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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 

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A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.
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1981   1980   1979  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers 32 episodes, 1979-1981
...  Colonel Wilma Deering 32 episodes, 1979-1981
...  Twiki / ... 31 episodes, 1979-1981
...  Twiki 27 episodes, 1979-1981
...  Dr. Elias Huer 21 episodes, 1979-1980
Eric Server ...  Dr. Theopolis 19 episodes, 1979-1980
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In 1987, NASA astronaut William "Buck" Rogers is caught in a freak accident in deep space, causing his space shuttle Ranger 3 to be blown into an orbit that returns him to Earth - over 500 years later. The combination of gases that freezes him comes close to the formula commonly used in the 25th century for preservation, and his rescuers are able to revive him. In 2491, when Buck awakens from the freezing, Earth is recovering from a nuclear war and is coming under hostile attack by the Draconian Empire. In the second season, Buck has been assigned aboard the Searcher, a starship exploring the unknown reaches of space while searching for former Earth colonies that are scattered across the galaxy. Written by <chester@sb.com>

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Buster Crabbe, who played "Brigadier Gordon" in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Planet of the Slave Girls (1979), originated the character of Buck Rogers onscreen in 1939. As they fly into battle, Gordon tells Rogers "I've been doing this since before you were born". When Buck, at 500-plus years old, asks "You think so?", Gordon's answer is a confident "Young man, I *know* so". See more »

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Throughout the series, there are many sequences when Buck and/or Wilma would take off in one configuration of a starfighter and then different cuts would have them sitting side by side and then a moment later one in front of the other. There would also be different ships (sky sled) where they would take off in one type of ship,exterior shots show them as they fly through space in a totally different looking ship, and then either land in the same ship they took off in, or in another different looking ship. See more »

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Narrator: [voiceover during narrative] For 500 years, Captain William "Buck" Rogers has been miraculously preserved, frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Now, in Earth year 2491, he is rudely awakened by the sinister forces of the Draconian Realm.
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In a few non-consecutive episodes toward the end of the first season, the soundtrack for the opening credits is slightly different. Though the narration is spoken by the same actor and has the same wording, it is delivered here with slightly different pacing. This different version of the opening credits also has a different recording of the music, easily identifiable by a slightly more bombastic bass guitar in the 2491-era portion of the title sequence. See more »

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Enjoyable but very predictable
23 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This series is fun and somewhat compelling to watch. But in every episode there are recurring incidents which defy any sense of innovativeness: 1. Panels on walls are destroyed. Approximately three per episode. This is done primarily to lock someone in a room.

2. Buck Rogers is deep in enemy territory and uses force to get the job done. 9 of 10 episodes' problems are solved in this manner. If he is captured or wants to free someone, he'll just have to start swinging at the guards and everything will be fine. Never any solutions based on intellect.

3. Buck Rogers is labeled by someone as the most perfect creature in the entire universe.

4. A new woman is introduced and shows immediate affection for Buck Rogers.

5. When they are flying in space, there is no variation from the theme of shooting at other spacecraft, and one hit always means the destruction of the target.

6. Twiki is unable to say anything that isn't deeply annoying.

7. Dr. Huer is very sensible.

8. The shows end with Rogers, Deering, Huer and Twiki eating at Buck's apartment and Rogers is laughing as the frame freezes.

All this aside, it's a good series. Not many dull moments. However, don't watch the episode called "A Blast for Buck", it's just a mixture of various flashbacks from previous episodes, and the real time ending is almost worse than the flashbacks.


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