Buck Rogers: The Series --> Nov. 16!

 
Old 07-12-04, 09:27 AM
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Buck Rogers: The Series --> Nov. 16!

The entire series will be released by Universal on Nov. 16th. The 5 disc set will retail for $89.98.
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I hope it comes in a cool DVD case like Battlestar Galactica - Oooh, maybe a circular case that looks like Doctor Theo!

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I loved this show when I was a kid. Until they started showing it on Sci-Fi I would've picked this up in a second. But seeing it now, it just doesn't have the same magic to me it had when it first aired.
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The entire series? I thought it was on for at least 3-4 seasons, but that was a LONG time ago

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The entire series? I thought it was on for at least 3-4 seasons
Nope, one full season and then a half-season the second year where they changed most of the plot/cast. 37 episodes total:

http://epguides.com/BuckRogers/

The second season was really pretty terrible, but I'm glad they're including it just for completion sake. Doesn't make much sense to leave it off.
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Originally posted by Amel
I loved this show when I was a kid. Until they started showing it on Sci-Fi I would've picked this up in a second. But seeing it now, it just doesn't have the same magic to me it had when it first aired.
Agreed...I don't think this show holds up very well. Personally, I'll only consider a purchase if the bonus features are extensive.
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Old 07-12-04, 11:53 AM
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Agreed...I don't think this show holds up very well. Personally, I'll only consider a purchase if the bonus features are extensive.
So, how does the show age in comparison to, say Battlestar Galactica? Untill the release, I hadnt seen Galactica in ages but had fond childhood memories - and I thought the show was pretty fun.

I'm pretty much in the same boat with Buck. I havent seen it in 20 years, but I loved it as a kid. So if it holds up as well as Galactica, I'll be happy.
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Buck Rogers is a goofier show than Galactica (intentionally so...)

The 2-hour pilot still holds up very well, I think. I give that one a spin every now and then, and always enjoy it.

The show afterwards for the first season was very uneven. It has a fun quality to it and I still love watching them, but lacks the consistency and attempts at "epic" stories that Galactica has. It's basically Buck going around, solving mysteries/problems, and romancing the chicks. Sort of a low-budget, sci-fi James Bond.

For the brief season, they threw all of that out and had them exploring space. It didn't work.
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But that's a lot of $$$, I'll Netflix it first.
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Galactica holds up much better. Although Buck has more eye candy going for it...if you know what I mean.
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What happened in the last episode anyway?
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What happened in the last episode anyway?
Nothing special. They went in pretty much unsure whether they'd make it past the initial 13-episode order or not, so no "finale" was planned (or filmed), as they were hoping for the ratings to justify a "full" season order.

Of course, we all know what happened.
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I thought this show stunk even when I was a kid. Give me Space:1999 over this crap anyday.
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wow. i'm excited. thanks for the scoop!
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I couldn't be more excited... this is one of the best DVD years for me yet... Sledge Hammer, Quantum Leap, Buck Rogers, Seinfeld... What's next? Night Court? (/me crosses fingers)
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Was the pilot episode originally shown in the theaters or on tv like Battlestar Galactica?
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Originally posted by wirebendr
Was the pilot episode originally shown in the theaters or on tv like Battlestar Galactica?
I remember seeing it in the theater.
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I'm pretty sure it was in the theaters. Was it edited and/or changed like the Galactica movie was (IE: Baltar dieing and so on) - this I do not know.
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One of the most memorable vision I have from the movie is the very 70's dressed girl who lays and rolls around on the "Buck Rogers" logo during the title sequence with one of the most cheesiest songs ever. When the show went into syndication in the 80's I would get up at 7am on Saturdays and watch it. Now its hard to find. Looking forward to the set
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There was a theatrical release in 1979, before the show premiered that fall. I don't usually buy shows for nostalgia value, but I'll make an exception here.
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Originally posted by wirebendr
Was the pilot episode originally shown in the theaters or on tv like Battlestar Galactica?
Yes, the pilot was shown theatrically, but they learned from the Galactica mistake and actually put it in U.S. theaters *before* it aired on TV.
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