6 user 3 critic
Posing as a prisoner named Valzhan, Buck Rogers has been taken to a penal colony on Zeta Minor where he springs a female inmate named Jen Burton. The young woman had taken the blame for ... See full summary »


Dick Lowry


Bill Taylor, Robert C. Dille (characters)

On Disc

at Amazon




Episode complete credited cast:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Jen Burton
Michael DeLano ... Malary Pantera (as Michael Delano)
Bert Rosario ... Sergio Sanwiler
Tara Buckman ... Majel
Felix Silla ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)
Walter Hunter Walter Hunter ... Hugo
Robert Cornthwaite ... Ted Warwick
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... Gymon (as Danny Ades)
Jim B. Smith ... Shuttle Captain
Charles Walker ... Lieutenant Zimmerman


Posing as a prisoner named Valzhan, Buck Rogers has been taken to a penal colony on Zeta Minor where he springs a female inmate named Jen Burton. The young woman had taken the blame for crimes committed by her boyfriend, Malary Pantera, and the Earth's Directorate wants her to testify against him. However, she still loves Pantera and refuses to cooperate, and Pantera happens to have a business associate back on Earth, a Zetan diplomat whose involvement could be exposed once she testifies. Furthermore, they have to cross a desert on foot to succeed to the nearest spaceport and are being followed by an android prison guard, damaged during the prison break. Written by Woodyanders

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

1 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color | Color (technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Working title: "Escape from Zeta" See more »


The prison robot throws a box, showing this to be a cardboard box painted silver, with an unpainted bottom. See more »


Sergio Sanwiler: This isn't fair, you know. You're using your unnatural height to your advantage.
Buck Rogers: So sue me.
See more »


Edited into Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A Blast for Buck (1980) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Jamie Lee Curtis Vs Hugo, the angry android.
16 November 2007 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Jen, the girlfriend of criminal Malary Pantera, who selflessly takes the rap for her man's crimes, naively expecting to be rescued by the untrustworthy slimeball. Luckily for Jen, she is 'busted out' of her high-security prison by 'fellow inmate' Buck (Gil Gerard), who needs her to spill the beans on her boyfriend's racket. Unfortunately, however, the fugitives are pursued by a badly damaged, but very persistent android guard, who just won't quit until he has them back in custody.

A product of the late 70s, this one features all the trappings one should expect in a sci-fi show from that era: women wearing lip-gloss and sporting Farrah Fawcett hair-dos, rather weak special effects (spacecraft with heavy black matte lines, unconvincing rubber creatures, etc.) and cheap looking sets and props (made from fancy 'space-age' materials such as coloured perspex).

As always, the women are gorgeous: Jamie Lee looks damn fine in her tight outfit (which shows off her exceptionally hot body), Tara Buckman plays the latest pretty 'moll' of space gangster Pantera, and they are, of course, joined by the sexiest ever woman to pilot a spacecraft on TV, the always delicious Erin Gray as Col. Wilma Deering (who wears a red shiny Spandex outfit in this particular episode) .

Meanwhile, Gerard does his usual cheeky rogue act and throws a few poorly choreographed punches (along with some flimsy props), Hugo the relentless android kicks a couple of polystyrene rocks, and Twiki, the robot with the peculiarly shaped head, says a few quaint 70s phrases to the amusement of his 25th Century pals.

A very entertaining episode from this gloriously cheesy series.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed