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The Plot to Kill a City: Part 1 

"The Plot to Kill a City: Part 1" is an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, and Tim O'Connor. After capturing notorious assassin Raphael Argus, Buck Rogers learns that the killer-for-hire is to attend a meeting with a group of elite assassins known as the Legion of Death on ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
... Colonel Wilma Deering
... Dr. Elias Huer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Raphael Argus
Sena Ayn Black ... Woman (as Sena Black)
... Twiki (voice)
Nancy DeCarl ... Sherese
John Furlong ... First Cop
Seamon Glass ... Pirate
... Seton Kellogg
... Varek
... Joella Cameron
... Jolen Quince
Richard Reed ... First Rowdy
Mitch Reta ... Technician


After capturing notorious assassin Raphael Argus, Buck Rogers learns that the killer-for-hire is to attend a meeting with a group of elite assassins known as the Legion of Death on Aldebaran II. Buck assumes his identity, meets the group's leader, Seton Kellogg, and learns that each member has a unique power - Sharese is an empath capable of reading the emotions of other people; Jolen Quince is a telekinetic who can move objects with the power of his mind; Marcos has superior strength, and Varek is a mutant who can walk through solid matter. After one of the group gets killed by an Earth Defense Directorate agent, the Legion of Death vow revenge and devise a plan to destroy New Chicago. Written by Woodyanders

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11 October 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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After Buck shoots Sherese, he leaves her knocked out on the ground and heads around a corner where Quince, Kellogg and Varek are on higher ground. After going back to where he came from, Varek is waiting there for him and after the scuffle is over, Sherese is meeting up with them, as though she had never been stunned. See more »


[Masquerading as Raphael Argus, Buck has been captured and taken to a prison ship, where he is roomed with pirate Barnard Smith]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: However, we don't have to share any cell. If I can get them to lower that force field.
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: You have a plan?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Let's just say I need an opportunity.
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: Well follow my lead, my friend. Follow my lead, opportunity is about to knock.
[Barney runs to the invisible force field]
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: [screaming hysterically] GUARD! GUARD! GET ME OUT OF HERE! HELP! Get me out of here!
Guard: [...]
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Edited into Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A Blast for Buck (1980) See more »

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The fun first half of an entertaining two-parter.
31 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

When one of their number is killed by an Earth Defense Directorate agent, a group of assassins known as The Legion of Death vow revenge and plot to destroy New Chicago. Buck infiltrates the gang, posing as killer-for-hire Raphael Argus, whom the other assassins only know by reputation.

Unfortunately, Buck's cover is blown before he can inform Earth of the Legion's dastardly plans.

The first of a two-part episode, The Plot to Kill a City Pt 1 is a classic slice of dodgy 80s TV sci-fi that is thoroughly entertaining thanks to its totally daft collection of bad-guys (and gal), and its rather crap effects, unconvincing matte paintings, naff set design and flimsy props.

An indication of the pure cheesiness of this episode appears early on when Buck approaches a blonde woman in a bar, only for her to turn around to reveal that 'she' is an alien (with an elephant's trunk!). And the fun continues throughout, with a telekinetic killer, a mutant in a gold face-mask, a spaceship with a sexy on-board computer, and a scene in which Wilma uses a ridiculous surveillance device to eavesdrop on the killers (a big perspex dish with flashing red diodes).

Erin Gray, as Wilma Deering, is as gorgeous as ever, sporting a brunette wig and a purple dress split up to the thigh as a disguise, and extra eye-candy is on offer in the delightful form of Markie Post, who plays Joella Cameron, an ex-girlfriend of the real Argus, who decides to protect Buck's true identity from the villains.

And to top it all, The Plot to Kill a City Pt 1 finishes with a terrific cliffhanger, just like the original Buster Crabbe series from the 1930s.

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