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BR25C: The Plot to Kill a City

May 28, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
May 28, 2013 

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

“The Plot to Kill a City” — Season 1, Episodes 6 and 7

Originally aired Oct. 11 and 18, 1979


Our hero enters a bar and finds Rafael Argus, a notorious assassin. A scuffle ensues that ends with Buck Rogers seemingly knocking Argus unconscious. Dr. Elias Huer scans Argus’ mind. Afterward, Huer tells Rogers and Col. Wilma Deering that Argus is about to be inducted into an organization called the Legion of Death. (It is also referred to at least once as the League of Interstellar Mercenaries.)

As the trio leaves Huer’s office, a bomb explodes, knocking down Twiki and Dr. Theopolis. Both are unharmed, but Rogers is disturbed. It turns out that this is part of a string of bombings that the league (or legion) has undertaken in order to avenge Earth’s having killed a legion (or league) member. Rogers agrees to take part in an effort to defang the Legion of Death.

Since Argus operates in the shadows, Huer says, no one in the legion about to welcome him into its ranks has a clear-cut idea of what he looks like. Thus Rogers shall assume his identity. Deering will also go undercover in a backup effort to discover how the legion intends to take its revenge on Earth. Huer briefs the pair on legion members: strategist Kellogg, psychokinetic Quince, token female Cherise and tough guy Markos.

Rogers dons Argus’ S&M outfit and heads to Argus’ ship. A very somber Huer outfits Rogers with special capsules that unleash a few seconds of darkness. After they say farewell, the protagonist enters the spaceship, which is controlled by a sassy female-voiced computer.

En route to the stargate, three police starfighters intercept Argus’ ship. Rogers unsuccessfully attempts to evade them but is taken into custody. He is, evidently without any questioning, placed into a holding cell with a rogue named Barney. After perhaps two minutes of confinement, they are able to escape (the entire prison — which on-screen evidence indicates has a staff of just two!!!) using a classic Star Trek-style diversion and a darkness capsule. Earth-system policemen are made to seem fairly incompetent in this sequence, despite their ability to apprehend Argus-cum-Rogers. Read the rest of this entry »

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