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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:11 pm    Post subject: Flash Gordon (2007) Reply with quote

I just downloaded the complete 21 episide run of FLASH GORDON from the Sy-Fy channel and have begun watching them. I think it really starts out rather slowly, but peeking at some of the later episodes shows some promise.

I'll add to this post if interest is noted.



Anyway, Here's some info on it from various web sources :

From IMDb :

Hometown Celebrity Steven "Flash" Gordon discovers a secret his father tried desperately to keep hidden. He then embarks on a journey to another dimension in hopes of finding his father who was believed to be killed in a fire. Flash becomes involved with the struggles of Planet Mongo. A tyrannical leader controls the only source of clean water on the planet. Flash makes many allies during his struggles leading to a Revolution.



from wikapedia :

Flash Gordon is an American-Canadian science fiction television series that debuted on Sci-Fi in the United States on August 10, 2007 and continued airing new episodes through February 8, 2008. It has also appeared on the United Kingdom Sci-Fi and Space in Canada. The series was developed by Peter Hume, who served as executive producer/show runner and wrote the first and last episodes, among others.

The series was loosely based on the comic strip of the same name and incorporated elements from several previous adaptations, following the adventures of Steven "Flash" Gordon (Eric Johnson), a twenty-five-year-old who lives with his mother and whose scientist father was lost in a mysterious accident when Flash was 13 years old. Flash's ex-girlfriend, Dale Arden (Gina Holden), is a television news reporter and is engaged to police detective Joe Wylee. They introduce Gordons' eccentric former assistant, Hans Zarkov (Jody Racicot), when rifts in space appear, allowing travel between Earth and the planet Mongo.

Mongo is ruled by the ruthless dictator Ming (John Ralston), who controls "Source Water", the only source of safe drinking water on Mongo. Unlike the previous adaptations, he is not normally called "the Merciless" and is instead called "Benevolent Father", though he is still called "the Merciless" in closed circles. He also exhibits the traits of modern, media-savvy dictators, rather than the more simplistic, stereotypically evil characterization of earlier incarnations.



Also, unlike previous depictions, Ming resembles a blond Caucasian human, rather than a bald East Asian man.



Ming has a daughter, Princess Aura (Anna van Hooft), who is disturbed by her father's brutality. The series adds a new non-Terran character, Baylin (Karen Cliche), a bounty hunter from Mongo. She finds herself trapped on Earth and becomes a comrade of Flash, Dale and Zarkov and their guide to Mongo and its inhabitants.

The peoples of Mongo live in "cantons", tribal groups that echo the animal-human hybrids of the original comic strip. The cantons include the Verdan (based on Prince Barin's forest-dwelling people from the strip), the Turin (based on the strip's Lion Men), the Dactyls (the series' version of the strip's Hawkmen), the Omadrians (women who create powerful medicines), the Frigians (who live in the frozen wastelands), the Tritons (who live beneath the ocean), and the Zurn (painted blue "Magic Men" led by Queen Azura).

There is also another group known as the Deviates, mutants whose ancestors drank "Grey Water" (toxic water) to survive. The Deviates are led by Terek, their unofficial king (and Aura's brother) and are distrusted by almost everyone.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey, I've never watched this series! Very Happy

YouTube has the pilot, but all the other episodes (from different people) as dubbed in French. Netflix, sadly, doesn't have it. Sad

The YouTube version of the pilot has a 41:48 running time and includes the closing credits, so I guess the "part 1" in the title below doesn't mean the episodes is incomplete.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen this series, but it sounds decidedly unpromising -- not to mention cheaply produced. I mean, I can buy Dale Arden as Flash's ex-girlfriend. I can even buy a politically correct (i.e. Caucasian) Emperor Ming. But Flash Gordon without spaceships? Sacrilege!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, it sounds like this series won't give us much to praise, but it might give us interesting things to criticize. And that's fun, too. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Well, it sounds like this series won't give us much to praise, but it might give us interesting things to criticize. And that's fun, too. Very Happy

Whuh...? I should waste my time watching something I have no interest in, just so I can criticize it? Confused

You'll have to excuse me from this undertaking. I have some wet paint that needs watching. Then after that's dry, there's some intriguing grass growing in my yard.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

orzel-w wrote:
Bud Brewster wrote:
Well, it sounds like this series won't give us much to praise, but it might give us interesting things to criticize. And that's fun, too. Very Happy

Whuh...? I should waste my time watching something I have no interest in, just so I can criticize it. Confused

Ah-ha! Perhaps not, but I coaxed a comment out of you about how the series isn't even WORTH watching!

And your comment was crafted to be funny and enjoyable to read. So . . . I win. Very Happy

(And I look forward to your reply. Wink)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doh!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

orzel-w wrote:
Doh!

Brilliant!

A classic! Humble, and yet praise-worthy!

Understated, but powerful.

A prime example of "less is more"!

Wayne . . . you're my hero. Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The whole question of the casting of a caucasion as "Ming" is rather meaningless. The original intent was to portray a "Yellow Menace" character that would today be looked at as politicly insensitive!

The current casting makes Ming a more fascist character and therefore more likely accepted in today's political environment.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey, here's part 2 of the pilot from YouTube I posted above! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I hope our negative comments haven't discouraged any members who are fans of this show from commenting on it. Sad

I'll just point out that none of use who have posted so far have actually seen the series, so our negative opinions are not based on actual experiences.

Therefore, any member of All Sci-Fi who actually likes the show can correct our misconceptions and make a few positive comments about the series. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that the laddies were beautiful and the production a turkey.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember watching this at the time and was not too happy with it! Ming the Merciless wasn't a bald headed Asiatic maniac as he should have been! Politically sensitive or not why change what worked before? There were also no rocket ships or space scenes and everything was handled with space warps which enabled Flash and his pals to get to Mongo and back without a vessel of any kind! I did like Ming's daughter but that was it I think!
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