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The Hand of the Goral 

May contain spoilers - While exploring Deeth, the "Planet of Death," Buck Rogers, Hawk, and Wilma come across a stranded crash victim. His wrecked ship mysteriously disappears after he is ... See full summary »

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Colonel Wilma Deering
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Admiral Efram Asimov
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Dr. Goodfellow
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May contain spoilers - While exploring Deeth, the "Planet of Death," Buck Rogers, Hawk, and Wilma come across a stranded crash victim. His wrecked ship mysteriously disappears after he is rescued - the first in a long line of strange happenings. Buck and Hawk must contend with a duplicate of their ship, the Searcher, as well as find a way to release the real Searcher from a snare beam. Their search for the beam's source takes them back to the planet's surface, where they meet an old man who identifies himself as the "Hand of the Goral." He informs them that they have a final test to pass - if they succeed, they will reap the rewards, but if they fail, the Searcher and all aboard will be destroyed. Written by Twenty Penguins

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26 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Dr. Goodfellow spells the planet name as "Deeth", but pronounces it as "Vor"-"Deeth" which is how Buck also pronounces it. See more »

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Buck Rogers: "The Hand of the Goral"
30 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

PLOT: Buck, Hawk & Wilma discover a human survivor of a crash-landing on a planet with ancient ruins. After returning to the Searcher it's obvious that something is seriously amiss as everyone acts-out-of-character. Buck & Hawk trace the problem to an old 'man' in the dilapidated temple of the ruins who claims he is "the hand of Goral," the long-gone inhabitants of the planet, which is known as "the Planet of Death." Dun, dun, dun.

COMMENTARY: This is one of the top segments of the 2nd season, and even the series. It's very Trek-ian, combining elements of TOS episodes "Mirror, Mirror," "The Mark of Gideon" and "The Empath" (although vastly superior to the latter two turkeys). Unlike the previous 2nd season episodes, "The Hand of Goral" discards lazy drama and creates palpable suspense with a great sense of mystery.


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