Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 2

Universal Studios (1981)

Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
USA / English / 603 mins
IMDb 6.9
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Cast — View More ↓

Gil Gerard Capt. William Rogers
Gil Gerard Buck Rogers
Erin Gray Col. Wilma Deering
Erin Gray Colonel Wilma Deering
Felix Silla Twiki the Robot
Tim O'Connor Dr. Elias Huer
Mel Blanc Twiki the Robot Voice
Pamela Hensley Princess Ardala
Henry Silva Kane
Felix Silla Twiki
Duke Butler Tigerman
Joseph Wiseman Draco
Caroline Smith Delta Section
John Dewey Carter Supervisor
Kevin Coates Pilot
David Cadiente Comtel Officer
Larry Duran Draconian Guard
Kenny Endoso Draconian Guard
Eric Lawrence Officer
H.B. Haggerty Tigerman
Colleen Kelly Wrather
Steve Jones Pilot
Gil Serna Technician
David Buchanan Pilot
Burt Marshall Wingman
Mel Blanc Twiki
Howard F. Flynn Dr. Theophilis
John Rayner Computer Council
Guerin Barry Computer Council
Bob Elyea Twiki
Eric Server Dr. Theopolis
Michael Ansara Kane
William Conrad Narrator
Jay Garner Admiral Asimov
Tom Christopher
Wilfrid Hyde-White Dr. Goodfellow
Paul Carr Lt. Devlin
Gary Coleman Hieronymus Fox
Buster Crabbe Brigadier Gordon
Jamie Lee Curtis Jen Burton
Frank Gorshin Kellogg
Peter Graves Noah Cooper
Thom Christopher Hawk
Sid Haig Pratt
Mark Lenard Ambassador Duvoe
Alex Hyde-White Technician
Jeff David Crichton
Barbara Luna Koori
Vic Perrin 1st Guardian

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Director
Leslie H. Martinson
Bernard McEveety
Jack Arnold
Daniel Haller
John Patterson
Victor French
Bob Bender
David G. Phinney
Writer Leslie Stevens, Glen A. Larson Glen A. Larson, Philip Francis Nowlan, Bob Mitchell
Producer Glen A. Larson, Bruce Lansbury Richard Caffey, David J. O'Connell, John G. Stephens
Photography Ben Colman, Frank Thackery
Musician Glen A. Larson, Bruce Broughton Stu Phillips, Will Schaefer, Robert Prince, Les Baxter, John Cacavas, J.J. Johnson, Johnny Harris

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Plot

In the year 1987, Air Force captain William "Buck" Rogers tests the Ranger 3 spacecraft. His flight was to last only 5 months, but a meteor storm damages his life-support systems, freezing him solid, and casts Ranger 3 into an orbit which returns it to Earth--over 500 years later. Soon after Buck departs, Earth is devastated by a nuclear war caused by a renegade group of U.S. military officers. In 2491, Buck, who has survived due to the freezing, is revived and tries to adjust to life on 25th-century post-nuclear Earth. In the second season, Buck joins the crew of the Searcher, a starship dispatched to locate former Earth colonies in deep space.

Episodes

Episode 1: Time of the Hawk (1)

60 min 1981-01-15
Buck, Wilma, and Twiki set off into deep space aboard the Searcher, a starship on a mission to find the lost tribes of Earth -- humans who fled to the stars after a nuclear holocaust that all but destroyed the planet. The Searcher encounters a severely-damaged spacecraft with one survivor, who tells them of a savage attack by a bird-man named Hawk. Searcher sets course for the planet where it is believed Hawk lives, and Buck soon becomes involved in a desperate battle of wits and piloting skills with Hawk. Hawk's mate, who was a passenger in Hawk's ship, is mortally wounded in the battle and Buck and Hawk form a shaky alliance to seek medical aid for her. Eventually, Hawk joins the crew of the Searcher, looking for others of his kind.
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Norman Hudis
Guest starring: Barbara Luna, Lance LeGault, David Opatoshu, Sid Haig, Kenneth O'Brien, Dennis Haysbert, Lavelle Roby, Michael Fox, Andre Harvey, J. Christopher O'Connor, Tim O'Keefe, Ken Chandler, Susan McIver

Episode 2: Time of the Hawk (2)

60 min 1981-01-15
Buck, Wilma, and Twiki set off into deep space aboard the Searcher, a starship on a mission to find the lost tribes of Earth -- humans who fled to the stars after a nuclear holocaust that all but destroyed the planet. The Searcher encounters a severely-damaged spacecraft with one survivor, who tells them of a savage attack by a bird-man named Hawk. Searcher sets course for the planet where it is believed Hawk lives, and Buck soon becomes involved in a desperate battle of wits and piloting skills with Hawk. Hawk's mate, who was a passenger in Hawk's ship, is mortally wounded in the battle and Buck and Hawk form a shaky alliance to seek medical aid for her. Eventually, Hawk joins the crew of the Searcher, looking for others of his kind.
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Norman Hudis
Guest starring: Barbara Luna, Lance LeGault, David Opatoshu, Sid Haig, Kenneth O'Brien, Dennis Haysbert, Lavelle Roby, Michael Fox, Andre Harvey, J. Christopher O'Connor, Tim O'Keefe, Ken Chandler, Susan McIver

Episode 3: Journey to Oasis (1)

60 min 1981-01-22
Hawk's first mission among the humans is to join Buck, Wilma, and Dr. Goodfellow in escorting Ambassador Duvoe to a peace conference that could avert a terrible galactic war. Crisis strikes as their shuttle passes through an electric storm and crashes in the desert. With contact with Searcher impossible, the party must travel by foot to Oasis, encountering savage mutants and a mischievous gnome named ODX.
Director: Daniel Haller
Writer: Robert Mitchell, Esther Mitchell
Guest starring: Mark Lenard, Len Birman, Paul Carr, Donn Whyte, Felix Silla, Michael Stroka, Alex Hyde-White

Episode 4: Journey to Oasis (2)

60 min 1981-01-22
Hawk's first mission among the humans is to join Buck, Wilma, and Dr. Goodfellow in escorting Ambassador Duvoe to a peace conference that could avert a terrible galactic war. Crisis strikes as their shuttle passes through an electric storm and crashes in the desert. With contact with Searcher impossible, the party must travel by foot to Oasis, encountering savage mutants and a mischievous gnome named ODX.
Director: Daniel Haller
Writer: Robert Mitchell, Esther Mitchell
Guest starring: Mark Lenard, Len Birman, Paul Carr, Donn Whyte, Felix Silla, Michael Stroka, Alex Hyde-White

Episode 5: The Guardians

60 min 1981-01-29
Buck finds himself entrusted with a bizarre glowing green box when he and Hawk find an old man near death on a remote planet. Back on the Searcher, the box creates a series of bizarre images in the minds of the crew members. In reality, the box has taken control of the Searcher and sent it at fantastic speeds toward an unknown destination.
Director: Jack Arnold
Writer: Paul Schneider, Margaret Schneider
Guest starring: Harry Townes, Rosemary DeCamp, Paul Carr, Barbara Luna, Shawn Stevens, Dennis Haysbert, Vic Perrin, Howard Culver

Episode 6: Mark of the Saurian

60 min 1981-02-05
The Saurians plot to destroy the Searcher and start a galactic war by infiltrating the starship and a space station in human disguise. Only Buck, who has contracted a strange virus, is able to see the true form of the Saurians, but no one believes him. When the Suarians realize that Buck is a threat to them, he becomes the target of their assassination attempts.
Director: Barry Crane
Writer: Francis Moss
Guest starring: Linden Chiles, Vernon Weddle, Kim Hamilton, Paul Carr, Stacy Keach, Sr., Barry Cahill, Alex Hyde-White, Allan Hunt, Frank Parker, Andrea Pike

Episode 7: The Golden Man

60 min 1981-02-19
The Searcher rescues a gold-skinned boy from an escape capsule in an asteroid field. When the ship collides with one of the asteroids, the boy displays his powers of molecular alteration by rescuing Admiral Asimov from beneath a fallen girder. The boy assures the crew of the Searcher that, with the help of his companion, who is on a nearby planet, he can dislodge the ship from the asteroid. But when Buck and Hawk go to the planet to get the companion, they find that he is being held captive by a man who wants to use the boy's powers for his own greedy purposes.
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Stephen McPherson, Calvin Clements
Guest starring: David Hollander, Anthony James, Bruce M. Fischer, Russell Wiggins, Paul Carr, Diana Chesney, Richard Wright, Arthur Eisner, Roger Rose, Michael Masters, Bob Elyea

Episode 8: The Crystals

60 min 1981-03-05
Buck, Wilma, and Hawk are confronted with a bizarre riddle on an alien planet they are exploring for crystals to power the Searcher. Part of the riddle is the connection between a young woman and an eerie, mummy-like creature they encounter on the planet. Meanwhile, on the Searcher, the android Crichton believes he has discovered the link -- one that is crucial to the success of their mission.
Director: John Patterson
Writer: Robert Mitchell, Esther Mitchell
Guest starring: Amanda Wyss, Sandy Champion, Alex Hyde-White, James Parkes, Gary Bolen, Leigh C. Kim, Hubie Kerns Jr.

Episode 9: The Satyr

60 min 1981-03-12
Buck and Twiki come across the survivors of a failed colony, a young widow and her son. The woman tells Buck that the other colonists all fled the planet as the result of a plague. Buck is confused by the woman's refusal to leave the planet despite being repeatedly being menaced by a goat-man named Pangor; but he soon discovers the truth about the plague when he contracts it and begins to turn into a goat-man himself.
Director: Victor French
Writer: Paul Schneider, Margaret Schneider
Guest starring: Anne E. Curry, David S. Cass Sr., Bobby P. Lane, Dennis Freeman

Episode 10: Shgoratchx!

60 min 1981-03-19
Buck is ordered to explore a derelict spaceship that the Searcher encounters, and finds it filled with solar bombs and crewed by seven little men. They are escorted back to the Searcher and Admiral Asimov takes their ship in tow to a place where the bombs can be safely detonated. Assuming the little men can cause no real harm, Buck places them in the care of Wilma; but the little men have never seen a woman before and are intent on finding out what all of the "funny little bumps" are.
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: William Keys
Guest starring: Tommy Madden, Alex Hyde-White, John Edward Allen, Tony Cox, Billy Curtis, Harry Monty, Spencer Russell, Charles Secor

Episode 11: The Hand of the Goral

60 min 1981-03-26
Buck, Wilma, and Hawk explore a strange planet and come across the wreckage of a spacecraft and its lone survivor. He is taken back to the Searcher by Wilma, while Buck and Hawk continue to explore. After some unexplained happenings on the planet, they return to the Searcher, where they find that everyone has undergone personality changes -- becoming the opposite of their real selves. Buck soon learns that he can not even trust Wilma and Hawk to help him solve the mystery of what has happened.
Director: David G. Phinney
Writer: Francis Moss
Guest starring: John Fujioka, William Bryant, Peter Kastner, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Horsley

Episode 12: Testimony of a Traitor

60 min 1981-04-09
An ancient videotape is discovered that proves that Buck was involved in the nuclear holocaust that nearly destroyed the Earth hundreds of years before. Commissioner Bergstrom convenes a war crimes trial aboard the Searcher and, if Buck is found guilty, faces a death sentence. In a desperate attempt to clear himself, Buck agrees to another mind probe, but his memories seem to confirm the charges.
Director: Bernard McEveety
Writer: Stephen McPherson
Guest starring: Ramon Bieri, William Sylvester, David Hooks, Walter Brooke, John Milford, John O'Connell, Thomas Bellin, Buck Young, Carl Reindel, Eric Lawrence, Jim Emery, Dean Brooks

Episode 13: The Dorian Secret

60 min 1981-04-16
Buck and Hawk are sent to pick up the survivors of a planetary disaster and transport them to a new home. Before departing, Buck rescues a young woman from a group of Dorian thugs. Later, while enroute to the planet, the Searcher is attacked by a Dorian craft, which demands that the woman be returned for the murder of a warlord's son. As the Dorians persist and subject the Searcher to a severe pounding, the refugees begin to rebel, insisting that the woman be turned over. Eventually, Buck discovers that truth about the woman and the startling reason why the Dorians always wear what at first appear to be merely ceremonial face masks.
Director: Jack Arnold
Writer: Stephen McPherson
Guest starring: Devon Ericson, Denny Miller, William Kirby Cullen, Walker Edmiston, Michele Marsh, Dennis Haysbert, Stuart Nisbet, Eldon Quick, Brady Rubin, Jackie Russell, Lachelle Chamberlain, Keith Atkinson

Editions

Barcode Format Region Release Edition
025192068386 1 2012-11-13
5050582359367 2 2005-10-31
5050582324815 2 2005-10-31
7613059800656 2 5-Disc Set
5050582409567 4