Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1, Episode 21

Flight of the War Witch (27 Mar. 1980)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Council Leader
Twiki (voice)
Tony Carroll ...


After a mysterious probe lands on Earth, Buck and Twiki travel through a vortex to another universe where the peaceful inhabitants of the planet Pendar are under attack from the ruthless war witch Zarina. Buck has to form an uneasy alliance with Draconian Princess Ardala, who has followed him through the vortex, in order to defeat Zarina. Written by Woodyanders

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The enemy spaceship in "Flight of the War Witch" was unfinished when shooting was scheduled to begin, so it was turned upside down to add an alien look to it. See more »


Princess Ardala: [on being introduced to Tigerman's replacement] I think I'll call you... Pantherman. You're black. You're beautiful. Why don't you come over here and show me your claws?
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Music by Stu Phillips
Lyrics by Glen A. Larson
Sung by Kipp Lennon
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Great penultimate and final episode of the first series
12 October 2013 | by (Novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

A mysterious large sphere lands outside New Chicago where a golden orb emerges and is brought back to the laboratory for an examination. This leads Buck to discover and impending danger from the War Witch.

Opening with an extended title sequence more money appears to have been injected into the seasons penultimate and finale episode. The special effects are better and more frequent, the sets are grander. There's brief on location external shots.

William 'Buck' Rogers (Gil Gerard) smooches his way through the first half like a sci-fi James Bond joined by Theo and Twiki who go along on the adventure. Dr. Elias Huer gets some weighty scenes and is further fleshed out actor Tim O'Connor brings more gravity and emotion here giving this episode an unknown edge. Col. Wilma Deering gives a defining speech adding to the uneasiness of the episode as Buck sets off into a vortex to search for life in an uncharted universe and you really do feel at this point that Buck may actually not return (it is the last of the series after all).

Julie Newmar as Zarina commands ever scene and is a partially good female antagonist reminiscent of a live action Disney Witch. Zarina is accompanied by her right hand man Spirot played by Sig Hague who get limited screen time. Series regulars Draconian Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) sporting some fetching outfits and Kane appear as red herrings in the scope of the episode. Twiki (Felix Silla (cousin IT) and voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc) gets his usual one-liners and there's a some fun moments where he interacts with another robot. Although Twiki's circular robot companion Dr. 'Theo' Theopolis (voiced by Eric Server) doesn't really get much to say in this outing.

Taking some visual cues from 2001 Space Odyssey and StarTrek albeit cheaper looking this episode is one of the better scripted and constructed both aesthetically and in terms of plot.

The second half includes a Star Was-like escape with Buck assisting the perfect spoilt Princess Ardala and Deering wonderfully played by the (continually underutilised) stunning Ering Gray helping Kane. Earth's Starfighters team up with the Draconians to help the Pendarians against Zarina's army in a dogfight space showdown.

There's plenty of great music with some nice stings and sound effects to accompany the many well dressed setups.

Debabtly more fun and faster paced than the feature length 'Awakening', The two parter Flight of the War Witch closes with a rendition of Kipp Lennon's 'Suspension' song that opened the series pilot/film which fittingly bookends the the first series (arguably perfectly if series/season two hadn't had been made).

Spaceships, laser shootouts, robots, warring aliens, forcefields, voice computers to name a few, overall with some underlining theology, smidgens of action its one of the slicker produced and better looking episodes.

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