Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1, Episode 12

Space Vampire (3 Jan. 1980)

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Theta Station gets put under quarantine after a space shuttle full of dead crew members crashes into it. The source of said deaths is energy-draining space vampire the Vorvon, who plans on ... See full summary »

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Theta Station gets put under quarantine after a space shuttle full of dead crew members crashes into it. The source of said deaths is energy-draining space vampire the Vorvon, who plans on making Wilma Deering his next victim. However, only Buck Rogers is convinced that the Vorvon exists. Written by Woodyanders

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The shuttle model used here was originally used as Ardala's Shuttle. The model now sports a different paint job and is modified to separate into 2 ships. See more »

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When the Vorvon pursues Wilma to her cabin, she tries to shoot him with a laser pistol, which he then disarms her of by firing a laser bolt from his left hand. when he lowers his arm, you can see a wristwatch on his left wrist. See more »

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Buck takes on the creepy space Nosferatu
9 October 2013 | by (novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

A space craft crashes into the space station where Twiki is getting repairs and Buck and co. try to figure out what happened to the ship's crew.

Directed by Larry Stewart and written by Kathleen Barnes and David Wise- Space Vampire is a homage of sorts to Nosferatu, Dracula and a possible nod to Romero's zombie films. The concept was debatably borrowed later by Lifeforce (1985).

This is one of the most eerie and the only horror toned episode of the first series. Should the makeup design of Nicholas Hormann as the spine-chilling Vorvon had been better designed this could have been the most rounded of all the episodes. Drained bodies, the morgue like environments, a ghost ship, the victims coming back to life it's all good tawdry horror sci-fi stuff.

Wilma Deering gets more to do in this episode as she begins to see things and is subjected to entranced states. Here Erin Grey gets to show some range and not just her infamous tight outfits.

Hightlights also include Buck and Twiki watching a recordings of the invisible (to the camera) assailant killing its victim. Buck's investigation and him taking on the tranced hordes is also a blast. Notable is Christopher Stone as a doubting Space Station Commander, Royko who would later appear in the Howling (1981).

One of the stronger and more memorable episodes.


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