Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 2, Episode 6

The Crystals (5 Mar. 1981)

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Buck Rogers visits the planet Phibocetes with a landing party, hoping to gather some thurbidian crystals to power the Searcher. Though the planet is believed to be uninhabited, the landing ... See full summary »

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James R. Parkes ...
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Leigh C. Kim ...
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Buck Rogers visits the planet Phibocetes with a landing party, hoping to gather some thurbidian crystals to power the Searcher. Though the planet is believed to be uninhabited, the landing party soon comes across a "mummy" that mysteriously comes to life and wanders off into the bushes. Buck soon meets another life form - a young girl - who has no memory of who she is or where she came from. The crew is puzzled when blood samples from the girl match that of the creature and assume the girl will eventually become one of the mummy-like beings. Both life forms also seem strangely affected by the thurbidian crystals, and it's not long before the "mummy" makes off with their entire supply. Written by Twenty Penguins

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"The Crystals", reuses a special effect graphic from The Andromeda Strain (1971) to depict an alien blood sample viewed under a microscope. See more »

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Col. Wilma Deering: [mimicking Laura] Oh, Buck Rogers, does that mean that we will be together for always?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Well, it does seem to be 'ordained,' doesn't it?
[they both laugh]
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Buck vs the mouldy mummy monster.
18 May 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Considering that The Crystals features a young Amanda Wyss (from A Nightmare On Elm Street) in a very short dress, and gives plenty of screen time to Erin Gray, it should be an absolutely unmissable episode, but with Wyss forced to spout some particularly ridiculous dialogue and Gray given an unflattering baggy jumpsuit to wear, it proves to be rather forgettable stuff.

In a plot that is rather reminiscent of Star Trek:TOS, Buck, Wilma and Hawk are sent to the planet Phibocetes to collect Thurbidian crystals which are required to power The Searcher. Once there, they discover a strange mummified creature that awakens to cause havoc, trashing their ship and stealing the crystals.

A little later on, and Buck also discovers a pretty young girl who is suffering from amnesia (Wyss). After comparing the girl's blood sample with that of the creature, Wilma discovers that they share similarities in their DNA. Chrichton, The Searcher's know-it-all robot, surmises that the girl is in the early stages of her life-cycle, and will eventually mutate into a mummy creature...

It's not often that I will say this about an episode of Buck Rogers, but this one was just plain boring, with a dreary plot, a hopeless monster (a man wearing a costume that looks like it's been made from a bit of old carpet) and a crap studio set swathed in dry ice.


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