After one of their number gets killed by an Earth Defense Directorate agent, an elite group of lethal assassins known as the Legion of Death vow revenge and devise a plan to destroy New Chicago. Buck...
A 20th century astronaut is caught in a freak accident in deep space, causing his spacecraft Ranger 3 to be blown into an orbit that returns him to Earth almost 500 years later. Earth is recovering from a nuclear war and is coming under hostile attack by the Draconian Empire. The later series has based on a spaceship exploring the unknown reaches of space. Written by
In the UK, the series was shown by ITV beginning on 30 August 1980, the same date that the BBC began screening season 18 of their long-running sci-fi hit Doctor Who (1963). With both shows in the same Saturday early evening slot, Buck Rogers trounced Doctor Who which saw its ratings fall from a series high of 16.1 million viewers the season before to a low of 3.7 million viewers in November 1980, the lowest ratings in the programme's history at that time. As a similar effect had occurred three years earlier when ITV screened Man from Atlantis (1977), this prompted the BBC to move Doctor Who to a weekday evening slot for its following season, even though Buck Rogers had already been canceled by that time. See more »
Throughout the series, there are many sequences when Buck and/or Wilma would take off in one configuration of a starfighter and then different cuts would have them sitting side by side and then a moment later one in front of the other. There would also be different ships (sky sled) where they would take off in one type of ship,exterior shots show them as they fly through space in a totally different looking ship, and then either land in the same ship they took off in, or in another different looking ship. See more »
Shall I order the ambuquad disassembled?
You ever have TWO broken arms, buster?
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In a few non-consecutive episodes toward the end of the first season, the soundtrack for the opening credits is slightly different. Though the narration is spoken by the same actor and has the same wording, it is delivered here with slightly different pacing. This different version of the opening credits also has a different recording of the music, easily identifiable by a slightly more bombastic bass guitar in the 2491-era portion of the title sequence. See more »
Enjoyed the show as a kid. Not sure how much I would like Buck now.
The fact I have not seen this show since I was a kid makes me not want to give this show a score. I am quite certain that though I enjoyed the show as a kid I would probably think less of the show now. This film was in the same vein as a lot of other science fiction shows of the 70's and 80's. It has the cheese to it, it has spaceship battles, robots and it did not last all that long. This show was about Buck Rogers of course, a man of the past, saving the day in the future from strange women with his female and robot sidekick that had that funny little thing it did when it spoke. Of course, it was not high quality show, but when you are a kid you eat this kind of stuff up, especially if you were the type of kid who enjoyed "Star Wars" and things of that nature and I most certainly did. Gil Gerard was good as Buck and Erin Gray was good too in this one. She would later go on to be in the family comedy "Silver Spoons", but I am not sure what else she may have appeared in after that one. I am reading here that the show went off track during season two, however I do believe that the hawk dude was in the show then and I may well think differently now, but then I thought he was rather cool. I also enjoyed the episode where Buck is on this desert planet being tracked by this on robot guy because Buck I think was posing as a prisoner. Don't know why, always enjoyed it for some reason. All in all a show I enjoyed as a kid, not sure if I would now then though.
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