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I9ehj0m0njlsxklph3ywmtdjyu 1x1 – Awakening

In 1987, a space phenomenon sends NASA astronaut William "Buck" Rogers and his space shuttle off course and freezes his life support systems for 500 years. In 2491, he awakens aboard the flagship Draconia, under the command of Princess Ardala and her henchman Kane, a former native of Earth. The Draconians repair Buck's shuttle, but secretly plant a homing beacon aboard to track a path through Earth's defense shield. Upon arriving on Earth, Buck learns that everyone he knew had perished in a nuclear holocaust and Earth has been rebuilt over the centuries. However, he ...

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Zszyqbwkabtsn60eiumixbb4zc9 1x2 – Planet of the Slave Girls

The Earth Defense Directorate faces a crisis when nearly everyone becomes sick after eating poisoned food. An attempt is made to create an antidote but the plan is thwarted when the laboratory is sabotaged and an assassin positions his weapon at Dr. Huer. Buck Rogers, Wilma Deering and Major Duke Danton travel to the planet Vistula where the poisoned food was exported from and they find a world engaged in slave labor. Then they discover that a fanatical religious leader and slave trader named Kaleel poisons Earth's food supply in order to weaken their defenses. ...

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Okpsysyjjtmu7dlwteskw3qgl6w 1x3 – Vegas in Space

To ensure a notorious smuggler's cooperation, Buck and a fellow officer must infiltrate a crime lord's casino resort to rescue a young woman he kidnapped.

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9tuswqfvfbmvviwpkrpv2zgusra 1x4 – 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 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 ...

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Q1jysvcwnkoa03sjrbwkujrkp5e 1x5 – The Plot to Kill a City: Part 2

Buck Rogers' true identity is briefly questioned by one of Raphael Argus' girlfriends, Joella Cameron, but she goes along with the deception to assist Buck. However, his cover has been eventually blown when an informant named Barney Smith, who knew the real Argus, confirms he is an impostor. The Legion of Death discover Buck's true identity, but he manages to avoid being killed by the nefarious group of deadly assassins. By then, Buck has already learned the group's plan to destroy New Chicago, by sabotaging the city's antimatter power plant, and he and Joella race ...

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5mpr9knp72txfgkfnpiepualqtu 1x6 – Return of the Fighting 69th

Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering pursue notorious gunrunners Commander Corliss and Roxanne Trent who are planning on dropping deadly nerve agents from the 20th century on Earth. A squadron of elderly space fighter pilots led by Major Noah Cooper who were forced to retire are brought back into active service so they can lead an attack on the criminals' asteroid base. Because of their age, Wilma has doubts about the squadron's reliability, but Noah's team departs to prove they still have what that takes to get the mission done. During the attack, Buck and Wilma are ...

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L3vn0yssgjcv9nxculoinsjuhkm 1x7 – Unchained Woman

Posing as a prisoner named Valzhan, Buck Rogers has been taken to a penal colony on Zeta Minor where he springs a female inmate named Jen Burton. The young woman had taken the blame for crimes committed by her boyfriend, Malary Pantera, and the Earth's Directorate wants her to testify against him. However, she still loves Pantera and refuses to cooperate, and Pantera happens to have a business associate back on Earth, a Zetan diplomat whose involvement could be exposed once she testifies. Furthermore, they have to cross a desert on foot to succeed to the nearest ...

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1ix6z5rz5obrasgohd2ojlfy1wp 1x8 – Planet of the Amazon Women

Earth is negotiating with the planet Ruatha to maintain its right to mine Barberite on the Ruathan held planet Madrea. While Buck Rogers is flying to keep the space between the planets clear, he is lured to the planet Zantia by a phony distress call from two beautiful women. After bringing them home, a man named Cassius Thorne takes Buck into custody and has him sold and mated with the Prime Minister's daughter Ariela Dyne. Meanwhile, Wilma Deering arrives looking for Buck and learns that Buck is planning to meet with the Ruathan leader and expose the truth that ...

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Mb152kcpncykaiyn9yrtofnazx3 1x9 – Cosmic Whiz Kid

The President of the planet Genesia is no ordinary President... he is 493-year-old child genius Hieronymous Fox. Originally from Earth's 20th century, he developed advanced cryogenics technology and had himself frozen before the nuclear holocaust. After being revived in the 25th century, Fox helped the struggling Genesia colony and they made him their leader. A political dissident named Roderick Zale has kidnapped him for ransom and held him captive on Aldebaran II. The President's bodyguard, Lieutenant Dia Cyrton, appeals to Earth's Directorate for help to rescue him...

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Cnbh71jzqy9ajzm5dgzv4rtvmxd 1x10 – Escape from Wedded Bliss

Princess Ardala returns with a powerful orbital weapon she threatens to bombard Earth with unless she has Buck Rogers for herself.

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9kzeceah7358a6loaeon7yrpbno 1x11 – Cruise Ship to the Stars

After the galactic beauty queen Miss Cosmos is attacked by a mysterious woman, Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering are assigned to protect her while she travels aboard a luxury space liner. Onboard, Buck encounters Alison Michaels, who suffers from periodic blackouts which her boyfriend, Jalor Davin, dismisses as mental stress caused by hypertension. After another attack against Miss Cosmos, Buck confronts the assailant, Sabrina, a wild-haired woman with superhuman strength and deadly psychokinetic powers. He begins to suspect that Sabrina and Alison are the same and that ...

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Ng9rdsasmdontlakehr7mdwyapt 1x12 – Space Vampire

Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering arrive at Theta Station to have Twiki serviced, but soon a freighter crashes with the space station. The freighter crew are found in a state between life and death, and believing a virus may be responsible, Commander Royko orders the base under quarantine. Soon however, Wilma feels a cold, evil presence stalking her and several station crew begun turning up half-dead. Buck learns that the source of said deaths is the Vorvon, a space vampire that can drain the life energy from his victims and turn them into zombies. However, only Buck is ...

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Xfshhfefvaqadvxqfa86t2ht89a 1x13 – Happy Birthday, Buck

Nearing his 534th birthday, Buck Rogers feels homesick for the 20th century and Wilma Deering plans a surprise party to cheer him up. To lure Buck out of his apartment and allow Wilma to arrange the party, Dr. Huer assigns him to escort psychic courier Raylyn Derren to New Detroit. Meanwhile, the bitter and vindictive Cornell Traeger escapes from a remote planet that he has been imprisoned on for 15 years. He acquires a mutant power to change molecular structures and plans revenge on Dr. Huer for sending him on a disastrous mission. Traeger kidnaps the psychic courier...

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Zbu4l5x2vghkhbnsfiam5csfy9j 1x14 – A Blast for Buck

A satellite enters Earth orbit. This transmits a message intended for Buck, and a warning of a possible attack. Buck and his friends attempt to figure out who might have sent the satellite to prevent the attack.

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Etsi5hzzj4wrgm7mlopjghgdvys 1x15 – Ardala Returns

Kane has designed the Hatchet Fighters of the Draconian Realm, resulting in the invariable deaths of the empire's best pilots who cannot control their ships. Determined to launch attacks on Earth, Princess Ardala orders the capture of Buck Rogers, the one pilot in the galaxy who can possibly control Kane's Hatchet Fighters. Using a dramatic ruse, Ardala succeeds in capturing Buck and Twiki, and prepares Buck for the debut of the Zygots, android clones of himself. Strapping Buck into a space suit, the Draconians record his combat experience and transfer the information...

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3rgomkmfidxvav5qng5yqoqsfsw 1x16 – Twiki Is Missing

After an uprising of miners on the asteroid Toros, the mining operator Kerk Belzak wishes to replace the human workers with robotic drones. He kidnaps Twiki so he can investigate the diminutive drone's unique circuitry and make cheap duplicates of Twiki to work in his mine. Buck Rogers goes after Belzak's enforcers, the Omniguard, three female paranormals with psychokinetic powers to save Twiki. Meanwhile, Wilma Deering has her hands full with a huge floating chunk of frozen oxygen that could destroy most of Earth's population once the iceberg veers off course.

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83hlcjadekqhea7i0yq4b83xrva 1x17 – Olympiad

Buck attends a new version of the Olympics. He meets Lara, one of the athletes, who tells him that she is involved with Jorex, an athlete from a planet, that's ruled by a dictator, who has Jorex under his thumb. She's asking for Buck's help so that Jorex can defect to Earth. Buck calls Wilma and Huer, who agree to help. They decide to consult another refugee from Jorex's planet. He tells them that the dictator will do whatever he has to do to keep him from escaping, even kill him. However, Allerick, the man in charge of Jorex, learns of the plan and abducts Lara.

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J6agjzmsuflejfvln2zgu5bno0o 1x18 – A Dream of Jennifer

Buck sees a young woman who looks identical to his girlfriend, whom he left behind when he was sent on a space mission in the 20th century. The stranger, named Lela Markeson, catches a flight in the resort town of City-on-the-Sea (what was once New Orleans), and Buck follows her there. However, Lela reveals that she was purposely altered to appear as Buck's long-lost girlfriend and sent to lure Buck into a trap by aliens. With Buck captured, the aliens want him to attack a freighter transporting weapons to a colony planet which they planned to conquer. Buck gets Wilma...

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D6p0cyz8bzoaj3xf6uasfsruod3 1x19 – Space Rockers

When an evil rock impresario devises a means to implant a hypnotic signal into a rock band's music to drive their young audience berserk, Buck must thwart his schemes of conquest.

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Emn2vnzsyrvnx4ysjdajx0chwra 1x20 – Buck's Duel to the Death

Buck learns that the population of a planet oppressed by a powerful evil warlord believes that he is their prophesied deliverer and are begging for him to help.

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L6wtjidqaamlocjwq211vmu8kpv 1x21 – Flight of the War Witch

After a mysterious probe lands on Earth, Buck and Twiki travel through a vortex to another universe where the peaceful inhabitants of the planet Pendar are under attack from the ruthless war witch Zarina. Buck has to form an uneasy alliance with Draconian Princess Ardala, who has followed him through the vortex, in order to defeat Zarina.

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Das Jahr 1987: Captain William "Buck" Rogers wird bei einem Erkundungsflug mit seinem Spaceshuttle Ranger 3 aufgrund einer folgenschweren Panne aus seiner geplanten Flugbahn geworfen. Mitten hinein in einen Orbit, der ihn und sein gesamtes Lebenserhaltungs-System einfriert. 500 Jahre später wird er gefunden, wieder zum Leben erweckt und auf die Erde zurückgebracht. Fortan kämpft er gegen außerirdische Bedrohungen. Mit an seiner Seite: die Drohne Twiki und Wilma Deering, die wohl schönste Pilotin des Universums...

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Quelle: themoviedb.org


Wir schreiben das Jahr 1979, Amerika leckt seine Wunden nach dem Vietnam-Krieg und George Lucas hat zwei Jahre zuvor mit dem Auftakt seiner Star Wars-Saga einen regelrechten Megahype in der (westlichen) Welt losgetreten. Um das Sci-Fi Genre ist es gut bestellt, von überall her tauchen neue Ideen und Inszinationen auf, beispielsweise muss sich Sigourney Weaver im erste Teil der "Alien"-Reihe gegen den Xenomorphen zur Wehr setzen. Aber auch eine neue Serie erblickt da Licht der Welt, sollte in Deutschland aber erst Mitte der 80er im Fernsehen ankommen.

Dabei stammt die Figur des Buck Rogers bereits aus den 20er Jahren und war einer der ersten Sci-Fi Comics überhaupt, Generationen von pickligen Nerds später entstand eine Fernsehserie in zwei Staffel zu dem Franchise. Das Interessante dabei ist, dass Buck Rogers als Comic Einfluss auf Star Wars ausgeübt hat, Star Wars aber wiederum stark auf Buck Rogers als Serie. Als Pilotfilm im Kino gestartet, spielte der FIlm in den US-amerikanischen Kinos im Sci-Fi Vakuum zwischen "Episode IV" (1977) und "Episode V" (1980) ein beachtliches Einspielergebnis ein, was Produzent Glen A. Larson (1937-2014) nach seiner ebenfalls erfolgreichen Umsetzung von "Kampfstern Galactica" auf die Idee brachte, eine Adaption des Comics zu produzieren. Es folgten der Film "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century", etwas abgeändert der zweiteilige Serienpilot, und die von Universal produzierte Serie.

Nur allzu gern würde man die Reaktionen der Menschen in knapp 480 Jahren sehen (die Serie spielt im Jahr 2491), wie sich die "primitven" Vorfahren sich die Zukunft vorgestellt haben. Wahrscheinlich wird die Realität Lichtjahre von der Fiktion entfernt liegen, erleben werden wir alle sie aber nicht, außer wir lassen uns wie Serienheld Buck Roger (Gil Gerard) durch einen ungewollten Unfall in Verbindung mit dem richtigen Gasgemisch einfrieren.  Allein das größtenteils Nichtvorhandensein von Computern, mit Ausnahme einer wandelnden, sich selbst entwickelnden K.I., lässt die Serie bereits aus heutiger Sicht antiquiert wirken. Aber genau das macht den Reiz einer Sci-Fi Geschichte aus, die Entstehung eines alternativen Universums im Kopf der Zuschauer, die, wenn die Serie/der FIlm gut umgesetzt ist, noch lange nach Ende im Kopf herumspinnt. Wer sich aber nach dem Piloten auf ein düster-dystopisches Sci-Fi-Abenteuer freut, wird enttäuscht. Oftmals wird gute Miene zum bösen Spiel gemacht und natürlich rettet Buck am Ende den Tag. Die in der Serie erzählten Geschichten wirken stellenweise generisch und unoriginell, am Ende bleiben nur Bruchstücke hängen. Einer der größten Kritiker des Serieninhalts war Gerard höchstselbst, der von den Produzenten ernstere Inhalte forderte. Die sollte er in den zweiten Staffel bekommen, da blieb allerdings durch den abschwächenden Hype der gewünschte Erfolg aus die Serie wurde nach nur elf Episode ohne großes Finale abgesägt.

Laut einem Fanzine Artikel der amerikanische Zeitschrift Starlog hatte Buck Rogers ein Budget von 800.000 Dollar pro Episode (nicht inflationsbereinigt). Im Vergleich: Star Wars hatte bei der Produktion ein Budget von 11 Millionen US-Dollar. Man sieht, dass in Buck Rogers einiges an Geld steckt. Die Ausstattung der einzelnen Szenen sind aufwendig, es gibt viele Statisten in entsprechender Kostümierung zu bestaunen und auch die Special Effects müssen sich nicht verstecken. Gerade letztere dürften den anfänglichen Erfolg der Serie maßgeblich ausgemacht haben, dann im luftleeren Raum macht die Serie die beste Figur. Auch wenn man alle Nase lang auf physikalische Unzulänglichkeiten stößt, spätestens seit "Gravity" wissen wir, dass man explodierte Raumschiffe wenn überhaupt sieht und nicht hört, kann Buck Rogers in seinen Actionszenen glänzen.

Mit einem heutigen Serienstandart ist die Serie aber wahrlich nicht zu vergleichen. Viele Folgen sind ihrer selbst wegen gedreht und kehren nach überstandenen Abenteuern wieder zur Ausgangsposition zurück, "Futurama" lässt grüßen. Bei 24 Folgen à 45 Minuten in der ersten Staffel kann sich das ganz schön ziehen und man sehnt dem Staffelfinale entgegen. Das fällt ungemein schwerer, schlägt das Herz nicht generell für Skywalker, Twiki und Co. schlägt. Mit dem eben angesprochen Twiki können sich die Macher auch den Preis für den nervigsten Sound eines Charakters abholen, herzlichen Glückwunsch.


"Buck Rogers" ist was für Genrefans und die, die es werden wollen. Einen gewissen kultigen Anstrich kann man der Serie nicht abschreiben, für die Bezeichnung des Gesamtpakets wäre ein "gut" aber ungerechtfertigt. So wird die Serie dazu verdammt sein, ewig im Schatten eines wirklichen kultigen Raumschiff Enterprise oder eines Serienhits à la "Firefly" zu vegetieren, den Platz hat sie sich aber selbst zuzuschreiben.

Kritik: Magnus Knoll

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