The Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (film) was a cinematic version of "Awakening".
When the movie was broadcast on network TV in 1979 as “Awakening” of the TV series, a few changes were made:
- The original, sensual opening credits sequence was replaced with a starfield background. The narration was altered and the song removed.
- The first appearance of Wilma’s trademark catsuit.
- Some of Buck Rogers’s more suggestive comments to Wilma Deering were cut.
- Tigerman’s death was removed. This allowed the character to return in later episodes.
- The TV version of the film (“Awakening”) features scenes in Buck’s 25th century apartment that was not seen in the theatrical version. The epilogue dialogue / setup for the TV series also takes place here.
- New scenes were added that showed Buck’s apartment.
- The idea that Buck would work for Dr. Huer and New Chicago.
- Several scenes were added, this included an epilogue for the TV series that provided background.
- Some dialogue was altered to avoid double meanings.
- Twiki’s line “I’m freezing my ball-bearings off!” in the theatrical version is replaced with “My micro-discs are turning blue!” in the TV version.
- The 1979 UK theatrical release of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century had several scenes removed to obtain an “A” classification.
- In the theatrical version, “Weatherly”, a pilot killed in the pirate raid, is female. In the TV version, footage of a male pilot is used.
- The movie was reedited into a 2 parter for syndication.
- The TV episode version of this film changed from William Conrad to Vic Perrin during scenes involving the Draconia announcer. Only 1 line of Conrad’s original voice work as the Draconia announcer was left in.