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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Season 1
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Blast off with Buck Rogers In The 25th Century for tomorrow's greatest adventures! This exciting sci-fi series will rocket you into a galaxy of amazing characters, space-age wizardry and unbelievable fantasy. Buck Rogers is a 20th century astronaut frozen in ice after crashing in the arctic. He's thawed in the 25th century and enlisted to help save earth from bloodthirsty aliens!
Starring
Gil GerardErin GrayTim O'Connor
Genres
Science FictionAction
Subtitles
None Available
Audio Languages
English
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  1. 1. Awakening, Part 1
    September 20 1979
    47min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Part 1 of 2. 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.
  2. 2. Awakening, Part 2
    September 20 1979
    47min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Part 2 of 2. After Buck is branded as a traitor, he manages to convince the council to allow him the chance to clear his name. Buck returns to the Draconian flagship, and pretends to ally himself with Princess Ardala. The Princess is smitten by Buck and soon Buck manages to learn of Draconian plans to invade Earth. Buck realizes that he must find a way to stop the attack.
  3. 3. Planet of the Slave Girls, Part 1
    August 30 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Part 1 of 2. Most of Earth's defense squadron becomes incapacitated after ingesting poisoned food discs. Buck (Gil Gerard) travels to the planet of the food's origin, Vistula, with Wilma (Erin Gray) and flight instructor Duke Danton (guest star David Groh), Wilma's old boyfriend.
  4. 4. Planet of the Slave Girls, Part 2
    August 30 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Part 2 of 2. Buck Gil Gerard) and Danton (guest star David Groh) recover from their crash, but now they are stranded in the desert. Meanwhile, Kaleel's (guest star Jack Palance) secret fleet is getting ready to attack Earth. With so few fighter pilots, Earth's defense force is now outnumbered 10-to-1.
  5. 5. Vegas in Space
    October 4 1979
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Buck (Gil Gerard) is sent to the gambling city Sinaloa with Directorate special agent Marla Landers (Guest star Juanin Clay) to rescue a young woman who has been kidnapped by the city's ruler, Velosi (guest star Richard Lynch). Velosi plans to extract some information from the woman's mind in order to destroy one of his competitors.
  6. 6. Plot to Kill a City, Part 1
    October 11 1979
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Part 1 of 2. After a Defense Directorate agent kills a member of a group of interstellar assassins, the group plots to take their revenge on the city of New Chicago. Buck (Gil Gerard) masquerades as an assassin and joins the group, but his attempt to thwart their plan is stopped when the leader of the group, Kellogg (guest star Frank Gorshin), discovers that Buck is an impostor.
  7. 7. Plot to Kill a City, Part 2
    October 18 1979
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Part 2 of 2. Buck's (Gil Gerard) disguise has been uncovered and he has been taken captive by the "Legion of Death". He must find a way to escape his captors and prevent Kellogg from detonating New Chicago's matter/antimatter energy plant, or everyone in the city will be killed.
  8. 8. Return of the Fighting 69th
    October 25 1979
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Some time before Buck Roger's (Gil Gerard) arrival, Col. Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) had set out to capture two interstellar gun runners. A fire in their spacecraft left them disfigured and they now set out to take their revenge on Wilma and Earth. Capturing a freighter with 20th Century chemical weapons, they plan to poison the planet's atmosphere.
  9. 9. Unchained Woman
    November 1 1979
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Buck (Gil Gerard) masquerades as a convict to break into a prison in an attempt to rescue Jen Burton (guest star Jamie Lee Curtis), who took the blame for a murder her boyfriend, a shipping pirate, really committed. The Earth Defense Directorate believes that she can supply information to put the pirate in jail.
  10. 10. Planet of the Amazon Women
    November 8 1979
    48min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Kidnapped to the planet Zantia, Buck (Gil Gerard) finds himself auctioned off to Ariela (guest star Ann Dusenberry), the daughter of the planet's Prime Minister. Through her, Buck learns that the planet's male population is being held as prisoners of war of a people called the Ruathans. Buck agrees to help the women free their men in return for his own freedom.
  11. 11. Cosmic Whiz Kid
    November 15 1979
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Hieronymous Fox (guest star Gary Coleman), an 11-year-old child genius from the 20th Century, is kidnapped for ransom by the sinister Roderick Zale (guest star Ray Walston). 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.
  12. 12. Escape from Wedded Bliss
    November 29 1979
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Princess Ardala (guest star Pamela Hensley) returns to try to make Buck (Gil Gerard), who she considers the most genetically perfect male in the galaxy, her husband. With a powerful weapon poised in Earth's orbit, she commands the planet's leaders to turn Buck Rogers over to her or else.
  13. 13. Cruise Ship to the Stars
    December 27 1979
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Murder and romance await Buck and Wilma (Gil Gerard and Erin Gray) aboard the cruise ship Lyran Queen. Buck befriends a shy young girl while investigating the attempted kidnapping of beauty queen Miss Cosmos (guest star Dorothy Stratten) by a woman with superpowers.
  14. 14. Space Vampire
    January 3 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    No one believes that the Vorvon (guest star Nicholas Hormann ), who sneaks up on his victims and drains their living soul, is responsible for a series of deaths on Space Station Theta except Wilma (Erin Gray) -- his next intended victim.
  15. 15. Happy Birthday, Buck
    January 10 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    It's Buck Roger's 534th birthday, and Wilma (Erin Gray) and Dr. Huer (Tim O'Connor) plan a surprise party to cheer up the homesick astronaut. Wilma arranges to get Buck (Gil Gerard) "out of the way" by having him accompany Dr. Huer's assistant (guest star Morgan Brittany) to New Detroit with the doctor's business schedule.
  16. 16. A Blast for Buck
    January 17 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    To discover the secret behind a terrifying riddle presented to him, Buck (Gil Gerard) subjects himself to a mind probe in an attempt to find out who is responsible for the mysterious objects being transported into the Defense Directorate's building.
  17. 17. Ardala Returns
    January 24 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Princess Ardala (guest star Pamela Hensley) returns with another plan to snare the man from the 20th Century. This time, she captures Buck (Gil Gerard) by luring him aboard a phony 20th Century spaceship like his Ranger III.
  18. 18. Twiki is Missing
    January 31 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Twiki (voiced by Mel Blanc) 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 mechanoid to work the mines. While in the mines attempting to rescue Twiki, Buck (Gil Gerard) discovers something that will help Earth destroy a 10-ton ice asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth.
  19. 19. Olympiad
    February 7 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Buck (Gil Gerard) 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 as an athlete from the planet Lozira attempts to defect to Earth.
  20. 20. A Dream of Jennifer
    February 14 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Buck (Gil Gerard) is haunted by the appearance of a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Jennifer (Anne Lockhart), a woman who Buck left behind when he was propelled into the 25th Century.
  21. 21. Space Rockers
    February 21 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    The evil Lars Mangros (guest star Jerry Orbach) 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 (Gil Gerard) infiltrates Musicworld, where the broadcast will originate, in an attempt to stop the madman from destroying the galaxy's cities.
  22. 22. Buck's Duel to the Death
    March 20 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Buck (Gil Gerard) attempts to free a peaceful planet from the powerful grip of an evil warlord known as the Traybor (William Smith). He leads a band of men into Traybor's fortress in the hope of freeing the women the alien has kidnapped, but Traybor has a few special powers that may end Buck's career at any moment.
  23. 23. Flight of the War Witch, Part 1
    March 27 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Part 1 of 2. A mysterious sphere lands in the desert near New Chicago. When Buck (Gil Gerard) investigates, the globe releases a smaller sphere. Inside the small sphere are instructions on how to travel to another universe. Buck journeys through a space warp, where he discovers that the peaceful planet Pendar is being threatened by the sinister war witch Zarina (guest star Julie Newmar).
  24. 24. Flight of the War Witch, Part 2
    March 27 1980
    49min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Part 2 of 2. As Princess Ardala (guest star Pamela Hensley) holds Doctor Huer (Tim O'Connor) and Wilma (Erin Gray) captive on her ship the Draconia, the Pendaran Council ask both Buck and Ardala for help in defeating Zarina (guest star Julie Newmar).

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Directors
Daniel Haller
Supporting actors
Felix SillaMel BlancEric Server
Season year
1980
Network
NBC Universal
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Format
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Devices
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4.6 out of 5 stars

840 global ratings

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  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Camberwell CarrotReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Year is 1987...
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I'm reviewing the 5 disc US Blu-ray version (with the full cinematic poster image on the front). Strangely, it's Region B, or possibly Region-Free. It plays absolutely fine on my UK player.

The image is perfect in this "...digitally remastered and high definition..." format. In fact, it's almost too perfect as you can now see every spaceport or 'exterior' shot of a city is in fact a matte painting. The studio(?) shots are crystal clear, and look as if they were filmed a few years ago as opposed to a few decades ago. The menus are simple, but so much better than some of the boring static screen grabs with indifferent text that seem to be used on many a presentation.

As for the content? Well, due to when the series was created it's a bit 'Disco', so it shares similarities with 'Space 1999' (including having some top-notch opening credits), but it does have a charm of it's own. Bought more for nostalgia than any other reason, it brings back happy memories of Saturday tea-times, when this particular seven-year old had to sit through what felt like an eon of 'World of Sport' to be finally rewarded with a decent hour's worth of escapism!
13 people found this helpful
MattLBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Restored nostalgia
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Like many, I bought this BluRay boxset mostly out of nostalgia born of watching it as a family when I was a child. I was curious to see how much I remembered and whether it was still as entertaining decades later. The good news is that the re-scanning for HD has worked very well and it doesn't look like something that's forty years old, apart from the fact that it's in 4:3 ratio, not today's widescreen. The improvement in image quality is very obvious if you watch the "feature length film" versions of some of the episodes as they are in SD and look much softer and paler. Since this is a series that presents the future as crammed full of vibrant colours, this makes a big difference.

Less good are the extras, as there are none of the standard things like commentaries, out-takes, or interviews with the actors. There aren't even any subtitles. What you do get are some two-part episodes glued together to make film-length versions and a very odd feature of being able to watch the episodes with sound effects and music, but no dialogue. Disc 4 had freezes in two of the episodes, but trying the same disc on a computer was fine, so it is not a physical fault with the disc, just an incompatibility with my Panasonic player.

As for the enjoyment factor, well taken as a lightweight bit of futuristic entertainment it does its job, but compared to contemporaries like Battlestar Galactica the action, excitement and suspense is a bit lacking. Even more than 60s-era Star Trek it is really obvious in the fight scenes when it switches from a main actor to a stuntman in a wig, so you have to let that go and enjoy it for what it is. Same deal with the matte painting exteriors, although some of those still look good. It still has one of the best intro sequences ever and the ending sequence is as satisfyingly cosmic as I remember it too.
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FlyboyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalia and beautiful Women
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Loved this showed when I was a kid and still love it for its fun, innocence and great good guy that Buck was. This was when Saturday evening meant something, this was when you sat cross legged in front of the telly with your dinner plate on any handy and available box, glued to the Star Wars like special effects and the fantastic enemies, fights and gun battles! Watching with Mom and Dad too, Mom lusting after Buck and Dad lusting after Willma. This era is long gone, the days of the good guy doing the right thing, the bad guys loosing because they were bad guys and the bad guys never won!

But never fear!

One can still visit those Halcyon days for a small sum of credits for the whole 1st season, the best season before it went completley off the boil and randomly terrible in season 2. The quality is DVD like and lovely to watch.

A small note, if you own the older white cover DVD box set, you will know that disk 1 begins with the movie version that was created from editing together the first three TV episodes. This digital set does not use the movie to open viewing, but the three original episodes as would have been broadcast. This was a treat for me as I have not seen these three complete episodes since I was a kid, only having access to the movie on VHS then DVD, so it was a treat to see all these scenes that were not in the film.

Great fun and from a more innocent time. Purchase and enjoy.
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M. G. GoodsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
As awful as I remember but still a gem!
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I cannot remember whether this came after the Sam Jones' movie, which is still a hoot, or before but trying to make a sci-fi series out of what is effectively a 'spoof' of thirties 'serials' beggars belief. It would be like taking 'Galaxy Quest' or the 'Princess Bride' and trying to turn it into a cogent, 'intelligent' progamme.
Nonetheless, it has a certain nostalgia value; as an adolescent, I salivated over Erin Grey. Mores the pity, I find myself still salivating!
Much like 'Space 1999', 'UFO'. 'Blakes 7' but, interestingly, not 'Sapphire and Steel' (which I find to be way beyond its time), it sought to 'cash in' on a resurgence in sci-fi with the poorest of scripts, minimal budgets and acting that an amateur would be ashamed of. Not until 'Babylon 5' would the sci-fi serial come of age.
Nonetheless, I have enjoyed my relapse into adolescent whimsey, it makes me remember what a life was like that was not shackled with mortgage debt, overdrafts and Covid-19.
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WeslakeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
DVD review - it's ok viewing for 'lockdown' with attractive scantily clad women.
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This is a review of the DVD which is ok but occasionally has lines, like scratch lines in the film, run from top to bottom of the screen. The quality isn't bad but it's good either and I have DVDs much sharper and clearer than this. Is the blu-ray release better - I'm not going to bother to find out.

I think there are at least 6 discs in this set but by the end of the 2nd disc the story lines have fallen into a less than exciting 'formula'. Earth is threatened, only Buck can help, computers are useless, there is an attractive woman or two to be rescued, the women have never met anyone like before, an expected person provides assistance, there is a happy ending.

The saving grace for watching this so far are that the numerous female leads are attractive scantily clad women. Erin Gray is ok but never my favourite. So if you're in 'lockdown' and don't have anything else to watch, this is better than nothing, so far.
MR.OReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Series
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I cannot say anything that has not already been said in other reviews, this was a great series brought back a lot of old memories , when TV didn't take itself too seriously. I know the dialogue seems a bit camp and cheesy by todays standards but most of the programmes in the early 80s were.
The only niggle that I had was that firstly what was called Awakening is not the tv movie which went with the series but the cinema version which was released almost a year before.it left a lot of questions unanswered in the story which were answered by the extra scenes in the tv movie. Also the playing order has been changed. instead of the next episodes being The Fighting 59TH & Unchained Woman as they were on tv ( I still have the VHS tape) we have Planet of the Slaves Girls which appeared much later
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John MacleanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
... six years old and the first series is the best particularly Twicky voiced by Mel Blanc
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I used to watch this at home when I was five and six years old and the first series is the best particularly Twicky voiced by Mel Blanc. My favorite episode has Twicky getting annoyed by a robotic dustbin which keeps criticizing how he is doing the job. Twicky replies "Do me a favour, Stop talking and get walking". Very enjoyable to watch.
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Dominic FentonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Genius! Thrown 500 years into the future, and ends up in the 1970's disco era
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Roller skates, disco dancing, and some politically incorrect costumes, makes this the most fun you can have in the 21st century. Reminds me of the good old day, you know, when liking the opposite sex wasn't considered liberal blasphemy.
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