19 sci-fi trials to take your mind off that Casey Anthony verdict

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Dec 15, 2012

Whatever you think about yesterday's verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, if you can't STOP thinking about it, we've got something to help you forget—because during times when reality seems to be losing a grip on itself, sci-fi can be the only relief.

Here are 19 hearings that assure us that in the future, justice will be served.

We've tracked down video clips when available. Order in the court!

Dr. Who : Trial of a Time Lord

Baltar is tried and found not guilty for a bunch of people dying. The biggest robbery is that he escaped prosecution for popularizing the "space mullet."

Kate on Trial for Killing Her Dad on Lost


In a court case rife with inaccuracy, Kate is found not guilty of blowing up her father. Which she totally was guilty of, by the way. Although, after those polar bear cages, Kate would probably rule a normal prison.

The Twilight Zone: The Obsolete Man

Here, Taylor is put on trial in a magnificent scene that hearkens back to the Scopes monkey trials. Despite every other character telling him he comes from Earth, and despite the fact that they all seem to speak English, Charlton Heston's character still adamantly argues he's from a different planet.

Battlestar Galactica, Starbuck Gets Tried for Sports-Related Murder

An ancient videotape implicates Buck Rogers in a nuclear holocaust. Bad luck for Buck: The statute of limitations on nuclear holocaust happens to be six centuries.

Riker on Trial

John Stewart is put on trial for genocide. It turns out he was framed, a plan that quickly unravels for obvious reasons. Framing a guy for one murder is hard enough, why try to frame him for millions?

Heavy Metal: Captain Sternn

If you think Earth legalese is hard, try Tollan legalese. Hint: It's almost exactly like Earth legalese, except the writers have replaced all the Earth words with even weirder-sounding terms.

X-Files: The Truth


What better way to sum up the boring decline of X-Files than by having the final episode involve a bunch of people sitting around a courtroom? We were expecting a hilarious Seinfeld sendup wherein Mulder and Scully spend years in jail, constantly arguing about aliens vs. science. But, no, instead we are treated to the wacky scene of Mulder being sentenced to die.

Reviewing these trials, it's apparent that sometimes justice isn't served in sci-fi either. Or wait—now that we think about it, "justice not being served" was pretty much limited to "every episode of the X-Files."