Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1, Episode 4

The Plot to Kill a City: Part 1 (11 Oct. 1979)

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After one of their number gets killed by an Earth Defense Directorate agent, an elite group of lethal assassins known as the Legion of Death vow revenge and devise a plan to destroy New Chicago. Buck Rogers infiltrates the gang by posing as killer-for-hire Raphael Argus. Written by Woodyanders

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[Masquerading as Raphael Argus, Buck has been captured and taken to a prison ship, where he is roomed with pirate Barnard Smith]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: However, we don't have to share any cell. If I can get them to lower that force field.
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: You have a plan?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Let's just say I need an opportunity.
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: Well follow my lead, my friend. Follow my lead, opportunity is about to knock.
[Barney runs to the invisible force field]
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: [screaming hysterically] GUARD! GUARD! GET ME OUT OF HERE! HELP! Get me out of here!
Guard: [...]
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The fun first half of an entertaining two-parter.
31 March 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

When one of their number is killed by an Earth Defense Directorate agent, a group of assassins known as The Legion of Death vow revenge and plot to destroy New Chicago. Buck infiltrates the gang, posing as killer-for-hire Raphael Argus, whom the other assassins only know by reputation.

Unfortunately, Buck's cover is blown before he can inform Earth of the Legion's dastardly plans.

The first of a two-part episode, The Plot to Kill a City Pt 1 is a classic slice of dodgy 80s TV sci-fi that is thoroughly entertaining thanks to its totally daft collection of bad-guys (and gal), and its rather crap effects, unconvincing matte paintings, naff set design and flimsy props.

An indication of the pure cheesiness of this episode appears early on when Buck approaches a blonde woman in a bar, only for her to turn around to reveal that 'she' is an alien (with an elephant's trunk!). And the fun continues throughout, with a telekinetic killer, a mutant in a gold face-mask, a spaceship with a sexy on-board computer, and a scene in which Wilma uses a ridiculous surveillance device to eavesdrop on the killers (a big perspex dish with flashing red diodes).

Erin Gray, as Wilma Deering, is as gorgeous as ever, sporting a brunette wig and a purple dress split up to the thigh as a disguise, and extra eye-candy is on offer in the delightful form of Markie Post, who plays Joella Cameron, an ex-girlfriend of the real Argus, who decides to protect Buck's true identity from the villains.

And to top it all, The Plot to Kill a City Pt 1 finishes with a terrific cliffhanger, just like the original Buster Crabbe series from the 1930s.

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