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Buck Rogers, Wilma Deering, and Twiki embark on a journey through the universe as members of the spaceship Searcher, which is on a mission to find the lost tribes of Earth who fled the ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Thom Christopher ... Hawk
Jay Garner Jay Garner ... Admiral Efram Asimov
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Dr. Goodfellow
BarBara Luna ... Koori (as Barbara Luna)
Lance LeGault ... Flagg (as Lance Le Gault)
David Opatoshu ... Llamajuna
Sid Haig ... Pratt
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Captain
Felix Silla ... Twiki
Dennis Haysbert ... Communication Officer
Lavelle Roby ... Thromis
Michael Fox ... High Judge
Andre Harvey Andre Harvey ... Thordis


Buck Rogers, Wilma Deering, and Twiki embark on a journey through the universe as members of the spaceship Searcher, which is on a mission to find the lost tribes of Earth who fled the planet in the wake of a devastating nuclear holocaust. Meanwhile, proud and vengeful half-man, half-bird being Hawk declares war on mankind after his people are slaughtered by humans. It's up to Buck to find and capture Hawk. Written by Woodyanders

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15 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color (technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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During the dogfight between Buck and Hawk, if you pause your DVD player, you will see what appear to be the words "Game Over" in one of the computer targeting screens. See more »


When Buck first meets Thordis, our hero addresses him by name even though Thordis hasn't told him his name yet. See more »


[Crichton turns to leave the bridge]
Admiral Efram Asimov: W-wait a minute: is it true that you don't believe Dr. Goodfellow made you?
Crichton: Oh, dear. Are we back to that? I clearly understand why a human would want to take credit for creating something as perfect and as beautiful as I am, but the concept is utterly ludicrous. Good day.
[Crichton leaves]
Admiral Efram Asimov: [to Buck] I'm going to take a hacksaw to him!
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Buck Rogers: "Time of the Hawk"
22 August 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: Buck, Wilma & Twiki are now aboard the Earth spaceship Searcher seeking colonies of humans who escaped to the stars from Earth's worldwide holocaust. Buck is commissioned to capture a vengeful bird-man named Hawk (Thom Christopher), who seeks retribution against the human race. When his wife, Koori (BarBara Luna), is seriously injured, he and Buck are forced to work together for her survival.

COMMENTARY: This first 2nd season double episode (97 minutes) is a mixture of good and bad; although, thankfully, there's more of the former. The laconic, but charismatic Hawk is a great addition to the cast of regulars and Luna as Koori is babelicious. She, of course, appeared in Star Trek's "Mirror, Mirror," but here she's less of a young female and more of a curvy whoa-man. The segment features several outside locations (e.g. Vasquez Rocks) and the sets & F/X are generally superior to the 1st season (about on par with the previous episode "Flight of the War Witch").

People say "Time of the Hawk," and the 2nd season in general, is "unrecognizable" compared to the 1st season, but that's a bunch of hooey. Yes, the format is different, but it's still Buck Rogers, Wilma & Twiki involved in space adventure. It's different, but not "unrecognizable." The tone is generally more dramatic than amusing, but it's not like the 1st season didn't have several dramatic episodes ("Awakening," "Space Vampire," "A Dream of Jennifer" and "Flight of the War Witch," to name some). Besides, it's not like "Time of the Hawk" is always deadly serious. Take, for instance, the first act with the absurd introduction of the irritatingly pompous robot Crichton, an unfortunate addition to the cast. Then there are the cartoony accouterments associated with Hawk and his Hawkship (or whatever it's called). Hawk, btw, is basically a knock-off of DC's Hawkman.

There are some obvious plot holes: Would someone as intelligent, advanced and cosmopolitan as Hawk (& Koori) really blame the ENTIRE human race for the dastardly deeds of SOME of the human race? Aren't the people of the planet where Hawk gets his vessel serviced human? And, if not, they look exactly LIKE humans, so how does he know with absolute certainty that it was Earthlings who annihilated his tribe? Then he tells how his bird-people ancestors escaped from Earth to the stars, but later states with certainty that he & Koori are the "last of their kind."

Other negatives include the inexplicable removal of the excellent Huer (Tim O'Connor) and his replacement with two okay-but-inferior characters, Admiral Asimov (Jay Garner) and the feeble, but likable Dr. Goodfellow (Wilfrid Hyde-White). The temporary change in Twiki's voice from Mel Blanc's low tone to Bob Elyea's kiddie one is curious and unnecessary (it would only last five episodes).

While "Time of the Hawk" is a solid episode in the series (with too much dramatic filler for my tastes), the 2nd season is generally inferior to the 1st season. It has its bright points, for sure, but it's overall not as entertaining, especially in regards to guest space babes (although Koori, from this episode, is top-of-the-line; as is Amanda Wyss from "The Crystals"). They shoulda kept the foundation of the 1st season and simply built on it, making an entertaining series better. Still, the 2nd season has several quality episodes (e.g. "Journey to Oasis," "Mark of the Saurian," "The Hand of Goral" and "The Dorian Secret"). "Time of the Hawk" is one of 'em.

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