Posing as a convict named Valzhan, Buck Rogers has been taken to a penal colony on Zeta Minor where he springs a female inmate named Jen Burton. The young woman had taken the blame for ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jen Burton
Malary Pantera (as Michael Delano)
Sergio Sanwiler
Tara Buckman ...
Twiki (voice)
Walter Hunter ...
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Ted Warwick
Daniel Ades ...
Gymon (as Danny Ades)
Shuttle Captain
Charles Walker ...
Lieutenant Zimmerman


Posing as a convict named Valzhan, Buck Rogers has been taken to a penal colony on Zeta Minor where he springs a female inmate named Jen Burton. The young woman had taken the blame for crimes committed by her boyfriend, Malary Pantera, and the Earth's Directorate wants her to testify against him. However, she still loves Pantera and refuses to cooperate, and Pantera happens to have a business associate back on Earth, a government diplomat whose involvement could be exposed once she testifies. Furthermore, they have to cross a desert on foot to succeed to the nearest spaceport and are being followed by a malfunctioning android prison guard, damaged during the prison break. Written by Woodyanders

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1 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Jamie Lee Curtis took the guest role of Jen Burton. See more »


The ray-guns used are not the standard versions but a new and bulkier design. In some scenes when actors hold them they very obviously point their index finger away from the hand grip and use their middle-finger to activate the trigger. This is because the props dept. didn't build it with enough room to fit all their fingers on the grip. See more »


Buck Rogers: [Pretending pleasent surprise, as he turns and notices the killer android decending upon him] Oh hi!
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Edited into Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A Blast for Buck (1980) See more »

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Jamie Lee Curtis Vs Hugo, the angry android.
16 November 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Jen, the girlfriend of criminal Malary Pantera, who selflessly takes the rap for her man's crimes, naively expecting to be rescued by the untrustworthy slimeball. Luckily for Jen, she is 'busted out' of her high-security prison by 'fellow inmate' Buck (Gil Gerard), who needs her to spill the beans on her boyfriend's racket. Unfortunately, however, the fugitives are pursued by a badly damaged, but very persistent android guard, who just won't quit until he has them back in custody.

A product of the late 70s, this one features all the trappings one should expect in a sci-fi show from that era: women wearing lip-gloss and sporting Farrah Fawcett hair-dos, rather weak special effects (spacecraft with heavy black matte lines, unconvincing rubber creatures, etc.) and cheap looking sets and props (made from fancy 'space-age' materials such as coloured perspex).

As always, the women are gorgeous: Jamie Lee looks damn fine in her tight outfit (which shows off her exceptionally hot body), Tara Buckman plays the latest pretty 'moll' of space gangster Pantera, and they are, of course, joined by the sexiest ever woman to pilot a spacecraft on TV, the always delicious Erin Gray as Col. Wilma Deering (who wears a red shiny Spandex outfit in this particular episode) .

Meanwhile, Gerard does his usual cheeky rogue act and throws a few poorly choreographed punches (along with some flimsy props), Hugo the relentless android kicks a couple of polystyrene rocks, and Twiki, the robot with the peculiarly shaped head, says a few quaint 70s phrases to the amusement of his 25th Century pals.

A very entertaining episode from this gloriously cheesy series.

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