While working on this series, Mel Blanc provided voices for the cartoon parody Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century (1980).
For 500 years, Captain William "Buck" Rogers has been miraculously preserved, frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Now, in Earth year 2491, he is rudely awakened by the sinister forces of the Draconian Realm.
Buck Rogers is supposed to be a Captain in the Air Force, but he is wearing Navy wings. In fact he is not even wearing Naval Aviator (pilot) wings, he is wearing Naval Flight Officer (navigator) wings.
The opening credits for the first season finale "Flight of the War Witch" differ from the credit sequences for the rest of the season's episodes (except the pilot). After the show title appears there follows a succession of short scenes from this episode as well as from the TV version of the pilot (including the episode). After about 20 seconds, the credits resume as normal.
The opening episode, Awakening, was originally released as the theatrical film Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979). For TV, the film's sensual opening credits were removed, a scene showing Tigerman being killed was omitted, some dialogue was toned down, and several scenes were added including an epilogue setting up the TV series. The movie was also re-edited into a two-parter for syndication.
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