On top of South Park’s well-meted skewering of Richard Dawkins last week (or, at least, Dawkins’ skewering of Ms. Garrison — Haw!) I was psyched to see the reference to 1979-81’s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Nobody ever talks about that show. Nobody ever buzzes about a remake. Nobody ever asks, “What happened to Gil Gerard?”
When I try to source my own nostalgia for the show, it comes down to the white jumpsuits and the Betty-and-Veronica vibe between Princess Ardala and Erin Gray.*
Otherwise, I admit it, it sucked. But I have to ask, what really distinguished it from other 1970s low-budget sci-fi shows? Buck Rogers, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica and Blake’s 7 all had actors standing around cheap sets brandishing the prop department’s imaginative notion of space guns.
Maybe it’s the guns. So here’s the question: Which toy/model gun is from which 70s show? See the pictures after the jump.
The four shows are:
A. Buck Rogers
B. Blake’s 7
C. Battlestar Galactica
D. Dr. Who
*Second mention of Erin Gray in this blog
**Also, Mel Blanc did the voice of Twiki! Mel Blanc!!! God, I love IMDB.