History Series / BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury

25th Oct '17 1:40:27 PM StFan
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!!''Buck Rogers in the 25[[superscript:th]] Century'' provides examples of:



-->'''Zarina:''' (''to Ardala'') On the contrary, we couldn't be more different. I have '''earned''' my position. You've been ''given'' yours.

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-->'''Zarina:''' (''to Ardala'') ''[to Ardala]'' On the contrary, we couldn't be more different. I have '''earned''' my position. You've been ''given'' yours.yours.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted in "Plot to Kill a City" as, after a HeelFaceTurn, Varek tries to shut down an overloading reactor core that would blow New Chicago off the map. He does but is seemingly vaporized, the group mourning him. Just as Buck says "I wonder if he realized he saved us," Varek shows up behind them, having just managed to escape in time, albeit badly injured. Thanks to his effort, he's pardoned for his past crimes and allowed to return to his home world.



* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted in "Plot to Kill a City" as, after a HeelFaceTurn, Varek tries to shut down an overloading reactor core that would blow New Chicago off the map. He does but is seemingly vaporized, the group mourning him. Just as Buck says "I wonder if he realized he saved us," Varek shows up behind them, having just managed to escape in time, albeit badly injured. Thanks to his effort, he's pardoned for his past crimes and allowed to return to his home world.
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'''Ardala:''' (''snaps'') Yes, I'm fine!\\

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'''Ardala:''' (''snaps'') ''[snaps]'' Yes, I'm fine!\\



'''Ardala:''' (''pause'') Buck. I'm NOT fine. I'm ''HORRIBLE''!

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'''Ardala:''' (''pause'') ''[pause]'' Buck. I'm NOT fine. I'm ''HORRIBLE''!



25th Oct '17 11:45:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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24th Jun '17 4:16:05 AM StFan
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''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century'' is an American science-fiction series that ran from 1979 to 1981. The feature-length {{pilot movie}} was released theatrically several months before the series itself aired, inspired by the success of ''Franchise/StarWars'' two years earlier. The film and series were based upon the ComicStrip/BuckRogers character created by Philip Francis Nowlan that had been featured in comic strips and novellas since the 1920s, and on the CBS and Mutual radio networks, airing several times each week from 1932 to 1947.

The series starred Gil Gerard as Captain William "Buck" Rogers, a US Air Force pilot who commands ''Ranger 3'', a spaceship resembling the Shuttle that is launched in 1987. Because of a freak combination of gases, he is frozen in space for 504 years and is revived in the 25th century. There, he learns that the Earth was united following a devastating nuclear war in 1988, and is now under the protection of the Earth Defense Forces, headquartered in New Chicago. The latest threat to Earth comes from the spaceborne armies of the planet Draconia, who are planning an invasion. Aiding him are Col. Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), a Starfighter pilot, and Dr. Elias Huer, head of Earth Defense Forces, and a former star pilot himself.

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''Buck Rogers in the 25th 25[[superscript:th]] Century'' is an American science-fiction series that ran from 1979 to 1981. The feature-length {{pilot movie}} was released theatrically several months before the series itself aired, inspired by the success of ''Franchise/StarWars'' two years earlier. The film and series were based upon the ComicStrip/BuckRogers character created by Philip Francis Nowlan that had been featured in comic strips and novellas since the 1920s, and on the CBS and Mutual radio networks, airing several times each week from 1932 to 1947.

The series starred Gil Gerard as Captain William "Buck" Rogers, a US Air Force pilot who commands ''Ranger 3'', a spaceship resembling the Shuttle that is launched in 1987. Because of a freak combination of gases, he is frozen in space for 504 years and is revived in the 25th 25[[superscript:th]] century. There, he learns that the Earth was united following a devastating nuclear war in 1988, and is now under the protection of the Earth Defense Forces, headquartered in New Chicago. The latest threat to Earth comes from the spaceborne armies of the planet Draconia, who are planning an invasion. Aiding him are Col. Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), a Starfighter pilot, and Dr. Elias Huer, head of Earth Defense Forces, and a former star pilot himself.



* BadassGrandpa: All members of the title squadron in "Return of the Fighting 69th". Including one ''Badass Grandma''.

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* BadassGrandpa: All members of the title squadron in "Return of the Fighting 69th".69[[superscript:th]]". Including one ''Badass Grandma''.



** There were few records of the 20th century, so 25th century historians confuse a hairdryer with an "early model hand laser."
** In "Return of the Fighting 69th", a 20th-century belt-fed machine gun is mistaken by the bad guys for an "ancient communications device". They are quite surprised when a captured Buck demonstrates its proper use during his escape.

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** There were few records of the 20th 20[[superscript:th]] century, so 25th 25[[superscript:th]] century historians confuse a hairdryer with an "early model hand laser."
laser".
** In "Return of the Fighting 69th", 69[[superscript:th]]", a 20th-century 20[[superscript:th]]-century belt-fed machine gun is mistaken by the bad guys for an "ancient communications device". They are quite surprised when a captured Buck demonstrates its proper use during his escape.



* LikeADuckTakesToWater: The UrExample in all incarnations. Even though his education and skills are 500+ years out of date, Buck has absolutely no problem adapting to 25th-century life and exploiting technology to his advantage, and Dr. Huer has no problem sending him on sensitive missions as a result. Buck using 20th century knowledge to solve 25th century problems is the theme of almost every episode. Among the highlights:
** 20th-century weaponry (including the nerve gas the bad guys have stolen).
** Sign language (almost unknown in the 25th century) to communicate with a mute servant girl who proves critical to the plot.
** Electricity (an obsolete technology in the 25th century). It being obsolete is used inconsistently, as another episode has Buck being zapped by Tweeki to [[ItMakesSenseInContext thwart the villain's plan]].

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* LikeADuckTakesToWater: The UrExample in all incarnations. Even though his education and skills are 500+ years out of date, Buck has absolutely no problem adapting to 25th-century 25[[superscript:th]]-century life and exploiting technology to his advantage, and Dr. Huer has no problem sending him on sensitive missions as a result. Buck using 20th 20[[superscript:th]] century knowledge to solve 25th 25[[superscript:th]] century problems is the theme of almost every episode. Among the highlights:
** 20th-century 20[[superscript:th]]-century weaponry (including the nerve gas the bad guys have stolen).
** Sign language (almost unknown in the 25th 25[[superscript:th]] century) to communicate with a mute servant girl who proves critical to the plot.
** Electricity (an obsolete technology in the 25th 25[[superscript:th]] century). It being obsolete is used inconsistently, as another episode has Buck being zapped by Tweeki to [[ItMakesSenseInContext thwart the villain's plan]].



** Buck is also apparently the only pilot employed by Earth who is not completely dependent upon his ship's targeting computer because of his 20th-century dogfighting skills.

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** Buck is also apparently the only pilot employed by Earth who is not completely dependent upon his ship's targeting computer because of his 20th-century 20[[superscript:th]]-century dogfighting skills.



* OlderThanTheyLook: In "Return of the Fighting 69th", Buck notes that the members of the squadron don't look any older than 60 when Wilma informs him that they've all reached the mandatory retirement age... of 85.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: In "Return of the Fighting 69th", 69[[superscript:th]]", Buck notes that the members of the squadron don't look any older than 60 when Wilma informs him that they've all reached the mandatory retirement age... of 85.



** Buck's cooking and use of 20th century slang.

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** Buck's cooking and use of 20th 20[[superscript:th]] century slang.
2nd Jun '17 5:02:36 PM StClair
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* TimeTravelersAreSpies: Buck is accused of being a Draconian spy in the pilot movie; his defense against the charge is not helped by the Draconians having installed a tracking device aboard his space shuttle. Buck then has to [[ClearMyName redeem himself in the eyes of Earth]] [[spoiler: by sabotaging the Draconian surprise attack on Earth--during which he is ''again'' mistaken for a Draconian agent by Doctor Theophilus and Twiki]].

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* TimeTravelersAreSpies: Buck is accused of being a Draconian spy in the pilot movie; his defense against the charge is not helped by the Draconians having installed a tracking device aboard his space shuttle. Buck then has to [[ClearMyName redeem himself in the eyes of Earth]] [[spoiler: by sabotaging the Draconian surprise attack on Earth--during which he is ''again'' mistaken for a Draconian agent by Doctor Theophilus Theopolis and Twiki]].
28th May '16 12:35:49 PM ultimomant
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** Buck is also apparently the only pilot employed by Earth who is not completely dependent upon his ship's targeting computer because of his 20th-century dogfighting skills.* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Both in the original pilot movie and in a later episode about space rockers.

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** Buck is also apparently the only pilot employed by Earth who is not completely dependent upon his ship's targeting computer because of his 20th-century dogfighting skills.skills.
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Both in the original pilot movie and in a later episode about space rockers.
21st May '16 12:59:45 PM Doug86
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* ComicBookAdaptation: GoldKeyComics published an adaptation of the movie, followed by about 10 issues of original stories. It stands as the last TV series to be adapted by Gold Key, which used to get the rights to virtually every action-adventure TV series and sitcom on the air back in the 1960s.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: GoldKeyComics Creator/GoldKeyComics published an adaptation of the movie, followed by about 10 issues of original stories. It stands as the last TV series to be adapted by Gold Key, which used to get the rights to virtually every action-adventure TV series and sitcom on the air back in the 1960s.
5th Apr '16 11:05:55 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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24th Feb '16 2:16:47 PM MikeW
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* HeelFaceTurn: The super-powered minion in "Plot to Kill a City" refuses to allow the plan to go through because it would doom the survivors to the same torment as the people of his own world.

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* HeelFaceTurn: The super-powered minion Varek in "Plot to Kill a City" refuses to allow the plan to go through because it would doom the survivors to the same torment as the people of his own world.


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* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted in "Plot to Kill a City" as, after a HeelFaceTurn, Varek tries to shut down an overloading reactor core that would blow New Chicago off the map. He does but is seemingly vaporized, the group mourning him. Just as Buck says "I wonder if he realized he saved us," Varek shows up behind them, having just managed to escape in time, albeit badly injured. Thanks to his effort, he's pardoned for his past crimes and allowed to return to his home world.
23rd Feb '16 11:19:32 AM MikeW
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: To take the place of a noted killer, Raphael Argus, Buck confronts the man in a bar, claiming to be the brother of one of Argus' victims. It works as Argus has killed so many men, he doesn't even recall the fake name and even shrugs "figured something like that," indicating he's used to being attacked by grieving family members.
12th Feb '16 4:30:24 AM MacronNotes
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* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Both in the original pilot movie and in a later episode about space rockers.

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* LikeADuckTakesToWater: The UrExample in all incarnations. Even though his education and skills are 500+ years out of date, Buck has absolutely no problem adapting to 25th-century life and exploiting technology to his advantage, and Dr. Huer has no problem sending him on sensitive missions as a result. Buck using 20th century knowledge to solve 25th century problems is the theme of almost every episode. Among the highlights:
** 20th-century weaponry (including the nerve gas the bad guys have stolen).
** Sign language (almost unknown in the 25th century) to communicate with a mute servant girl who proves critical to the plot.
** Electricity (an obsolete technology in the 25th century). It being obsolete is used inconsistently, as another episode has Buck being zapped by Tweeki to [[ItMakesSenseInContext thwart the villain's plan]].
** Gambling ability in a computer-driven casino. He wasn't even counting cards -- he was just the only one able to ''add''.
** Adapting American football plays for use by the Earth Defense Directorate's pilots in squadron maneuvers.
** Buck is also apparently the only pilot employed by Earth who is not completely dependent upon his ship's targeting computer because of his 20th-century dogfighting skills.
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Both in the original pilot movie and in a later episode about space rockers.



* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: The UrExample in all incarnations. Even though his education and skills are 500+ years out of date, Buck has absolutely no problem adapting to 25th-century life and exploiting technology to his advantage, and Dr. Huer has no problem sending him on sensitive missions as a result. Buck using 20th century knowledge to solve 25th century problems is the theme of almost every episode. Among the highlights:
** 20th-century weaponry (including the nerve gas the bad guys have stolen).
** Sign language (almost unknown in the 25th century) to communicate with a mute servant girl who proves critical to the plot.
** Electricity (an obsolete technology in the 25th century). It being obsolete is used inconsistently, as another episode has Buck being zapped by Tweeki to [[ItMakesSenseInContext thwart the villain's plan]].
** Gambling ability in a computer-driven casino. He wasn't even counting cards -- he was just the only one able to ''add''.
** Adapting American football plays for use by the Earth Defense Directorate's pilots in squadron maneuvers.
** Buck is also apparently the only pilot employed by Earth who is not completely dependent upon his ship's targeting computer because of his 20th-century dogfighting skills.
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