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Ardala Returns
Season 1, Episode 17
Ardala Returns title card
Air date January 24, 1980
Written by Chris Bunch
Allan Cole
Directed by Larry Stewart
Episode guide
A Blast for Buck
Twiki is Missing

"Ardala Returns" is the seventeenth episode of the 1st season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


Princess Ardala makes yet another attempt to capture the heart of Buck, and contrives to take over Earth as well. To capture Buck, he is misled into believing he has found a 20th century spaceship. But the ship is a fake and he is caught by Kane, who creates several duplicates of Buck in another scheme to conquer Earth.


The Draconian princess returns with another plan to snare the man from the 20th century. This time, she captures Buck by luring him aboard a phony 20th-century-type spacecraft. Once aboard the Draconia, Kane uses "Lab 23" to create four duplicates of Buck...another attempt to rule the Earth.




Episode Cast[]

  • Gil Gerard as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers
  • Erin Gray as Col. Wilma Deering
  • Tim O'Connor as Dr. Elias Huer
  • Pamela Hensley as Princess Ardala
  • Michael Ansara as Kane
  • Felix Silla as Twiki
  • Mel Blanc as Voice of Twiki
  • H.B. Haggerty as Tigerman
  • James Emery as Pilot
  • Betty A. Bridges as Technician
  • Bob Minor as Guard
  • William Conrad as Voice of Narrator (uncredited)
  • Nick Dimitri as Guard (uncredited)
  • Eric Server as Dr. Theopolis (uncredited)

Episode Crew[]

  • Directed by Larry Stewart
  • Written by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole
  • Produced by Jock Gaynor, Medora Heilbron, Bruce Lansbury, Glen A. Larson, David J. O'Connell and David G. Phinney
  • Music by Johnny Harris
  • Cinematography by Ben Colman
  • Film Editor - Howard B. Anderson
  • Casting - Simon Ayer
  • Art Directors - Hub Braden and 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


  • Larry Holt - Stunts (uncredited)

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[]

  • Rob Gilmer - 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