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The story goes that Buck Rogers (Gill Gerard), an astronaut from 1987, has been frozen for 400 years, and ends up in the 25th century. At the same time, the blue and green planet faces the arrival of a space city who claim they are on a peace mission to earth. The space city’s leader (Henry Silva) and seductive princess (Barbara Hensley) appear to be quite friendly, while a refreshed Buck wants to find out more about these new arrivals and their intentions.
No doubt that the fantasy elements of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) will appeal more to boys inclined to that sort of thing.
However, for a film suited for boys, their families may wonder why there were so many flirtatious females in the opening five-minute credit sequence covered over by indelibly dreamy theme music by Stu Phillips.
Later, an unfortunately seductive princess may be of doubtful taste as well. While it may be a little of nothing much, still it is a little off-kilter for family-friendly entertainment, but Erin Gray as a sensible commander fends off Buck Rogers’ interest in her.
Executive produced by Glen A. Larson, who created the Battlestar Galactica films and series, we are in capable hands for at least something reaching beyond better than average quality and when watching films like these, it may be a good feeling to have a hero saving the day, and the action that entails.
Even so, Buck Rogers plays down serious-minded space fare for the title hero’s quick wit, a wisecrack or two, and a cavalier bedside manner, funky, silly sidekick Twiki, the curious computer Dr. Theopolus, and a-by-the-book commander (Erin Gray) who doubts Rogers’ astronautical abilities (perhaps she is more bemused). This is what stands out. A more than playful space film compared to the others of its kind from the late 1970’s.