The Guardians

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The Guardians
Season 2, Episode 5
Air date January 29, 1981
Written by Paul Schneider
Margaret Schneider
Directed by Jack Arnold
Episode guide
Journey to Oasis
Mark of the Saurian

"The Guardians" is the fifth episode of the 2nd season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


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A dying old man gives William "Buck" Rogers a strange glowing box while they are on the planet Janovus XXVI. Hawk and Buck return the container to the Searcher, where it begins to cause hallucinations among the crew. While an alien causes chaos aboard the ship, it takes over control and heads the Searcher at top speed toward an unknown destination. Buck and the crew must overcome their delusions and stop the ship before they are lost forever.




*Directed by Jack Arnold

  • Written by Paul Schneider and Margaret Schneider
  • Produced by Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, David G. Phinney and John G. Stephens
  • Music by Bruce Broughton
  • Cinematography by Ben Colman
  • Film Editor - Ron Honthaner
  • Casting - Joe Reich
  • Art Director - William H. Tuntke
  • Set Decorator - Frank Lombardo
  • Costume Designer - Al Lehman

  • *Harker Wade - Unit Production Manager

    *Stephen Lillis - Second Assistant Director

  • Robert Villar - 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 - Special Photographic Effects Supervisor: Universal Hartland

  • David Jones - Special Photographic Effects Supervisor: Universal Hartland

  • *David LeBell - Stunts (uncredited)

    *Kenneth Hale - First Assistant Camera

    *Barry Downing - Costume Supervisor: Gil Gerard

    *Glen A. Larson - Composer: Theme Music

  • Donald Woods - Music Editor
  • Johnny Harris - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)
  • Stu Phillips - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)

  • *Stephen McPherson - Executive Story Consultant

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