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Flight of the War Witch 

After a mysterious probe lands on Earth, Buck and Twiki travel through a vortex to another universe where the peaceful inhabitants of the planet Pendar are under attack from the ruthless ... See full summary »


Larry Stewart


Glen A. Larson (developed for television by), Leslie Stevens (developed for television by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
Pamela Hensley ... Princess Ardala
Kelley Miles ... Chandar
Donald Petrie ... Kodus
Sid Haig ... Spirot
Michael Ansara ... Kane
Julie Newmar ... Zarina
Vera Miles ... Tora
Sam Jaffe ... The Keeper
Felix Silla ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)
Tony Carroll Tony Carroll ... Pantherman
Brent Davis Brent Davis ... Goneril


After a mysterious probe lands on Earth, Buck and Twiki travel through a vortex to another universe where the peaceful inhabitants of the planet Pendar are under attack from the ruthless war witch Zarina. Buck has to form an uneasy alliance with Draconian Princess Ardala, who has followed him through the vortex, in order to defeat Zarina. Written by Woodyanders

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27 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 "Astral Queen" miniature from Battlestar Galactica (1978) was painted red and re-dressed as the Zad supply ship. The Galatica shuttlecraft exterior facade subsequently appears in the landing bay aboard Zarina's flagship. The miniature would later reappear in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Journey to Oasis (1981). See more »


When Buck, Dr. Hewer and Col. Deering first examine the probe in the desert, Col. Deering says the object has "no seam." But the probe prop is very visibly in two halves with a prominent seam, revealing the actors and the prop were almost certainly filmed separately. See more »


Chandar: Tell me, Captain, does everyone on Earth have an automated companion?
Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: Oh, you mean an ambu-quad? No, not really. I guess I'm really one of the lucky ones.
Twiki: Yeah, we're a really team.
Chandar: How nice for you. We have automated units also.
Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: Oh, really? Great. Twiki, you might have a chance to make some new friends while you're here.
Twiki: Do they play ping-pool around here?
Chandar: Ping-pool?
Twiki: I was afraid of that.
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Music by Stu Phillips
Lyrics by Glen A. Larson
Sung by Kipp Lennon
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Buck Rogers: "Flight of the War Witch"
21 August 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: Buck, Twiki & Theo travel through a vortex to a parallel universe at the bequest of the pacifistic Pendarians who are threatened by the Zadians, led by their ruthless war witch Zarina (Julie Newmar). Meanwhile Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley), Kane (Michael Ansara) & the Draconians follow Buck's trail through the vortex with Dr. Huer and Col. Deering along for the ride. Kelley Miles plays the lovely Chandar who meets Buck on Pendar while Donald Petrie plays her beau captured by the Zadians to pick his brain. Sam Jaffe & Vera Miles (mother of Kelley) are on hand as top Pendarians.

COMMENTARY: This double episode (97 minutes) is perhaps the most ambitious of the series with its well done F/X (for 1980 television), convoluted plot, and myriad guest cast members. "Planet of the Slave Girls" and "Time of the Hawk" are the only two that come close, although I prefer "Slave Girls" to "War Witch" (it's just overall more entertaining).

The complex plot features the interactions of people from no less than four worlds. The uneasy alliance between the Terrans and the Draconians is an interesting change of pace. The large gold sphere in the first act is reminiscent of 1998's "Sphere." Speaking of that part, it was shot at Vasquez Rocks, where several Star Trek episodes were filmed. There's another outside sequence in Part I shot at some park or garden. The vortex is curiously reminiscent of the 'Boom Tube' featured in Jack Kirby's comic book The Forever People.

This last episode of the 1st season marks the final appearance of several characters: Huer, Theopolis, Ardala and Kane. The excellent Huer (Tim O'Connor) would be replaced by two okay-but-inferior characters in the abridged 2nd season (Admiral Asimov and Dr. Goodfellow). The brilliant and creative Theo would be swapped for the annoyingly arrogant robot Crichton.

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