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Buck's Duel to the Death 

Buck learns that the population of a planet oppressed by a powerful evil warlord believes that he is their prophesied deliverer and are begging for him to help.


Bob Bender


Glen A. Larson (developed for television by), Leslie Stevens (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
William Smith ... The Trebor
Keith Andes ... Darius
Elizabeth Stack ... Vionne
Edward Power ... Neil
Fred Sadoff ... Kelan
Felix Silla ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Dr. Albert
Stephanie Blackmore ... Greta
Heidi Bohay Heidi Bohay ... Maya
Francisco Lagueruela Francisco Lagueruela ... Karem
Douglas R. Bruce Douglas R. Bruce ... Young Officer


Buck and Twiki are lured to another planet where they are enlisted to fight an evil alien warlord called "The Traybor" (played "B" movie bad guy William Smith), who has built a harem of young women-most recently the daughter of the Darius, the leader of the planet. In addition to Smith's trademark muscles, "The Traybor" is wired to direct a surge of electricity toward his opponent. Buck learns from Darius of a legend than a 500 year old man will one day appear and defeat "The Traybor". Written by J.C. Ewing

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20 March 1980 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color (technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The shuttle that is seen leaving the Trebor's palace is the same type of shuttle used in Battlestar Galactica (1978). See more »


During the first duel, the Trebor grabs his opponent by the forearm, then when the camera cuts to another angle, he is suddenly holding his opponent by the wrist instead. See more »

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Buck Rogers: "Buck's Duel to the Death"
21 August 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: On a distant planet, a tyrannical warlord with electrical powers called the Traybor (William Smith) kidnaps one of the two daughters of the Prime Minister, Darius (Keith Andes), for his harem. Darius requests Buck's help because the populace views him as their legendary 500 year-old deliverer, the Roshon.

COMMENTARY: Smith pretty much impersonates Jack Palance from the second episode ("Planet of the Slave Girls"). Star Trek fans will remember Andes as the meek Akuta from Trek's 2nd season episode "The Apple." In any case, this segment's perhaps most notable for voluptuous Heidi Bohay as cutie Maya, the kidnapped lass, and Elizabeth Stack as her sister Vionne, the latter being Robert Stack's daughter. Unfortunately, Maya's role isn't much more than eye candy, which is a little compensated by Vionne surfacing as a spiritual woman with a fondness for Buck. On top of this, you have statuesque Stephanie Blackmore as the Traybor's babe, Greta. The rest of his concubines are relatively nondescript and forgettable.

Actually, the episode itself is forgettable beyond the noted highlights. The inhabitants of the planet incidentally look like they got their uniforms from Ace Frehley's costuming closet.

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