Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)


“Well, I’m scheduled for execution and if I miss it, I could be in a lot of trouble.” – Buck

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An astronaut sent on a mission to space in 1987 finds himself awoken in the 25t Century after a malfunction in his ship causes deep hibernation.

My Take on it – This is the pilot for the TV show that was a bit hit when it came out and also became a cult classic in the decades following.

I actually recall watching many (if not all of the episodes) at some point in my youth.

I was 5 when the show premiered, so I can’t be sure if I saw any episodes when they first aired, yet I know that I watched it in syndication.

The premise of the film works quite well and manages to find a way to stay interesting the entire time.

They get the political aspects right and attempt to show what kind of world would exist on our planet 500 years from now.

Th special effects used here look quite dated, but it still helps to enhance the story.

The way that they present the culture clash between the various Centuries works really well in establishing how things have changed yet at the same time helps to throw a bit of humor into the mix.

In addition, it helps show that each side has integral methods of showing how to survive in a hostile environment and they help compliment one another.

The character development is done well for a premise that is expected to span many episodes, so they stll leave enough to explore in the future.

The plot development is also a bit open ended, but once again that is something that might have been done on purpose in order to allow for things to be revealed further down the line.

Gil Gerard is great in the lead role here and has great chemistry with his two female co-stars which helps make some of the story line even more plausible.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that actually works quite well. The special effects are a bit dated, but the overall idea is able to keep things interesting. The culture clash between the various Centuries is presented quite well and helps kep things fun, but also shows how important each way of thinking can be integral to survival in a hostile environment. The characters are developed well even if they still all feel a bit too wooden. The fact that this was created as a TV pilot helps make up for some of the lack of plot development since they needed to have what to expand on during the show. Gerard has great chemistry with both of hos two leading ladies and that helps keep things feeling plausible throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The 90 minute theatrical film was the pilot for the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), but was shown in theaters several months before the series aired. The film made over $21 million in North America alone. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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