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.
Buster Crabbe who played Brigadier Gordon also played Flash Gordon in the old 30's serials.
Brigadier Gordon's statement that he has been involved in space combat since long before Buck was born is ironic in two ways:
1. Brigadier Gordon must not know that Buck is over 500 years old.
2. Buster Crabbe played the original Buck Rogers in the movie serial Buck Rogers (1939).
This episode originally aired as a 2 hour TV movie.
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.