Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

NBC (ended 1981)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 13

    The Dorian Secret

    Aired 4/16/81

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Testimony of a Traitor

    Aired 4/9/81

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    The Hand of the Goral

    Aired 3/26/81

  • S 2 : Ep 10


    Aired 3/19/81

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    The Satyr

    Aired 3/12/81

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gil Gerard

    Captain William "Buck" Rogers

  • Erin Gray

    Colonel Wilma Deering

  • Tim O'Connor

    Dr. Elias Huer

  • Felix Silla


  • Eric Server

    the voice of Dr. Theopolis

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  • In the year 1987, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. Aboard this compact starship a lone astronaut, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. In a freak mishap, his life-support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Ranger III was blown out of its plan trajectory into an orbit 1,000 times more vast, an orbit which was to return Buck Rogers to earth 500 years later.moreless

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  • Quotes (52)

    • (After they gave Buck the pain drug)
      Buck: (To Princess Ardala) Are you a real live Princess?
      Princess Ardala: I think we gave the Captain too much medication.

    • Princess Ardala: (Asking about Buck) Preserved young or preserved old?

    • Narrator: For 500 years Captain William "Buck" Rogers has been miraculously preserved, frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Now in Earth year 2491 he is rudely awakened by the sinister forces of the Draconian realm.

    • Buck: Well, a word of caution, Colonel? Wilma: Hmmm? Buck: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Wilma: (puzzled) Greeks? Buck: Maybe that was a little before your time. From quite a while back. Ummm... tell me, do you know the story of The Trojan Horse? Wilma: (thinks a bit) ...Mmmm.. no. Buck: No, huh? Well forget it. (frustrated) Yeah. Guess I came from a time that was hopelessly paranoid. See you around.

    • Twiki: (Dancing) Bidi-bidi-bidi-bidi... Groovy... Get down!

    • Princess Ardala: What are you doing? Buck: (Disco dancing) It's called "getting down". It's a little before your time.

    • Jen: How did I get myself into this? Buck: By falling in love with a real fink, that's how. Jen: I don't know what that means, but I have a feeling I'm not gonna like it. Buck: You're catching on.

    • (Buck and Wilma saying goodbye after he switches places with Val-Zhan and puts on a red prison outfit.)
      Wilma: Be careful, huh?
      Buck: Don't worry, Wilma. I go in. Break Burton out. Rendezvous with you in four hours. It's a piece of cake.
      (Wilma says nothing, but looks concerned.)
      Buck: (Smiling as he hand Wilma his clothes.) Oh, here. Easy on the starch, will ya?

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    Notes (50)

    • In this episode, the first half of the pilot "Awakening (1)" Twiki does not talk, he only says "Bidi-bidi-bidi" and Doctor Theopolis translates for him. From the second half of the pilot "Awakening (2)" on he becomes quite vocal and spouts a lot of 20th century jargon as Buck teaches it to him.

    • You can still see the original main title sequence and theme song (with lyrics) by purchasing this movie on VHS from Universal Home Video. The original opening title sequence that played in theaters was considered too racy by 1979 standards to play on TV, so a new opening was shot for NBC.

    • This two-hour movie was a surprise hit in theaters in the spring of 1979, then spent the summer in heavy rotation on pay-cable channels before airing on NBC in the fall to kick off the TV series.

    • This episode originally aired as a 2 hour TV movie.

    • In the version shown on Netflix, there appears to be an edit where Buck battles Tigerman. Buck is cornered, and Tigerman is snarling at him. It then cuts to Tigerman howling in pain. In the next shot he is bending over holding his groin, which leads one to believe he received a kick to the groin that was edited out of the televised version.

    • This episode originally aired as a 2 hour TV movie.

    • This episode appears on the DVD in it's original 2-hour movie format

    • Buster Crabbe, who plays "Brigadier Gordon" in this episode, is most famous for playing Buck Rogers in the original 1930s series.

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    Trivia (58)

    • Goof: When Buck and Wilma return from the Draconian ship, the shot of them landing on Earth is the one with Buck's shuttlecraft.

    • Goof: When Buck is entering the cave, if you listen carefully you can hear street noises in the background.

    • This two part episode bears a striking similarity to the 1970 movie Beneath the Planet of the Apes—another movie about a space man frozen in his ship then awakened in the future. They share several other aspects including a radioactive mutant subterranean madman bent on world domination.

    • Goof: In the scene where Buck uses the grenade to launch himself at the overhead pipes, if you look carefully you can see his safety wire.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode as Buck and Wilma are walking down the hall, he tells her, "You know, ten and eleven really isn't as difficult as you think it is, Marla."

    • Goof: In this episode the prison robot throws a box, but we see that it is obviously just a cardboard box painted silver as we see that it has an unpainted bottom.

    • President Hieronymus Fox: Coren, you've got the manners of a sand squid.

      The sand squid creature was introduced in "Unchained Woman" (Season 1, episode 9) when Buck rescues Jen Burton (Jamie Lee Curtis) from an underground prison on Zeta Minor. It is a tentacled creature that lives under the desert sands and sucks unwary down rather like quicksand.

    • When Buck meets Lt. Cyrton, she mentions hearing of how he helped a woman escaped from the prison on Zeta Minor, a direct reference to the episode "Unchained Woman".

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    Allusions (17)

    • Twiki: Curse you, Red Baron!
      With an enemy fighter on his tail, Twiki feels obliged to quote the 20th Century cartoon character Snoopy from the comic strip Peanuts.

    • Buck Rogers: Have we met before? Brigadier Gordon: I don't think so captain, we're from different times. When Brigadier Gordon saves Buck and introduces himself, Buck asks if they have met. Gordon tells him that they are from different times. This is a reference to the fact that before playing Brigadier Gordon here, he (action star Larry "Buster" Crabbe) played Buck Rogers in both the classic black-and-white 1939 and more recent 1977 movies, both entitled Buck Rogers. Crabbe also played related comic strip space hero Flash Gordon in 1936's Flash Gordon, 1938's Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, and 1940's Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe. It is a popular practice to bring the original actor of a character back to play another (usually older) character in a remake as an inside joke.

    • Buck Rogers: (as Coren uses a device to close off their path through the photon shield) I wonder what Moses would have done. Buck is referring to the Biblical story of Moses's parting of the Red Sea as described in Exodus 14:26-29.

    • Buck Rogers: Haven't you ever head of the Flying Wallendas? The Flying Wallendas are a famous family of circus performers, acrobats, and aerialists known for their death-defying stunts who can trace their theatrical heritage back to Bohemia (in the then-Austro-Hungarian Empire) in the 1780s.

    • Hieronymus calls his bald guard "Curly-Joe". Curly-Joe was the bald member of the comedy act and short film trio The Three Stooges from 1933 through the 1960's.

    • When he escapes from Zale's henchman, Hieronymus tells the robot to take him to "34th and Lexington". This is an intersection and bus stop in the Manhattan, New York neighborhood of Murray Hill, so from this, we can assume that Hieronymous probably lived in that area prior to the holocaust. Twenty years after this episode aired, it also became the United States National Headquarters of Opus Die, a conservative, evangelical, Roman Catholic organization.

    • When he is packing for his vacation, Buck complains to the computer about the music it is playing and requests one of his own musical selections. The computer begins playing "Shambala" a 1973 hit by the American rock band Three Dog Night.

    • Gary Coleman's character, Hieronymus Fox, is a likely allusion to the 15th/16th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.

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  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • Sequence of links needs work....

    By bryanpyke7, Apr 16, 2014

  • I just saw the re runs

    By Susie-Gibbs, Sep 24, 2006

  • Were they serious?

    By tmkreutzer, Sep 12, 2007

  • A late 1970's and early 1980's incarnation of the classic pulp hero!

    By larrytalk, Sep 12, 2009

  • One of the better scifi shows of the 70s and 80's. Along with Battlestar Galacatica, one of e better "movie to TV crossovers"

    By paradave9111, May 06, 2008

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