When an evil rock impresario devises a means to implant a hypnotic signal into a rock band's music to drive their young audience berserk, Buck must thwart his schemes of conquest.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lars Mangros
Nancy Frangione ...
Twiki (voice)
Rambeau (as Jesse Goins)
Leonard Lightfoot ...
Mitch Reta ...
Joe Taggart ...
Security Man (as Joseph Taggart)


Evil rock music impresario Lars Mangros puts hypnotic signals in the music done by his best-selling band Andromeda that incites young fans to riot and rebel against authority. Andromeda are going to perform their first big concert which will be broadcast on a global basis. It's up to Buck Rogers and Twiki to thwart Mangros' dastardly plot to warp the minds of the youth all over the universe during said concert. Written by Woodyanders

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21 February 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andromeda's music was written by episode composer Johnny Harris. The opening song "Odyssey", was released in two parts as a dance single on the Sunshine Sound Disco label in 1980. The song would later be featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. See more »


When Buck kicks Yarat and sends him stumbling backward into the wall, the wall visibly flexes and bends under the impact. See more »

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Rock 'n' Roll has got to go
11 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may very well be the most ridiculous hour of television I've ever seen, and I grew up in the 80s. The basic plot has a record producer (played with a Scooby Doo villain menace by Jerry Orbach) using the "rock" group under his tutelage to send out sound waves that cause galactic youth to revolt. But that plot thumbnail really doesn't do any sort of justice to the total absurdity of this episode. If it had been done tongue-in-cheek maybe I could cut it some slack, but the approach is so serious (well, as serious as 'Buck Rogers' is capable of) all I could do was gape in a mix of horror and awe.

Gil Gerard is not one of our great thespians, but as usual he makes for a likable lunk, and one must award the beefy, hirsute actor points for managing to keep a straight face here. You can almost hear Orbach asking himself why he didn't become an accountant or architect as he dutifully hams his way through this muck. The music--a combination of disco and a morbidly obese cat running back and forth across a synthesizer--will get stuck in your head like gum in your hair.

'Buck Rogers' is a poorly made series. The sets look cheap, the special f/x chintzy, and the costumes like something you'd have found at a yard sale at Liberace's circa the late 70s. At its best, it's passable genre entertainment for the undiscriminating viewer or a nostalgic touchstone for Gen-Xers. At its worst, it's "Space Rockers.", like a 48-minute colonoscopy administered by a doctor with cacti for hands.

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