Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century (1979): S01E08 – Return of the Fighting 69th


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.


Buck and Wilma go after a notorious gunrunner named Corliss who has stolen a stockpile of deadly nerve agent from the 20th-Century and plans to attack Earth with it. When two rookie pilots (Cadets Clayton and Westlake) are killed trying to pursue Corliss to his base within the treacherous asteroid belt, Wilma reluctantly seeks the help of a long retired fighter pilot named Noah Cooper and his legendary “Fighting 69th” squadron. Because of their age, Wilma has doubts about the squadron’s reliability, but Noah’s team sets out to prove they still have what it takes to get the mission done. During the attack, Buck and Wilma are captured by Corliss and his wife Roxanne Trent who both show off horrible scars from injuries they received thanks to Wilma during a previous confrontation. Wanting Buck and Wilma to suffer as they did, Corliss plans to torture them once he deals with the geriatric bombers. Eventually, Roxanne’s deaf/mute slave girl Alicia helps Buck and Wilma escape, and the three hurry to escape the complex before the ensuing bombing run.


  • Guest stars: Peter Graves (as Major Noah Cooper), Elizabeth Allen (as Roxanne Trent), Robert Quarry (as Commander Corliss), Eddie Firestone (as Corporal M.K. Schultz), K. T. Stevens (as Lieutenant Harriet Twain), Katherine Wiberg (as Alicia), Woody Strode (as Sergeant “Big Red” MacMurthy), Dan Sturkie (as Eli Twain), Robert Hardy (as Cadet Clayton), and Duncan McKenzie (as Cadet Westlake).

Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 25 October 1979.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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