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Buck and Hawk are ordered to explore an old derelict spaceship, where they find a hold full of solar bombs and a crew of seven dwarfs. The crew are transferred to the Searcher, and it is ... See full summary »


Vincent McEveety


Glen A. Larson (developed for television by), Leslie Stevens (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Thom Christopher ... Hawk
Jay Garner Jay Garner ... Admiral Efram Asimov
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Dr. Goodfellow
Tommy Madden ... General Xenos
Felix Silla ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)
Alex Hyde-White ... Ensign Moore
John Edward Allen John Edward Allen ... General Zoman
Tony Cox ... Private Zedht
Billy Curtis ... General Yoomak
Harry Monty ... General Sothoz
Spencer Russell Spencer Russell ... General Towtuk
Charles Secor Charles Secor ... General Kuzan


Buck and Hawk are ordered to explore an old derelict spaceship, where they find a hold full of solar bombs and a crew of seven dwarfs. The crew are transferred to the Searcher, and it is decided to take the derelict to a safe location to detonate the bombs before they can explode on their own. Buck turns the seven uniformed men over to Wilma, who has her hands full when she discovers the little aliens have never seen a woman before. Written by Anonymous

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Crichton did not recite the Zeroth law of Robotics, to which the other laws were subordinate, since it did not exist when the series was made. Asimov created the Zeroth law in his 1985 novel "Robots and Empire", as he felt that his initial three laws were insufficient to protect society at large. This law, which is basically a wider reaching variant of the first law, stated that a robot may not injure humanity or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. See more »


When Crichton extends a probe from his hand into the control panel, the wire leading the probe out of his hand is plainly visible. See more »


Crichton: [2:01] Oh, dear, how depressing. Now hear this! Your presence is requested on the hangar deck. Let us put a stop to this goldbricking.
Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: Goldbricking?
Crichton: A quaint expression from the century which spawned you, Captain. A perfectly dreadful century, I might add. Highlighted by wars, women's lib, and the holocaust.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Buck Rogers: "Shgoratchx!"
29 August 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: Buck & Hawk discover seven little people (midgets) on a derelict spaceship carrying unsound and deteriorating bombs. While towing the disabled craft to a planet where they can safely detonate the explosives, the mischievous little persons naturally create havoc, including inadvertently destroying the Searcher's power source, indirectly damaging Crichton's positronic brain, and triggering the vessel to change course toward a vast flaming star and certain annihilation!

COMMENTARY: This one-off installment attempts to be a cute episode and it is to a degree. The amusing tone is reminiscent of Star Trek's comedy troika: "I, Mudd," "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "A Piece of the Action," although not as engaging or amusing. Still, it has its points of interest, like the little folks' psychokinesis, Twiki's self-sacrificial resolve in saving his "son" and the suspenseful close. After meeting Wilma, the "elves" are as curious as any red-blooded man concerning what lies beneath that cute sailor uniform, lol.

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19 March 1981 (USA) See more »

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