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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)moreless
Most of Earth's defense squadron becomes incapacitated after ingesting poisoned food discs. Buck travels to the planet of the food's origin, Vistula, with Wilma and flight instructor Duke Danton, Wilma's old boyfriend. On the planet, they trace the plot to a man named Kaleel who has been selling slaves to the planet's governor. After Wilma is taken prisoner, Buck and Duke try to follow her in an effort to uncover the plot, however their ship is brought down by a "power leech". (Part 1 of 2)moreless
Princess Ardala returns with another plan to snare the man from the 20th Century. This time, she captures Buck by luring him aboard a phony 20th Century spaceship like his Ranger III. Once aboard the Draconia, Kane creates four duplicate androids of Buck in an attempt to have them pilot the Draconian Hatchet fighters in an attack against Earth.moreless
Twiki is kidnapped by the evil ruler of a mining colony who, faced with an uprising of the mine workers, plans to make duplicates of the AmbuQuad to work the mines. While in the mines attempting to rescue Twiki, Buck discovers something that will help Earth destroy a 10-ton ice asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth.moreless
The evil Lars Mangros plans to broadcast a subliminal signal during the next performance of the rock group Andromeda that will cause the youth of the galaxy to riot. Buck infiltrates Music World, where the broadcast will originate, in an attempt to stop the madman from destroying the galaxy's cities.
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.moreless
Buck is invited to be the special guest of the 2492 Olympics. Shortly after arriving on the planet where they are being held, he is drawn into a game of political intrigue when an athlete from the planet Lozira attempts to defect to Earth.
As Princess Ardala holds Doctor Huer and Wilma captive on her ship the Draconia, the Pendaran Council ask both Buck and Ardala for help in defeating Zarina. Soon a temporary truce is made and Buck prepares to lead a combined fleet of Earth Starfighters and Draconian Marauders in an attack on the battle-cruiser of the War Witch. (Part 2 of 2)moreless
After a Defense Directorate agent kills a member of a group of interstellar assassins, they plot to take their revenge on the city of New Chicago. Buck masquerades as an assassin and joins the group, but his attempt to thwart their plan is stopped when the leader of the group, Kellogg, discovers that Buck is an impostor. (Part 1 of 2)moreless