Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering pursue notorious gunrunners Commander Corliss and Roxanne Trent who are planning on dropping deadly nerve agents from the 20th century on Earth. A squadron of ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Major Noah Cooper
Roxanne Trent
Commander Corliss
Sgt. 'Big Red' MacMurthy
Corporal M.K. Schultz
Lieutenant Harriet Twain
Twiki (voice)
Katherine Wiberg ...
Duncan McKenzie ...
Clifford Turknett ...
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Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering pursue notorious gunrunners Commander Corliss and Roxanne Trent who are planning on dropping deadly nerve agents from the 20th century on Earth. A squadron of elderly space fighter pilots led by Major Noah Cooper who were forced to retire are brought back into active service so they can lead an attack on the criminals' asteroid base. Because of their age, Wilma has doubts about the squadron's reliability, but Noah's team departs to prove they still have what that takes to get the mission done. During the attack, Buck and Wilma are captured by Corliss and Trent who both show horrible scars from injuries they received from Wilma during a previous confrontation. Written by Woodyanders

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25 October 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the back room of the bar where the members of the Fighting 69th hang out they have a variety of spacecraft models on display: the Cargo Sled shooting miniature is shown and on the shelf behind the cast you can see the Galactica Shuttle which would be used again in Buck Rogers second season premiere. See more »


[with Alicia'a help, Buck and Wilma have escaped from their detention cell]
Buck Rogers: [pointing a gun at the guards] Alright gentlemen, into the cell, if you please.
[the guards enter the cell, then Buck removes the key to reactivate the force field, before turning to Alicia]
Buck Rogers: Thank you.
[turns to Wilma]
Buck Rogers: Well, Wilma, what do you think?
Col. Wilma Deering: I think they should strip!
Buck Rogers: Wilma!
[turning to the guards]
Buck Rogers: You heard what the lady said!
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Coots in space suits
19 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Butterfly collars. Lycra. Ya know, for the 25th century this looks an awful lot like 1979...

Aesthetically this continues to look like Battlestar Galactica's minor league team. I can't say the writing is any great shakes either, but at least it tackles a few topics (ageism, disability) that give it some gristle. The beefy Gil Gerard has an appealing aw shucks charm and looks like an 8 oz. hamburger on a 7 oz. bun in his Lycra flightsuit, while co-star Erin Gray made me spontaneously re-enter puberty when she appeared in her formfitting purple number. Guest star Peter Graves classes things up as an aging pilot, but it's almost impossible to see him behind the stick and not expect him to say things like "Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?".

Just when I thought we were going to get a poignant ending, I was reminded that we're in the 70s when some darn near actual pathos is shoved aside for a happy ending and a happy ending bonus round followed by a joke and a freeze frame laugh.

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