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A satellite enters Earth orbit. This transmits a message intended for Buck, and a warning of a possible attack. Buck and his friends attempt to figure out who might have sent the satellite to prevent the attack.


David G. Phinney


Glen A. Larson (developed for television by), Leslie Stevens (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
Gary Coleman ... Hieronymous Fox
Patty Maloney ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)


Once a satellite enters Earth orbit, a strange device materializes and presents a message for Buck Rogers, and a warning of a possible attack. Unable to solve the peculiar puzzle, Dr. Huer believes that the device was sent by someone with a grudge against Buck so he scans Buck, Wilma and Twiki's memories to review many of the villains they have crossed paths with. Meanwhile, Dr. Theopolis attempts to logically narrow down the culprit - or the prankster - responsible for the curious riddles. Written by Woodyanders

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Release Date:

17 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color (technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although transmitted afterwards, this episode features linking scenes which are set about a week before the events in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Happy Birthday, Buck (1980). See more »


In the flashback sequences that are supposedly memories of Buck, Wilma and Twiki, there are several examples of scenes in which the person remembering the sequence was not present. For example, in Wilma's recollection of certain events from "Return of the Fighting 69th", one of the shots is of a man warning the gunrunners that the next bomb will hit. Wilma wasn't in that room when he said that. See more »

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Buck Rogers: "A Blast for Buck"
17 August 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: When an unknown entity starts transporting curious objects into the Defense Directorate, Huer, Buck & Wilma discern that it's linked to someone in Buck's past; so they probe his memories to see if they can discover who the mysterious culprit is.

COMMENTARY: This is one of those cut-rate "clip shows" where a story frame is established for the purpose of the characters recalling events from previous episodes. There's probably about 12-15 minutes of new material with everything else consisting of excerpts from past installments. The good news is that Wilma looks fabulous in her skintight red spandex uniform and the three protagonists possess their usual heartwarming camaraderie (along with the guest star at the end). Also, the episode creates anticipation regarding who's responsible for what's happening (I'm not gonna give it away). Sure, the trip down memory lane is fine, but it's pretty useless if you're already familiar with those segments.

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