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"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" Shgoratchx! (1981)

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Original Air Date:
19 March 1981 (Season 2, Episode 8)
Buck and Hawk are ordered to explore an old derelict spaceship, where they find a hold full of solar bombs and a crew of seven dwarfs... See more » | Add synopsis »
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You just know that a series is on its last legs when they bring out the dwarfs. See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers

Erin Gray ... Col. Wilma Deering

Thom Christopher ... Hawk
Jay Garner ... Admiral Asimov

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Dr. Goodfellow

Tommy Madden ... General Xenos

Felix Silla ... Twiki

Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)

Alex Hyde-White ... Ensign Moore
John Edward Allen ... General Zoman

Tony Cox ... Private Zedht

Billy Curtis ... General Yoomak
Harry Monty ... General Sothoz
Spencer Russell ... General Towtuk
Charles Secor ... General Kuzan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff David ... Crichton (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Vincent McEveety 
Writing credits
Glen A. Larson (developed for television by) &
Leslie Stevens (developed for television by)

William Keys (written by)

Robert C. Dille (characters)

Produced by
Calvin Clements Jr. .... supervising producer (as Calvin Clements)
John Mantley .... executive producer
John G. Stephens .... producer
Karen Welch .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bruce Broughton 
Cinematography by
Ben Colman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Potter  (as George R. Potter)
Art Direction by
Peter Clemens 
Set Decoration by
Frank Lombardo  (as Francisco Lombardo)
Costume Design by
Al Lehman 
Production Management
Paul Wurtzel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Lillis .... second assistant director
Robert Villar .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ted Wilson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (as Earl N. Crain Jr.)
Dick Wahrman .... sound effects editor (as Dick R. Wahrman)
Special Effects by
Chuck Arrigo .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... special photographic effects supervisor: Universal Hartland
David Jones .... special photographic effects supervisor: Universal Hartland
Casting Department
Joe Reich .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barry Downing .... costume supervisor: Gil Gerard
Music Department
Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music
Donald Woods .... music editor
Johnny Harris .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Stu Phillips .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen McPherson .... executive story consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

60 min
Color (technicolor) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

According to "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Shgoratchx! (#2.8)" (1981), the robots Twiki and Crichton are programmed by Isaac Asimov's three laws of Robotics. When they are reactivated after repairs, they quote the laws and a brief history of the laws' origin.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Crichton extends a probe from his hand into the control panel, the wire leading the probe out of his hand is plainly visible.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
You just know that a series is on its last legs when they bring out the dwarfs., 19 May 2008
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Buck and Hawk explore an old derelict spacecraft that has drifted into busy space-lanes; there they find seven (yes... seven) dwarfs in charge of a cargo of dangerously deteriorating solar bombs. The little folk are transferred to The Searcher, which is used to tow the disabled craft to a safe destination where the unstable bombs can be detonated.

Once onboard The Searcher, however, the troublesome little folk cause all manner of problems, including accidentally damaging the ship's power supply, denting Crichton's positronic brain, and causing The Searcher to alter course and head straight for a star!

I've always been of the opinion that the inclusion of a dwarf can drastically improve almost any film or TV episode (particularly if the dwarf in question is adept at kung fu), but in this particular case, I think that it's a case of a few dwarfs too many. With their constant cheeky shenanigans and annoying mannerisms (all saying the same thing at the same time), I found this group of diminutive aliens irritating in the extreme—well, at least until they teamed together in an attempt to remove sexy Wilma Deering's sailor uniform.

After that, I kinda respected them a little more.

Off-think! Off-think! You know what, next time I meet Erin Gray, I might just give that a try.

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