Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)
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1
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Vegas in Space (4 Oct. 1979)

TV Episode   |  TV-G   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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To ensure a notorious smuggler's cooperation, Buck and a fellow officer must infiltrate a crime lord's casino resort to rescue a young woman he kidnapped.


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28 March 2008 | BA_Harrison
Always bet on Buck.
When Falina Redding (Ana Alicia), an innocent employee of corrupt businessman Amos Armat, accidentally sees information that could ruin her boss, she is kidnapped by Morgan Velosi (Richard Lynch), owner of a huge gambling city in space, who plans to extract the data from her brain.

Buck, New Chicago's blackjack expert, is sent to the orbiting casino (along with beautiful Directorate agent Marla Landers, played by Juanin Clay) to rescue the girl.

Despite its pretty hum-drum, rather run-of-the-mill plot, Vegas in Space is actually quite an enjoyable episode thanks to a great cast (not only do we get Lynch as a bad guy, but this episode also stars Cesar 'The Joker' Romero and Joseph 'Dr.No' Wiseman), well written dialogue, and the inclusion of several rather tasty women.

Ana Alicia as Falina is very pretty and plays the part of damsel in distress well enough, but it is Juanin Clay as Buck's sidekick Marla, and Pamela Susan Shoop as casino floozy Tangie who steal the show.

Whilst neither actress is quite in Erin Gray's league as far as looks go, they are still pretty darn hot: Clay looks fab in both her Directorate outfit and the evening dress she wears to the casino, whilst Shoop looks sexy in her flimsy get-up (covered in tiny mirrors) that doesn't leave much to the imagination.

Sure, the bulk of the show might be pretty standard fare—Buck gets to kick, punch and throw bad guys as usual, there are a couple of unexceptional space dog-fights, and some lame comedy—but Vegas in Space is still well worth a watch if you're a fan of the show.

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