Throwback Thursday: “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” (1979 – 1981)

When I was in the first grade, I absolutely loved “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.”  It was, technically I guess, a dystopian science fiction story in which a contemporary astronaut is frozen for 500 years, then returns to a post-nuclear earth.  Its feature-length pilot was created by Glen Larson, who also wrote the pilot for “Battlestar Galactica” the preceding year.  (Weird trivia — Wikipedia informs me that this was released theatrically, along with “Battlestar Galactica” in limited theaters.)

Of course I didn’t realize this at the time, but “Buck Rogers” was pretty bad.  It was horribly bad.  Indescribably bad.  It was even bad by cheesy 1970’s TV sci-fi standards.  You can actually find full episodes on Youtube, and I started one, just on a lark.  I could only watch about one minute, maybe less — plus that soul-deadening clip of “Twiki” in the second video below.   Seriously, it’s as though Larson was intentionally giving the worse script he could come up with to NBC as some sort of prank.  (After being told to resuscitate the heroic Buck, one advanced futureperson advises another, “He’s liable to be not too coherent.”)

About Twiki — that little guy fascinated a lot of very young kids in 1979.  For a while, it was all the rage for us to do our “deeby-deeby-deeby” Twiki impressions.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” (1979 – 1981)

  1. I liked that show. In fact, I saw the pilot in the theater; the intro song I found memorable (as a 14yr-old… the women… oh, the women). I didn’t care much for the second season, though, when they went into exploration mode. The first season, though- I would still watch just for the nostalgia.
    I also loved Battlestar Galactica (the original, not the soap-box remake), though I didn’t see that pilot until just a few years ago.

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