Friday, January 10, 2014

Buck Rogers 1.9: “Unchained Woman”

Airdate: 11/1/79

Buck is sent to free a young woman, Jen Burton, from a prison planet so that the Directorate can get information about her pirate ex-boyfriend, Pantera. Also involved: an elder diplomat on Earth, whose suspicious behavior alerts Huer and Theopolis that he may be in cahoots with Patera’s illegal dealings. Buck successfully breaks Jen out, but hot on their trail is a malfunctioning android guard who takes no prisoners alive.

Draggy show starts out superb – with Buck posing as a convict to infiltrate the prison – but quickly loses steam once the breakout happens, despite the potentially electrifying presence of then red-hot Jamie Lee Curtis (as Jen), whose form-fitting prison suit is the only attention-getter. Scene in which a desert serpent nearly strangulates Buck may remind one of the future Sarlac pit scene in Return of the Jedi. Hmmm… perhaps Lucas ripped off Buck instead of the other way around for a change.

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