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The Earth Defense Directorate faces a crisis when nearly everyone becomes sick after eating poisoned food. An attempt is made to create an antidote but the plan is thwarted when the ... See full summary »


Michael Caffey


Steve Greenberg (story), Aubrey Solomon (story) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
David Groh ... Major Duke Danton
Roddy McDowall ... Governor Saroyan (as Roddy McDowell)
Brianne Leary Brianne Leary ... Ryma
Macdonald Carey ... Dr. Mallory
Karen Carlson ... Stella Warden
Michael Mullins Michael Mullins ... Regis Saroyan
Buster Crabbe ... Brigadier Gordon
Jack Palance ... Kaleel
Felix Silla ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)
Robert Dowdell ... Galen
Sheila Wills Sheila Wills ... Major Fields (as Sheila DeWindt)


The Earth Defense Directorate faces a crisis when nearly everyone becomes sick after eating poisoned food. An attempt is made to create an antidote but the plan is thwarted when the laboratory is sabotaged and an assassin positions his weapon at Dr. Huer. Buck Rogers, Wilma Deering and Major Duke Danton travel to the planet Vistula where the poisoned food was exported from and they find a world engaged in slave labor. Then they discover that a fanatical religious leader and slave trader named Kaleel poisons Earth's food supply in order to weaken their defenses. Meanwhile, Kaleel is secretly planning to conquer Earth from his mountain fortress while their defenses are incapacitated. Written by Woodyanders

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27 September 1979 (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?


During the battle as Twiki and Dr. Theopolis are being pursued by a fighter, Twiki says "Curse you Red Baron." A reference to Snoopy from the Peanuts comic strip as the World War I fighter ace going after the Red Baron. See more »


When Buck uses the grenade to launch himself at the overhead pipes his safety wire is visible. See more »


Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [to Major Danton] If you call that interference, there's something wrong with your Funk and Wagnalls.
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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: "Planet of the Slave Girls"
9 August 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: When the Earth Defense Squadron becomes incapacitated due to food poisoning Buck & Wilma fly to the farm planet to find out who's contaminating the food. They find an oblivious governor (Roddy McDowell) and a dark Messiah-type (Jack Palance) living in a desert fortress with plans to conquer Earth.

COMMENTARY: This double episode (running 97.5 minutes) is one of the better Buck Rogers segments. It's noticeably superior to the pilot because the story's more compelling and features a stellar guest cast led by Brianne Leary as Ryma, the curvy slave "girl" in an alluring outfit with go-go boots. The installment is perhaps best remembered for the sauna-like cell that Ryma & Wilma (and Buck) have to endure.

Other highlights include a friendly knock-down drag-out brouhaha between Buck and rival Major Duke Danton (David Groh); a quality survival-in-the-desert sequence; and guest Buster Crabbe, the original Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, as a fighter pilot coming out of retirement to assist in the dire situation. Other notable guest stars include the striking Karen Carlson as Stella, Don Marshall (Land of the Giants) and Robert Dowdell.

For the record, Buck says "Funk & Wagnalls," not… um, never mind.

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