Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Synopsis: In 1987, NASA astronaut William "Buck" Rogers is caught in a freak accident in deep space, causing his space shuttle Ranger 3 to be blown into an orbit that returns him to Earth - over 500 years later. The combination of gases that freezes him comes close to the formula commonly used in the 25th century for preservation, and his rescuers are able to revive him. In 2491, when Buck awakens from the freezing, Earth is recovering from a nuclear war and is coming under hostile attack by the Draconian Empire. In the second season, Buck has been assigned aboard the Searcher, a starship exploring the unknown reaches of space while searching for former Earth colonies that are scattered across the galaxy.
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations.
60 min


About 25 seconds.

Authorization for the launch.

- All ready. Twenty.

- Ten, nine, eight...

- seven, six, five...

- Internal management.

Four, three, two, one, zero.

In 1987, at the John F.

Kennedy Space Center...

NASA launched the latest US

interplanetary space probe.

In the payload of the warhead

of the huge rocket...

I was going a man's exploration ship.

The Ranger 3.

On board the compact

interstellar ship...

Captain William "Buck" Rogers...

He experienced cosmic forces

that were incomprehensible.

He saw death closely.

In the blink of an eye,

unimaginable temperatures froze...

Your life maintenance team.

Ranger 3 went out of its way...

and it entered into a thousand

times more extensive orbit...

same that returned the ship

to the starting point...

to Mother Earth...

not five months later,

but 500 years later.

For 500 years, Buck Rogers was

adrift in a world where...

reality and fantasy merged

into an eternal dream.

Alert!! Alert!

A hostile ship approaches.

Clear the platforms to attack.


There's something weird about that ship.

I had never seen one like that.

Prepare to tow it.

Embrace the alien ship

in a force field...

and prepare her to get

on board the Draconia.

- Transport of neurosystems.

- In transport.

Begin heart-lung procedure.

- Dilute a minor pressure agent.

- Transmitting.

Increase diogen and

crystalline in proportion.

The heart-lung response increased

0.2 and continues to rise.

We begin to receive positive

neurological signals.

Its alive.


What's so important about the

intruder that you could not wait?

The man is alive.

I'm not sure why.

Not sure why?

Do I have to decipher the riddle?

I must decipher it.

The ship is outdated like none

I've seen in the star system...

or outside the history books.

Kane, please.

They froze it with a

combination of gases.

Oxygen, cryogen, ozone, metal.

Balanced almost perfectly.

They are techniques used in the

galaxy for terminal diseases.

Yes, at present.

However, there is another issue.

The ship of man.

Kane, you have one more minute.

His instruments stopped...

frozen in the year 1987.

- Are you telling me...

- The man could be 500 years old.

- Are you serious.

- Yes.

Frozen by elements so

instantaneously and perfectly...

which is totally preserved and alive.

It is a fascinating idea.

- Preserved young or old?

- Very young.

Are you flawed by the hard experience?

Fortunately for him, we are

very advanced in cryogenics.

I have not met a man of 500 years.

Prepare it for a hearing.

I think it's possible

that he is not coherent.

I will be lenient.

- Where I am?

- We ask the questions.

Who are you?

Captain Buck Rogers, Air

Force of the United States.

- Who are you?

- What did he say?

Something about a united states.

Captain, where are you going?

- What's going on?

- My head.

- Does anyone have an aspirin?

- What does that mean?

It must be some kind of

drug to remove the pain.

Give him something for his annoyance.

What place is this?

Where I am?

Who are you?

It's in the Draconia,

the king's flagship...

under the command of the

royal princess Ardala.

- Who?

- Where are you from.?

Wait, wait, wait. Slower.

What did he say about a ship?

It is a fortress of the king on the

way to Earth on a mission of peace.

On the way to Earth?

Do you mean to say that you are not...

of the...

Do you mean we're not...

Are not we on Earth?

I will definitely need the aspirin.

- Give it to her.

- Just a moment.


Keep in mind that he is a prisoner...

of a dynasty that conquered

75% of the universe.

He will respond with care

if he values his life.

You. Is she a princess of real life?

I think we gave our captain

too much medicine.

No, no, I feel great.

The United States of America...

It was an empire of the planet

Earth a few centuries ago.

You took juice from those royal tutors.

You are from Earth, Kane.

You should know more than me.

The United States perished

almost 500 years ago.

That would explain his ship,

his clothes, the instruments.

I have a better explanation.

I think he's an infiltrator...

of the Federal Terrestrial Council.

- An infiltrator?

- Yes.

An Army spy put in our way.

They would not dare. I am a real

sent from my father's kingdom.

I am aware of his

father's purpose.

Guarantee trade between the

Earth and the draconians.

What reason would they have

to put a spy on board?

Check our ship.

- See if we are armed.

- I see.

- We could not allow that, could we?

- Do not.

Then, I suppose I can dispose

of Captain Rogers as he wishes.

How you take care of security

is your prerogative.

Follow me, Tiger Man.

Go design Heavens!

- How is he this morning?

- Fabulous.

What a coincidence.

I have a ship like this.

Disconnect the medication.

Oh, do not do that.

I really love it. But...

- Very soon he will leave.

- Great. Where we go?

- He'll go home.

- Great. Where is that?

- On earth.

- Oh, sure.

We repair and reprogram

your ship to take it home.

- Sure, he's anxious.

- Oh, yes.

It seems I've been absent for weeks.

Oh. Oh.

I should have had a lot of fun with you.

You know? I will miss you.

I have a great idea.

- How about we all go down together?

- Come on. We will reach it.

Not if I wake up.

Goodbye. Oh, what an incredible dream.

In Houston you will be surprised

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Glen A. Larson

Glen Albert Larson (January 3, 1937 – November 14, 2014) was an American musician, television producer and writer. His best known work in television was as the creator of the television series Alias Smith and Jones, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Quincy, M.E., The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, B. J. and the Bear, The Fall Guy, Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider. In addition to his television work, Larson also was a member of the folk revival/satire group The Four Preps. more…

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