed the chicks, I knew there was gonna be their bewbs.

  • Psycoshooter FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    7 months ago

    RT does serious drama as well as everything else. Keep it up guys, well done.

  • dolluxans FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    This is amazing, goddamn you Roosterteeth for this but it worked (allowing the first ep for all viewers), I want to get my first membership now

    • denthebro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 months ago

      For me what worked is when Burnie made some of the vlogs public, but yeah, I was also quite excited to watch day 5

    • CinnamonTiger

      6 months ago

      Day 5 is the sole reason I am doing the free trial period.  Totally worthwhile.  It's very likely that I will be paying for a First membership next time I have the extra mulah.

  • Andrew_Tonon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    7DTD Spawn Sound guys for intro Anyone?

    • musicisum405 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Huntress

      4 months ago

      Yeah, sorry, I know this was from several months ago, but I just came back to re-watch this because I was reminded of it after hearing that same exact sound effect in a commercial. What the hell is it??? It's been driving me crazy!

  • Ogotu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    I have to say, watching this at 6:20 am because of insomnia really makes me feel for the whole not sleeping thing :0

  • MarvinJason FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    Absolutely amazing. Love the premise, love the cinematography and the acting. You guys did an extraordinary job here !!!

  • user-573142ebb0489 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Darkjunior

    10 months ago

    Finally getting around to watching this

    No regrets so far

  • kaikaips3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    11 months ago

    I love this show, but I think it might be too hard to watch

  • kaikaips3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    11 months ago

    This show is so stressful

  • JnAkers

    1 year ago

    "Jake..." "...from State Farm".

  • DAE97 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold President of the Moon

    1 year ago

    This show brings up a question I have had for a long time that I think about occasionally. "What would happen if everybody in the world disappeared/died all at the same time? "  I often wonder if that situation did happen how much technology that is automated would continue to work and for how long. Traffic lights should continue to work since a many work off solar power. Cell phones should continue at least a for a little while. I don't know about power plants. Especially nuclear power plants, would they just power down or would there be a nuclear meltdown? Cars would veer off the road but what about planes? What about satellites? And the last example situation: what would zoo animals do if their food suddenly stopped coming? 

    • CoreyRo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I came for the Scrobbles

      1 year ago

      Well, I mean... planes would fall out of the sky, theres that whole gravity thing that tends to pull things towards earth. Satellites are in decaying orbits regardless so their shelf life shouldn't be affected more than usual. And the animals would die. Come on. "what would zoo animals do if their food suddenly stopped coming?" They'd get really hungry then die. Use your noggin. 

    • ata6296

      11 months ago

      I think you would really like the show "life after people", it is a history channel show and in each episode it talks about how one aspect of life (our pets, buildings, art, technology) would either deteriorate or prosper with out mankinds intervention. though I don't know where you could watch it 9probably on the history channel website.

  • DanielAusti1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    essentially had to get first membership for this show. Holy shit, this is excellent!

  • veetee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    when can we get subtitles? :(

  • DreaYoungken98 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    welp, here I go... down the rabbit hole of binge watching day 5 *shrugs*

  • windrunner007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I really appreciated the time jump between Jake meeting the kid and the last of their housemates taking off (not a big spoiler but still) - a lot of post-apoc stuff insists on showing the most boring shit and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for not doing that.


    And the scene where Ellis is describing the death wave(significantly bigger spoiler)... holy shit. I was enjoying it before but that's the moment I got hooked.

  • dotZeke FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Very cool! I sort of expected something different, having not read up much on the series. I was thinking, "Oh here's RT's take on zombies or some shit," and dismissed it. I think the concept is very original comparatively, and as well executed as I've come to expect from RT. Looking forward to the rest!

  • DarrenRaymon

    1 year ago

    Violence, Sex, Swearing AND Nudity! Once again RT coming up with a great combination. I have loved the journey with you guys so far and with this it is only getting better. So why the hell did it take me sooo long to watch this?!

  • mellimusic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Caffeinated

    1 year ago

  • mellimusic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Caffeinated

    1 year ago

    Holy budget, Batman.

  • PanicAisu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Strat King

    1 year ago

    not that im complaining.... but i was not expectiong nudity

  • CodenameJulia

    1 year ago

    Rewatching this episode of this freaking astounding show. Once again, all my thoughts halt at "HOW THE HELL DID THEY MANAGE TO SHUT DOWN I-35?!"

    I have been baffled for weeks now.

    • YoBoySarge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold You just got sarged

      1 year ago

      They didn't, there is a function where they take a series of pictures and remove the inconsistent things to make it look empty 

  • GodlyDuck GodlyDuck

    1 year ago

    This is sooo damn good

  • hasharahha

    1 year ago

    good to know I would still be alive in my area.... I go to sleep around 10 am lol..... yay......... also the guys that practice to beat the record for staying up the longest...... will last many days xD even without stimulants :p

  • CrazySinjab

    1 year ago

    amazing but the kid cursing every couple of minutes irritated me

    • SarahOlivier29 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Canadian Girl

      6 months ago

      He's 13 not a baby

  • Calmwaters

    1 year ago

    Wow...just...Wow. Excellent work

  • Froswald FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    lazer team was a big milestone for RT but this seems like their big name hit


    also reminds me vaguely of Cell by Stephen King, loved that book

    • NerdLefty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Its got some striking resemblances to Cell, without seeming to be a copycat. I've also got to say that both this and Cell have an untapped, unique, and fascinating take on the apocalypse: eliminate 99.9% of everyone in the blink of an eye. It leaves the world an untouched sandbox for those who remain to 'play' in (in a narrative sense), as opposed to zombies, plagues, or nuclear war based stories where most everything of value has been consumed or destroyed by the whole population by the time the story starts. I think I like this type better...

  • Alluring

    1 year ago

    Who knew RT was such a fan of stimulants.. Lmao!

    • BasicShapeRobot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold BasicShapeRobot

      1 year ago

      Considering the amount of crunch that goes into each project like RvB or RWBY, I think we're getting a sneak peek into what keeps the animation and machinimation teams going.

  • Alluring

    1 year ago

    Been watching RoosterTeeth since the 1st days of RvB.. Goddamn was the opining to this a big surprise for me.. There videos have reached a level of maturety I never thought we would see from them.. Cant wait to watch the whole series now!

  • RedCaesar97 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I would be dead within a day. I like sleep too much.

  • BluCabbage

    1 year ago

    so uh yeah those breasteses were a surprise

    • La_FixxxeR FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Seriosuly! Lol.

  • Poshi Poshi

    1 year ago

    God this video player sucks. I can't watch anything without having to buffer every 5 seconds. Is there an alternative to watching RT videos?

    • RedCaesar97 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Have you tried lowering the resolution? Click the HD button and select a lower resolution. (I play it at 480p because my laptop cannot handle anything higher.)

    • Poshi Poshi

      1 year ago

      @RedCaesar97 I've tried. Normally I don't like to watch stuff any lower than 720p but it wouldn't load 480p properly. I also have a GTX 770 so watching HD videos shouldn't be a problem either.

    • Dwags FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Get better internet?

    • RieruM FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      @Dwags except this same episode plays perfectly fine on YouTube, but can't play for dung here. He's right, the video player on this site is awful.

    • skenneytct FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Its a problem with your internet. Not your graphics card.

    • Poshi Poshi

      1 year ago

      @skenneytct It shouldn't be. I can watch 4k perfectly fine on YouTube but when it comes to videos on here, it's barely pushing 720p. I got 50Mbps down.

    • skenneytct FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      It runs perfectly fine for me. I can run it in full HD with zero buffering issues. I have a MSI GTX 970 so idk it could be your graphics card doesnt run well with the site. Do you have any other issues with the site?

    • Poshi Poshi

      1 year ago

      skenneytct I think it has to do with where I live + the video player. I live in Guam which is near Japan/Philippines/Australia and also because the JWplayer can't buffer more than 10 seconds ahead of time.

    • korbitr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Roller of Ones

      1 year ago

      In my experience, the quality has been dependent on hardware instead of my bandwidth. My old gaming rig could play HD just fine in Chrome, but when I "upgraded" to an entry-level laptop with an APU, it lagged on Chrome and I had to use Edge. After that computer broke, I started using an older workstation with an i5, which can play HD videos in Chrome just fine.

  • TheRancidGrapes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Is there a way to watch this without the black bars if you have a 21:9 Monitor?

    • user-5712454e16a73 Jordan Becker

      1 year ago

      Nope. I'm also experiencing this and I'm incredibly annoyed.

  • maddog2201 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    *Is about to go to sleep* Hey, I'd better watch this show *Doesn't want to sleep anymore*

  • XxconnorxX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    had this on the baxk burner waiting for a few episode to come out and in some way im glad i did cause im hooked and now get go straight into the next episodes but also annoyed i didnt watcvh it earlier haha

    amazing first episode

  • CRYPTO18926 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Holy shit! I felt sleep deprived just watching this! You guys did an incredible job capturing the look and feel of this show. And you made the characters believible as well as relatable...Man do I wanna watch another episode right now, but I can't because it is almost dawn, and I'm trying to break my 6am bedtime habit. But rest assured. I will return, and I will catch every episode as they come out.


    Good job, Roosterteeth.

  • NextGenNathan

    1 year ago

    5 minutes in and I've already seen boobs, this is gonna be one hell of a ride.

    • maddog2201 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      That's a shot.

  • tomshepp16

    1 year ago

    great show as always from rooster teeth :)