The Andromeda Strain showed up in Buck Rogers

The space series reused footage from the 1970s thriller. September 11, 2020, 9:56AM By MeTV Staff
Andromeda Strain

In “The Crystals,” the second season episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Buck, Wilma and Hawk must find more thurbidian crystals to power their ship.

The trio lands on a planet, Phibocetes, thought to be uninhabited. But what kind of sci-fi show would it be if there weren’t a few aliens to contend with?

They first discover what they call a “mummy” buried in the planet’s dirt. Then Buck meets a young girl who doesn’t know who she is or where she came from. While the planet yields plenty of thurbidian crystals, the mummy they thought was long dead comes to life and escapes!

Wilma analyzes blood left behind by the creature and compares it to a blood sample taken from the girl, who they name Laura. What she discovers shocks both her and Buck. The two samples are exactly alike, a perfect genetic match. They reason there must be a connection between Laura and the violent humanoid they discovered first.

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