Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 2, Episode 9

The Hand of the Goral (26 Mar. 1981)

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May contain spoilers - While exploring Deeth, the "Planet of Death," Buck Rogers, Hawk, and Wilma come across a stranded crash victim. His wrecked ship mysteriously disappears after he is ... See full summary »



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Peter Kastner ...
Twiki (voice)
Lt. Parsons
Michael Horsley ...
Yeoman James


May contain spoilers - While exploring Deeth, the "Planet of Death," Buck Rogers, Hawk, and Wilma come across a stranded crash victim. His wrecked ship mysteriously disappears after he is rescued - the first in a long line of strange happenings. Buck and Hawk must contend with a duplicate of their ship, the Searcher, as well as find a way to release the real Searcher from a snare beam. Their search for the beam's source takes them back to the planet's surface, where they meet an old man who identifies himself as the "Hand of the Goral." He informs them that they have a final test to pass - if they succeed, they will reap the rewards, but if they fail, the Searcher and all aboard will be destroyed. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Dr. Goodfellow spells the planet name as "Deeth", but pronounces it as "Vor"-"Deeth" which is how Buck also pronounces it. See more »

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Buck and Hawk on strange planet
21 August 2006 | by (neopolis) – See all my reviews

Buck, Wilma, and Hawk go onto the planet Verdeeth, meaning Planet of Death, in search of more lost humans. There they find Rickard, the solitary survivor of a spaceship crash. Rickard and Wilma return to the Searcher while Buck and Hawk remain. There they discover the space wreck has disappeared before returning to a false duplicate of the searcher as they realize the power of the planet below is to reshape all matter to its will. Also aboard, all the crew are duplicates! Will Hawk and Buck figure out the danger in time? Buck now uses a space shuttle as his preferred choice of transport while Hawk has the more stlylish and cooler Hawkship. Hawk is the best thing aboutthe second series as Buck gets a useful preferrred. However, Twiki gets relegated to the scrapheap and even isn't themost importnant robot. Wilma gets even less to do. Despite this, this is one of the better episodes of the inferior second series.

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