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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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27 March 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The enemy spaceship in "Flight of the War Witch" was unfinished when shooting was scheduled to begin, so this was turned upside down to add an alien look to this. See more »


Princess Ardala: Shut up Kane! Just give them my best wishes and send them on their way. I don't want them to be late for the war!
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Music by Stu Phillips
Lyrics by Glen A. Larson
Sung by Kipp Lennon
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The Season One finalé.
16 March 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Season One of Buck Rogers in the 25th century ends as it began, with the Draconians causing trouble for the Terrans, and Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) doing her best to attract Buck's attention. However, by the end of this two-part adventure, the Draconians and the Terrans find themselves fighting side by side to beat a common foe: the evil War Witch, Zarina (Julie Newmar).

After a highly advanced civilisation contacts Earth (via a mysterious golden orb that lands in the desert just outside New Chicago), and the Defence Directorate are shown the secret of warp travel, Buck, Twiki and Dr. Theopolis man a specially prepared star-fighter and travel to another universe. Their ship is guided to the planet Pendar, where they are convinced to help in the Pendarian struggle against Zarina, a warmongering tyrant whose hobby is conquering civilisations.

Buck's chances of success against Zarina are greatly improved, however, when Ardala steals the golden orb from Earth, equips her battleship with warp-drive, and follows Buck to Pendar, taking an unwilling Wilma Deering and Dr. Heuer with her. Upon reaching Pendar, Ardala is faced with the prospect of being trapped forever in an alternate universe, and reluctantly agrees to help in the fight against Zarina.

Part one of Flight of the War Witch is pretty entertaining stuff, with some rare outdoor location shots featuring a lumbering tank style vehicle, a memorably emotional scene when Buck leaves for uncharted space (Erin Grey's tearful performance is terrific), and some colourful special effects as the star-fighter enters the warp.

Ardala has never been one of my favourite characters of the series, but here Hensley is actually pretty good, revelling in the campness of the part (the way she eyes up Tigerman's black musclebound replacement, Pantherman, is priceless!).

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