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 sees a young woman who looks identical to his girlfriend Jennifer, whom he left behind when he was sent on his space mission in the 20th Century. The girl, whose name is Leila Markeson, catches a flight to “The City on the Sea”, (what was once New Orleans), and Buck follows her there. However, Leila was molecularly altered to appear as Jennifer, and sent to lure Buck into a trap set by aliens known as the Koven. The Koven want Buck to attack a freighter that is transporting weapons to the colony on Vega V with whom they are at war. Buck refuses, but the alien leader, Reeve, threatens to kill Leila if he does not comply.
- A connection to Star Trek is drawn by a P.A. call for captain Christopher Pike to report to the Veterans Affairs Office.
- Guest stars: Anne Lockhart (as Leila Markeson), Paul Koslo (as Commander Reeve), Gino Conforti (as Sylvie), Mary Woronov (as Nola), Jessie Lawrence Ferguson (as Lieutenant Rekoff), Cameron Young (as Toby Kaplan), Shawn Michaels (as Supervisor), Marsha Mercant (as Clerk), and Mitchel Evans (as the Mime). Dennis Haysbert appears as an airport security guard.
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 14 February 1980.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.