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Escape from Wedded Bliss 

"Escape from Wedded Bliss" is an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, and Tim O'Connor. Princess Ardala returns with a powerful orbital weapon she threatens to bombard Earth with unless she has Buck Rogers for herself.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
... Colonel Wilma Deering
... Dr. Elias Huer
... Princess Ardala
... Kane
... Garedon
... Twiki
... Twiki (voice)
... Tigerman
Elaine Nista ... Disco Skater
Tracy Miller ... Disco Skater
Nancy Morris ... Disco Skater
Gary Stang ... Disco Skater


Princess Ardala returns to Earth with a deadly space weapon that can destroy ever city on the planet. She informs the Defense Directorate that she will proceed unless Buck Rogers is turned over to her so that she can marry him. Dr. Huer initially refuses but when things look bleak, Buck departs to find a Draconian defector who lives in seclusion on Earth and knows the layout of Ardala's flagship. Unfortunately, the man is insane with fear of being captured and the only way to learn what he knows is to probe his mind. Meanwhile, Buck goes along to Ardala's flagship to prepare for the wedding and attempts to destroy Ardala's weapon before he becomes her groom. Written by Woodyanders

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29 November 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Both Michael Ansara and Alfred Ryder guest starred in Star Trek (1966), though in different episodes. See more »


When Tigerman and Buck fight the symbolic duel, near the end Buck elbows Tigerman three times in the stomach and then throws Tigerman over his head. As Tigerman goes over you can see Bucks belt fall off. Next, where he is twisting Tigerman's wrist and telling Princess Ardala he 'will not kill him' the belt has reappeared fastened around him. See more »


Dr. Theopolis: [Twiki is disco dancing while holding Dr Theopolis] Please hold still Twiki, you're loosening my circuitry!
Twiki: Killjoy!
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Edited into Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A Blast for Buck (1980) See more »

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Buck Rogers: "Escape from Wedded Bliss"
14 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

PLOT: Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) returns with an orbital weapon of mass destruction, threatening to obliterate whole cities on Earth unless she can wed Buck Rogers (!).

COMMENTARY: The notable elements are (1.) the initial return of Ardala from the pilot; (2.) Michael Ansara's first of three outings as Ardala's second-in-command, Kane (sci-fi fans might remember him from a decade earlier as Kang from Star Trek's "Day of the Dove"); and (3.) an entertaining "disco skating" sequence that lasts over 2 minutes highlighted by Elaine Nista and Nancy Morris. One of them is brunette and the other blond with the former being particularly jaw-dropping (the end of their routine offers all the evidence you need).

Another highlight is Tigerman's second of three appearances as Ardala's muscleman of limited intelligence (H.B. Haggerty; Tigerman's first appearance in the pilot was played by another guy). He has an interesting story bit revolving around his duel-to-the-death with Buck.

Unfortunately, the script is weak and so the story is generally dull, unless you're an uber-devotee of Ardala (Hensley). (I'm not, but she plays the part well and certainly has the requisite 'looks that kill'). Buck's solo dialogues with her are particularly tedious. Hensley would return to the series two more times as Ardala, all first season episodes.

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