CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 20

A Space Oddity

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2009 on CBS
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When the "star" of Astro Quest Redux is found murdered at a science fiction convention, assorted freaks and geeks are obliged to boldly go under the scrutiny of the CSI team.

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  • Finally an episode of CSI which I enjoyed!

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. We open with Hodges at a Sci-fi convention and seeing that Wendy is also there. They both love the same show "Astro Quest" and even the same characters. In the shows native tongue Hodge says something to Wendy, but she doesn't understand what he says as she doesn't speak the language.

    Soon a dead body is found, and Wendy and Hodge call it into Jim and the team. We soon learn that the victims name is Jonathan, and that he and another partner we about to re-make the sci-fi, which both Wendy, Hodge and hundreds, if not thousands, of others love. The team soon find footage of the new show being previewed to some fans at the convention. They hate it and so the team believe that they may have killed Jonathan because of his remake. This theory is only enhanced when they find evidence of a video made about Jonathan being killed because of his remake. Soon, through following the evidence, the team learn that a professor from the convention killed Jonathan. She admits that he stole some of her ideas and he used them in his remake. She confronted him and they fought, she pushed him, and he fell hit his head and died. The team get a copy of Astro Quest and so they all watch it in the break room together.

    The sexual tension between Wendy and Hodges grows and grows during this episode. Andrews soon see the tension between Hodge and Wendy and tells him just to tell her how he feels, as everyone knows that they have a thing for each other. When Wendy types in the line which Hodge said to her about the convention on a show convertor, we see that it means, "We were made for each other". This brings a slight smile to Wendy's face.moreless
  • Finally an episode I liked.

    Ever since Grissom and Sara became a couple and when Warrick was killed and when Laurence Fishburne replaced William Petersen I haven't exactly been following the show. As far as I was concerned the show jumped the shark like on The A Team after Melinda Culea was fired from the show, it wasn't interesting anymore. But when they did the episode that Tia Carrere was a guest and it appeared she would be joining the show, I thought the show was revitalized. But her not joining the show just signified the show's eventual demise. This episode though I'm not certain if it signifies the show's resurgence or just a brief flash. This episode has something that the show never tried adding a little humor. Although I'm not certain if this is appropriate for a show like this. But let's face things are not as exciting as they were 5 years ago. It was to see Hodges do something more. Let's see what happens.moreless
  • i wish i had that hour of my life back, what a waste, i'm out, butch

    hasn't every show done this to death? is this a eveidence lab or spaceship? is there no other cases pending? how does hodges have enough time to wonder into the autopsy room and help out the new disapointing grisom replacement? he always has time to stick his nose in where it dont need to be and now there going to pair hodges up with wendy who just happens to a 12 and he's a 3 not to mention the fact that office romances dont work i.e. grisom & sarah? whats wrong with windy dating any of the other guys in the lab? ever since grisom left this show has been going down hill and this last one is the end of the line for me, the writers are worse than the producer who wanted to redux "space quest" or should i say a really bad rip off of "star trac" staring TJ HOOKER, bottom line its csi has hit bottom and i wont waste an hour of my time on it no more, i'm out, butchmoreless
  • Out of the realm of reality.

    Okay, I want to know how the cast and crew got through this shoot without totally breaking down into hysterics laughing. I understood the reference as well as the mocking of the obsessed fans but all of it just took away from the case at hand and being able to follow the evidence. Instead we got to see all of Hodges fantasies regarding his favorite show and his favorite lab tech Wendy. We got our dose of the stereotypical obsessed fan as suspects then the business partner until it's revealed that it was the mentor that silenced the voice of the new Astro Quest.moreless
  • An Astro Quest star dies at a Sci-Fi convention. Who should be there but Hodges and Wendy. So the case begins.

    Well I have to say I had not seen the interesting development of the relationship between Hodges and Wendy. It was really nice to see Hodges having those fantasies. The "dorky" sci-fi fantasies were absolutely amusing! I have to say, Wendy has an amazing body!

    Overall, it was just really nice to see Hodges appear so much more human. As Wendy stated (and I am totally paraphrasing) it was nice to see that he was not totally oblivious. Go Hodges!

    Oh and the ending! It was so adorable! You just want someone as adorable as him! I mean come on! Saying that... was just sweet.

    Oh and the case was nice, but I have to say the focus was DEFINITELY Hodges and Wendy's relationship.moreless
Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon

Dr. Penelope Russell

Guest Star

Jaime Ray Newman

Jaime Ray Newman

Melinda Carver

Guest Star

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Risa Varness

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

Jon Wellner

Jon Wellner

Henry Andrews

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Several Battlestar Galactica (2003) alum appear throughout the episode:

      Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica creator/producer) - Convention Attendee

      Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh) - Dr. Penelope Russell

      Grace Park (Sharon Valerii/Boomer/Athena) - Convention Attendee, uncredited

      Rekha Sharma (Tory Foster) - Convention Attendee, uncredited

      Director Michael Nankin has also directed 8 episodes of Battlestar Galactica.

    • Michael Welch, who plays Steuben Lorenz in this episode,guest starred in a episode of Stargate SG-1.Stargate SG-1 is the longest running Sci-fi series in North America.

    • Kate Vernon played Dr. Penelope Russell in this episode who is also from the cast of Battlestar Galactica as Ellen Tigh.

    • Joshua Cox, who plays the commander in the opening scene, played a recurring character David Corwin on Babylon 5.

    • When Astro Quest Redux is presented to the convention fans and the camera pans across the shocked fans, one of them is Grace Park, an actress who played Boomer on the new version of Battlestar Galactica.

    • This episode doesn't just spoof Star Trek, it also spoofs the "reimagining" of Battlestar Galactica. In the scene where Astro Quest Redux is presented to the convention fans, the fan who yells "you suck!" is Ronald D. Moore, who was behind the new Battlestar Galactica series. He had his own tough time convincing fans of the old series of his vision when presented at the Comic Con in San Diego.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dr. Russell: Derrida... Derrida would've called that...
      Brass: An epistemological dichotomy? (pause) I just call it second degree murder.

    • Henry: She mad at you again? Why you two just get it over with? You've been dancing around it for years, just tell her how you feel.
      Hodges: Tell her what, Mr. Andrews? That I'd never be able to give myself to her fully because I made a commitment to this lab, to the pursuit of justice. Do you think it's easy? In the dead of night, I can't help but wonder what it'd be like to savor the pleasures of ordinary men. Moonlight dinners, murmured endearments, the caress of a woman's soft skin, long languid walks on the beach...
      Henry: But you hate the beach. It's understandable, I guess, considering your complexion.

    • Wendy: What happened?
      Hodges: I was checking the unknown solubility in acetone, when I guess it caught on fire. My mind wandered.
      Wendy: That's been happening a lot, Hodges. What's been going on with you?
      Hodges: There's nothing going on. This is Crime Lab. Not some Tagillian Kasba.
      Wendy: Excuse me?
      Hodges: You, me, a DVD, I don't think that it's gonna help us catch a killer.
      Wendy: Are you actually trying to blame all this on me?
      Hodges: Not in so many words.
      Wendy: Okay, you know what? I asked you to come over and watch a DVD, that's it. So, if you're having some fantasies about me dressed up in a tinfoil bikini, dancing around in a Kasba, on a strange alien planet, then ... good.
      Hodges: Good?
      Wendy: Yes, good. That means that you're not as oblivious as everyone around here seems to think you are. But the fact is, if you can't handle the way... If you can't handle the way those fantasies make you feel, don't turn all that around and blame me when you screw up.
      Hodges: Don't worry about it. It's not gonna happen again.
      Wendy: Well, that's the not only thing that's not gonna happen.
      Hodges: Fine.
      Wendy: Fine!

    • Wendy: You know, I was thinkin' that after shift, it might be nice to have a little AstroQuest mini-marathon. Like maybe, Yesterday's Tomorrow, parts 1, 2 and 3.
      Hodges: You mean the time travel triology from season 4?
      Wendy: Oh, yes.
      Hodges: That's great, count me in.
      Wendy: Good.
      Hodges: I'll even spring for pizza if it's not too much of a crowd.
      Wendy: Well, two is not much a crowd really, so...
      Hodges: You mean just you and me?
      Wendy: Yeah, you, me the blu-ray dvd box set, and a brand new plasma TV.
      Hodges: Over your place?
      Wendy: Yeah... that's where I keep my TV.
      Hodges: 'kay. Sounds good.
      Wendy: It will be.

    • Mandy: Be careful, that thing gave me a nasty little shock.
      Wendy: Well, of course it did. This is the...
      Hodges: Compliance yolk from the slavers of Serenidon. That's a classic.
      Wendy: I know, right? (explains to Mandy) So the commander and his crew were basically forced into hard labor, right? By the planet's...
      Hodges: Disembodied.
      Wendy: ... disembodied rulers, yeah. And they make everybody wear one of these things around their necks.
      Hodges: Yeah, and then if they don't follow orders they get shocked with this paralyzing pain. (goes to touch it)
      Wendy: Hey, Hodges! You don't have gloves on. It hasn't been processed yet.
      Hodges: Sorry.
      Wendy: Don't make me use this. (walks off)
      Mandy: What, if anything else did you do growing up?
      Hodges: Sneer if you wish, but science fiction has been the inspiration for many great technological breakthroughs.
      Mandy: I'm not knockin' it. I love sci-fi. You know, especially that talking horse show, that was one of my favorites.
      Hodges: Mr. Ed?
      Mandy: Yeah.
      Hodges: Yeah, that's not science fiction.
      Mandy: Sure it is. It involves an alternate universe in which a horse evolves a larynx.
      Hodges: That's fantasy.
      Mandy: No, fantasy is anything that travels faster than the speed of light, Hodges. Which is why, if Albert Einstein were alive, he'd slap your face.

    • Hodges: Hey, um, Catherine... Um, hypothetically, if I knew of some one in the lab having a relationship--
      Catherine: What kind of relationship?
      Hodges: Uh... personal, affectionate.
      Catherine: Romantic?
      Hodges: Okay. Um... hypothetically if I knew of someone in the lab having a romantic relationship... Would I be obligated to report them?
      Catherine: Yes, to Ecklie.
      Hodges: And hypothetically would they suffer consequences?
      Catherine: Are they hypothetically on the same shift?
      Hodges: Yes.
      Catherine: Supervisor, subordinate?
      Hodges: No.
      Catherine: Then one of them will have to change shifts. But other than that, they should be fine. Just tell them to report it to Ecklie and to go for it. Life's too short, right?

    • Riley: Are we gonna have to figure out how many dumpsters 3,000 people can fill in three days?
      Nick: Boy, I hope not. (runs the ALS over the chair) Whoa, I got a whole lot of geek love on the command chair.
      Riley: Well, isn't that nice for them.

    • Greg: So, lemme get this straight, some nerd takes a cheesy 60's sci-fi show and turns it into something... A little bit 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: Well, people don't like it when you mess with their heros.

    • Langston: Do you and Wendy always go to Whatifitcon together?
      Hodges: Actually, it was our first.

    • Brass: So what happens to the rights with Jonathan out of the picture?
      Melinda: They revert to me, I guess. What are you getting at?
      Brass: Exactly what you think I am.

    • Nick: Jonathan Danson, 36 from Chowchilla, California. About 42 bucks and a coupla credit cards.
      Wendy: So it probably wasn't a robbery. (Nick looks at her)
      Nick: Bloody nose, scratches on the face, this guys been in a fight or something.
      Hodges: You know, if there was a struggle, it'd be really hard to tell on a set like this. (Nick sighs, tries not to say anything)
      David: Liver temp was 89.7 degrees, he probably died between midnight and 3am.
      Nick: So, between then and now, there's probably been a few thousand people with access to this booth.
      Hodges: You're gonna need a lot of tape lifts.
      Wendy: And swabs.
      Nick (sighs): Or I could run a vacuum cleaner over the scene and get exemplars from all these folks, keep you two knuckleheads busy for the next few months. How'd that be? Hmm? Do me a favor, beam yourselves back to the lab and let us do our job, please.
      Wendy: Okay.
      Nick: Thank you. Nice outfit.

    • Hodges: Wendy? You're Yeoman Malloy.
      Wendy: You have a micro-probe.
      Hodges: I can't believe this. You're a quester?
      Wendy: I think AstroQuest is the greatest science fiction show of all time.
      Hodges: I'm a Commander Bishop fan myself.
      Wendy: Who isn't?
      Hodges: Why Malloy?
      Wendy: I loved her. I mean, I know that she was completely under written but, she as the only female bio-chemist on TV and I liked her spunk. Do you think that I got the collar right? Because I think that on the show it might've been a little more, um... swoopy.
      Hodges: You... um, it looks perfect.

    • (on the phone)
      Brass: Brass.
      Hodges: Yeah, it's Hodges.
      Brass: Who?
      Hodges: From Trace, we have a situation at the Whatifitcon.
      Brass: The Whatifit-what? How'd you get this number?
      Hodges: I cloned Grissom's cell phone on a work-related matter. That's not important now. We have a situation. It's one of the exhibitors.
      Brass: Can you be more specific?
      Hodges: He's dead, Jim.

    • Langston: He was obviously in some kind of struggle, what do you make of this contusion here?
      Doc Robbins: Well, it's on a pressure point. Maybe someone was trying some kind of sleeper hold.
      Davis: You mean, like a seflon submission claw? That's real?
      Doc Robbins: Well, you tell me. (does one to David)
      David: Ah, okay, okay. Ow! Ow! (Doc Robbins lets go, they talk about other stuff for a moment) That hurt.
      Doc Robbins: Good.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Návštěvníci (Visitors)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: June 7, 2009 on Channel 9
      Norway: June 9, 2009 on TVNorge
      Slovakia: August 2, 2009 on JOJ
      Sweden: October 19, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Finland: December 30, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: February 2, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: April 22, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 20, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Pre-production title name of Stoke on Duty.


    • Star Wars

      The online translator used at the end of the episode converts the text from Latin characters to Aurabesh. Aurabesh is the character script used in the Star Wars Universe.

    • Star Trek

      Hodges: We have a problem. It's one of the exhibitors.
      Brass: Can you be more specific?
      Hodges: He's dead, Jim.

      This is a reference to a line frequently used by Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy to Capt. James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series whenever someone died.

    • Episode Title: A Space Oddity

      This is an allusion to David Bowie's song Space Oddity, released as a single in 1969.

      This also could be an allusion to the title of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Wendy's and one of Hodges' daydreams are rip-offs of scenes from the Star Trek episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion."