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Buck performs this mission with Major Marla Landers ( Juanin Clay ). She was the first of a series of female sidekicks, because Wilma Deering ( Erin Gray ) had not signed to continue the rest of the series.
Malton Velsoi (Richard Lynch - Galactica 1980 ) kidnaps a woman and holds her prisoner aboard his space station, a casino. Buck and Marla go undercover as gamblers in a Mission: Impossible style mission.
Buck is kidnapped, then auctioned off to sex-starved women.
Dr Theopolis negotiates with a foreign planet - whose negotiator is his evil counterpart!
Gary Coleman, the wee kid from Diff'rent Strokes, is still alive in the 25th Century! He is President of a distant planet, where he is also chief scientist, engineer, etc ... Unfortunately, he is kidnapped and ransomed by Albert Popwell (Token Black Guy in the first four Dirty Harry films).
The Prez's babelicious bikini-clad bodyguard goes to Earth and begs Dr Huer to help. Huer refuses, so she kidnaps Buck (who is going on vacation) and forces him to help her.
Meanwhile, Huer secretly sends Wilma on a solo mission - to rescue the Prez! She meets a human-hating robot, one of a handful of interesting characters in this show. It seems a prototype for the character Crichton, who appears in the dreadful Season 2.
Buck, Twikki and Wilma (in a horrible wig) travel incognito aboard an interstellar cruise-liner. Their mission is to guard beauty queen Miss Cosmos ( Dorothy R. Stratten ). Buck and Twikki also take the opportunity to find female companionship.
Twikki meets a female counterpart, who goes boody-boody-boody instead of beety-beety-beety. Buck's woman has even more annoying qualities. She is a damsel-in-distress blonde ( Kimberly Beck ) whose alter-ego secretly asserts herself - physically! She becomes Trisha Noble - who is brunette (shorthand for evil), 10 years older and Australian. She also has telekinetic powers, but since she co-habits another person is body that is hardly a shock.
The real villain is the manipulative boyfriend of the dual-personality woman. This is shockingly reminiscent of Dorothy Stratten's own relationship ...
Buck and Wilma are aboard a space station when it is boarded by a Vorvon - a fellow in dodgy Nosferatu makeup. He can drain his victims' essences, then make them do his bidding. And he makes Wilma into a seductive monster ...
Traeger, an earthman lost on a space exploration mission decades ago, secretly returns. He has developed a skill - well, more of a superpower: he can manipulate energy with his mind, and alter the molecular structure of things just by touching them. He wants revenge on his former boss, Dr Huer.
Someone is teleporting strange objects into Earth Directorate's HQ. Buck, Wilma and Dr Huer must solve the mystery within one hour, a deadline set by the teleporter's user.
This is basically a clip show. We see the best bits of previous episodes, and get info on what happened to the surviving villains.
Twiki is kidnapped by a trio of telekinetic babes, led by Anne-Marie Martin . Their boss runs a mining operation, and has realised that if he duplicates Twiki's AI upgrades (courtesy of Buck, of course) he can make his mine more efficient.
Buck decides to rescue Twiki, but he's on his own. Wilma and the rest of Earth Directorate are busy trying to deflect a Space Berg (like, a comet???) that is about to smash into Earth!
Can Buck convert Anne-Marie to his side, then save Twiki and get home in time to save Earth? All within 42 minutes (plus advert breaks)?
Cold War at the Interstellar Olympics. Buck and Wilma must help a couple of athletes defect.
A mysterious sphere lands on Earth. It contains a message, basically inviting the Eartlings to visit - through a vortex, in another universe.
Buck is the one who discovers it, although nobody tells Dr Huer this fact. Buck volunteers to go into the Vortex, and the others give him prelonged goodbyes. He's done plenty of dangerous missions before, and there's no need for this. Dr Huer says he was a test-pilot when the Stargates were invented, implying that interstellar travel has only been common for a few decades. Wilma, however, gets all weepy and tells buck he made her feel like a woman. FFS, how completely pointless and out of character can things get?
Princess Ardala's spies get her the message, and she takes her warship through. The inhabitants of the alternate universe apparently intended for her to come, although by relying on her spies they are taking a very roundabout route!
The War Witch ( Julie Newmar ) employs a torturer who is a transmute. Like several other villains in the series he can break molecular bonds in an object just by touching it. But why bother, if everyone in the other universe is an energy being?
Buck and Wilma are now aboard the starship Searcher. Dennis Haysbert ( Now and Again ) is helmsman!
Buck has to track Hawk down. To do this he has to confront Lance DeGault ( Quantum Leap ) and his sidekick, who was also the War Witch's torturer.
Buck helps the Hawkman get his wife to safety. The healers certainly LOOK human, although Hawk's actions indicate that they are aliens. How silly - even Trek made the non-humans wear putty on their faces to differentiate them!
The climax is a trial reminiscent of those in 1950s westerns such as The Last Wagon
Buck and Hawk go on an away mission. An old man gives Buck a glowing green box which gives him flashbacks to his mom's house and his space mission. The entire crew start having troubling visions of the future.