'CSI' Investigators Discover 'Battlestar Galactica' Synergy
'CSI' Investigators Discover 'Battlestar Galactica' Synergy
In an interesting moment of synergistic cooperation, CSI is teaming up with Battlestar Galactica to make an episode of the series designed to appeal to fans of both shows. The episode isn't a cross-over in the truest sense of the word. That would have been fun, as the crew of Battlestar Galactica would have been almost as impressed with the CSI team's cutting edge technologies as the other way around. But the moment Marg Helgenberger saw a cylon CSI would be indefinitely derailed as the characters questioned their scientific assumptions. That would have been too messy.
Instead the April 16 episode, “A Space Oddity,” will take the CSI team to a science fiction convention. The episode is being written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, who wrote the February 27 Battlestar Galactica, among many others. Frequent Battlestar director Michael Nanking will helm the project.

Most intriguingly Kate Vernon, who plays Ellen Tigh, will star and executive producer Ron Moore will do a cameo appearance. Weddle promises there will be other cameos science fiction fans won't want to miss.

CSI's executive producer Naren Shanker is no stranger to science fiction himself, having worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation with Moore. Shanker previous executive produced Farscape and wrote for The Outer Limits, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and SeaQuest DSV.

Given the previous credits of the creative team one can imagine that Star Trek actors will be signing glossies in the dealers room. Perhaps Dean Stockwell - known both for Battlestar and for Quantum Leap - will make an appearance.

The episode runs a fairly high risk of being disliked by science fiction fans, since science fiction conventions have historically been played for comic effect on TV. If Shanker, Weddle and Thompson want the show to be a crossover success now is probably not a good time to pull out their wackiest stories about crazy fans. Meanwhile, I'm not sure I see a big upside for CSI's older viewers, who may be put off by the setting for a different reason. Or perhaps the episode will be a lot of fun and star Battlestar actors in roles we're not used to seeing them in, with knowing in-jokes written by science fiction lifers. It's a bit too early to say.

-Henry Jenkins, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of The Sci-Fi Channel)