After Buck is bitten the crew realizes that the Satyr is really the male colonist that has been infected by the planet. Shortly after they discover who the Satyr is, Buck battles the Satyr until he electrocutes himself with his laser whip.

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Buck Rogers and Twiki visit the planet Arcadus, hoping to discover one of the lost colonies of Earth. However, they find only two survivors - Cyra Samos and her young son Delph - who have been living in terror of a half-goat, half-human "satyr" named Pangor. Cyra seems reluctant to talk about the satyr, and repeatedly refuses Buck's offers to relocate. When Pangor attacks Buck's ship, he and Twiki are grounded temporarily. And after being bitten by the creature during a struggle, Buck begins turning into a satyr himself. His only hope is to leave the planet as soon as possible. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Obvious flipped shot.Buck is bitten by a Zwolf on the right arm which shreds his jacket sleeve. When he picks up his blaster, his left sleeve is shredded and he uses his right arm to pick up the blaster. He sits down, still injured on the left and his badge is on the right instead of his normal left. Right before he gets up the right arm is injured again and the badge is back to the left. See more »

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Buck Rogers: "The Satyr"
28 August 2017 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

PLOT: Buck & Twiki are commissioned to explore a planet for signs of human colonization while the Searcher takes care of business elsewhere. The duo happens upon a widow and her kid son who are harassed by a Satyr, a goat-man. The situation takes a turn for the worse after Buck is bitten and starts to morph into a Satyr himself.

COMMENTARY: This is another very Trek-ish episode with Wilma and Hawk taking a backseat while the story focuses on Buck & Twiki on the alien planet. Speaking of Buck & Twiki, it's great having these two working together again, which had been absent from the 2nd season until now. This is also the second episode to feature the return of Twiki's original voice (by Mel Blanc). The quality planet locations are another highlight (not a lame studio set à la "The Crystals").

While Anne E. Curry (the widow) is beautiful, the producers basically make her out to be a plain Jane. Regardless, you can't help respecting her utter devotion to her long-gone husband. For those who require a hot space babe, Wilma appears in a skin-tight red spandex uniform at the close. The Satyrs and the demonic steed are actually pretty well done in a decidedly cartoony way for a series known for its cheesy (not so) special effects.

Although "The Satyr" is Trek-ish, it's unfortunately not as engaging as the typical Star Trek episode (TOS). The creators were on their way to working out the kinks in the 2nd season format when the series was prematurely canceled after four more episodes.


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