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Old 01-27-04, 04:47 PM
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Buck Rogers TV Show coming to DVD!!!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=1037

Check it out! I am so happy!
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I really enjoyed this show up UNTIL they went into outerspace on the Searcher with Dr. Goodfellow and Hawk. It was much more interesting on Earth IMO. And poor Twiki was never the same after Mel Blanc was replaced and there was no more Dr. Theopolis.

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Old 01-27-04, 05:45 PM
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Whoa--flashback!!
This would be interesting to see again.
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Old 01-27-04, 05:46 PM
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Well, then you're in luck... the article claims that this will be just the first season. No Dr. Goodfellow. No Hawk.

Think they'll release this in a giant Twiki head -- ala Battlestar Galactica? Maybe in a Dr. Theo case that we can hang around our necks?

(I better shut up in case Universal marketing is listening...)
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Old 01-27-04, 06:07 PM
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There were only two seasons of this show, weren't there?

Anyway, count me in as someone looking forward to it.
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Old 01-27-04, 07:18 PM
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Yep. Two seasons. Well, 1-1/2.
Originally posted by bboisvert
(I better shut up in case Universal marketing is listening...)


Before opening this thread I was trying to think of a way they could come up with a worse concept than the Cylon head...

You think they'll clean up the prints this time? Or just run 'em like they did with BG.

I'm in. Bede bede bede.
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Originally posted by rfduncan
I really enjoyed this show up UNTIL they went into outerspace on the Searcher with Dr. Goodfellow and Hawk. It was much more interesting on Earth IMO. And poor Twiki was never the same after Mel Blanc was replaced and there was no more Dr. Theopolis.
I completely agree with you. I probably wouldn't buy the Hawk season anyway because I quit watching around that time.

I would love a Twiki head sitting on my dvd case. Just imagining it...spooky.
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Old 01-27-04, 09:49 PM
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guess i'm in the minority as i felt the show improved greatly with the change in format.
the first season is full of light-weight, star wars-lite , space opera fantasy - high concepts like Vegas In Space; not one, but two episodes guest starring Gary Coleman; and frequent dogfight scenes.
Hensley as Ardala was mildly diverting, as was Gray in that tight spandex, but the show really just cruised on the charm of Gerard.

the 'Searcher' episodes had more of a Star Trek vibe as they came into contact with different races, etc.

i'll pick up the first season for nostalgia, but i would be picking up the second season to actually enjoy some decent sci-fi fantasy.
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Originally posted by Wizdar
Yep. Two seasons. Well, 1-1/2.
My god, is that it? It seems like I watched this a million times as a kid. AND I never watched the Hawk episodes (Season 2?).

Princess Ardala.


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Two seasons?? Time really stands still when you're a kid. Yeah, I'm looking forward to this, hopefully the price will be right. Maybe pull a Lord of the Rings and make a gift set with Princess Ardala and Col. Wilma bookends?
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Old 01-27-04, 11:23 PM
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The First Season

1.... Awakening - Part 1 (9/20/1979)
2.... Awakening - Part 2 (9/20/1979)
3.... Planet Of The Slave Girls - Part 1 (9/27/1979)
4.... Planet Of The Slave Girls - Part 2 (9/27/1979)
5.... Vegas In Space (10/4/1979)
6.... The Plot To Kill A City - Part 1 (10/11/1979)
7.... The Plot To Kill A City - Part 2 (10/18/1979)
8.... Return of the Fighting 69th (10/25/1979)
9.... Unchained Woman (11/1/1979)
10.. Planet Of The Amazon Women (11/8/1979)
11.. Cosmic Wiz Kid (11/22/1979)
12.. Escape From Wedded Bliss (11/29/1979)
13.. Cruise Ship To The Stars (12/27/1979)
14.. Space Vampire (1/31/1980)
15.. Happy Birthday, Buck (1/10/1980)
16.. A Blast For Buck (1/17/1980)
17.. Ardala Returns (1/24/1980)
18.. Twiki Is Missing (1/31/1980)
19.. Olympiad (2/7/1980)
20.. A Dream Of Jennifer (2/14/1980)
21.. Space Rockers (2/21/1980)
22.. Buck's Duel To The Death (3/20/1980)
23.. Flight Of The War Witch - Part 1 (3/27/1980)
24.. Flight Of The War Witch - Part 2 (4/3/1980)

The Second Season

25.. Time Of The Hawk - Part 1(1/15/1981)
26.. Time Of The Hawk - Part 2 (1/15/1981)
27.. Journey To Oasis - Part 1 (1/22/1981)
28.. Journey To Oasis - Part 2 (1/22/1981)
29.. The Guardians (1/29/1981)
30.. The Mark Of The Saurian (2/5/1981)
31.. The Golden Man (2/19/1981)
32.. The Crystals (3/5/1981)
33.. The Satyr (3/12/1981)
34.. Shgoratchx! (3/19/1981)
35.. The Hand Of The Goral (3/26/1981)
36.. Testimony Of A Traitor (4/9/1981)
37.. The Dorian Secret (4/16/1981)

Given that there's only 1/2 of a "second" season, it doesn't look good for the last 13 episodes. But, with the 10 Galactica 1980 episodes, it could be packaged as "Buck Rogers Returns to 1980" or something like that.
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Old 01-28-04, 12:45 AM
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Originally posted by Wizdar
The First Season

14.. Space Vampire (1/31/1980)
That episode scared the crap out of me when I first saw it. (I was 6 at the time)
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Wait a second . . . does this mean that Universial is getting their head out of their ass as far as TV shows go? Do I dare hold out hope for The A-Team or Knight Rider at this point?

Bah - who cares about that! This is great news. I was always more of a Galactica fan than a Buck fan, but I'm going to buy this hands down. Hell, I'd even buy it for the Twiki head!
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Old 01-28-04, 07:24 AM
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Originally posted by rfduncan
And poor Twiki was never the same after Mel Blanc was replaced and there was no more Dr. Theopolis.
I recently rewatched the entire series on Sci-Fi. Twiki's voice did indeed change at the beginning of second season, but Mel came back about half-way through (Episode #32) for the rest of the series.

Cool news on this finally coming to DVD.

Edit to add: Dennis Haysbert (President Palmer from 24) plays the helmsman for several second season episodes.

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9.... Unchained Woman (11/1/1979) - stars Jamie Lee Curtis
13.. Cruise Ship To The Stars (12/27/1979) - former Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten as 'the perfect woman'

To paraphrase Obey The D, these episodes DIDN'T scare the hell out of me.....
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All this and Gary Coleman too!
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Old 01-28-04, 08:57 AM
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Now, THAT scared the crap outta me. (I was 28 at the time)
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My god, is that it? It seems like I watched this a million times as a kid. AND I never watched the Hawk episodes (Season 2?).

Princess Ardala.


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guess i'm in the minority as i felt the show improved greatly with the change in format.
the first season is full of light-weight, star wars-lite , space opera fantasy - high concepts like Vegas In Space; not one, but two episodes guest starring Gary Coleman; and frequent dogfight scenes.
Hensley as Ardala was mildly diverting, as was Gray in that tight spandex, but the show really just cruised on the charm of Gerard.

the 'Searcher' episodes had more of a Star Trek vibe as they came into contact with different races, etc.

i'll pick up the first season for nostalgia, but i would be picking up the second season to actually enjoy some decent sci-fi fantasy.
I'm with you. I can't say I liked the second season BETTER than the first season, but I did enjoy the second season and I don't really understand a lot of the backlash against it. I agree that Hawk was a dumb concept for a character, but the actual episodes and stories were pretty good, IMO.

Btw, this is great news!!
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Originally posted by Chew
I recently rewatched the entire series on Sci-Fi. Twiki's voice did indeed change at the beginning of second season, but Mel came back about half-way through (Episode #32) for the rest of the series.
Yeah, I read an interview w/Mel in Starlog or some similar magazine. He said that people bitched during the first season that Twiki was silly, stupid, whatever.

So, when they did the season 2 reboot, they lost the bedebedebede and the voice.

Then people bitched about *that*. They figured they were screwed either way, so they brought Mel back.
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Old 01-28-04, 11:11 AM
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Was it explained why they left Earth to be on the Searcher? I don't remember.

Also, wasn't the Searcher the same model as the ship in 2001? Whenever I see the 2001 ship, I think of Buck Rogers.

One great thing with Buck Rogers that haunts Galactica is that noone keeps harping about it being a Star Wars rip-off.
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I'm with you. I can't say I liked the second season BETTER than the first season, but I did enjoy the second season and I don't really understand a lot of the backlash against it. I agree that Hawk was a dumb concept for a character, but the actual episodes and stories were pretty good, IMO.
When I was a teen re-watching them in syndiciation, I really like season 2 as well, but even then, I knew that some of the plots were ripped off from other shows, such as "Mark of the Saurians", which was a bit too similar to the "Bringers of Wonder" episode of Space: 1999 for my taste (leading man is the only one who can see aliens for who they really are, while everyone else sees humanoid holograms, everyone thinks he's crazy).

Also, some of the science in these episodes was crazy. The whole "Golden Man" episode is a good case in point. A race who age backwards. Well, then, how does the female give birth to a baby the size of a fully-grown adult? How did Searcher get "stuck" to an asteroid?

I think some of the other complaints had to do with the noticeable drop in the show's budget. The sets for Searcher (particularly the bridge) were pretty uninspring and just looked like a collection of left-overs from other productions. The costumes were also a bit drab and uninteresting, and what was with Wilma's elf shoes? At least they didn't make her wear that stewardess hat that appears in some of the PR stills!

Still, I wish this was a complete set rather than just the first season. I'm a bit surprised Universal aren't doing it this way. If season 1 sells well, would they dare risk releasing season 2? Why not just release the whole thing at one time and make a bit more money?

Of course, if they use single-sided discs, they could easily make season 2 a four-disc set.
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