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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raylyn Derren
Dr. Delora Bayliss
Peter MacLean ...
Colonel Cornell Traeger (as Peter Mac Lean)
Twiki (voice)
Chip Johnson ...
Bruce Wright ...
Ernesto Macias ...
Lieutenant Garth (as Eric Mason)
Abraham Alvarez ...
Security Agent (as Abe Alvarez)
Harry Gold ...
Alien Squadron Leader
Tom Gagen ...
Clay Alexander ...


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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10 January 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Traeger turns the answering device outside Dr. Bayliss's office to stone, his finger is pressing against the altered machine. The solid stone can be seen to depress under the pressure, revealing it to be made of cardboard or Styrofoam. See more »


Dr. Elias Huer: And This?
Col. Wilma Deering: A Party Hat!
Dr. Elias Huer: A Hat!
Col. Wilma Deering: You Wear it on your head.
Dr. Elias Huer: I most certainly will not.
Col. Wilma Deering: Oh Dr. Huer!
Dr. Elias Huer: Colonel there will soon be dozens of Security Directorate Agents swarming through the building and guarding the entrance downstairs. Perhaps it's academic but if by some small chance an assassin does get into the building after me, I will not be murdered wearing a blue and white plastic cone on my head. It's positively undignified!
Twiki: Beddie Beddie Beddie Beddie, Party Pooper!
Dr. Elias Huer: Party Pooper? Well I'm not...
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Buck gets the birthday blues.
28 November 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

After spending fifteen years imprisoned underground on a remote planet, which has resulted in poor eyesight and deadly glowing hands, a bitter Cornell Traeger plots revenge against the man he blames for his predicament: Dr Elias Huer of Earth's Defence Directorate.

In order to locate his target, Traeger plans to capture Raylyn Derren (Morgan Brittany), a beautiful courier who has the details of Dr. Huer's itinerary implanted in her brain, and gain access to the information with the help of an old acquaintance, Delora Bayliss (Tamara 'Cleopatra Jones' Dobson), a Psych Med.

Meanwhile, Buck, who is rapidly approaching his 534th birthday, is feeling homesick for the 20th century. Wilma decides that a surprise party is in order and temporarily gets Buck out of the way by asking him to escort the lovely Ms. Derren on her trip to New Detroit.

A so-so episode from Series One, 'Happy Birthday, Buck' lacks a truly memorable villain, and features too few silly aliens, zero zany disco dancing scenes, and nowhere near enough badly choreographed fights, ultimately registering several notches lower on the 'cheese-ometer' than some of the earlier adventures. Manky props and daft set designs are limited to a pair of 'synthi-flesh' masks, a convenient Buck-sized air vent, and Delora Bayliss's psychiatrists office, which is designed to offer zero confidentiality to its patients (who are all gorgeous women!).

At least Erin Grey looks great as always (first in a peach outfit, which is followed by a skin-tight blue Spandex number), and Morgan Brittany is also rather scrummy.

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