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A Space Oddity
WriterNaren Shankar,
Bradley Thompson,
David Weddle
DirectorMichael Nankin
Original AirdateApril 16, 2009
Previous Episode: The Descent of Man
Next Episode: If I Had a Hammer...

A Space Oddity is the twentieth episode in season nine of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


CSIs are called to investigate a murder at an Astro Quest convention. The victim is responsible for Astro Quest Redux, a "re-imagining" of the classic 1960s show that faces opposition from die-hard fans. During the investigation, Astro Quest fans David Hodges and Wendy Simms have dream sequences based on their previously unexpressed mutual attraction and their memories of the original series.


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Wendy: "So if you're having some fantasies about me dressed up in a tin foil bikini dancing around in a casbah on a strange alien planet then... good."
Hodges: "Good?"
Wendy: "Yes, good. Because it means you're not as oblivious as everyone around here seems to think you are."



  • This episode spoofs Star Trek. Wallace Langham, Liz Vassey, Kate Vernon, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, Naren Shankar and Ronald D. Moore 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 trough training exercises is clearly an homage to the episode Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion, which has a scene that is nearly identical.
  • At the beginning of the episode Hodges and Simms meet in a Whatificon. It's a parody of the original Sci Fi con or "sci-fi conventions", dedicated exactly to the sci-fi movies and TV series like Star Trek, Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica, among others. In addition, in the Whatificon people went disguised of aliens from movies & TV series, a trademark of the real SciFi con.
  • The episode also references the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. The scene taking place at the Whatificon, where Danson reveals "Astro Quest Redux" is purposefully reminiscent of when Ronald D Moore (who plays the character yelling to Danson "You Suck!") revealed the new Battlestar Galactica, as its producer.
  • The alphabet used for the fictional Villikon language displayed on Wendy's screen at the end of the episode is the same as the Aurebesh alphabet used in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
  • Director Michael Nankin has also worked on Battlestar Galactica, as have the three writers, plus actors Kate Vernon, Rekha Sharma, Ronald D. Moore and Grace Park.
  • The gun used in the "Astro Quest Redux" scene is a redressed FN P90 submachine gun, which was featured prominently in Stargate: Atlantis , also Jaime Ray Newman play in this serie as Lt. Laura Cadman
  • Grace Park made her a special guest as the convention attendee in this episode, then she was also played as Kono Kalakaua in Hawaii Five-0 from 2010 to 2017.

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 9
For WarrickThe Happy PlaceArt Imitates LifeLet It BleedLeave Out All The RestSay UncleWoulda, Coulda, ShouldaYoung Man with a Horn19 Down...One to GoThe Grave ShiftDisarmed and DangerousDeep Fried and Minty FreshMiscarriage of JusticeKill Me If You CanTurn, Turn, TurnNo Way OutMascaraThe Descent of ManA Space OddityIf I Had a Hammer...The Gone Dead TrainHog HeavenAll In