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A Space Oddity 

Will a case involving a television producer killed during a sci-fi convention kindle an unlikely romance between Hodges and Wendy?


Michael Nankin


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Bradley Thompson (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Raymond Langston
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
Lauren Lee Smith ... Riley Adams
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass
Liz Vassey ... Wendy Simms
David Berman ... David Phillips
Reg Rogers ... Jonathan Danson
Jaime Ray Newman ... Melinda Carver
Kate Vernon ... Dr. Penelope Russell
Liza Weil ... Risa Parvess
Michael Welch ... Steuben Lorenz


Producer, actor and script writer Jonathan Danson is beaten to death at the SciFi convention where he presented a daringly 'realistic' remake of a highlighted cult series. Hodges and Wendy are on site, discovering to be both Questers (fans), which also kindles romantic space hero phantasms and clumsy dating attempts. Nick can use their expertise while investigating other fans who openly opposed the 'sacrilige' and academic SciFi mythology researcher Dr. Penelope Russell, who lies about her rapport with Danson. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

16 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The alphabet used for the fictional Vellikon language displayed on Wendy's screen at the end of the episode is the same as the Aurabesh alphabet used in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). See more »


Mandy correctly points out that traveling faster than the speed of light is impossible per Einstein physics, when mocking Wendy and Hodges' love of the show. But Star Trek - Galaxy Quest's "real life" inspiration, generally follows the same laws of physics.

Ships in Star Trek do not, in fact, go faster than the speed of light - their "warp engines" effectively warp space, effectively shortening the distance the ship has to travel, at sub-light speeds. Not only does it fit within said laws of physics, it's one of the main scientific theories as to a method of humans eventually achieving interstellar travel. See more »


Ronald D. Moore: You suck!
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References Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) See more »


Performed by CHUMP
Written by Jeff MacDonald
Louder Productions
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For Fans of ST:TOS and Both Versions of BSG...
28 January 2010 | by cchaseSee all my reviews

I know it's just my opinion (that's what IMDb reviews are for, right?), but of all the post-Grissom episodes, this might be far and away the best AND the funniest. The producers and the writers are obvious ST: TOS and BSG fans, because the care they took in lovingly spoofing the details in Hodges' and Bryce's fantasies is a dead giveaway. And throwing in cameos by Ron Moore and Grace Park? HUGE plus. If you are a fan of either or any of the imitated shows, but not necessarily a CSI watcher, this is the episode that may just get you hooked. Bravo to cast, crew and especially David Weddle, Bradley Thompson, Naren Shankar and Michael Nankin. Can we have more like this, please?

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