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Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering arrive at Theta Station to have Twiki serviced, but soon a freighter crashes with the space station. The freighter crew are found in a state between life and ... See full summary »


Larry Stewart


Glen A. Larson (developed for television by), Leslie Stevens (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
Christopher Stone ... Commander Royko
Nicholas Hormann ... Vorvon
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Dr. Ecbar
Patty Maloney ... Twiki
Mel Blanc ... Twiki (voice)
David Moses David Moses ... Technician
Phil Hoover Phil Hoover ... Helson
Jeannie Fitzsimmons Jeannie Fitzsimmons ... Freighter Captain


Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering arrive at Theta Station to have Twiki serviced, but soon a freighter crashes with the space station. The freighter crew are found in a state between life and death, and believing a virus may be responsible, Commander Royko orders the base under quarantine. Soon however, Wilma feels a cold, evil presence stalking her and several station crew begun turning up half-dead. Buck learns that the source of said deaths is the Vorvon, a space vampire that can drain the life energy from his victims and turn them into zombies. However, only Buck is convinced that the Vorvon exists and plans on making Wilma his next victim. Written by Woodyanders

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3 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Color | Color (technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr. Huer tells Buck that the Vorvon comes from the Rumaine Star System, which is obviously a nod to Romania, the country which the legend of Count Dracula and vampires originate. See more »


When the creature confronts Wilma in the lounge, the right side of his collar is up, and the left side is down. When Wilma runs past him, and he turns, both sides of his collar are up. See more »


Colonel Wilma Deering: Twiki, are you still upset because you're not going to visit Genesia with us?
Twiki: Who, me?
Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: After all, Twiki, the last time you and Hieronymus Fox got together, you almost punched out your capacitors.
Twiki: Kid can't take a joke.
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Buck takes on the creepy space Nosferatu
9 October 2013 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

A space craft crashes into the space station where Twiki is getting repairs and Buck and co. try to figure out what happened to the ship's crew.

Directed by Larry Stewart and written by Kathleen Barnes and David Wise- Space Vampire is a homage of sorts to Nosferatu, Dracula and a possible nod to Romero's zombie films. The concept was debatably borrowed later by Lifeforce (1985).

This is one of the most eerie and the only horror toned episode of the first series. Should the makeup design of Nicholas Hormann as the spine-chilling Vorvon had been better designed this could have been the most rounded of all the episodes. Drained bodies, the morgue like environments, a ghost ship, the victims coming back to life it's all good tawdry horror sci-fi stuff.

Wilma Deering gets more to do in this episode as she begins to see things and is subjected to entranced states. Here Erin Grey gets to show some range and not just her infamous tight outfits.

Hightlights also include Buck and Twiki watching a recordings of the invisible (to the camera) assailant killing its victim. Buck's investigation and him taking on the tranced hordes is also a blast. Notable is Christopher Stone as a doubting Space Station Commander, Royko who would later appear in the Howling (1981).

One of the stronger and more memorable episodes.

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