History Series / BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury

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 Even though his education and skills are 500+ years out of date, Buck has absolutely no problem adapting to 25th-century life and exploiting technology to his advantage, and Dr.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.
30th Oct '15 12:33:23 AM StClair
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* InsufferableGenius: Crichton, who substituted for Dr. Theopolis as Robotic [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] in the second season. However, at least in "The Crystals" he was willing to admit to a serious mistake in his findings about the terrible fate of the humanoid beings of a planet degenerating into mindless monsters; he found that he got the process completely backwards and the beings were actually metamorphosing into sapient beings.

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* InsufferableGenius: Crichton, who substituted for Dr. Theopolis as Robotic [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] in the second season. However, at least in "The Crystals" he was willing to admit to a serious mistake in his findings about the terrible fate of the humanoid beings of a planet degenerating into mindless monsters; he found that he got the process completely backwards and the beings brutes were actually metamorphosing into sapient beings.
20th Sep '15 3:59:42 AM Epithumia
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* EvilIsSexy: The show is noted for fan service, but in a notable example, Wilma Deering comes under the influence of a space vampire and tries to seduce Buck while acting highly aroused. While Wilma was always intended to be sexy, it's as if she [[UpToEleven wasn't even trying]] until that moment.
20th Sep '15 3:58:24 AM Epithumia
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* EvilIsSexy: The show is noted for fan service, but in a notable example, Wilma Deering comes under the influence of a space vampire and tries to seduce Buck while acting highly aroused. While Wilma was always intended to be sexy, it's as if she [[UpToEleven wasn't even trying]] until that moment.
13th Aug '15 12:45:31 PM StFan
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* MilitaryScienceFiction / ScienceFantasy: In effect it was two shows, with the first season being ''Film/JamesBond'' RecycledInSpace, and the second being a full-out ScienceFantasy.

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* MilitaryScienceFiction / ScienceFantasy: MilitaryScienceFiction: In effect it was two shows, with the first season being ''Film/JamesBond'' RecycledInSpace, and the second being a full-out ScienceFantasy.ScienceFantasy.
* MythologyGag:
** The episode which guest-starred Buster Crabb, one of the actors who played Buck Rogers in the movies from years ago.
** Buck being revived in the year 2491 is an obvious reference to the title of the original ''Buck Rogers'' story, Armageddon 2419.



** And let's not forget the episode which guest starred Buster Crabb, one of the actors who played Buck Rogers in the movies from years ago
** Buck being revived in the year 2491 is an obvious reference to the title of the original Buck Rogers story, Armageddon 2419.
12th Aug '15 6:27:41 PM FOPTroper
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** And let's not forget the episode which guest starred Buster Crabb, one of the actors who played Buck Rogers in the movies from years ago
30th Jun '15 7:38:32 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.

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'''''Buck ''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century''''' 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.



!!''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century'' provides examples of the following tropes:
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