|Volume 1 (1:2) AWAKENING
Rejoice, for the most
amusing Sci-Fi series of them all hits the shops. If you watch shows for high
production values, strong characterization and intelligent plotting look
elsewhere. However, If you like your Space Operas to be fast-moving,
tongue-in-cheek and tightly-trousered then this is for you.
You can say what you want about Glen A Larson,
but he doesnt waste any time. No establishing first half hour in the 20th
Century or such nonsense its all sorted in the opening credits.
Bucks 500 years in the future, full stop. In this very enjoyable pilot
were introduced to galactic space hussy Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley),
whos into navel exposure and says cool Pinky and the Brain stuff
like Conserve your strength. I need your help. Tomorrow I conquer
Earth. Buck is drugged and pointed in the direction of Earth with a
homing device in his space probe.
Now back on Earth, we meet the series regulars.
Tough space-totty Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), who has the sexiest walk in tv
history and initially thinks Buck is a spy, plus the nice Dr Huer, dependable
phallic-shapped droid Twiki and wall-clock super-computer Doctor
The remaining plot isnt the most complex
or multi-layered. They think Bucks a traitor, he proves he isnt by
blowing-up Ardalas HQ in James Bond-like fashion. But its
the wonderfully bargain-basement décor (the landing bay is a large empty
set with tons of atmospheric lightbulbs on the ceiling), Bucks double
entre-laced dialogue and the stubborn refusal to take any moment seriously that
makes this so much fun. When Wilma finally cracks and snogs Buck in Episode
Two, he cheekily glances at his watch.
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Jason Caro, who also dispenses wise words on Battlestar Galactica in
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The other humour highlights are numerous. From
the startling realization that computer Dr Theo is actually gay (he pays way
too many compliments to Buck; sample: Well now, what an attractive man
you are Captain Buck Rogers), to Buck livening-up an official function by
getting the DJ to play space-funk and boogieing-on-down like your Dad at a
Voyager and Babylon 5 fans take
note. The future can be fun too.