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Happy Birthday, Buck 

Nearing his 534th birthday, Buck Rogers feels homesick for the 20th century and Wilma Deering plans a surprise party to cheer him up. To lure Buck out of his apartment and allow Wilma to ... See full summary »


Glen A. Larson (developed for television by), Leslie Stevens (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
Morgan Brittany ... Raylyn Derren
Tamara Dobson ... Dr. Delora Bayliss
Peter MacLean ... Colonel Cornell Traeger (as Peter Mac Lean)
Felix Silla ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)
Harry Johnson ... Carew (as Chip Johnson)
Bruce Wright ... Rorvik
Ernesto Macias ... Lieutenant Garth (as Eric Mason)
Abraham Alvarez Abraham Alvarez ... Security Agent (as Abe Alvarez)
Harry Gold Harry Gold ... Alien Squadron Leader
Tom Gagen Tom Gagen ... Miles
Clay Alexander Clay Alexander ... Marsden


Nearing his 534th birthday, Buck Rogers feels homesick for the 20th century and Wilma Deering plans a surprise party to cheer him up. To lure Buck out of his apartment and allow Wilma to arrange the party, Dr. Huer assigns him to escort psychic courier Raylyn Derren to New Detroit. Meanwhile, the bitter and vindictive Cornell Traeger escapes from a remote planet that he has been imprisoned on for 15 years. He acquires a mutant power to change molecular structures and plans revenge on Dr. Huer for sending him on a disastrous mission. Traeger kidnaps the psychic courier to find out Dr. Huer's location and Buck must stop him before he can carry out the assassination. Written by Woodyanders

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10 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color (technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Buck mentions that it's January 7th, which is actually Erin Gray's birthday. See more »


When Traeger turns the answering device outside Dr. Bayliss's office to stone, his finger is pressing against the altered machine. The solid stone can be seen to depress under the pressure, revealing it to be made of cardboard or Styrofoam. See more »


Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: What are you doing? You got what you wanted from her.
Dr. Delora Bayliss: Not entirely. This device has been adapted... for sonic hypnosis. I can wipe out every memory she has of being intercepted and brought here and substitute new ones.
Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: And then you let her go and she thinks she's done the job she was supposed to do.
Dr. Delora Bayliss: Mm-hmm. Rather intelligent... for a Neanderthal.
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Buck Rogers: "Happy Birthday, Buck"
16 August 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: As Rogers' 534th birthday nears and Wilma & Huer plan a surprise party, a homesick Buck is commissioned to escort a psychic courier to New Detroit (Morgan Brittany). Meanwhile an embittered man with newly acquired powers (Peter MacLean) seeks revenge on Huer by kidnapping the courier in order to target his prey. Tamara Dobson is on hand as a 25th century psychologist forced to team-up with the vengeful man.

COMMENTARY: This episode's mostly notable for the presence of petite beauty Morgan Brittany. Other than that, the surprise party element is heartwarming and the villain's powers are formidable, but the plot's a little on the convoluted side.

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