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

Flight of the War Witch (27 Mar. 1980)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 show's theme song "Suspension" originally had lyrics, but these were only heard in the pilot and as the closing of "Flight of the War Witch". See more »

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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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Not the best way to end the series.
16 March 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Pendar is under attack from Zarina, the evil war witch, who has discovered a way past the planet's defence shields. But with Buck Rogers (and pals) on their side, plus help from Ardala and her Draconian henchmen, the Pendarians finally have a fighting chance at defeating the tyrant and destroying her massive Zaad battle-cruiser (which is equipped with a mega-cannon, of all things!).

Part Two of Flight of the War Witch is a bit of a chore to sit through, particularly if, like me, you watch both halves back-to-back. The first part was quite entertaining, with some nice performances, particularly from Erin Grey as Wilma Deering and Pamela Hensley as Ardala. This second half, however, has far too much dull chit-chat, too much footage of faceless bad-guys running around in motorcycle helmets (which look cheap, even by Buck Roger's standards), and a terribly unspectacular ending: I had hoped for the destruction of the Zaad craft to be a huge explosion; instead, we get a brief naff special effect of the ship colliding with the force field and a close up of Julie Newmar screaming.

The only positive thing I can say about this episode is that Hensley looks pretty darn good in that blue leather outfit of hers. Kudos to the costume designer.


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