Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering arrive at Theta Station to have Twiki serviced, but soon a freighter crashes with the space station. The freighter crew are found in a state between life and death, and believing a virus may be responsible, Commander Royko orders the base under quarantine. Soon however, Wilma feels a cold, evil presence stalking her and several station crew begun turning up half-dead. Buck learns that the source of said deaths is the Vorvon, a space vampire that can drain the life energy from his victims and turn them into zombies. However, only Buck is convinced that the Vorvon exists and plans on making Wilma his next victim. Written by
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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