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by Alan Rapp on August 23, 2007

in Television Reviews , Uncategorized

Flash Gordon returned to television three weeks ago as a new hour-long action-drama on the Sci-Fi Channel.  Eric Johnson (best remembered by sci-fi fans as Lana Lang’s boyfriend Whitley on the early seasons of Smallville) stars as Steven “Flash Gordon” who discovers his father may be alive in an alternative dimension known as Mongo.  Gina Holden (as Dale), Jody Racicot (as Dr. Zarkov), Anna Van Hooft (as Aura), and John Ralston (as Ming, with hair!) round out the cast.  For more about the show check out the Full Diagnosis.

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Flash Gordon returned to television three weeks ago as a new hour-long action-drama on the Sci-Fi Channel.  Eric Johnson (best remembered by sci-fi fans as Lana Lang’s boyfriend Whitley on the early seasons of Smallville) stars as Steven “Flash Gordon” who discovers his father may be alive in an alternative dimension known as Mongo.  Gina Holden (as Dale), Jody Racicot (as Dr. Zarkov), Anna Van Hooft (as Aura), and John Ralston (as Ming, with hair!) round out the cast.

Both the pilot (which aired on August 10th) and the first episode were less than inspiring.  A Ming with hair?  Mongo bounty hunters who hide in the park?  Dale engaged to a cop?  I dunno about this folks.  And can someone explain to me why the commercials the Sci-Fi Channel runs contain the Queen music from the 1980 film, but the show itself does not?

The show isn’t quite cheesy enough to laugh at as it takes itself too seriously, but it’s far from good enough for the audience to do so.  I’ll wait a little longer before I dismiss it as a complete waste of time and money (which it looks like right now).  The Sci-Fi Channel picked up a 22 episode run of the show, so it looks like it’s saddled with another lame show to fill in the gaps between Dr. Who and Battlestar Gallactica.  I guess the most we can do is hope it improves over time, but I’m not holding my breath.  Flash Gordon airs on the Sci-Fi Channel Friday nights at 9:00/8:00.

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