Buck's Duel to the Death

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Buck's Duel to the Death
Season 1, Episode 22
Air date March 20, 1980
Written by Robert W. Gilmer
Directed by Bob Bender
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"Buck's Duel to the Death" is the twenty-second episode of the 1st season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


William "Buck" Rogers is sent on what may be a one-way mission: he must overthrow the warlord ruler of a peaceful planet, not knowing that the Traybor possesses special powers that may bring his career to an abrupt end. Buck learns of the Traybor's abilities the hard way after leading a Earth Defense Directorate attack force into Traybor's fortress in an attempt to free a prisoner.


Buck attempts to free a peaceful planet from the powerful grip of an evil warlord known as the Traybor (Smith). The terran leads a band of men into Traybor's fortress in hopes of freeing the women the alien has kidnapped, but the Traybor has a few special powers which may end Buck's career at any moment.



Dr. Huer: Electricity? That hasn't been used in over 400 years, Buck.


*Directed by Bob Bender

  • Written by Rob Gilmer
  • Produced by Jock Gaynor, Medora Heilbron, Bruce Lansbury, Glen A. Larson and David J. O'Connell
  • Music by J.J. Johnson
  • Cinematography by Ben Colman
  • Film Editors - George Potter and Rod Stephens
  • Casting - Simon Ayer
  • Art Directors - Bill Camden and Fred Luff III
  • Set Decorator - Joanne MacDougall
  • Costume Designer - Al Lehman

  • *Harker Wade - Unit Production Manager

  • Charles E. Walker - Unit Production Manager

  • *David Kahler - Second Assistant Director

  • Gerald T. Olson - First Assistant Director

  • *Jerry Allen - Model Builder

  • Ted Wilson - Carpenter (uncredited)

  • *Earl Crain Jr. - Sound

  • Dick Wahrman - Sound Effects Editor

  • *Chuck Arrigo - Special Effects Coordinator (uncredited)

    *Peter Anderson - Visual Effects Supervisor: Universal Hartland

  • David M. Garber - Miniature Effects
  • Wayne Smith - Miniature Effects

  • *Gary Armstrong - Assistant Camera

  • Kenneth Hale - First Assistant Camera

  • *Barry Downing - Costume Supervisor: Gil Gerard

    *Glen A. Larson - Composer: Theme Music

  • Herbert D. Woods - Music Editor
  • Johnny Harris - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)
  • Stu Phillips - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)

  • *Rob Gilmer - Story Editor

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