Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Epic Series (review)

Ah, blast from my geeky childhood! I cut my SF teeth on stuff like Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and now Buck has arrived on DVD, with a vengeance, you might say. This is 30 hours of chunky homestyle sciffy goofiness, all 32 episodes from the 1979-81 run of the show on five double-sided discs, more lascivious silliness than you can shake a midget robot at. Space adventurer William “Buck” Rogers (Gil Gerard) — an American astronaut frozen into the future, a one-way trip from 1987 to 2491 — can’t seem to get up in the morning without some crazy alien broad or other, or even an entire planet of them, trying to have sex with him, supposedly against his will. *snort* On the “Planet of the Amazon Women” Buck is put up for sale to the ladies; in “Escape from Wedded Bliss” the evil/hot Princess Ardala decides that Buck is the “most genetically perfect male in the galaxy” and must personally gather a sample of his genes. Even the cool and competent Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) is strangely drawn to this “barbarian” from the time in which humans nearly destroyed themselves with nukes, which is perhaps why her uniform just keeps getting skimpier and skimpier as the series progresses — she’s got a lot of competition for his attentions. Slave girls, sin cities, the horny robot Twiki (who just keeps getting mouthier and mouthier *bee-dee, bee-dee, bee-dee*) — Buck Rogers is all this and more: evil alien overlords, evil rulers of mining colonies, Gary Coleman as kid ruler of a planet… And then there’s the guy with the hawkhead, which I never really got, as an 11-year-old, even as I appreciated how awesomely cool it was. A planet where apes evolved from birds? They finally did it!

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