Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1, Episode 11

Cruise Ship to the Stars (27 Dec. 1979)

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It's abduction and genetic piracy on the "high seas" of deep space when Buck, Wilma, and Twiki board the luxury space-liner "Lyran Queen" to protect Miss Cosmos, a genetically perfect ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jalor Davin
Trisha Noble ...
Cruise Ship Captain
Twiki (voice)
Patty Maloney ...
Young Man
Dorothy Stratten ...
Miss Cosmos (as Dorothy R. Stratten)


It's abduction and genetic piracy on the "high seas" of deep space when Buck, Wilma, and Twiki board the luxury space-liner "Lyran Queen" to protect Miss Cosmos, a genetically perfect beauty queen who is the kidnap target of a mysterious woman with awesome superpowers. Written by J.C. Ewing

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27 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Dorothy Stratten's voice was dubbed by actress Anne Lockhart. See more »


When Sabrina first tries to attack Miss Cosmos, Miss Cosmos runs to close the door twice. See more »


Edited into Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A Blast for Buck (1980) See more »

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A Weaker Season One Episode
21 February 2008 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

"Cruise Ship to the Stars" is better known as the "Dorothy Stratten" episode and/or the "Love Boat" episode. Stratten because she guest stars as beauty queen Miss Cosmos, whose perfect DNA makes her the target of a trio of slice and dice criminals who want to dissect her for cloning purposes. "The Love Boat" because Universal tried to clone a futuristic episode of that show, with Miss Cosmos a passenger on a luxury liner in space, and the male villain played by mega-lame "Love Boat"/"Dallas" regular Leigh McCloskey.

The original air day of "Cruise Ship to the Stars" was December 27, 1979; which was about the midpoint of Season One and the only weaker episodes up to that point were the Pamela Hensley disasters. This relative quality issue became irrelevant once the Season Two episodes began being broadcast, as at that point viewers began to look back fondly at even the dregs of the first season.

Buck, Wilma, and Twiki board the ship at the request of the Captain, who has tangled with a powerful woman during an unsuccessful attack on Miss Cosmos. The woman, Sabrina, is extremely strong and can fire bolts of energy from her arms. The twist is that she is the alter ego of McCloskey's mild mannered girlfriend Allison. What passes for this episode's "big thrill" are the transformations back and forth between nasty Sabrina and super-sweet Allison. Unfortunately, rather than hire a good actress who could manage the multiple dimensions of this role, they choose to use separate actresses and the affect is unnecessarily lame. The older Trisha Noble (best remembered as Rockford's con-woman friend Odette) plays Sabrina and the younger Kimberly Beck (Barron Hilton's real life young wife and Linda Blair's teenage friend in "Roller Boogie") plays Allison. Television shows like Buck Rogers were hotbeds of Hollywood insider casting and the temptation to turn the Sabrina/Allison duel personality into an opportunity to reward "two" separate trophy wives/girlfriends was apparently too much for the producers to resist.

On the other hand Stratten, who obviously was cast for her physical perfection, demonstrates a surprising amount of acting talent and validates those who believe she had a promising career ahead of her.

Also of note is a sequence where Stella beats the crap out of Wilma and steals her jewels.

Although the series was set in the 25th century, the production designers stayed with what was regarded as "trendy" in 1979. This tendency is particularly apparent in this episode which features frequent scenes of disco dancing along with cast members in leisure suits and 1979 jogging attire.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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