Flight of the War Witch

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Flight of the War Witch
Season 1, Episodes 23 & 24
Air date March 27, 1980
Teleplay by Rob Gilmer
Bruce Lansbury
Story by David Chomsky
Directed by Larry Stewart
Episode guide
Buck's Duel to the Death
Time of the Hawk

"Flight of the War Witch" is the twenty-third and twenty-fourth episodes of the 1st season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


William "Buck" Rogers enters a space warp that sends him into an alternate universe where he encounters the planet Pendar, a peaceful world under attack by a "war witch" named Zarina. Matters become further complicated with the arrival of Princess Ardala on the Draconia, who has brought along Wilma and Dr. Elias Huer during a temporary truce between her world and Earth. Buck enlists the aid of both Earth and Draconian forces to save Pendar from the attack of a huge Zaad battlecruiser.


Buck journeys through a space warp to another universe. There he discovers the planet Pendar, a peaceful world now threatened with the extinction by the sinister war witch, Zarina (Newmar). The Pendarans enlist the help of both Buck and Princess Ardala. The Draconians have followed Buck through the warp with Wilma and Dr. Huer aboard the Draconia. An unsteady alliance between the terrans and Draconians is formed as Buck prepares to lead a combined fleet of Starfighters and Marauders against the giant Zaad battlecruiser.


"Flight of the War Witch, Part II" title card on the syndicated version of the episode.



*Gil Gerard as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers

*Directed by Larry Stewart

  • Teleplay by Rob Gilmer and Bruce Lansbury
  • Story by David Chomsky
  • 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 - Howard B. Anderson and George Potter
  • Casting - Simon Ayer
  • Art Directors - Fred Luff III and Bill Taliaferro
  • Set Decorator - Frank Lombardo
  • Costume Designer - Al Lehman

  • *Harker Wade - Unit Production Manager

  • Charles E. Walker - Unit Production Manager

  • *Frank Crawford - First Assistant Director

  • David Kahler - Second 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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