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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3 January 1980 (USA)  »

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The derelict freighter Demeter is actually a miniature of the Gemini freighter from Battlestar Galactica. 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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Ol' red eyes is back.
24 November 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

With its silly titular monster, this episode of Buck Rogers is almost impossible not to enjoy.

Buck (Gil Gerard) and Wilma (Erin Gray, in a sexy two-piece outfit) are on their way to the planet Genesia for a vacation, but stop at Theta Station on the way, to drop off Twiki, who needs repairs. While they are there, a craft appears from a nearby star gate and crashes into the space station.

After searching the vessel and discovering that the entire crew were already dead before the crash, Space Station Commander Royko places Theta under quarantine, believing a virus, EL-7 (which causes fever and hallucinations before death), to be responsible for their demise.

But the real cause of death is a Vorvon: a space vampire that drains the soul from the living. And he's got the hots for Wilma ('I want you', he tells her. 'Oh yeah...well get to the back of the queue, Vorvon... I saw her first!', says I).

Sporting a massive forehead, giant pointy ears, long nails, glowing red eyes, purple lips and huge fangs (even though he doesn't need them), the Vorvon is one of the series' most memorable creations. His victims become soul-less zombies that do his bidding, and even Wilma eventually falls under his power (becoming a slutty space vampire babe).

Fortunately, Buck saves the day when he realises that a huge blast of energy will destroy the creature, and programs the station's escape craft (which the Vorvon will inevitably take, of course) to fly into a sun!

Apart from the freaky monster (and Wilma, of course), my favourite part of this episode is when Buck and Twiki watch a video recording in which a victim is killed by the (invisible to the camera) Vorvon; the guy throws himself energetically around the room, putting in a bravura performance, before finally falling to the floor dead. Hilarious!

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