Sunday, February 28, 2010

March is Buck Rogers Month!

Doing yet another stream of related post for March, each related to Buck Rogers in the 25th Century! Our Fan-Boy Icons, Fiction's Finest Nerds, and Nerd Girls of Note will all have a Buck Rogers tie-in.

If you have never seen the 1979-1981 episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, you really should watch a few. You can watch the series on Fancast here. They were this bizarre segue between disco and the 1980s of legend. This was a time of flux in America, years when we saw M's "Pop Muzik," Devo's "Whip It," and Gary Numan's "Cars" on the charts, and soon would have The Clash in the top 40. We were still reeling from Star Wars and the return of Star Trek in big screen form. ABC had thrown down the gauntlet with Battlestar Galactica in 1978, CBS with Jason of Star Command was 1978 as well, and NBC countered with the slightly whimsical, and far sexier Buck Rogers and friends. The other factor was the coming of the Space Shuttle, which was very much like Buck's ship that brought him to the future.

We'll discuss the major characters all month, but a few players to know up front are:

Cpt. William "Buck" Rogers, an American astronaut lost in space. His body frozen and preserved. He was found in the 25th century and revived.

Col. Wilma Deering, Buck's boss/companion. She's of the no-nonsense type.

Princess Ardala, the evil sex-pot from the Draconian Empire, bent on taking over Earth, and getting into Buck's pants.

As you can guess, this was quite the sexual triangle.

I hope you all enjoy the posts, and maybe even the show. :-D


Shon Richards said...

Princess Ardala was a big part of my childhood. She made being evil attractive in ways that Darth Vader never did.

Wings1295 said...

Bidi-bidi-bidi! Cool month ahead, Darius!

Darius Whiteplume said...

Glad you guys approve!

Jamdin said...

I enjoyed the series and remember watching the episodes when they originally ran. I caught a few of them when Syfy ran them and still enjoyed them.

wiec? said...

aw man Wings beat me to it.

looking forward to this month's event D!!!

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Jamdin - I have rewatched a few episodes, and was amazed at how much I remembered.

@wiec? - Twiki just might be the most lasting part of the show :-)

The Man-Cave said...

Excellent choice for March! Big fan of the first season (love the cheesy) but the second got too serious and not my thing. I still watch them but I will always enjoy the eps from season 1 more.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Geof - I'd like to see the movie again, but they don't seem to have that on Fancast (I could be wrong). Seriousness can be a real killer in such a whimsical setting. :-)

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