Time of the
Hawk -- Journey
to Oasis -- The
Guardians -- Mark
of the Saurian -- The
Golden Man -- The
Crystals -- The
Satyr -- Shgoratchx!
-- The Hand of the Goral
-- Testimony of a Traitor
-- The Dorian Secret
Listed here are the episodes from "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"
second season only. In this season, Buck and Wilma take off with the
spaceship Searcher to find the lost tribes of Earth (those who fled the
Earth after the nuclear holocaust). New characters
are Admiral Asimov, Dr Goodfellow and of course, Hawk. See
the Some history
section for more information
about the second season.
Below are my (Hawk oriented...) summaries and personal opinion of each
episode, followed by a Hawk related quote. Also indicated is the Hawk
factor of each episode:
|Only a few token
|Hawk is around most of
the time but doesn't have much to do
|In this episode, Hawk
|This episode is
actually about Hawk!
Buck Rogers: Gil Gerard
Wilma Deering: Erin Gray
Hawk: Thom Christopher
Admiral Asimov: Jay Garner
Dr Goodfellow: Wilfrid Hyde-White
Time of the
Feature length episode introducing Hawk.
|Buck Rogers and the crew of
the Searcher go off to investigate a series of violent attacks on human
outposts in the Argus system. Responsible for the attacks is Hawk, who
has seen the
last of his people murdered by humans and has vowed revenge against the
entire human race. When Buck tries to capture Hawk, Hawk's mate Koori
Luna) is severely wounded. Buck and Hawk team up to get her to help,
during their journey the two men learn to trust and respect each other.
Unfortunately, Koori dies despite their efforts.
|After a great, inconclusive
fight against Buck (which took two days to shoot!), Hawk is finally
taken aboard Searcher and forced to appear before the Galactic Court.
In a moving plea, Buck convinces the court not to sentence Hawk to
death, but to let him join the Searcher instead.
Without doubt the best episode of the entire season (and, according to
Gil Gerard in Starlog Nov. 1996, "probably the best episode of the
series' entire run"). Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding
"Humans understand nothing."
In this feature length episode Buck, Wilma,
Hawk and Dr Goodfellow
escort the Zykarian ambassador Duvoe (an old flame of Wilma's) to a
peace conference in Oasis. They get stranded in a dangerous desert and
have to get to Oasis on foot. On their journey they meet various
as well as an unexpected friend; tensions arise between Buck and Duvoe;
Hawk has his hands full to keep Dr Goodfellow out of trouble. Meanwhile
Admiral Asimov tries to keep the Zykarian admiral Zyte from destroying
the Searcher. Finally, when the travelers face failure in sight of
Oasis, it is ambassador Duvoe who saves the day.
With Star Trek's Mark Lenard as Duvoe and Felix
Silla (Twiki) as Odee-x.
Quote: "Let me down, you overgrown chicken!"
brings a mysterious jade box aboard Searcher, time stops
running normally and crew members start to have unsettling visions. In
Hawk's case, this takes the form of an all-too-short reunion with his
mate, Koori. Buck is briefly taken back to the 20th Century and Wilma
afflicted with blindness. In the end Buck manages to hand the green box
over to its new Guardian, and once again, all's right with the world.
The only episode that contains a reference to Hawk's tragic past.
Quote: "I have missed you so. Longed for you, day and night."
Mark of the
Hawk is out on patrol, the Searcher is visited by a group of
disguised Saurians, reptilian aliens which are currently at war with
Buck, who is down with a fever, is the only one who can see the
for what they really are. His friends think that he is hallucinating.
his desperation, Buck asks for Hawk, who returns just in time to lend
Buck a hand in unmasking the Saurians.
Nice episode -- too bad Hawk is out on patrol all the time.
Quote: "Hawk! Get me Hawk!"
The Searcher is stuck on an asteroid. To get loose, they need the help
of a golden man who has been stranded on a nearby planet, Iris-7. Buck
goes looking for him, taking along the golden man's companion. When Dr
Goodfellow finds out that Iris-7 is a prison planet, Hawk goes down as
well. He nearly manages to bluff their way out, posing as a Federation
but in the end they need the golden people's special skills to get away
Not the best of episodes -- the golden people are extremely irritating.
Quote: "Somebody had to come down and keep you out of trouble!"
Buck, Wilma and Hawk find a
mysterious mummy when they are looking for crystals on a supposedly
uninhabited planet. They also meet a girl who suffers from memory loss.
Buck names her Laura; she quickly develops a
crush on him. Dr Goodfellow's memory probe reveals a disturbing
connection between Laura and the mummy. When the mystery of the mummy
is solved, Buck is quickly forgotten.
Quote: "It is ordained."
Buck and Twiki go down to Arkadis, an Earth colony led by Major
Jason Samos. The colony turns out to be deserted except for Samos's
and son. They are being terrorized by a satyr named Pangor, who damages
both the shuttle and Twiki. To make matters worse, Buck is bitten by
and slowly starts turning into a satyr himself... Meanwhile, his
aboard Searcher are worrying about him.
A good episode, but ... we hardly get to see Hawk.
Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition (Dramatic
Quote: "It seems you had a most unusual experience."
Hawk investigate a derelict space vessel, and not only discover seven
alien dwarfs but also 1,000 highly unstable solar bombs. The dwarfs are
invited on board the Searcher while their ship is towed to a bomb
disposal star. They cause a lot of trouble, such as damaging Crighton,
harassing Wilma and causing several near collisions. Hawk very wisely
leaves on patrol immediately after their arrival, only to return when
it is time to say good-bye.
Some regard the "off-thinking" of Wilma's clothes as the high point of
Quote: "I leave our charming guests entirely in your hands."
The Hand of
Buck, Hawk and Wilma are exploring "the Planet of Death" when they meet
a survivor of a shipwreck. While Wilma takes him to the Searcher, Buck
and Hawk have some strange experiences. Upon their return to the ship,
they find their friends and colleagues strangely changed, and it is no
longer clear who can be trusted. All this turns out to be part of a
test -- which, of course, they pass gloriously.
Very enjoyable, and not just because we get lots of Hawk.
Quote: "You are accusing me? That is absurd!"
Buck is accused of having been involved in the plot that started
the late 20th Century's nuclear holocaust. Despite the strong evidence
against him, Buck's friends continue to believe in his innocence. Hawk
and Wilma even help him escape to Earth in order to regain his
memories of what really happened. Of course, in the end it is revealed
Buck was one of the good guys after all.
An episode with strong impact -- one of Thom Christopher's favorites.
Quote: "Permit me to take care of that."
Buck and Hawk protect a Dorian girl from her persecutors by taking
her aboard the Searcher. She is accused of murder but claims to be
innocent. The Dorians try to force Admiral Asimov to hand the girl over
to them by
changing the temperature on the Searcher from freezing cold to boiling
and back again. When the girl's fellow passengers find out that she is
cause of their trouble, they deliver her to the Dorians. Buck manages
prove her innocence, however.
A strong plea for the right to a fair trial (and against the death
penalty, but maybe that's just me). Emmy Award Nomination for
Outstanding Costume Design.
Quote: "Perhaps you are disappointed you cannot see the execution you
so desperately wanted!"
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