Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction adventure television series produced by Universal Studios. The series ran for two seasons between September 1979 and April 1981, and the feature-length pilot episode for the series was released as a theatrical film before the series aired.
The film and series were developed by Glen A. Larson and Leslie Stevens, based on the character Buck Rogers created in 1928 by Philip Francis Nowlan that had previously been featured in comic strips, novellas, a serial film, and on television and radio.
A young woman, Felina Redding, is kidnapped and her employer, a notorious smuggler named Amos Armat, comes to Dr. Huer for help. Armat believes his competitor, the feared crime boss Morgan Velosi, kidnapped Felina because she knows too much about his organisation after stumbling upon a computer code that controls three-fourths of Armat’s covert operations. If helped, Armat offers to turn himself in for his crimes, for Felina is not only an employee, but his daughter as well (a fact of which she is unaware). Huer initially refuses, but is persuaded by Major Marla Landers when she questions that Armat has technical secrets of Draconian Marauders that have been preying on Earth’s shipping lanes. Buck takes the mission alongside Major Landers and the two arrive at Velosi’s orbital casino resort of Sinaloa. While Landers uses her charm to distract Velosi, Buck rescues Felina before a hired interrogator, Carl Morphus, can conduct a potentially fatal mind probe on her. They must all, however, escape an attack by Draconian fighters summoned by Velosi.
- Guest stars: Cesar Romero (as Amos Armat), Ana Alicia (as Felina Redding), Richard Lynch (as Morgan Velosi), Juanin Clay (as Major Marla Landers), Pamela Susan Shoop (as Tangie), and Joseph Wiseman (as Carl Morphus).
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 04 October 1979.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.