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Buck Rogers (Gil Gerard, affable as ever) and Wilma Deering (the ever-lovely Erin Gray) help intergalactic athlete Jorex Leet (likable Barney McFadden) and his girlfriend Lara Teasian (an appealing portrayal by the extremely fetching Judith Chapman) escape from the evil clutches of bad guys Allerick (a nicely villainous performance by Nicholas Costner) and Karl (a solid turn by Paul Mantee) during the 2492 Olympics. Director Larry Stewart, working from a witty and imaginative script by Craig Buck, relates the fun story at a brisk pace, neatly mines an amusing line in dry deadpan humor, and handles the thrilling climax with a reasonable amount of skill. Paul Coufos has a cool minor part as helpful informant Zogan. J.J. Johnson's spirited score does the stirring trick. The futuristic variants on such sports as boxing, martial arts, sledding, and weightlifting are complete campy hoots. As a tasty extra plus, a blonde-wigged Ms. Gray looks mighty yummy in a form-fitting two-piece out which shows off quite a bit of her fine slender figure. The cut-rate matte paintings, dodgy (not so) special effects, and ineptly staged fight scenes add substantially to the overall kitschy charm of this hugely enjoyable show.
Fans of Erin Grey rejoice, for this episode of Buck Rogers sees the
incomparable Col. Wilma Deering at her most sexy, donning a blonde wig,
hot pants, and a cropped top to go undercover to assist Buck in the
defection of two intergalactic athletes (one of whom is an attractive
Not only do we get to see the gorgeous Ms. Grey swanning around in one of her most revealing get-ups of the series, but we are also treated to plenty of camp action in the form of some ridiculous 25th century sports: boxing using 'laser' gloves, 'virtual' martial arts, a steroid-assisted standing high jump, and the astro-sled (which is like a toboggan in space, but using force-fields instead of ice!).
Other umissabble treats in this episode include a silly attempt on Buck's life using a weapon called the Lozerian ice cloud, an indescribable amount of sparkly gold costumes (much more than I seem to recall in an average episode), a bad guy who is irresistibly drawn to women, and a character whose name sounds suspiciously like Durex!
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