Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Season 1 Episode 11

Cosmic Whiz Kid

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 1979 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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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