Picks and Pans Review: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

updated 10/01/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (8 p.m. ET)

The movie of the same name having previewed last week, the series blasts off with a nostalgia-laden episode. Buster Crabbe, star of the original 1930s' serial and now 71, plays an aging space fighter-pilot, and Jack Palance, in a rare TV appearance, is still a bad guy, even in outer space. Gil Gerard plays the lead, but like him or not, Buster's version was definitive. If there's any justice, the Buck will stop here and soon.


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