The Most Absurd Courtroom Scenes from Science Fiction and Fantasy TVKatharine Trendacosta9/26/13 3:19pmFiled to: triviagasmtelevisionfarscapestar trekdoctor whoherculesbattlestar galacticastargategame of thronesbatman the animated seriesthe justice leaguethe prisonerred dwarfslidersfuturamax-filescharmed1954EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThere's a reason so many science fiction and fantasy shows feature trials. Legal battles can be used as an allegory, or a way to expose important issues. But sometimes, these stories just go off the deep end. Here are the most ridiculous trials from science fiction and fantasy television.AdvertisementBoth writers and viewers love a good courtroom scene. They can show the triumph of justice, or how venal and corrupt a system is. There's a weird dichotomy in the view of the legal system (at least in America): There are 456 episodes of JUST the original Law & Order, but the population really doesn't like or trust lawyers. Also, trials are great fictional devices, because they come with a ready-made structure: opening statements, witnesses, dramatic cross-examinations, passionate arguments, and the delivery of a judgment. Some people have used that structure to expose fascinating arguments. And others... others just got weird with it.Farscape, "Dream a Little Dream"AdvertisementThis episode takes place on a planet of lawyers called Litigara. And the name isn't even the most insane part. Lawyers are 90% of the population of Litigara. Just, how does this planet even function? How do you have food, power, even buildings on this planet? Does it import everything and just leave 10% of the population to maintain it? If you get sick, do you go to the next planet over? (Which, we must assume, is called "Medicala.") Then there are the rules of legal proceedings we see during Zhaan's trial: A) The lawyer won't represent her if she pleads not guilty; B) She can't change her plea without representation; C) Lawyers share in the penalty given to their clients; D) Lawyers can have their clients gagged; E) The basis of their legal system is that light is brighter in the presence of lies. Yes, it's a planet of complicated and byzantine laws, all of which are defeated by a superstition. Star Trek, TOS - "The Wolf in the Fold"; TNG - "The Devil's Due"; Voyager - "Author, Author"There are a lot of trials in Star Trek. A lot. Some of them (*cough* "The Measure of a Man" *cough*) are great. And then there are these.