Buck, Hawk and Wilma travel to an unusual world known as "The Planet of Death" and encounter many strange happenings. They first find a wrecked space ship with its pilot, whom Wilma returns to the Searcher. While she is gone, Buck and Hawk explore an abandoned village where they both momentarily disappear. As if this isn't enough, they return to the mother ship only to find the personalities of the crew have drastically changed.
original airdate--March 26,1981
In the year 1987, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. Aboard this compact starship, a lone astronaut, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. In a freak mishap, his life support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Ranger 3 was blown out of its planned trajectory into an orbit one thousand times more vast, an orbit which was to return Buck Rogers to Earth, 500 years later.