This 1979-80 Season of BUCK ROGERS is awesome as well as the season that made this show popular and an instant smash on NBC in the late 70′s, but what I dont understand is why is Universal re-releasing this Science-Fiction drama on DVD as an individual season box set aside from the fact that I hated the abbreviated 2nd Season of BUCK ROGERS since that season sucked having no more Dr. Elias Huer(Tim O’Connor), too many changes with too many new faces and different plots and stories that were no longer interesting as opposed to the 1st Season of this show which evidently resulted in a sharp decrease in ratings leading to this shows cancellation in the Summer of 1981.
Perhaps Universal’s reason for re-releasing BUCK ROGERS on this individual DVD box set of Season 1 in todays struggling economy is to help compensate for all the flaws, freezing, and skipping that the 2-sided discs on the BUCK ROGERS: The Complete Series DVD box set released in November of 2004 had by re-releasing this show on Single sided discs just like Universal did with both KNIGHT RIDER & MIAMI VICE.
Overall, it was interesting seeing guest starring appearances in this 1979-1980 Season like
-Roddy McDowell in the “Planet Of The Slave Girls” episode
-Jamie Lee Curtis who is known for her role as the happless victim(Laurie Strode)in the movie John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN guest starring in the “Unchained Woman” episode
-James Luisi in the “Vegas In Space” episode after his co-starring days as Becker’s hard-nosed superior officer(Lt. Chapman)on THE ROCKFORD FILES
-Frank Gorshin known for his role as The Riddler on BATMAN guest starring in the “Plot To Kill A City” episode
-Cesar Romero known as The Joker on BATMAN in the “Vegas In Space” episode
-Julie Newmar known for her role as Catwoman on BATMAN guest starring in the “Flight Of The War Witch” episode
-Anne Lockhart known for her role as Lt. Sheba on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA guest starring in the “A Dream Of Jennifer” episode
-Judith Chapman in the “Olympiad” episode before her co-starring days on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, ALL MY CHILDREN, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE
-Peter Graves in the “Return of the Fighting 69th” episode after his co-starring days on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
-Boxers Carlos Palomino and Jerry Quarry doing a cameo appearance in the “Olympiad” episode
-Gary Coleman known as the spunky Arnold Jackson on DIFFERENT STROKES guest starring in the episodes “Cosmic Whiz Kid” and “A Blast For Buck”
-James Sloyan in the “Plot To Kill A City” episode before his co-starring days on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
-Ray Walston in the “Cosmic Whiz Kid” episode after his co-starring days on MY FAVORITE MARTIAN
-Markie Post in the “Plot To Kill A City” episode before her co-starring days on THE FALL GUY and NIGHT COURT
-Tara Buckman in the “Unchained Woman” episode before her co-starring days on SHERIFF LOBO
-Brianne Leary known for her role as Jon & Ponch’s spunky fellow officer(Sindy Cahill)on CHiPs appearing in the “Planet Of The Slave Girls” episode
-Pamela Hensley as the ruthless Princess Ardala in the episodes “Awakening”, “Escape From Wedded Bliss”, “Ardala Returns”, and “Flight Of The War Witch” before her co-starring days as C.J. Parsons on MATT HOUSTON
-Richard Moll known for his role as baliff Bull Shannon appearing in the “Space Rockers” episode
-Lincoln Kilpatrick in the “Space Vampire” episode before his co-starring days as Lt. Hoyt on MATT HOUSTON
-Morgan Brittaney in the “Happy Birthday Buck” episode before her co-starring days on ONE LIFE TO LIVE
-Jerry Orbach in the “Space Rockers” episode before his co-starring days on the police drama LAW & ORDER
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Okay, so many are asking why would Universal re-release this set when it is already out in a complete set with season 2? Well maybe they are doing what they did with BSG and making it a full 5.1 surround sound presentation as opposed to the 2.0 stereo mix released in 2004. Or maybe they will finally include the original 96 minute pilot (not the 88 minute theatrical release)with the series (and again a redone 5/1 surround soundtrack) Not much of the details are available as yet but I am hoping that the actual pilot episode will be released. Currently the only way to watch the original pilot episode is to stream it from netflix or wait for some local TV station to run it in syndication, which usually means the 2 part version, complete, but split into 2 parts. Hopefully Universal will provide more details soon.