Hawk - The sole survivor of
a race of winged humanoids that inhabited the planet Earth in
ages past on the sci-fi series BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH
As the race of "humans" grew in size, they hunted the Bird
People. In a desperate attempt to save their civilization these
feathered creatures took to the stars. Generations of fear and
hiding had bred out their ability to fly (their wings
disappeared) but their desire to fly was still retained.
(Thom Christopher) satisfied this urge for flight by soaring in
a sleek metallic craft that resembled a hawk with outstretched
wings whose retractable landing gears were the shape of fierce
Hawk's bird-shaped fighter craft
The Valley of the Eagles on the planet Throm had been
the last outpost of the Bird People, but still the hunters came
and destroyed the remnants of his race.
Victims of the holocaust
included his mate, Koori (played by Barbara Lubna). Enraged, Hawk took to the skies in his taloned spacecraft and began a spree of terror to avenge the
death of his people.
Hawk and Koori
Only after Hawk met the Earthman Buck
Rogers (Gil Gerard) did
he realize that all humans were not his enemy. Buck and Hawk
were united in one common bond. Both were sole survivors.
Maki-Maki, the winged
God of the Bird people can still be found in the mammoth stone
carvings of Easter Island.
TRIVIA NOTE: In the 1930's, a
similar space hero in the genre of Buck Rogers was an
action adventurer known as Flash Gordon (played by Buster
Crabbe). During his travels, Flash Gordon encountered an alien
race of Hawk Men. Here is an image.
In later years, Buster Crabbe (who also played the role of Buck
Rogers in the 1939 Buck Rogers serial) appeared on an
episode of the 1970s BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY as
Brigadier Gordon, a starfighter pilot who came to the aid of
Captain Buck Rogers (Gil Gerard) and Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin
Gray) in the episode "Planet of the Slave Girls."
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