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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Epic Series
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Blast off with every groundbreaking episode of the action-packed sci-fi adventure, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century! Join legendary intergalactic crimefighters William "Buck" Rogers (Gil Gerard) and Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) as they lead the crew of the starship Searcher against a galaxy of evil from the past, present and faraway future. This must-own five-disc collection presents the entire Buck Rogers series and original theatrical pilot on DVD for the first time ever. Thrill to the epic sci-fi hit that the Associated Press called "razzle-dazzle good fun."
With its campy combination of lightweight adventure and Spandex disco chic, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is a nostalgic throwback to post-Star Wars opportunism. Series co-creator Glen A. Larson was incapable of originality, and former soap star Gil Gerard (in the title role) was a bland incarnation of the comic-strip hero, so the much-anticipated series premiered on September 20, 1979, with serious disadvantages. Although the two-hour pilot "Awakening" had tested successfully as a theatrical release, Gerard and the show's producers could never agree on a stable tone for the series, which presents Capt. William "Buck" Rogers as a jovial space cowboy who is accidentally time-warped from 1987 to 2491. Earth is engaged in interplanetary war following a global holocaust, and Buck's piloting skills make him an ideal starfighter recruit for the Earth Defense Directorate, where his closest colleagues are Dr. Huer (Tim O'Connor), squadron leader Col. Wilma Deering (former model Erin Gray, looking oh-so-foxy), the wisecracking robot Twiki (voiced by cartoon legend Mel Blanc), and a portable computer-brain named Dr. Theopolis, who's carried by Twiki like oversized bling-bling.
The series struggled through an awkward first season, with routine plots elevated by decent special effects and noteworthy guest stars including Jamie Lee Curtis, ill-fated Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten (appearing, with her voice dubbed over, less than a year before her tragic murder), Batman alumnus Julie Newmar, Buster Crabbe (veteran of vintage Buck Rogers movie serials), and several others in a show that favored vamps and vixens over credible science fiction. A full-scale overhaul resulted in a disastrous second season, but devoted fans still gravitate to Hawk (Thom Christopher), the charismatic alien "birdman" who was introduced with new characters and a new, space-faring search for lost tribes from Earth (with echoes of Larson's own Battlestar Galactica). Behind-the-scenes squabbles continued, and by mid-season of 1981, NBC pulled the plug on a breezy, still-engaging series that suffered from uneasy chemistry and never realized its full potential. Existing somewhere between Galactica and Lost in Space in the TV sci-fi food chain, this Buck--with a dearth of DVD extras--now functions as a cheesy stroll down memory lane. --Jeff Shannon
- All 32 episodes from the 1979-81 seasons plus the original theatrical film
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If you are a certain age, these shows were the greatest things on TV. (Maybe Battlestar Galactica was better for some.)
Tons of reviews, so I will be brief.
PRO: The movie intro has Kipp Lennon singing the theme song. It's a great song and is somewhat hard to find. Also, the montage of women is a cultural artifact of what was deemed "hot" in the late 1970s. (The glasses are huge! The Erin Grey hair wave is classic!) Having Wilma and the Princess in the dream montage also raises the disconcerting idea that it was all a dream and Buck is a popsicle somewhere.
The negative review is based on there being ZERO extra content other than previews. Interviews would have been wonderful. This is a cult item, so it's a shame there isn't more extra content. Supposedly there were interviews. What happened to them?
Personal FANBOY reaction on viewing these 30+ years later:
When these came out, I thought Colonel Deering was the personification of womanly perfection and whom Buck should have had a relationship with. Watching these as an adult, though, it is obvious that Princess Ardala is a better fit for Buck. Wilma and the other Earth citizens are virtually children. Wilma is clueless and naive. By contrast, Ardala is educated, clever, independent. Buck has much more in common with her than the Earthlings. I think the writers clearly intended that. Buck should've figured out a way to reform Ardala, return to Draconia, and leave the boring and stupid earthlings to be bossed around by inept and effeminate ("My, you are a handsome man Captain Rogers") computers.
As for the series, I did not grow up watching Buck Rogers and this was my first time watching. I was quite surprised how well this 1979 series holds up for this long. The series works very well and feels very modern and let's face it; there isn't really a whole lot out there for Sci-Fi fans.
Obviously it's presented in 1.33:1 (4:3) but that's not an issue for modern TVs that can stretch the image quite well. If you're watching through an HDMI DVD Upscaler, the quality is very good; sharp and clean; better than you remember it. So if you are not sure about buying this, you shouldn't be worried as I was, It's a great Sci-Fi series. I'm especially fond of Dr. Theopolis of the Computer Council =)
I would have given it 5/5 if it wasn't for the broken case, scratched DVD and missing Insert.
BUCK ROGERS was a Science-Fiction drama produced by Universal that was inspired by the massive success of STAR WARS in 1977 and good box-office returns of the movie BUCK ROGERS:IN THE 25TH CENTURY in March of 1979 led NBC to comission a full series which began on Thursday September 20th, 1979 with a modified version of BUCK ROGERS theatrical release along with the fact that the production of BUCK ROGERS used a lot of recycled props from creator(Glen Larson's)previous Science-Fiction series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, which was still in production ABC while the pilot film for BUCK ROGERS was in the Spring of 1979.
This series centered on Capt. William "Buck" Rogers(Gil Gerard)who was a NASA pilot from the Air Force who commanded Ranger 3, a space-shuttle that was launched in May of 1987 and due to a life-support malfunction, Buck is accidentally frozen for 504 years while Buck learns that civilization on Earth was rebuilt following a devastating nuclear war that occured in November of 1987 and is now under the protection of the Earth Defense Directorate in New Chicago when Buck discovers the derelict remains of Old Chicago after he gets a rude-awakening in the 25th Century when his whole world from the 20th century disappears after being revived out of a coma.
Therefore, Buck was aided by his pal and semi-love interest Col.Wilma Deering(Erin Gray) and his comic side-kick ambuquad robot(Twiki)voiced by Mel Blanc and Buck was like a ladies man since Buck was always involved with a different woman practically every week in the 1979-80 Season.
In the 1st Season; Buck and Wilma took orders from the head of the Defense Directorate Dr. Elias Huer(Tim O'Connor)and the chief villian was the ruthless and power-hungry Princess Ardala(Pamela Hensley)whose goal was to conquer Earth and possess Buck and was aided by her henchman Kane(Michael Ansara).
The 2nd Season was delayed till the Winter of 1981 and pushed back to an abbreviated season, due to an actors strike while production resumed in the Fall of 1980, but the series had a new set of producers headed by John Mantley and the format of the series changed by having Buck, Wilma, and Twiki being part of a crew aboard the Earth spaceship called the "Searcher" instead of defending the Earth from external threats like they did in the 1st Season.
In addition to the notable transition of the Second Season was the departure of Dr. Huer, Dr. Theopolis, Princess Ardala, and Kane and were replaced with new characters such as
*Admiral Efram Asimov(Jay Garner)which was the commander of the "Searcher" and a descendant of the famous science-fiction author Isaac Asimov.
*Hawk(Thom Christopher) whom was an alien who represented the last of the nearly extinct birds people.
*Dr. Goodfellow(Wilfrid Hyde-White)whom was an elderly scientist with insatiable curiousity.
*Crichton, a snobbish robot built by Dr. Goodfellow, but who always finds difficulty believing that lowly humans could've built him.
Additionally; the character of Wilma Deering was softened in the 2nd Season since the producers decided to tone down the militaristic "Col. Deering" image, who often gave Buck orders and tried to make Wilma more feminine instead of tomboyish.
Another change to BUCK ROGERS Second Season was Mel Blanc left the series at the end of the First Season and was replaced by another actor(Bob Elyea)supplied Twiki's voice instead of Mel Blanc, but there was never an explanation for the change in Twiki's voice.
Therefore the show tanked since the substance of the storylines in the 2nd Season also changed since less emphasis was placed on militaristic ideals by dealing with more serious concepts such as ecology, racism, pollution, war, nuclear power, identity, the self, and religion, plus Buck scaled back a lot of humor in the Second Season in favor of more serious episodes and Buck and Wilma's relationship slightly became more romantic than they were in the 1st Season since Gil Gerard had pushed for more serious storytelling and had clashed with the producers and the NBC network over the shows tone and handling & was even hoping the series wouldn't be picked up for a 2nd Season since Gerard didn't want to go through another season like the first one, despite the fact that the Second Season left us mourning the loss of Dr. Huer whom was also like a father-figure to Buck just like Devon Miles(Edward Mulhare)was a lot like a father-figure to Michael Knight(David Hasselhoff)on KNIGHT RIDER.
Unfortunately, all the changes made in the 2nd Season resulted in a significant drop in ratings after its Season Premiere in January of 1981 and NBC had cancelled BUCK ROGERS at the end of the 11-episode-strike-abbreviated season in the Summer of 1981 with no finale episode broadcast being a normal standalone episode which was also when CBS unofficially announced that they were cancelling THE INCREDIBLE HULK in the mid Fall of 1981, due to budget cuts and a change in management at CBS.
I enjoyed seeing guest stars like
*Gary Coleman in the "Cosmic Whiz Kid" episode during his co-starring days on DIFFERENT STROKES
*Lance LeGault in the "Time Of The Hawk" episode before his co-starring days as the hard-nosed Army nemesis(Col.Decker)on THE A-TEAM and as Magnum's bitter Navy nemesis(Col.Greene)on MAGNUM, P.I.
*Markie Post in the Plot To Kill A City" episode before her co-starring days on NIGHT COURT and FALL GUY
*Jack Palance in the "Planet Of The Slave Girls" episode before his co-starring days on RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT
*Jerry Orbach in the "Space Rockers" episode before his co-starring days on LAW & ORDER
*Paul Mantee before his co-starring days as Cmdr. Clayton on the police drama HUNTER
*Richard Moll in the "Space Rockers" episode before his co-starring days on NIGHT COURT
*Anne Lockhart in the "I Dream Of Jennifer" episode after her co-starring days as Sheba on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
*Judith Chapman in her "Olympiad" episode before her co-starring days on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and ALL MY CHILDREN
*Pamela Hensely as the relentless Princess Ardala before her co-starring days as CJ Parsons on the detective drama MATT HOUSTON.
*Ray Walston after his co-starring days on MY FAVORITE MARTIAN
*James Luisi after his co-starring days as Becker's hard-nosed superior officer (Lt. Chapman) on the detective drama THE ROCKFORD FILES & before his co-starring days on DAYS OF OUR LIVES & ANOTHER WORLD
*Peter Graves after his co-starring days as Jim Phelps on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
*Jamie Lee Curtis during her earlier acting career days in the "Unchained Woman" episode after co-starring in John Carpenters 1978 masterpiece flick HALLOWEEN
*Frank Gorshin in the "Plot To Kill A City" episode after his co-starring days as The Riddler on BATMAN
*Cesar Romero after his co-starring days as The Joker in the "Vegas In Space" episode
*Julie Newmar in the "Flight Of The Warwitch" episode after her co-starring days as Catwoman on BATMAN
*Roddy McDowell in the "Planet Of The Slave Girls" episode after his co-starring days as The Bookworm on BATMAN
*Brianne Leary in the "Planet Of The Slave Girls" episode after her co-starring days as Ponch & Jon's spunky fellow officer(Sindy Cahill) on the police drama CHiPs
In addition; this BUCK ROGERS DVD also shows a brief summary of each episode posting their original air dates on NBC, providing Closed Captioning too, which is mighty cool.
Therefore, this DVD brings back a lot of memories for me when I lived in the Imperial Valley and used to watch it as a kid on NBC every Thursday night since BUCK ROGERS was part of NBC's Thursday night line-up back then along with the fact that the First Season of BUCK ROGERS was especially kind of funny with Twiki and Buck always mentioning words and terms and expressions from our time and Buck's past that people in the 25th Century have supposedly never heard of before, like not even a grilled cheese sandwich for instance when Wilma was baffled by Buck's analogy using that word.
It was also interesting seeing Erin Gray playing as BUCK ROGERS co-star before her co-starring days as Kate Summers on SILVER SPOONS along with seeing Erin Gray with her sexy frosted ashy blonde hair that she had in the first 15 episodes, plus I also liked the narration done on the introduction of each episode in the 1979-1980 Season done by William Conrad too, which was neat along with the fact that William Conrad's narration to BUCK ROGERS 1st Season was way before his JAKE & THE FATMAN days on CBS.
So I recommend this BUCK ROGERS DVD to anyone who liked this science-fiction drama as a kid when it was on NBC.
The transfer to DVD is excellent quality, and the visual effects are top notch for the time in season 1; lots of recycles in season 2. This does mean, however, that the visual effects for live action shots are somewhat lame by modern standards.