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3.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite returns, 2 Jan 2005
This review is from: Buck Rogers In The 25th Century: The Complete First Series [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
I used to love this when i saw this in the 80s so was excited when i got this at Xmas on DVD. However i'd say it is slightly disappointing to see it again now after all these years. Half the episodes in this first season are excellent whilst the others are mediocre at best. There are some excellent guest stars (Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin etc) and the special effects were great for a 70s tv show but it suffers like Battlestar Galactica from budgetary constraints. Unlike on Battlestar where the whole series was set in the consistent world of the Galactica itself, this one takes you to a new planet nearly every episode and so suffers as a result. In some episodes you'll see spaceships in combat with each other - or characters flying ships - that will change from shot to shot. Also some of the imagery and costumes have dated very badly including some very cheesy 70s interpretations of 25th Century music ... Saturday Night Fever meets Star Wars. However thats not saying i wasnt entertained or dont hold this show in great affection, and Gil Gerard is a great hero and leading man despite Amazon's review of him being bland! This dvd also contains the cinematically released version of the pilot episode (including the infamous "dream" title sequence where Buck Rogers drifts through 25 years of hibernation and being awoken by scantily clad lycra-wearing beauties. This film (1 hr 30 mins) alone is worth the price and contains classic sequences like Buck exploring whats left of Old Chicago and being chased by mutants. I'd be missing the point if i didnt mention the campness and overt use of humour in this series and Rogers comes across as kind of like a U.S. James Bond in space with a girl on one arm and a slew of quips in the other. And of course theres Twiki the robot who will either drive you nuts or be one of the main reasons you bought this in the first place. You may end up viewing this dvd with nostalgic delight but serious sci-fi fans may turn their noses up at this. I probably fall into the first category but others may hold a diffrent opinion.
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