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 arrive at Theta Station to have Twiki serviced, but soon a freighter collides with the base. The freighter’s crew are all found in a strange state that is somewhere between life and death, and believing a virus may be responsible, the station commander puts the base under quarantine. Soon however, Wilma feels a cold, evil presence stalking her and several station crew begin turning up “half-dead”. Buck finds a video from the ship that recorded a man confronting an unseen attacker called a “Vorvon”. He later learns that the Vorvon is a vampire-like being of legend that can drain the life energy from its victims and turn them into zombies. Soon the creature attacks Wilma and Buck sets a trap to destroy the monster before it turns her into a vampire like itself.
- Guest stars: Nicholas Hormann (as the Vorvon), Christopher Stone (as Commander Royko), Lincoln Kilpatrick (as Dr. Ecbar), Phil Hoover (as Helson), and Jeannie Fitzsimmons (as the Freighter Captain).
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 03 January 1980.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.