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 is invited to the planet Katar where he learns that he is to fulfil a prophecy that a 500-year-old man called the “Roshan” will lead an uprising against the “Trebor” – a ruthless warlord who oppresses the Katarian people. The Katarian leader, Prime Minister Darius, asks Buck to simply pose as the Roshan in hopes it will inspire his people to revolt, but not wanting a civil war, Buck instead decides to lead a mission to enter the Trebor’s palace and eliminate him covertly. However, an informant tips the tyrant off and Buck’s mission is foiled. The Trebor then challenges Buck to a duel to the death, but the dictator has the advantage of a cybernetic implant that allows him to throw deadly bolts of electricity.
- Looking closer at the term “Trebor”, as the bad guy is called, it is not clear if the writer considers the director as a kind of dictator or vice versa; “Trebor” spelled backwards is “Robert,” which could be Bob or Rob.
- Guest stars: William Smith (as the Trebor), Keith Andes (as Darius), Elizabeth Stack (as Vionne), Edward Power (as Neil), Fred Sadoff (as Kelan), Robert Lussier (as Dr. Albert), Stephanie Blackmore (as Greta), Heidi Bohay (as Maya), Francisco Lagueruela (as Karem), and Douglas Bruce (as Young Officer).
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 20 March 1980.
- Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode, with adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.