Earth is negotiating with the planet Ruatha to maintain its right to mine Barberite on the Ruathan held planet Madrea. While Buck Rogers is flying to keep the space between the planets ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ann Dusenberry ...
Ariela Dyne
Jay Robinson ...
Cassius Thorne
Prime Minister
Twiki (voice)
Antoinette Stella ...
Wendy Oates ...
Liberty Godshall ...
Darrell Zwerling ...
Teddi Siddall ...
Wally K. Berns ...
Major Norris
James Faracci ...
Karsh (as James Fraracci)


Earth is negotiating with the planet Ruatha to maintain its right to mine Barberite on the Ruathan held planet Madrea. While Buck Rogers is flying to keep the space between the planets clear, he is lured to the planet Zantia by a phony distress call from two beautiful women. After bringing them home, a man named Cassius Thorne takes Buck into custody and has him sold and mated with the Prime Minister's daughter Ariela Dyne. Meanwhile, Wilma Deering arrives looking for Buck and learns that Buck is planning to meet with the Ruathan leader and expose the truth that Zantia has no warriors. Buck and must escape Zantia while he finds a way to smooth the negotiations with the troublesome Ruathan diplomat. Written by Woodyanders

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8 November 1979 (USA)  »

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The interior of the Space Ship's docking station landing hanger featured entry/exit circular "ball" shaped headed "key hole" frames leading into the main Space Ship. The art director Hub Braden purposely designed the phallic shaped entry door frames based upon a very popular men's cologne shaped container. Fred Silverman, nor the show's producer Bruce Lansbury, picked up on the intentional "Amazon Woman's" obsession for male symbolism. During the sequence of the shows' sets, Braden designed sets with this factor in mind. See more »


During the auction, when Cassius Thorne commands Buck Rogers to "show the merchandise", he presses the button for dis/arming the hand cuffs. Verifiable as seen in the jailbreak scene, the button towards the center of his belt arms it, when Buck get ornery Cassius hits the one closer to his hip, sending an electric shock. See more »


Dr. Elias Huer: Piece of cake? Oh, I wish somebody would tell me what that means.
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Edited into Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A Blast for Buck (1980) See more »

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What's so terrible about being a Zantian sex-slave?
17 November 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Testosterone fuelled space-stud Buck Rogers gets into a spot of bother when he answers a distress call from a couple of hot babes, who are seemingly stranded in orbit around the planet Zantia. After kindly towing them back to the planet's surface, poor Buck is drugged and auctioned off as a sex slave. It seems that, as a result of a recent war against the planet Ruatha, there is now a shortage of men on Zantia, and the desperate women have resorted to kidnapping in order to fulfil their needs. Meanwhile, Earth is holding difficult negotiations with Ruatha for the right to mine the valuable mineral Barberite.

However, thanks to a series of unbelievable co-incidences, Buck is not only able to escape slavery (why would he want to do such a thing?), but also manages to solve Earth's mining problems, whilst simultaneously finding an answer to Zantia's man shortage.

Despite its wonderfully tacky premise, I found this episode of Buck Rogers to be rather tedious, with some boring scenes of negotiation between Dr. Theopolis and his Ruathan counterpart, an unexciting chase scene on horseback (cheaper to film than a scene requiring special effects), and a couple of lacklustre fights.

However, it's worth watching purely for the hilarious auction scene in which a room-full of attractive women go ga-ga for a stripped-to-the waist Buck and get involved in a bidding war. And of course, there is always the gorgeous Erin Gray on hand to spice things up when things get extremely dull (and, for the record, her shiny body-hugging Spandex outfit is blue in this episode).

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