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Return of the Fighting 69th 

Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering pursue notorious gunrunners Commander Corliss and Roxanne Trent who are planning on dropping deadly nerve agents from the 20th century on Earth. A squadron of ... See full summary »

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Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering pursue notorious gunrunners Commander Corliss and Roxanne Trent who are planning on dropping deadly nerve agents from the 20th century on Earth. A squadron of elderly space fighter pilots led by Major Noah Cooper who were forced to retire are brought back into active service so they can lead an attack on the criminals' asteroid base. Because of their age, Wilma has doubts about the squadron's reliability, but Noah's team departs to prove they still have what that takes to get the mission done. During the attack, Buck and Wilma are captured by Corliss and Trent who both show horrible scars from injuries they received from Wilma during a previous confrontation. Written by Woodyanders

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In the back room of the bar where the members of the Fighting 69th hang out they have a variety of spacecraft models on display: the Cargo Sled shooting miniature is shown and on the shelf behind the cast you can see the Galactica Shuttle which would be used again in Buck Rogers second season premiere. See more »

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Dr. Elias Huer: Piece of cake? Oh, I wish somebody would tell me what that means.
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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: "Return of the Fighting 69th"
11 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

PLOT: A squadron of elderly fighter pilots who were forced into retirement by Wilma is asked to return to active duty to assist Buck & Wilma in attacking the asteroid base of vengeful Commander Corliss and Roxanne Trent (Robert Quarry & Elizabeth Allen) to stop them from unleashing deadly nerve gas on Earth. The elderly pilots include Peter Graves, Woody Strode & K.T. Stevens.

COMMENTARY: The asteroid field F/X are actually pretty good for a series known for its bad special effects; and the mute Alicia is an interesting character (Katherine Wiberg). Moreover there's a lot of space dogfighting, for those interested. But the man & wife villains are so over-the-top eevil it's cartoony and the story's relatively boring for my tastes, but it's not bad.


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