Buck Rogers In the 25th Century, Season 1
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"In the year 1987, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. Aboard this compact starship a lone astronaut, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. In a freak mishap, his life-support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Ranger III was blown out of its planned trajectory into an orbit 1,000 times more vast, an orbit which was to return Buck Rogers to earth 500 years later." Blast off with Season 1 of the action-packed sci-fi adventure Buck Rogers In the 25th Century! Join legendary intergalactic crimefighters William "Buck" Rogers (Gil Gerard) and Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) as they lead the crew of the starship Searcher against a galaxy of evil from the past, present, and faraway future.
|1||VideoAwakening, Pt. 1||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. 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.||46:34||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoAwakening, Pt. 2||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.||46:32||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoPlanet of the Slave Girls, Pt. 1||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. On the planet, they trace the plot to a man named Kaleel (guest star Jack Palance) who has been selling slaves to the planet's governor (guest star Roddy McDowall). 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".||48:32||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoPlanet of the Slave Girls, Pt. 2||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. Buck must rescue Wilma (Erin Gray) from Kaleel's mountain fortress and destroy the attack fleet before it can reach Earth.||48:26||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoVegas In Space||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. The information involves plans for the Draconian Hatchet fighters, which have been plaguing Earth's defense forces.||48:36||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoPlot to Kill a City, Pt. 1||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.||48:36||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoPlot to Kill a City, Pt. 2||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.||48:35||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoReturn of the Fighting 69th||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. With the aid of retired members of the Earth Defense Directorate's 69th Squadron, Buck and Wilma attack the gun runners' base to destroy them and the chemical weapons.||48:36||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|9||VideoUnchained Woman||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. Breaking out of the underground prison, Buck and the woman head for a nearby spaceport for return to Earth, but they are pursued by an indestructible android prison guard.||48:34||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|10||VideoPlanet of the Amazon Women||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.||48:25||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|11||VideoCosmic Whiz Kid||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. Buck (Gil Gerard), Wilma (Erin Gray), and the bodyguard then make separate attempts to rescue the boy.||48:31||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|12||VideoEscape from Wedded Bliss||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....||48:36||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|13||VideoCruise Ship to the Stars||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. To his surprise, Buck learns the true identity of the mystery woman as he seeks the location of Miss Cosmos before a deadly dissection laser kills her.||48:38||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|14||VideoSpace Vampire||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.||48:34||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|15||VideoHappy Birthday, Buck||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. Meanwhile, a man who is plotting revenge against Huer attempts to gain access to the schedule so that he can ambush and kill Dr. Huer.||48:31||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|16||VideoA Blast for Buck||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.||48:27||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|17||VideoArdala Returns||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. Once aboard the flagship Draconia, Kane (guest star Michael Ansara) creates four duplicate androids of Buck in an attempt to have them pilot the Draconian Hatchet fighters in an attack against Earth.||48:30||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|18||VideoTwiki Is Missing||Twiki (voice 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.||48:28||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|19||VideoOlympiad||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.||48:36||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|20||VideoA Dream of Jennifer||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. He follows her and soon discovers that she was made to look like Jennifer in order to lure Buck into a trap set by an alien who wants Buck to stop a space freighter from delivering weapons to a planet his people hope to conquer.||48:26||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|21||VideoSpace Rockers||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.||48:32||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|22||VideoBuck's Duel to the Death||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.||48:32||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|23||VideoFlight of the War Witch, Pt. 1||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). Meanwhile, curious about Buck's whereabouts, Princess Ardala (guest star Pamela Hensley) has her spies steal information leading to Buck's mission.||48:36||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|24||VideoFlight of the War Witch, Pt. 2||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). 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.||48:35||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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Biddy biddy brilliant
Ah Buck Rogers, the tongue-in-cheek staple of early eighties Saturday night ITV. Season one was a dream, not least becausae of Gil Gerard as the out-of-time astronaut and Erin Gray as the foxy Wilma Deering. Some okay special effects for the time and decent storylines make this well worth another look. Just a pity about that pricetag. Give season two a miss (it was so poor despite the cool, enigmatic Hawk), but settle back and reflect on a time of disco-themed space shenanigans as you rocket down memory lane.
Great cult series, shame about being ripped off...
This is one of the all time greats. Simply classic cult television. Of course, the charming and stunning Col. Wilma Deering a.k.a Erin Gray, not only added charm and sophisication to the show, but turned men into giggling boys.
What is every boys dream? Yes, you guessed it, to travel into space and with this show you are able to enjoy every second as if you were there yourself. Simply being able to follow the further adventures of Buck Rogers a.k.a. Gil Gerard on more adventures, flying around the cosmos, with space battles and robots; not forgetting the lovely Wilma, was a boys dream.
I was very fortunate to meet Erin once and she is still just as wonderful and attractive I remembered, all those years ago. I also had a photo taken and she gave me a hug; I did not wash my shirt for a whole week. I can also remember walking around with this stupid grin of my face for weeks and weeks afterwards.
As a child growing up, I can remember watching each episode with excitement and antisipation. Terms like the Earth Defense Directorate became a house hold name and meeting characters like Dr. Theopolis, Dr. Huer and Twiki propelled us into the 25th century where the world was a very different place and nuclear war had all but destroyed the human race.
Some of you will no doubt have your on opinion as to what made this show great or a complete flop. I have to admit however that the second series was (at times), a complete waste of time. Characters like Hawk was such a rediculous character to introduce and searching for the lost, what? humans, in the where, doing what! What was that all about?
However series 1 was brilliant and if I could, I would award six stars. Simply being able to see Erin in those tight lyrca outfits gets my vote. As for series 2, just bear in mind that those tight lycra outfits kept on getting shorter and shorter.
I think the only really disappointment here is itunes. Come on guys, you have this series for quadruple the price of anywhere else. What is that all about? How can you charge so much for series that was created nearly thirty years ago. What a complete rip off.
5 stars for show, 2 stars for iTunes quality
I am aware that this is "archive" TV - however, I have coincidentally recently been witness to the pilot show (the first two episodes here, Awakening) from a non-legit source, and in spite of having PAID for this version on the strength of that, the quality of these episodes is absolutely dire compared to that "other" version.
The price for the entire show is also incredibly prohibitive. I wouldn't be registering this secondary complaint if quality was at least equivalent to what can be obtained from alternative sources... but can we seriously be expected to willingly choose to sacrifice *quality* simply to know that we didn't buck the system?
When are the TV and movies companies going to get this? I am, after all, one of those people who expressly *wishes* to (and is able to) pay for licensed versions of TV shows and movies, and yet issues like this continue to prevail.
Some parts of the pilot story were so dark that as a viewer, I could not discern what was going on (even with the lights off!). Whichever side of the iTunes equation is responsible for this situation needs to sorely reassess their approach to production of these purchases.
So, to recap: great classic 70s show, as far as I got with it (even in spite of the technical limitations) - terrible service from iTunes.