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A Blast for Buck
Season 1, Episode 16
A Blast for Buck title card
Air date January 17, 1980
Teleplay by Richard Nelson
Story by John Gaynor
Directed by David G. Phinney
Episode guide
Happy Birthday, Buck
Ardala Returns

"A Blast for Buck" is the sixteenth episode of the 1st season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


  • Coming Soon


A communication probe arrives in Dr. Huer's office, and delivers a strange riddle:

"A man out of old Earth's past, has the key to the next and the last; but you won't solve this riddle, till the end is the middle, and Terran sands disappear with a blast."

The future survival of Earth depends on whether or not mind probes used on Buck can solve the riddle. Searching for a solution, Buck recounts his previous adventures since his arrival on 25th Century Earth.




Episode Cast[]

  • Gil Gerard as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers
  • Erin Gray as Col. Wilma Deering
  • Tim O'Connor as Dr. Elias Huer
  • Gary Coleman as Hieronymous Fox
  • Patty Maloney as Twiki
  • Mel Blanc as Voice of Twiki
  • Ana Alicia as Felina Redding (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Elizabeth Allen as Roxanne Trent (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Michael Ansara as Kane (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Victor Argo as Raphael Argus (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Kimberly Beck as Alison Michaels (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Tara Buckman as Majel (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Karen Carlson as Stella Warden (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Juanin Clay as Major Marla Landers (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • William Conrad as Voice of Narrator (uncredited)
  • Buster Crabbe as Brigadier Gordon (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis as Jen Burton (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Nancy DeCarl as Sherese (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Michael DeLano as Malary Pantera (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Robert Dowdell as Galen (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Ann Dusenberry as Ariela Dyne (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Eddie Firestone as Corporal M.K. Schultz (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Lester Fletcher as M.D. Toman (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Sean Garrison as Flight Controller (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Frank Gorshin as Seton Kellogg (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Peter Graves as Major Noah Cooper (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • H.B. Haggerty as Tigerman (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Pamela Hensley as Princess Ardala (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Walter Hunter as Hugo (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Anthony James as Varek (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Richard Lynch as Morgan Velosi (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Leigh McCloskey as Jalor Davin (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Trisha Noble as Sabrina (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Jack Palance as Kaleel (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Albert Popwell as Koren (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • John Quade as Jolen Quince (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Robert Quarry as Commander Corliss (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Jay Robinson as Cassius Thorne (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Melody Rogers as Lt. Dia Cyrton (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Eric Server as Voice of Dr. Theopolis (uncredited)
  • Pamela Susan Shoop as Tangie (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Teddi Siddall as Linea (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Felix Silla as Twiki (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • K.T. Stevens as Lt. Twain (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Dorothy Stratten as Miss Cosmos (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Woody Strode as Sgt. "Big Red" MacMurthy (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Dan Sturkie as Eli Twain (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Ray Walston as Roderick Zale (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Katherine Wiberg as Alicia (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Sheila Wills as Major Fields (uncredited) (Archive Footage)
  • Joseph Wiseman as Carl Morphus (uncredited) (Archive Footage)

Episode Crew[]

  • Directed by David G. Phinney
  • Teleplay by Richard Nelson
  • Story by John Gaynor
  • Produced by Jock Gaynor, Medora Heilbron, Bruce Lansbury, Glen A. Larson and David J. O'Connell
  • Cinematography by Ben Colman
  • Film Editor - Leon Ortiz-Gil
  • Casting - Phil Benjamin
  • Art Director - Fred Luff, III
  • Set Decorator - Frank Lombardo
  • Costume Designer - Al Lehman

Production Management[]

  • Harker Wade - Unit Production Manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director[]

  • Bob Bender - First Assistant Director
  • Gerald T. Olson - Second Assistant Director

Art Department[]

  • Jerry Allen - Model Builder
  • Ted Wilson - Carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department[]

  • Earl Crain, Jr. - Sound
  • Dick Wahrman - Sound Effects Editor

Special Effects[]

  • Chuck Arrigo - Special Effects Coordinator (uncredited)

Visual Effects[]

  • Peter Anderson - Visual Effects Supervisor: Universal Hartland
  • David M. Garber - Miniature Effects
  • Wayne Smith - Miniature Effects

Camera and Electrical Department[]

  • Gary Armstrong - Assistant Camera
  • Kenneth Hale - First Assistant Camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department[]

  • Barry Downing - Costume Supervisor: Gil Gerard

Music Department[]

  • Glen A. Larson - Composer: Theme Music
  • Herbert D. Woods - Music Editor
  • Johnny Harris - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)
  • Stu Phillips - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)

Additional Crew[]

  • Alan Brennert - Story Editor


External links[]

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - Season 1
Awakening I Planet of the Slave Girls I Vegas in Space I The Plot to Kill a City, Part I I The Plot to Kill a City, Part II I Return of the Fighting 69th I Unchained Woman I Planet of the Amazon Women I Cosmic Whiz Kid I Escape from Wedded Bliss I Cruise Ship to the Stars I Space Vampire I Happy Birthday, Buck I A Blast for Buck I Ardala Returns I Twiki is Missing I Olympiad I A Dream of Jennifer I Space Rockers I Buck's Duel to the Death I Flight of the War Witch