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The Plot to Kill a City: Part 1 

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 »


Dick Lowry


Alan Brennert, Robert C. Dille (characters)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
Frank Gorshin ... Seton Kellogg
John Quade ... Jolen Quince
Anthony James ... Varek
Nancy DeCarl Nancy DeCarl ... Sherese
Markie Post ... Joella Cameron
Robert Tessier ... Marcos
James Sloyan ... Barney Smith
Felix Silla ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)
Victor Argo ... Raphael Argus
Mitch Reta Mitch Reta ... Technician
John Furlong John Furlong ... 1st Cop


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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Alan Brennert admitted in an interview with Starlog magazine that the character of Barney was based on a Space Pirate character named Barney from the original comic strip. See more »


Wires are visible when Buck is telekinetically lifted into the air by Quince. See more »


Seton Kellogg: [after a fight between Varek and Buck ended] Greetings, Mr. Argus.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: I take it this means I passed?
Jolen Quince: Indeed, you have, Argus. I haven't had this much fun since we initiated Morgan Deneveva.
Seton Kellogg: Anyone who can hold his own against us deserves to be considered one of us. The Legion of Death.
[everyone holds up their right arm]
Seton Kellogg: I'm Kellog. Sherese and Quince and Varek. Our mysterious friend Marcus has arranged for all of us to meet inside the solar energy collector at 1400 hours, at which time, we will discuss...
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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: "The Plot to Kill a City: Part 1"
10 August 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: Buck masquerades as a top assassin while Wilma masquerades as a nightclub babe in order to infiltrate The Legion of Death, a group of super-powered assassins with plans to obliterate New Chicago off the face of the Earth.

GUEST CHARACTERS/CAST: The group of assassins consists of Kellogg (Frank Gorshin), Sherese (Nancy DeCarl), Quince (John Quade), Varek (Anthony James) and Marcos (Robert Tessier). Barney, the likable thug is played by James Sloyan while Jorella is played by Markie Post.

COMMENTARY: Cheesy late 70's sci-fi or not, the comic booky story is compelling and the characters are well fleshed-out and portrayed. Fun-lovin' Markie Post stands out in her ultra-alluring red outfit (kudos to the costuming department). People forget how jaw-dropping she was in her prime and we thankfully have this episode (and Part 2) to remind us. The sympathetic story arc of Varek (the tall, melancholic assassin) is well done.

Nancy DeCarl is thoroughly stunning as the super-villainess and her striking brown costume is reminiscent of The Enchantress from the Thor comics (again, kudos to the costuming department). Meanwhile Gorshin is effective as the cold, evil mastermind. Lastly, the story features some actual locations rather than the typical one-dimensional, flimsy sets (e.g. "Vegas in Space"). The matte paintings are unconvincing as usual though.

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11 October 1979 (USA) See more »

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