Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Flight of the War Witch - Buck Saves the MultiverseFeatured
Audio: dual mono
Subtitles: English subtitles
Making of “Flight of the War Witch” (separate PDF).
- Add continuity: During that opening storyline, Dr. Theopolis informs Dr. Huer of trouble with the Draconians, which now sets up Huer's comment to Buck a few scenes later that they've been having difficulty with the Draconians.
- Add fan-service + logical argument: Theo also mentions Anarchia, which we hadn't heard of since the first movie. Anarchia is a perfect place for the Draconians to scout for dissatisfied Earthers.
- Add continuity: Buck sings Frank Sinatra. As proposed at the time by the episode's music editor. A nice callback to earlier adventures.
- Cut for being sleazily out-of-character: Cut Buck's uncredited girlfriend (both scenes). Elana is now replaced by Raylyn. Out of necessity (see above), because Elena and Buck were icky sleazy together, and because it's entirely out-of-character for Buck to embarrass Huer by deliberately making out in front of him.
- Strengthen Wilma: minimal trims to Wilma's farewell, making her and the scene stronger.
- Extend + coherence: Merge the theatrical and TV versions of the Buck and Zarina's one-on-one conversation.
- Extend: Incorporate 3 more shots from the theatrical version.
- Visual continuity: Color correct one shot from the non-HD theatrical edition.
- Audio continuity: The original has several truncated transitions. The sound editors were under tremendous time pressure to complete it (read the PDF for that story). These are smoothed out or replaced entirely with clean audio from other episodes.
I was most interested/impressed with the continuity and character building touch-ups plucked from another episode and integrated into the story seamlessly. You don't notice any major holes forming in the replacement of the date, and the sinatra number was nicely inserted at a convenient point, and finished up just in time for the next crucial scene played out with no overlap. That was very well timed. The rest of the edit flowed well and it was nice to get a hearty flavour of both the theatrical and tv edits later. I'd say this is probably the best of the Buck edits so far, certainly the one I've had the least fuss with anyway.