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Time of the Hawk
Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2
Time of the Hawk title card
Air date January 15, 1981
Written by Norman Hudis
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Episode guide
Flight of the War Witch
Journey to Oasis

"Time of the Hawk" is the first and second episodes of the 2nd season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


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Buck, Wilma and Twiki are assigned duty aboard the Searcher, a long distance space probe. Under the command of Admiral Asimov, the ship sets out to find various groups of humans that left Earth in ships before World War III. Buck's first adventure aboard the Searcher begins when they find a nearly-destroyed spaceship, whose last living crew member reveals that a bird-like man named Hawk attacked and destroyed their ship. In retaliation for the destruction of his tribe by humans, the bird-man has vowed to destroy any and all humans he comes across. Buck tracks Hawk down to the planet Throm, when he captures Koori, Hawk's mate. Koori sends out a message to Hawk, who arrives to battle Buck to the death.


  • Originally aired as a 120-minute episode, but has been formatted as two 60-minute episodes in most subsequent re-airings for scheduling reasons. While many guides list it as a two-parter, its initial airing and release on DVD as one double-length episode should make this the official recognition.
  • During his fireside conversation with Buck, Hawk lists several bird species that have (as of the 25th century) gone extinct due to human folly: The Passenger Pigeon, Giant Stork, Bald Eagle, Condor. As of 2022, only the passenger pigeon is extinct. The others remain endangered or threatened. The California Condor was declared extinct only in the wild in 1987. However, captured individuals were reintroduced and the species was reclassified as critically endangered. Although there are extinct members of the stork family, they lived during the Pleiocene 2.5 million years ago. Modern species are endangered.
  • Barbara Luna is known to Star Trek fans as both Marlena Moreau and her mirror universe counterpart from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Mirror, Mirror".



Episode Cast[]

  • Gil Gerard as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers
  • Erin Gray as Col. Wilma Deering
  • Thom Christopher as Hawk
  • Jay Garner as Admiral Efram Asimov
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White as Dr. Goodfellow
  • Barbara Luna as Koori
  • Lance LeGault as Flagg
  • David Opatoshu as Llamajuna
  • Sid Haig as Pratt
  • Kenneth O'Brien as Captain
  • Felix Silla as Twiki
  • Dennis Haysbert as Communication Officer
  • Lavelle Roby as Thromis
  • Michael Fox as High Judge
  • Andre Harvey as Thordis
  • Chris O'Connor as Young Lieutenant
  • Timothy O'Keefe as Bailiff
  • Ken Chandler as Court Clerk
  • Susie Ewing as Simmons
  • Jeff David as Voice of Crichton (uncredited)
  • Bob Elyea as Voice of Twiki (uncredited)

Episode Crew[]

  • Directed by Vincent McEveety
  • Written by Norman Hudis
  • Produced by Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, David J. O'Connell, David G. Phinney and John G. Stephens
  • Music by Bruce Broughton
  • Cinematography by Ben Colman
  • Film Editor - George Potter
  • Casting - Joe Reich
  • Art Director - William H. Tuntke
  • Set Decorator - Frank Lombardo
  • Costume Designer - Al Lehman

Makeup Department[]

  • Jerry Gugliemotto - Hair Stylist
  • Werner Keppler - Makeup Artist
  • Jack Stone - Makeup Artist
  • Brenda Todd - Makeup Artist

Production Management[]

  • Harker Wade - Unit Production Manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director[]

  • Stephen Lillis - Second Assistant Director
  • Robert Villar - First 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 - Special Photographic Effects Supervisor: Universal Hartland
  • David Jones - Special Photographic Effects Supervisor: Universal Hartland

Camera and Electrical Department[]

  • Kenneth Hale - First Assistant Camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department[]

  • Barry Downing - Costume Supervisor: Gil Gerard

Music Department[]

  • Johnny Harris - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)
  • Stu Phillips - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)

Additional Crew[]

  • Stephen McPherson - Executive Story Consultant


External links[]

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - Season 2
Time of the Hawk I Journey to Oasis I The Guardians I Mark of the Saurian I The Golden Man I The Crystals I The Satyr I Shgoratchx! I The Hand of the Goral I Testimony of a Traitor I The Dorian Secret