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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Episode complete credited cast:
Space Station Commander Royko
Dr. Ecbar
Patty Maloney ...
Twiki (voice)
David Moses ...
Phil Hoover ...
Jeannie Fitzsimmons ...
The Captain


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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"Space Vampire" was extremely different from the normal plot scenario for the art department. The main set floor plan square layout was a corridor with 12' 0" high walls, closed on top with a ceiling; a tunnel connected at both ends, like being inside a giant inner tube. Hidden doors provided cast and crew access. This set floor plan created an endless space ship corridor. Partial wall panels appeared with structural damage to the craft's collision with the deathly vampire crew members space ship. Discovering the sarcophagus casket with the vampire, was a specially built set dressing prop. The usual 25th Century props required the production designer to design each specific detailed piece of property set dressing. To animate the electronic space age Plexiglas coffin, the interior was dressed with Christmas decorative spun glass clouds, with clustered twinkling Italian Christmas seed light strings, normally used for Christmas tree lighting. The episode was filmed in early December, so Hub Braden shopped for Christmas materials to incorporate with the set dressing. Although these specific properties were built in the special effects shop, the construction charges were always billed to the set decorator's budget, always kept separate from the set construction budget. See more »


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
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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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