A satellite enters Earth orbit. This transmits a message intended for Buck, and a warning of a possible attack. Buck and his friends attempt to figure out who might have sent the satellite to prevent the attack.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Patty Maloney ...
Twiki (voice)


Once a satellite enters Earth orbit, a strange device materializes and presents a message for Buck Rogers, and a warning of a possible attack. Unable to solve the peculiar puzzle, Dr. Huer believes that the device was sent by someone with a grudge against Buck so he scans Buck, Wilma and Twiki's memories to review many of the villains they have crossed paths with. Meanwhile, Dr. Theopolis attempts to logically narrow down the culprit - or the prankster - responsible for the curious riddles. Written by Woodyanders

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17 January 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the flashback sequences that are supposedly memories of Buck, Wilma and Twiki, there are several examples of scenes in which the person remembering the sequence was not present. For example, in Wilma's recollection of certain events from "Return of the Fighting 69th", one of the shots is of a man warning the gunrunners that the next bomb will hit. Wilma wasn't in that room when he said that. See more »

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Lackluster episode
29 April 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Buck Rogers (an unusually phlegmatic Gil Gerard) subjects himself to a mind probe in order to find out who is responsible for the mysterious objects being sent to the Defense Directorate's building. Director David G. Phinney, working from a talky and uninspired script by Dick Nelson, crucially fails to generate any tension or momentum, thereby ensuring that this show is a real tedious slog from limp start to lame finish. Worse yet, the blah story ain't much of a grabber and the whole thing just reeks of cheapness. The use of clips from previous better episodes makes this insipid affair come across like a cut-rate "greatest hits" compilation done by K-Tel. The silly big surprise ending doesn't help matters any. On the plus side, the always gorgeous Erin Gray looks quite yummy in a tight'n'clingy red spandex jumpsuit and Gary Coleman briefly enlivens the dull proceedings with a last reel appearance as precocious child genius Heironymous Fox, but overall this one rates as a definite low point of the first season.

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