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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Season 1 Episode 1

Awakening (1)

14
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 1979 on NBC
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Awakening (1)
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In the year 1987, NASA launched space probe Ranger III, with astronaut William "Buck" Rogers, on a 5-month trip around the solar system. However, the craft runs into a meteor storm, which disrupts its life support system and sends it into a long elliptical orbit of the Earth. In the year 2491, Ranger III again approaches the Earth, and is intercepted by the alien flagship Draconia, which is on a peace mission to Earth. Aboard the Draconia, Buck is revived by Princess Ardala and her second-in-command, Kane, whose true plan is to attack and conquer Earth. Buck is sent to Earth with a hidden homing device, which is soon discovered by Earth's Defense Directorate. Buck is found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. However, at the last minute a plan is devised to send Buck to infiltrate the Draconians in an effort to prove his innocence. (Part 1 of 2)

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    Gil Gerard

    Gil Gerard

    Captain William "Buck" Rogers

    Erin Gray

    Erin Gray

    Colonel Wilma Deering

    Tim O'Connor

    Tim O'Connor

    Dr. Elias Huer

    William Conrad

    William Conrad

    Narrator

    Felix Silla

    Felix Silla

    Twiki

    Mel Blanc

    Mel Blanc

    the voice of Twiki

    Henry Silva

    Henry Silva

    Kane

    Guest Star

    Joseph Wiseman

    Joseph Wiseman

    Draco

    Guest Star

    Duke Butler

    Duke Butler

    Tigerman

    Guest Star

    Pamela Hensley

    Pamela Hensley

    Princess Ardala

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

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

    • QUOTES (3)

      • (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.

    • NOTES (4)

      • 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.

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