While traveling through an asteroid field, Buck Rogers and crew come across a life pod. Inside is a young golden-skinned boy, Vellus, who displays the unusual ability to alter the nature of... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Garner ...
Admiral Efram Asimov
David Hollander ...
Anthony James ...
Mr. Graf
Bruce M. Fischer ...
Diana Chesney ...
Richard Wright ...
Onlooker #1
Arthur Eisner ...
Onlooker #2


While traveling through an asteroid field, Buck Rogers and crew come across a life pod. Inside is a young golden-skinned boy, Vellus, who displays the unusual ability to alter the nature of metals. When the Searcher becomes hopelessly stuck on an asteroid, Vellus suggests that his friend Relkos, whose life pod landed on a nearby planet, is more powerful that he and could lighten the ship enough to free it from the asteroid. Buck and Vellus head down to the planet, unaware that it is a penal colony full of unruly prisoners. They discover that the criminals are also after Relkos's metal-altering powers, hoping he can lighten a crashed vessel enough for them to escape. Written by Twenty Penguins

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19 February 1981 (USA)  »

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The village set is the same one used in the original Frankenstein movies. See more »


Asimov attempts to separate the Searcher from an asteroid by ordering "reverse tractor beams". Hawk then announces he's engaging reverse THRUSTER beams. See more »

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Meet the Golden Boy and the Golden Man !
25 September 2006 | by (neopolis) – See all my reviews

Buck and co on the Searcher find a life pod ( i.e. lifeboat) floating in space while navigating a dangerous asteroid field which strands the Searcher precariously in space. On the life pod, Buck finds a boy made of living gold (i.e. cheap gold paint and a cheap polyester gold disco suit). This boy apparently has the ability to manipulate matter on a molecular level and change its weight and density. Buck decides to take a shuttle to the planet below to find the boys missing companion, the Golden Man, who with his larger size can change matter at a greater level than his smaller counterpart. While there, Buck and both the Golden men are captured by the savage populace beneath who Buck and co were not aware of. The planet is a prison colony and the prisoners want the Golden men for their ability to transmute matter to other forms, turn metal to diamonds, as well as to help repair a damaged spacecraft to escape. While Buck is captured, Hawk rescues them in an amusing disguise showing off his commanding voice and presence. Needless to say, Buck, Hawk and the Golden men return to the Searcher to save the day. As the episode ends, the true nature of the relationship between the Golden men is revealed in what is supposed to shocking twist to the audience, and some more badly written comedy dialog ensures. This episode, like many others on series 2, was directed by veteran Star Trek: TOS director responsible for some of the better Star Trek episodes so it is unsurprising the series and plots continues to come off as a mediocre Star Trek clone. In an amusing and odd note, one of the female prisoners on the planet has a bad, fake English East End accent straight out of "Oliver!"- Corr Blimey!

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