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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 »



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


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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Did You Know?


Within the early scene in the spaceport, announcements are made for arrivals from "Thanagar." In DC Comics, Thanagar is the home planet of "Hawkman" and the character has space adventures similar to Buck Rogers & Adam Strange. See more »


Wires are visible when Buck is telekinetically lifted into the air by Quince. 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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Buck Rogers: "The Plot to Kill a City: Part 1"
10 August 2017 | by See 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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