Buck Rogers In The 25th Century / Arrival

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyRanger 3, a manned deep space probe launched by NASA in 1987, plunges off-course after a meteor collision. A malfunction of the life support system preserves the ship’s sole occupant, pilot William “Buck” Rogers, in suspended animation. NASA never hears from Ranger 3 again, and the human race all but destroys itself in Rogers’ absence.

Ranger 3 is recovered by the flagship of the Draconian race in the Earth year 2491. When revived by Princess Ardala and her henchman Kane, Buck is interrogated. The Draconians claim to be on a mission of peace, but Buck wasn’t born yesterday – he was born five centuries ago, and he can tell when something’s afoot. Buck is turned loose – with a homing device planted aboard his ship, unknown to him – and makes his way back to Earth, where he is stunned to learn how long it has been since he last set foot on his home world. But even there, Buck is suspected of being a spy by everyone except Dr. Theopolis, a computerized brain who serves on the Computer Council that governs Earth. Buck also earns the trust of Twiki, a chatty, servile robot. When Colonel Deering and Dr. Huer discover the Draconian homing device, Buck is put on trial. Despite the valiant defense offered by Dr. Theopolis, Buck is found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.

Colonel Deering offers Buck one last chance to prove his word by taking him along on a mission to escort the Draconian flagship to Earth in peace. The peace is cut short by what appears to be a pirate attack – and with the marauders’ unpredictable flying, only Buck’s headstrong, old-fashioned air combat training saves the Earth pilots – and, so it seems, the Draconian flagship. Princess Ardala is welcomed to Earth in an elaborate celebration. Dazzled by her beauty, and knowing that it is now well within the power of the Draconians to conquer Earth, Buck must make a choice – run away with the winning side (and the beautiful princess), or fight a hopeless battle to save a world he no longer knows?

Order the DVDswritten by Glen A. Larson & Leslie Stevens
directed by Daniel Haller
music by Stu Phillips

Cast: Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers), Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala), Erin Gray (Wilma Deering), Henry Silva (Kane), Tim O’Connor (Doctor Huer), Joseph Wiseman (Draco), Dick Butler (Tigerman), Felix Silla (Twiki), Caroline Smith (Young woman), John Dewey-Carter (Supervisor), Kevin Coates (Pilot), David Cadiente (Comtel officer), Gil Serna (Technician), Larry Duran (Guard #1), Kenny Endoso (Guard #2), Eric Lawrence (Officer), H.B. Haggerty (Tigerman #2), Colleen Kelly (Wrather), Steve Jones (Pilot #2), David Buchanan (Pilot #3), Burt Marshall (Wingman), Eric Server (voice of Dr. Theopolis), Mel Blanc (voice of Twiki), William Conrad (Narrator/Draconian computer voice)

Notes: This pilot movie is frequently referred to as Arrival, though that title never appears on screen.

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Planet of the Slave Girls

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyReturning from a routine flight, Buck and Wilma find a small group of Earth fighters in trouble, and help to wipe out the pirate fighter pursuing them. It turns out they’ve stumbled into a live-fire exercise, and the cadets being trained aren’t just ill-equipped for combat – they’re actually ill. Dr. Huer reveals that contamination of Earth’s supply of food discs has been detected, and deliberate poisoning is now considered the most likely explanation. Cadets and experienced pilots alike are grounded as an antidote is researched, leaving Earth wide open to attack. And an attack is indeed being planned by Kaleel, the charismatic slave of a planet on which Earth depends for its food supplies. He keeps his workers loyal through the fear of death by his merest touch, and plans to use that fear to turn them into a fighting force. Now Earth’s only line of defense is a handful of pilots, one of whom is already shaping up to be Buck’s rival for everything from the other pilots’ admiration to Wilma’s affection.

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story by Steve Greenberg & Aubrey Solomon
directed by Michael Caffey
music by Johnny Harris

Guest Cast: Buster Crabbe (Brigadier Gordon), Jack Palance (Kaleel), David Groh (Major Duke Danton), Roddy McDowell (Governor Saroyan), Brianne Leary (Ryma), Macdonald Carey (Dr. Mallory), Karen Carlson (Stella Warden), Michael Mullins (Regis Saroyan), Robert Dowdell (Galen), Sheila DeWindt (Major Fields), Don Marshall (Julio), Diane Markoff (Female Pilot), June Whitley Taylor (Woman), Borah Silver (Husband), Michael Masters (Worker), Don Maxwell (Guard), Nathanial Brian Wine (Technician)

Notes: Special guest star Larry “Buster” Crabbe was one of Hollywood’s first science fiction heroes, portraying the first film incarnation of Flash Gordon in an ongoing serial from 1936 to 1940 – and the first filmed version of Buck Rogers in 1939, which also featured Constance Moore as “Lt.” Wilma Deering, C. Montague Shaw as “Scientist General Professor Huer,” and Anthony Warde as “Killer” Kane. (That early version of Buck Rogers can be found at the DVD link above.)

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Vegas In Space

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyBuck is becoming annoyed in his efforts to wean Wilma and the other Earth Defense Directorate pilots off of computer control for every combat scenario, preferring his own instincts and reflexes instead. When they return to Earth from a particularly frustrating training exercise, Buck has a new task waiting for him – to accompany Major Marla Landers to Sinaloa, an entire planet devoted to leisure and gambling, on a mission to rescue a kidnapped computer programmer. Her employer, Mr. Armot, is a notorious (but, as yet, unconvicted) gun-runner who has offered to provide tactical information on the seemingly unbeatable Draconian hatchet fighters in exchange for this favor. Once they arrive on Sinaloa, Buck attracts the attention of a cocktail waitress named Tanji, while Major Landers gets the far more dangerous attention of Mr. Velosi, the proprietor of Sinaloa’s casino. Escaping from Sinaloa with the kidnapped programmer is enough of a risk, but Tanji wants Buck to buy her freedom too – or she’ll alert Velosi’s guards to Buck’s presence.

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directed by Sigmund Neufeld Jr.
music by Les Baxter

Guest Cast: Cesar Romero (Armot), Joseph Wiseman (Morphus), Richard Lynch (Velosi), Ana Alicia (Major Landers), Juanin Clay (Velosi’s thug), Pamela Susan Shoop (Falina), James Luisi (Guard), Alice Frost (Rita), Ted Chapman (Man)

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The Plot To Kill A City, Part 1

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyBuck and Wilma arrest an assassin named Raphael Argus in a seedy bar, and use the confusion of the ensuing shootout as a cover for Buck to assume the killer’s identity. It’s all part of Dr. Huer’s plan to infiltrate a guild of mercenaries who are believed to be preparing to launch a terrorist strike on Earth itself. Wilma is sent on the undercover mission as well, which is just as well, since as part of his cover, Buck isn’t provided with any way to prove that he isn’t Argus, to make it easier for him to bluff his way into the midst of the conspirators. But the mercenaries have also taken steps to make sure that they can identify Argus upon his arrival – and they’ve also planted operatives within the Earth Defense Directorate with orders to sabotage Earth’s defensive capabilities. And when Wilma breaks her cover, Buck has to risk his own life to buy time for her escape.

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directed by Dick Lowry
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Frank Gorshin (Seton Kellogg), John Quade (Jolen Quince), Anthony James (Varek), Nancy DeCarl (Sherese), Markie Post (Joella Cameron), Robert Tessier (Marcos), James Sloyan (Barney), Victor Argo (Argus), Mitch Reta (Technician), John Furlong (1st Cop), Richard Reed (1st Rowdy), Seamon Glass (Pirate), Sena Black (Woman)

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The Plot To Kill A City, Part 2

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyMoments after he learns of a plan by criminal mastermind Seton Kellogg to detonate an antimatter charge in New Chicago, Buck’s cover is blown and he’s captured. Wilma has captured one of Kellogg’s conspirators and taken him back to Earth, but he refuses to surrender any information about the plot. Buck has to find a way back to Earth – but even when he does, Kellogg and his assassins are already on the planet, putting a backup plan into effect that doesn’t require the presence of Argus – and will still prove just as deadly to New Chicago.

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directed by Dick Lowry
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Frank Gorshin (Seton Kellogg), John Quade (Jolen Quince), Anthony James (Varek), James McEachin (Selvan), Nancy DeCarl (Sherese), Markie Post (Joella Cameron), Robert Tessier (Marcos), James Sloyan (Barney), Victor Argo (Argus), Whitney Rydbeck (Hartsteen), Gwen Mitchell (Ticket Clerk), Nonice Williams (Katrina), John Furlong (1st Cop), Mitch Reta (Technician), Richard Reed (1st Rowdy), Seamon Glass (Pirate)

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Return of the Fighting 69th

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyTrying to intercept a freighter making an unauthorized flight into the Necrosis asteroid belt, Buck and Wilma stumble across a plot by Wilma’s old adversary Corliss to poison Earth’s atmosphere. Despite this terrifying development, there is nothing the Earth forces can do to penetrate the dense asteroid belt. Doctor Huer recommends reinstating the retired Noah Cooper and the rest of his 69th Earth Space Marine squadron – but Cooper, embittered ever since his young protege’ Wilma flunked his entire squad out of active duty due to their age, wants nothing to do with the potential suicide mission.

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directed by Phil Leacock
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Peter Graves (Noah Cooper), Elizabeth Allen (Roxanne Trent), Robert Quarry (Commander Corliss), Woody Strode (“Big Red” Murphy), K.T. Stevens (Harriet Twain), Eddie Firestone (M.K. Schultz), Dan Sturkle (Eli Twain), Katharine Wyberg (Alicia), Robert Hardy (Clayton), Duncan MacKenzie (Westlake), Clifford Torknett (War technician)

Notes: With this episode’s focus on deafness and sign language, Katharine Wyberg, a student from the California School for the Deaf, was cast as Alicia. However, the episode still came in for criticism due to its coda, which revealed that Alicia would be undergoing surgery to “cure” her deafness.

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Unchained Woman

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyA Zetan freighter is halted when it comes within Earth jurisdiction, and when Wilma and Buck board it, they find the captain of the freighter is an android. They rewrite parts of its memory and smuggle Buck aboard, part of a well-orchestrated plan to bust Jen Burton, the lover of an accused killer, out of prison and bring her to Earth to help find the killer. Buck manages to break Burton out of prison, but upon learning that this isn’t necessarily an escape to freedom, she’s less than cooperative with him. And worse yet, the prison’s relentless android guards are in hot pursuit – and unlike their quarry, they’re impervious to the desert heat.

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directed by Dick Lowry
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis (Jen Burton), Michael Delano (Pantera), Bert Rosario (Sanwiller), Tara Buckman (Majel), Walter Hunter (Hugo), Robert Cornthwaite (Warwick), Danny Ades (Gymon), Jim B. Smith (Shuttle Captain), Charles Walker (Lt. Zimmerman)

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Planet of the Amazon Women

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyBuck rescues a stranded spacecraft with a crew of two women and tows it back to their home planet, where he’s treated as an honored guest. But after a while, Buck realizes that he’s more of a prisoner than a guest – he’s trapped on a world populated almost exclusively by women, where he is to be auctioned off as slave labor – and breeding stock. Buck finds some women on the planet sympathize with the plight of the men who are captured and brought to their world, and enlists their help.

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directed by Philip Leacock
music by Michael Melvoin

Guest Cast: Ann Dusenberry (Ariela), Jay Robinson (Cassius Thorne), Anne Jeffreys (Prime Minister), Antoinette Stella (Jayel), Wendy Oates (Renna), Liberty Godshall (Nyree), Darrell Zwerling (Macon), Teddi Siddall (Linea), Wally K. Berns (Pilot), James Fraracci (Karsh)

Notes: This episode sees the introduction of many elements that would become mainstays of the second season, though no one knew it at the time. The women’s shuttle set, with some redressing, became the Searcher shuttle used frequently in the second year os the show, while the unusual standing clock prop seen in the auction scenes was given an overhaul and turned into the Searcher’s Crichton robot.

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Cosmic Wiz Kid

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyOn the peaceful neutral planet of Genesia, a coup quickly removes President Hieronymous Fox from power, and the unscrupulous Roderick Zale assumes control and makes an exorbitant ransom demand. The President’s personal bodyguard, Dia Cyrton, escapes and goes to Earth to plead for the Defense Directorate’s help in rescuing him. Dr. Huer, however, is unwilling to commit any resources to the mission, so Cyrton waits until she can pull off a kidnapping of her own, drugging Buck and dragging him off with her to rescue the President. Her choice isn’t at random, either: what Huer doesn’t know is that Hieronymous Fox is, like Buck, a survivor from Earth’s 20th century – a child genius who survived the nuclear holocaust by testing his cryogenic suspension unit on himself. But in the years before the Earth Defense Directorate was established, Fox’s cryogenic pod was looted by the visiting Genesians, though his brilliant mind made him invaluable enough that he climbed the political ladder. Buck and Cyrton brave the odds, including a face-to-face confrontation with an assassin hired by Zale, to rescue Fox…only to find that the President is perfectly capable of making himself too much of a nuisance to be held prisoner for long.

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story by Anne Collins
directed by Les Martinson
music by Johnny Harris / “Shambala” by Three Dog Night

Guest Cast: Gary Coleman (Hieronymous Fox), Ray Walston (Roderick Zale), Melody Rogers (Lt. Dia Cyrton), Albert Popwell (Koren), Earl Boen (Selmar), Lester Fletcher (M.D. Toman), Tobar Mayo (Guard), Tony Epper (Drunk)

Notes: Toman’s guards are obviously wearing Battlestar Galactica uniforms.

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Escape From Wedded Bliss

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyA mysterious object takes position over New Chicago and fires a powerful warning shot into the wastelands. Buck and Wilma try to destroy the weapon, but it proves impervious to the starfighters’ pulsar cannons. Not long afterward, the Draconian flagship enters orbit, and Princess Ardala announces her intention to wed Buck. It turns out that an unwed princess cannot ascend to the Draconian throne, and Ardala will decimate Earth unless the object of her desire is handed over to her. Buck surrenders willingly to save his friends and his home world, but when the Draconian courting ritual includes such cultural events as a mano a mano fight with Tigerman, Buck quickly decides to remain single by any means necessary.

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story by Cory Applebaum
directed by David Moessinger
music by J.J. Johnson

Guest Cast: Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala), Michael Ansara (Kane), Alfred Ryder (Garedon), H.B. Haggerty (Tigerman), Elaine Nista (Dancer), Tracy Miller (Dancer), Nancy Morris (Dancer), Gary Stang (Dancer)

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Cruise Ship To The Stars

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyBuck is assigned to provide undercover security for the Miss Cosmos beauty pageant. While he’s relieved to see at least one 20th century custom has survived, Buck finds that the contest is more about genetic perfection than just looks – and that genetic perfection puts a price tag on the head of every contestant for bounty hunters and others seeking an infusion of genetic material. Even with Wilma and Twiki backing him up, however, Buck is in for a challenge – a killer is on board, and oddly enough, her appearances seem to coincide with the period disappearances of one of the contestants.

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story by Michael Bryant
directed by Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.
music by Shirley Walker

Guest Cast: Leigh McCloskey (Jay), Trisha Noble (Sabrina), Brett Halsey (Cruise Ship Captain), Kimberly Beck (Allison Michaels), Dorothy Stratten (Miss Cosmos)

Notes: The Lyran Queen model was reused as the Searcher in season two. Actress Dorothy Stratten, who had been the Playboy Playmate of the Month as recently as August 1979 and the Playmate of the Year in 1980, was murdered by her husband less than a year after this episode aired; that highly publicized tragedy became the basis of the movie Star 80.

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Space Vampire

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyBuck and Wilma visit Theta Station to have repairs made to Twiki. Mere minutes behind them, a derelict freighter emerges through the stargate and collides with Theta Station, after the station’s crew fails to make contact with anyone who might be on board. The crew of the freighter is found dead inside, and with no cause readily apparent, Station Commander Royko declares a quarantine. After further examination, Dr. Ecbar discovers that the “corpses” are not dead – but not long after he reveals this to Buck, the doctor dies mysteriously, his neck discolored in the same inexplicable fashion as the other victims. Wilma repeatedly experiences strange sensations, and even begins to see a chilling alien humanoid appear. Royko insists in believing that havoc is being wreaked by a hallucinatory virus, but after narrowly surviving a violent encounter with the same being that Wilma has been seeing, Buck thinks that a soul-stealing creature – the 25th century equivalent of a vampire – is responsible for the mounting body count.

Order the DVDswritten by Kathleen Barnes and David Wise
directed by Larry Stewart
music by Stu Phillips

Buck RogersGuest Cast: Christopher Stone (Commander Royko), Nicholas Hormann (The Vorvon), Lincoln Kilpatrick (Dr. Ecbar), Phil Hoover (Helson), Patti Maloney (Twiki), David Moses (Technician), Jeanne Fitzsimmons (Freighter Captain)

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Happy Birthday, Buck

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyCabin fever starts to set in as Buck tires of the sterile surroundings of the New Chicago base – and Dr. Huer and Wilma realize that Buck is nearing his birthday. As they begin to plan a surprise party for the oldest man on Earth, Lt. Garth from the New Detroit complex arrives with an urgent message: someone is hunting Huer, someone who can transform the cells in a living being’s body into lifeless silicone by touch. In order to get Buck out of the way so preparations can be made for his surprise party, Huer arranges for Buck to escort an intelligence agent to New Detroit – which puts Buck in a position to intercept Huer’s stalker…or die trying.

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directed by Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.
music by J.J. Johnson

Guest Cast: Peter MacLean (Traeger), Tamara Dobson (Dr. Delora Bayliss), Morgan Brittany (Raylyn Derren), Chip Johnson (Carew), Bruce Wright (Rorvik), Tom Gagen (Niles), Clay Alexander (Marsden), Eric Mason (Lt. Garth), Abe Alvarez (Security agent), Harry Gold (Alien squadron leader), Victoria Woodbeck (Technician), Gina Gallego (Woman)

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A Blast For Buck

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyA mysterious object is transported directly into Doctor Huer’s office, putting the entire Earth Defense Directorate complex on alert and defying any attempts to scan its contents. When Buck touches the object, it transmits a vague but menacing riddle into Huer’s computer. Buck, Wilma and even Twiki take turns under Huer’s mind probe, trying to figure out who would have the resources to pull off such an elaborate scheme, and why such an entity wouldn’t simply attack Earth rather than sending a puzzle.

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story by John Gaynor
directed by David Phinney
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Patty Maloney (Twiki), Gary Coleman (Hieronymous Fox)

Appearing in footage from earlier episodes: Jack Palance (Kaleel), Peter Graves (Noah Cooper), Frank Gorshin (Kellogg), Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala), Ray Walston (Roderick Zale), Buster Crabbe (Brigadier Gordon), Brianne Leary (Ryma), Pamela Susan Shoop (Tangie), Jamie Lee Curtis (Jen Burton)

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Ardala Returns

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyOn a deep space patrol with Twiki, Buck is captured by the Draconian flagship. Princess Ardala and Kane have hatched a plan to replace Buck with a robot copy programmed to emulate Buck’s personality. The copy is armed with a bomb and sent back to Earth in a “stolen” Draconian fighter; when Wilma encounters the robot Buck, he tells her that he escaped in the Draconian fighter but Twiki didn’t make it. When the robot returns to Earth, it tries to detonate the bomb the first time it’s in the same room with Wilma, Dr. Huer and Dr. Theopolis – and only Wilma’s quick reflex to destroy the robot saves the day. In the meantime, aware that their plan has failed, Ardala and Kane set about trying to make a more accurate, undetectable copy of Buck. And Buck is unaware that his every cunning escape attempt is being studied to make his robot clones deadlier in a fight. Can Buck taint his robotic replicas by dulling his survival instincts?

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directed by Larry Stewart
music by Johnny Harris

Guest Cast: Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala), Michael Ansara (Kane), H.B. Haggerty (Tigerman), James Emery (Pilot), Betty Bridges (Technician), Bob Minor (Guard)

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Twiki Is Missing

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyAn unusual asteroid composed of frozen oxygen is being escorted to Earth by a squadron of fighters under Wilma’s command. Though hardly a routine operation, the plan is to maneuver the asteroid through a precisely calculated window in Earth’s atmosphere shield to replenish the planet’s air. A slight miscalculation would cause it to miss the window – and the oxygen would heat up and ignite explosively, laying waste to Earth’s surface. On another asteroid, corrupt mining magnate Kurt Belzack is growing infuriated with his miners’ demands for adequate rest and humane treatment. When they send a union representative to negotiate, Belzack unleashes the powers of three lovely psychokinetic women to eliminate him. A spy on Earth relays information to Belzack about a robotic drone that could do the work of Belzack’s miners without pay, food, or rest. One possible drawback is that the drone has an unquestioning loyalty to one man – and neither Twiki nor his “owner” are likely to cooperate.

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directed by Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.
music by Herbert Woods

Guest Cast: Eddie Benton (Stella), John P. Ryan (Kurt Belzack), David Darlow (Pinchas), Janet Bebe Louie (Clare), Eugenia Wright (Dawn), Ken Letner (Oto Anad)

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Olympiad

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyBuck is invited to fly an authentic 20th century Olympic flag at the 2492 Olympics on behalf of the Earth Defense Directorate, and takes Twiki and Dr. Theopolis along with him to the games. Buck finds that the Olympics have changed in 500 years, however – simple events have become mind-boggling, gravity-defying feats, and some of the off-world contestants have unusual customs, including one young man who refuses to speak to Buck and then appears to experience severe pain. A young woman competing in the astrosledding event gives Buck a taste of high-speed orbital racing, but also uses the isolation of her sled pod to plead for Buck’s help in freeing her and her boyfriend, the young man who demanded that Buck leave him alone, from the stranglehold their manager has on them. She officially requests asylum, and Buck gets approval from Dr. Huer before proceeding. But in doing so, he’s put himself in the crosshairs of a manager who intends to keep his athletes – or kill them before they can defect.

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directed by Larry Stewart
music by J.J. Johnson

Guest Cast: Nicolas Coster (Allerick), Judith Chapman (Lara Teasian), Barney McFadden (Jorex Leet), Paul Mantee (Karl), Elgin Baylor (Athlete), Anthony Davis (Athlete), Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson (Athlete), Carlos Palomino (Athlete), Jerry Quarry (Quarod), Bob Seagren (Rand Sorgon), Paul Coufos (Zogan), John Zee (Satrap)

Notes: This episode’s guest stars have years of professional football, basketball and boxing experience, including real-life Olympian Thomas Henderson, who was on the U.S. basketball team in the 1972 Olympics. Former boxing champ Carlos Palomino had a later brush with science fiction as well – he helped to train actor Robert Beltran for the Star Trek: Voyager episode The Fight, which involved Chakotay boxing with an alien.

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A Dream of Jennifer

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyWhile shopping with Twiki for the components of an authentic 20th century hot tub, Buck thinks he spots a familiar face. He tries to follow her, but loses track of her and then sees her again at a spaceport the next day. Buck’s friends grow concerned about his insistence on looking for the woman who resembles his 20th century girlfriend Jennifer, but they help him track her down to the city that Buck once knew as New Orleans. When Buck does finally have a change to talk to her, she warns Buck that someone is trying to harm him – moments before two masked attackers pull a gun on both of them. Buck learns that the woman he has been following was the bait in a trap laid especially for him by a group of aliens who want him to destroy a shipment of Earth weapons to an allied world – a world these aliens are at war with. They threaten the woman’s life if Buck doesn’t cooperate, so he reluctantly goes along with the plan – but what he doesn’t expect to find is that Dr. Huer has sent Wilma along with the arms shipment to ensure its safe arrival.

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directed by David G. Phinney
music by John Cacavas

Guest Cast: Paul Koslo (Commander Reeve), Gino Conforti (Sylvie), Mary Woronov (Nola), Anne Lockhart (Jennifer), Jessie Lawrence Ferguson (Lt. Hekoff), Cameron Young (Toby Kaplin), Shawn Michaels (Supervisor), Dennis Haysbert (Guard), Marsha Merchant (Clerk), Mitchell Young-Evans (Mime)

Notes: Anne Lockhart is the daughter of June Lockhart, who played the matriarch of the Robinson clan on Lost In Space. If you listen closely after Buck is turned away from the spaceport boarding gate, “Captain Christopher Pike” is paged on the P.A. system. Also, Dr. Huer reveals in this episode that he is a widower. Guest star Mary Woronov would later take over the role of Na’Toth – very briefly – in the second season of Babylon 5.

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Space Rockers

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyDr. Huer lets Buck in on a troubling piece of information – the hottest band in the galaxy, Andromeda, seems to be spawning acts of violence among its young audience. An Earth Defense Directorate spy has infiltrated Andromeda’s interstellar road crew as their sound engineer, but when he’s discovered by Andromeda’s manager, he pays for it with his life. Even more disturbingly, Andromeda operates from a former military space station now known as MusicWorld, and the band’s manager, an ex-researcher named Lars Mangros, has written classified papers on a potential new method of mind control. Huer manages to get Buck a slot as a presenter for Andromeda’s next concert, a galaxy-wide broadcast which could wreak massive havoc with young people on hundreds of worlds. On MusicWorld, Buck discovers that Mangros is indeed planning to hide a mind-controlling frequency within the sound waves of Andromeda’s music, turning the galaxy’s youth into a mindless fighting force. Buck alerts the band to this plan, and they refuse to go ahead with the concert – and are promptly locked away, along with Buck. Now the only weapon Buck has is his cunning – and rock ‘n’ roll.

Order the DVDswritten by Chris Bunch & Allan Cole
directed by Guy Magar
music by Johnny Harris

Guest Cast: Jerry Orbach (Lars Mangros), Judy Landers (Joanna), Nancy Frangione (Karana), Leonard Lightfoot (Cirus), Jesse Goina (Rambeau), Paul LeClair (Tarkas), Richard Moll (Yarat), Jeff Harlan (Mark), Cynthia Lear (Elaine), Mitch Reta (Technician), Joseph Taggart (Security man)

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Buck’s Duel to the Death

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyThe people and the rightful government of the planet Katar are under the thumb of the tyrannical Trebor, and they’re beginning to look for a way out of their predicament. Their prophecies state that a 500 year old man will rise up, defeat the Trebor, and free Katar – and they’ve heard of Buck’s origins. An incident is arranged that is sure to attract Buck’s attention, and he is invited to Katar as a way of thanking him for his help. But once he’s on the planet, the real reason for the invitation is revealed to him – the Katarians admit that he may not be the fulfillment of their prophecy, but they do want Buck to help inspire an uprising among the population. Whether or not Buck is expected to survive his new career as a hero of the people, however, is another story.

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directed by Bob Bender
music by J.J. Johnson

Guest Cast: William Smith (The Trebor), Keith Andes (Darius), Elizabeth Stack (Vionne), Edward Power (Neil), Fred Sadoff (Kelan), Robert Lussier (Dr. Albert), Stephanie Blackmore (Greta), Heidi Bohay (Maya), Francisco Lagueruela (Karem), Douglas R. Bruce (Young Officer)

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Flight of the War Witch, Part 1

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyReturning to New Chicago after a relaxing weekend with a ladyfriend, Buck spots a large metallic sphere in the desert and relays his findings to Dr. Huer, who immediately suspects a Draconian trap. Buck, Wilma, Huer and Twiki visit the unusual globe, and it extends an arm toward Buck, presenting him with a smaller globe. As soon as the smaller sphere is in Dr. Huer’s lab, the vehicle in the desert launches itself into deep space again. Huer decodes the globe’s contents to a precise set of coordinates which would take anyone following them into another universe, and there’s also a single word encoded into the sphere: “Pendar.” Draconian spies within the Earth Defense Directorate alert Princess Ardala to the alien visitation, and she sets her command ship on a course for Earth. Buck and Twiki follow the coordinates and pass through a turbulent vortex into another universe, where he is guided toward the planet Pendar. Dr. Huer and Wilma are invited aboard Ardala’s command ship, where they lodge a protest of her violation of Earth space, and wind up accompanying Ardala as she follows buck into Pendar’s universe. Locked in a war with another race led by a tactician known as Zarina the War Witch, Pendar needs tactical help – and they’ve decided to recruit Buck, whether he likes it or not.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Robert W. Gilmer & William Mageean
story by David Chomsky
directed by Larry Stewart
music by J.J. Johnson

Guest Cast: Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala), Kelley Miles (Shandar), Donald Petrie (Keeper), Sid Haig (Nero), Michael Ansara (Kane), Julie Newmar (Zarina), Vera Miles (Council Member), Sam Jaffe (Kodus)

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Flight of the War Witch, Part 2

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyBuck and Dr. Huer refuse Earth’s help in the Pendar-Zad war, and Ardala likewise refuses to offer Draconian support in the conflict. But the Pendar Council won’t take either party back through the interdimensional vortex unless they take Pendar’s side in the war. Once Buck and Ardala both agree to fight the Zad, Ardala tries to double-cross everyone – only Zarina, the Zad’s infamous War Witch, sees through Ardala’s grab for power. Despite her attempted swindle, Buck and the Draconian fighters are soon fighting side-by-side for the first time. But will that be enough to stop Zarina?

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story by David Chomsky
directed by Larry Stewart
music by J.J. Johnson

Guest Cast: Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala), Kelley Miles (Shandar), Donald Petrie (Keeper), Sid Haig (Nero), Michael Ansara (Kane), Julie Newmar (Zarina), Vera Miles (Council Member), Sam Jaffe (Kodus)

Notes: This was the final episode of the first season, and NBC only renewed the show with a half-season order to see if its problems – not the least of which was star Gil Gerard’s constant friction with the producers and writing staff – could be “fixed.” Former Gunsmoke producer/writer John Mantley was brought on board to retool the series into a more thoughtful, less action/FX oriented series patterned somewhat on the original Star Trek. Tim O’Connor was dropped from the show, as was the character of Dr. Theopolis; the change was made more abrupt by NBC vetoing Mantley’s proposal for a “transitional” episode. And worse yet, the Writers’ Guild Strike of 1980 meant that the series wouldn’t return for over nine months.

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