Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Season 1 Episode 11

Cosmic Whiz Kid

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 1979 on NBC
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Cosmic Whiz Kid
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Hieronymus Fox, an 11-year-old child genius from the 20th Century is kidnapped for ransom by the sinister Roderick Zale. The boy is the President of the planet Genesia and his bodyguard fears that he will be killed because they cannot meet the ransom demand. Buck, Wilma, and the bodyguard then make separate attempts to rescue the boy.

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  • Yeah, this was a good show where the kid heronomus fox was kiddnapp by rodrick zails,and her friends.And Buck has to help his body guard him on another planet. A sinister plnet.With gambiling and rough fights and killer army.But buck like he's smart.moreless

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    Buck Rodgers alwas the best even when he help kids from the 20th century.A little child like gary coleman is a wiz kid form 500 year earlier was taken by thieves from another world and given to others to help their world.Now kidnapp by superbad guy rodrick zail,zail have sinister alien working for him that have superpowers and very strong and kill with his bare hands.And there is the bodyguard very sexy tight pants very beautiful lady and a great fighter too.And there's Col Deering WOW no tight pant is this one but I'll take it not much fighting okmoreless
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

Eric Server

Eric Server

the voice of Dr. Theopolis

Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc

the voice of Twiki

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Hieronymus Fox

Guest Star

Ray Walston

Ray Walston

Roderick Zale

Guest Star

Melody Rogers

Melody Rogers

Lt. Dia Cyrton

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • 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".

    • After being abducted by Lt. Cyrton, Buck mentions that he was supposed to be meeting a woman named Tangie--possibly the same Tangie from "Vegas in Space".

    • Goof: It is odd that neither Buck nor Fox had heard of the other. The existence of another survivor of 20th century Earth would be hard to hide. In addition, Fox's "foreign policy" aides somehow gave him adequate information and intelligence without mentioning Earth or Buck.

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  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • 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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