Trivia / Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Retired Badass General Gordon, part of the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits brought in to fight an invasion in the second episode, is played by Buster Crabbe — who of course played Flash Gordon in the old serials as well as the original Buck Rogers.
      General Gordon: I've been doing that sort of thing [blasting starfighters] since before you were born, Colonel.
      Buck: You think so?
      General Gordon: Young man, I know so.
    • In the second season episode "Journey to Oasis", Mark Lenard plays another alien Ambadassador.
    • In "A Blast for Buck", Legion of Death leader Kellogg is on the long list of suspects who may have sent the deadly riddle. Appropriate as Kellogg was played by Frank Gorshin, who once played a Riddler.
  • He Also Did: Erin Gray would later go on to have greater 80's success playing Kate Summers Stratton on Silver Spoons.
  • Notable Original Music: Composer Johnny Harris composed the memorably funky music for the band Andromeda in the episode "Space Rockers". The song was actually released as "Odyssey (Pt. 1)" and became an underground hit. Most recently, it showed up in the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, during the "Car Bounce Challenge" missionnote .
    • And you can find it on one of the series' two soundtrack albums.
  • The Other Darrin: Bob Elyea as Twiki's voice in the second season. Also, Kane was played by Henry Silva in the pilot movie and by Michael Ansara in the series proper. In both cases, the cast changes came with a personality change. Twiki became more grumpy and cantankerous. Kane became honorable and dutybound.
  • Prop Recycling: The Earth starfighters were a draft design for the Colonial Vipers from Battlestar Galactica; Buck's shuttle Ranger 3 and the stock footage of New Chicago were recycled from Galactica's "Terra" arc. At one point in the Pilot movie, a closeup of the Earth starfighter's joystick is identical to the 3-button joysticks in Galactica (later episodes use a different joystick prop).
  • The Red Stapler: Erin Gray was rather flattered to learn that her role as the fearless Col. Wilma Deering was an inspiration for some female fans to join the military.