Nearing his 534th birthday, Buck Rogers feels homesick for the 20th century and Wilma Deering plans a surprise party to cheer him up. To lure Buck out of his apartment and allow Wilma to ... See full summary »

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Raylyn Derren
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Dr. Delora Bayliss
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Colonel Cornell Traeger (as Peter Mac Lean)
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Twiki (voice)
Chip Johnson ...
Carew
Bruce Wright ...
Rorvik
Ernesto Macias ...
Lieutenant Garth (as Eric Mason)
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Harry Gold ...
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Miles
Clay Alexander ...
Marsden
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Nearing his 534th birthday, Buck Rogers feels homesick for the 20th century and Wilma Deering plans a surprise party to cheer him up. To lure Buck out of his apartment and allow Wilma to arrange the party, Dr. Huer assigns him to escort psychic courier Raylyn Derren to New Detroit. Meanwhile, the bitter and vindictive Cornell Traeger escapes from a remote planet that he has been imprisoned on for 15 years. He acquires a mutant power to change molecular structures and plans revenge on Dr. Huer for sending him on a disastrous mission. Traeger kidnaps the psychic courier to find out Dr. Huer's location and Buck must stop him before he can carry out the assassination. Written by Woodyanders

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This is the first and only time in the show that Buck's full name - William Anthony Rogers - is mentioned. See more »

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When Buck is fighting one of Bayliss's henchmen in the hangar, the henchman turns into a long haired blonde in the long shots and a shorter haired brunette in the close-ups. See more »

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Dr. Delora Bayliss: For God's sake Cory, I'm no murderer!
Col. Cornell Traeger: No? And I suppose you weren't selling quadrillum when we first met on Rigellus 4 either. How many people died of radiation poison back then Delora?
Dr. Delora Bayliss: That was different.
Col. Cornell Traeger: Oh being an acessory to murder doesn't bother you does it. It's just the act itself you have no stomach for.
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Buck Rogers: "Happy Birthday, Buck"
16 August 2017 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

PLOT: As Rogers' 534th birthday nears and Wilma & Huer plan a surprise party, a homesick Buck is commissioned to escort a psychic courier to New Detroit (Morgan Brittany). Meanwhile an embittered man with newly acquired powers (Peter MacLean) seeks revenge on Huer by kidnapping the courier in order to target his prey. Tamara Dobson is on hand as a 25th century psychologist forced to team-up with the vengeful man.

COMMENTARY: This episode's mostly notable for the presence of petite beauty Morgan Brittany. Other than that, the surprise party element is heartwarming and the villain's powers are formidable, but the plot's a little on the convoluted side.


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