Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Plot to Kill a City - Spies in SpaceFeatured
Audio: dual mono
Subtitles: English subtitles
Interviews with Bruce Lansbury, Alan Brennert, Paul Peters (separate PDF).
- Less corny: trim Buck's lamest lines. E.g. about Sherese that "she's nice". Focus man, these are deadly villains!
- Twiki has two extra lines in the final scene, so Joella doesn't need to understand his bidi-bidi language. Added benefit is that this makes Joella look less ditzy and shifts the joke from her onto Buck.
- In the flow of adding and trimming a fanedit, sometimes a good intention doesn't quite work. Often because the available material is limited. A nice example for this edit is the unused addition of Buck and Joella’s conversation in space (using dialog from the same actors in Not Just Another Affair). The intention was to flesh out the interaction between them to show Joella more as a we're-joking-together buddy to Buck and less as a I'm-just-along-for-the-ride girl. This deleted new scene is included in the Video section of this listing.
Another fun Buck Rogers edit! Surprised by the opening flashback as it was not an episode (from season 2) that I would ever have thought of linking to this episode. But it takes that little bit of the story and establishes this is not the first time good old Buck has had to go undercover on a secret mission. And the missions themselves are very similar. I wondered at first why the visual quality was off on those scenes, then was reminded that they were taken from scenes that played in a monitor, so they had to be zoomed up to fill the screen. So knowing that, they looked surprisingly good! :) Unfortunately, as Zarius mentioned in his review, that portion feels unfinished somehow... but I still enjoy the idea of using that to fill out Buck's past.
Another fun feature about our reliable buddy Buck. The use of the flashback at the start was a good way of establishing a bit of Buck's experiance en route to the task ahead of him in the main story. About the sole issue I have is that the spy stuff from the flashback just sort of trails off. It exists as island largely onto itself with nothing to bridge it with what's going on in the future present, or present future, and we just fade away from it. That aside, everything else gelled well, and it was a good idea to repackage the 'deleted edit' as a bonus feature on the IFDB as I feel it could still have legs in time if the right editing experience or equipment comes along in future.