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BR25C: Return of the Fighting 69th

June 3, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
June 3, 2013

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

“Return of the Fighting 69th” — Season 1, Episode 8

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Our story begins with four starfighters pursuing a stolen freighter. Buck Rogers, Col. Wilma Deering and two trainees are in the hunt, but when enemy fighters engage, the freighter escapes into the Necrosis asteroid belt. Against orders, the cadets fly after it, but they are destroyed almost immediately, presumably by asteroids.

Back in Dr. Elias Huer’s office, an upset Rogers demands to know what was so important that two badly underprepared pilots were exposed to danger and death. Huer has a chilling answer: The ship was loaded with nerve gas and other ancient weapons that had been slated for destruction. Based on the freighter’s destination, those instruments of death are in the hands of gunrunners Korless and Trent, who are undoubtedly determined to use them against Earth.

A pre-emptive strike against the Necrosis asteroid base is imperative, Huer declares, and Noah Cooper — a retired pilot intimately familiar with the deadly Necrosis asteroid belt — must lead it. Deering balks, but Huer orders her to attempt to recruit Cooper.

It emerges that Cooper and his surviving squadron mates from the Fighting 69th were mentors and pseudo-family to a young Deering, whom they affectionately refer to as Dizzy D because of her antics in the pilots’ ready room. But recently, the colonel disqualified all the squadron’s members from flight duty because they flunked their physicals. Read the rest of this entry »

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