Saturday, 13 September 2014
CLASSIC IMAGE: SMASH-DOWN!
Galactica's shuttle 356 had a bad time of it crashing onto the ice planet Atilla in the classic two-parter The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, now it endures a similar, and worse, fate on the desert planet of R-4, for an episode of GALACTICA's sister series from UNIVERSAL: BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY- in the extended-length second episode of Season Two: Journey to Oasis. (It was later presented as a two-parter in syndication). The shuttle, its model prop and the set mock-ups for studio filming, were primarily used for budget saving reasons in this and the previous season launcher, Time of the Hawk. By the third episode onwards, however, another less well-recognised model from the series would be used by the Universal Hartland effects facility for shuttle duties.
For more on this episode, check out the excellent BUCK ROGERS blogsite: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Guide: Ep 203 Journey to Oasis, Part 1 January 22, 1981
For more on the series: 'KOOL TV' FEATURE 1000: 25th CENTURY GUY! 'BUCK ROGERS' REMEMBERED...