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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 »




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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The riddle conformed to the meter and rhyme pattern of a limerick. The limerick was invented in the 1700s, and became popular because of Edward Lear's humorous books in the mid-1800s. See more »


There is some contradictory between two earlier episodes by stating that villains shown killed in those stories are actually still alive, for reasons not explained. See more »


[food and drinks materialize in Buck's apartment]
Dr. Elias Huer: What in the galaxy?
Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: Hamburgers, french fries, milk shakes and champagne. No, it can't be.
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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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17 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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