Princess Ardala returns to Earth with a deadly space weapon that can destroy ever city on the planet. She informs the Defense Directorate that she will proceed unless Buck Rogers is turned ... See full summary »



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Elaine Nista ...
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Tracy Miller ...
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Nancy Morris ...
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Princess Ardala returns to Earth with a deadly space weapon that can destroy ever city on the planet. She informs the Defense Directorate that she will proceed unless Buck Rogers is turned over to her so that she can marry him. Dr. Huer initially refuses but when things look bleak, Buck departs to find a Draconian defector who lives in seclusion on Earth and knows the layout of Ardala's flagship. Unfortunately, the man is insane with fear of being captured and the only way to learn what he knows is to probe his mind. Meanwhile, Buck goes along to Ardala's flagship to prepare for the wedding and attempts to destroy Ardala's weapon before he becomes her groom. Written by Woodyanders

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29 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Both Michael Ansara and Alfred Ryder guest starred in Star Trek (1966), though in different episodes. See more »


When Tigerman and Buck fight the symbolic duel, near the end Buck elbows Tigerman three times in the stomach and then throws Tigerman over his head. As Tigerman goes over you can see Bucks belt fall off. Next, where he is twisting Tigerman's wrist and telling Princess Ardala he 'will not kill him' the belt has reappeared fastened around him. See more »


Kane #2: You're a stubborn man, Rogers. Maybe that's what the Princess sees in you.
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Edited into Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A Blast for Buck (1980) See more »

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Ardala doesn't take no for an answer.
18 February 2009 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I've seen every episode of Buck Rogers from both seasons, and thought I'd written comments on all of them; imagine my surprise to discover that, somehow, Episode 12 from Season One—Escape from Wedded Bliss—had slipped through my net and avoided critique.

And imagine my horror when I realised that it was one of the episodes that I enjoyed least of all and that, in order to write a fair comment, I would have to watch it all over again! Oh well, the dirty deed has now been done, and here's what I have to say....

Wow, what a stinker!

Misguided Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) is still under the illusion that Buck (Gil Gerard) is the most genetically perfect male in the galaxy, and threatens to destroy Earth's cities with her alien pyramid weapon unless he agrees to become her husband. After a brief trip into the wasteland to secure vital information that can help him destroy the princess's space laser, Buck travels to the Draconian flagship where he is to be wed, but not until he has fought a duel to the death against Tigerman to prove his worth!

Apart from a hilariously camp disco-roller-skating sequence, and the really bad duel, which sees Gerard donning a leather girdle to hold in his gut, Escape from Wedded Bliss is an pretty unentertaining mix of lame comedy, lacklustre action, and plain stupidity. From Buck's inexplicable use of what looks like a WW2 motorbike (with sidecar for Twiki) to travel beyond the boundaries of New Chicago, to Tigerman's betrayal of Ardala (which seems to be instantly forgiven by the usually ruthless princess), this episode is simply dreadful.

And the lovely Erin Grey isn't given anywhere near enough screen time.

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