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Buck Rogers Shgoratchx! (1979–1981) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Original Title: Shgoratchx!
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writers: Glen A. Larson,Leslie Stevens
Released: 1979–1981
Duration: 1h
Video type: TV Episode
Buck and Hawk are ordered to explore an old derelict spaceship, where they find a hold full of solar bombs and a crew of seven dwarfs. The crew are transferred to the Searcher, and it is decided to take the derelict to a safe location to detonate the bombs before they can explode on their own. Buck turns the seven uniformed men over to Wilma, who has her hands full when she discovers the little aliens have never seen a woman before.
Episode complete credited cast:
Gil Gerard Gil Gerard - Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Erin Gray Erin Gray - Colonel Wilma Deering
Thom Christopher Thom Christopher - Hawk
Jay Garner Jay Garner - Admiral Efram Asimov
Wilfrid Hyde-White Wilfrid Hyde-White - Dr. Goodfellow
Tommy Madden Tommy Madden - General Xenos
Felix Silla Felix Silla - Twiki
Mel Blanc Mel Blanc - Twiki (voice)
Alex Hyde-White Alex Hyde-White - Ensign Moore
John Edward Allen John Edward Allen - General Zoman
Tony Cox Tony Cox - Private Zedht
Billy Curtis Billy Curtis - General Yoomak
Harry Monty Harry Monty - General Sothoz
Spencer Russell Spencer Russell - General Towtuk
Charles Secor Charles Secor - General Kuzan

According to Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Shgoratchx! (1981), the robots Twiki and Crichton are programmed by Isaac Asimov's three laws of Robotics. When they are reactivated after repairs, they quote the laws and a brief history of the laws' origin.

Crichton did not recite the Zeroth law of Robotics, to which the other laws were subordinate, since it did not exist when the series was made. Asimov created the Zeroth law in his 1985 novel "Robots and Empire", as he felt that his initial three laws were insufficient to protect society at large. This law, which is basically a wider reaching variant of the first law, stated that a robot may not injure humanity or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.



Reviews: [3]

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    Vetitc

    Buck and Hawk explore an old derelict spacecraft that has drifted into busy space-lanes; there they find seven (yes... seven) dwarfs in charge of a cargo of dangerously deteriorating solar bombs. The little folk are transferred to The Searcher, which is used to tow the disabled craft to a safe destination where the unstable bombs can be detonated.

    Once onboard The Searcher, however, the troublesome little folk cause all manner of problems, including accidentally damaging the ship's power supply, denting Crichton's positronic brain, and causing The Searcher to alter course and head straight for a star!

    I've always been of the opinion that the inclusion of a dwarf can drastically improve almost any film or TV episode (particularly if the dwarf in question is adept at kung fu), but in this particular case, I think that it's a case of a few dwarfs too many. With their constant cheeky shenanigans and annoying mannerisms (all saying the same thing at the same time), I found this group of diminutive aliens irritating in the extreme—well, at least until they teamed together in an attempt to remove sexy Wilma Deering's sailor uniform.

    After that, I kinda respected them a little more.

    Off-think! Off-think! You know what, next time I meet Erin Gray, I might just give that a try.
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    Steelcaster

    PLOT: Buck & Hawk discover seven little people (midgets) on a derelict spaceship carrying unsound and deteriorating bombs. While towing the disabled craft to a planet where they can safely detonate the explosives, the mischievous little persons naturally create havoc, including inadvertently destroying the Searcher's power source, indirectly damaging Crichton's positronic brain, and triggering the vessel to change course toward a vast flaming star and certain annihilation!

    COMMENTARY: This one-off installment attempts to be a cute episode and it is to a degree. The amusing tone is reminiscent of Star Trek's comedy troika: "I, Mudd," "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "A Piece of the Action," although not as engaging or amusing. Still, it has its points of interest, like the little folks' psychokinesis, Twiki's self-sacrificial resolve in saving his "son" and the suspenseful close. After meeting Wilma, the "elves" are as curious as any red-blooded man concerning what lies beneath that cute sailor uniform, lol.
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    Goltizuru

    Buck (the always likable Gil Gerard) and Hawk (a fine Thom Christopher) search an old derelict spaceship. They discover a bunch of dangerously unstable solar bombs and a gaggle of mischievous dwarfs with a penchant for causing havoc. Said dwarfs go positively gaga when they see their first woman in the fetching form of Wilma Deering (the ever-lovely Erin Gray in peak charming and attractive form). Director Vincent McEveety, working from a cheerfully silly script by William Keyes, gives this atypically lighthearted episode a giddy tongue-in-cheek sensibility that's amusing and enjoyable in equal measure. The dwarfs are a really funky and colorful bunch; their wacky antics are a real hoot to watch (a sequence showing these tiny troublemakers attempting to strip off Wilma's clothing with their telepathic powers is simply hilarious). Moreover, the actors portraying these little terrors play their parts with tremendous verve, with especially stand-out work from Tommy Madden as excitable leader General Xenos and Tony Cox of "Bad Santa" fame as smartaleck Private Zendt. In addition, a subplot concerning Crichton's damaged brain and Twiki's concern for the well being of his "son" proves to be surprisingly touching. A hugely entertaining show.