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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century : Synopsis, Pictures, Photos, Trivia, Filming Locations

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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Dates : 1979 - 1981
35 episodes of 46 min
First broadcasting : 7 Janvier 1984
Creator(s) : Glen A Larson
Producer(s) : Glen A Laeson
Music : Glen A. Larson et Stu Phillips
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Synopsis

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.

The Actors

Erin Gray - Colonel Wilma Deering

Erin Gray


(Colonel Wilma Deering)

Gil Gerard - Capitaine William Buck Rogers

Gil Gerard


(Capitaine William Buck Rogers)

Wilfrid Hyde-White - Dr. Goodfellow

Wilfrid Hyde-White


(Dr. Goodfellow)

Felix Silla - Twiki

Felix Silla


(Twiki)

Tim O'Connor - Docteur Elias Huer

Tim O'Connor


(Docteur Elias Huer)

Photos

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Trivia

Props from series "Battlestar Galactica" (1978) were used in this series.

When the series started, it was not a certainty that Erin Gray would sign on to reprise her movie role of Wilma Deering. As a result, Buck has a few different female sidekicks in early episodes, notably Juanin Clay as Major Marla Landers in the episode #1.5,"Vegas In Space". Clay was intended as a possible replacement for Gray, until it was decided she would continue in the series.

The "original" Buck Rogers of the 1930s (from Buck Rogers (1939)), Buster Crabbe, made a guest appearance as Brigadier Gordon in episode #1.3 "Planet of the Slave Girls" (he was most famous, of course, for playing the title role in Flash Gordon (1936/I) and its sequels).

PA announcements heard during scenes taking place in spaceports, etc. feature frequent in-joke references to other science fiction classics. For example, in "Vegas in Space" you can hear Adam Strange of Alpha Centauri being paged (Adam Strange was the hero of a popular science fiction comic book of the 1960s). Episode #1.20 "A Dream of Jennifer" has Captain Christopher Pike being paged. Pike was the captain of the Starship Enterprise in the unaired pilot of "Star Trek" (1966).

The show's theme tune, "Suspension", originally had lyrics, but these were only heard in the pilot.

Throughout most of the first season, Erin Gray plays Wilma as a blonde. Near the end of the first season, and for the remainder of the series, she was allowed to return to her normal brunette hair color.

US broadcast of the second season was delayed until midway through the 1980-81 TV season due to an actor's strike. During the strike, the series was retooled to make it a variation on "Battlestar Galactica" (1978).

In the movie version of the pilot episode (#1.1 and #1.2), "Awakening," 'William Conrad? was the voice of the Draconia's PA system, but for the TV version, his voice was replaced by that of 'Vic Perrin? .

While working on this series, Mel Blanc provided voices for the parody Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century (1980) (TV).

Mel Blanc was briefly replaced by Bob Elyea as the voice of Twiki at the start of the second season. After protests from fans, he returned to the role for the final episodes.

The studio decided to cancel the series before the last episode was shot. The producer was evidently incensed that this happened, without his prior knowledge, and began to clear out his office immediately upon hearing the news. To exact a measure of revenge, however, he assigned an intern, Guy Magar, to direct the final episode. Magar had just happened to pop into the director's office to see if he needed anything just after the producer got the call about the cancellation. The studio had no idea that Magar had never before directed a TV show (or anything beyond a student film). Magar went on to direct episodes of "Sliders" (1995), "La Femme Nikita" (1997) and other shows.

The opening of the show said, "In 1987, NASA launched the last of the deep space probes." However, due to the Challenger accident in January 1986, no shuttles were actually launched in 1987. The next launch did not happen until 1988.

Episode #2.8, "The Crystals", reuses a special effect graphic from The Andromeda Strain (1971) to depict an alien blood sample viewed under a microscope.

Written on the side of the spaceship Searcher (season two) is "Per Adua Ad Astra" , which is a misspelling of "Per Ardua Ad Astra" (Through Adversity To The Stars), the motto for The Royal Air Force ('ardua' is the plural of 'arduus', meaning 'the steep place', so the phrase could also mean "Past the summit to the stars").

The Earth Starfighter spacecraft seen in the series was originally supposed to be the Colonial Viper in Battlestar Galactica, and was designed by 'Ralph MacQuarrie' . When Galactica producers went with a different style for the Viper, the original design resurfaced in Buck Rogers as the Starfighter.

In "The Golden Boy", the village set is the same one used in the original Frankenstein movies.

Episode #1.03, "Planet of the Slave Girls", Buck goes to the planet Vistula. As seen from outer space, the surface of the planet is a mirror image of the great lakes area of the United States.

Filming

Filming locations:

Universal Studios, Universal City, California, USA (Interiors)

Authors of the card

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