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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?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Willows
Riley Adams
David Phillips
Melinda Carver
Dr. Penelope Russell
Risa Parvess
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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16 April 2009 (USA)  »

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This episode spoofs Star Trek (1966). Wallace Langham, Liz Vassey, Kate Vernon, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, Naren Shankar (who wrote the episode) and Ronald D. Moore (the man who shouts "You suck!") all worked on assorted Trek spin-offs in one capacity or another. Also, many of the "fantasy" sequences between Hodges and Simms are obvious spoofs of scenes from Star Trek. For example, the scene where Hodges and Simms are wearing "obedience collars" and Simms is running Hodges through training exercises is clearly an homage to the episode Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion (1968), which has a scene that is nearly identical. 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 »


Greg Sanders: [after watching the fanboys denounce "Astro Quest Redux"] So let me get this straight: some nerd takes a cheesy '60s sci-fi show and turns it into something a little more realistic - minus the spaceship, of course - and the other nerds get pissed off enough that they beat him up and kill him over it?
Archie Johnson: People don't like it when you mess with their heroes.
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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 See 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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