Still Watching the Skies: Episode 45 “Flash Gordon & Flesh Gordon”
Cody, Robert, & Nat have done pairings before, but this may be our high and low simultaneously. This month we present for your entertainment, FLASH GORDON and FLESH GORDON. God help us.
Flash Gordon was created in 1934 as a gorgeously illustrated full page comic strip by Alex Raymond. It was a hit immediately and spawned a live action serial starring former Olympic swimming champion Buster Crabbe in 1936. The serial is one of the best regarded of the period and the first American space opera to hit the silver screen. To get warmed up, we decided to take a look at the first chapter entitled “Planet of Peril”.
From there, we head off to one of the first porn parodies, the semi-imfamous FLESH GORDON from 1974.
George Lucas was unable to secure the rights to FLASH GORDON when he wanted to make a space opera adventure. But, inspired by the success of STAR WARS, Dino Delaurentis followed in the tradition of STAR WARS, BARBARELLA, and the Adam West BATMAN series when he brought us 1980s FLASH GORDON. Featuring an international cast, a memorable rock soundtrack by Queen, a campy script by Lorenzo Semple Jr., FLASH GORDON wasn’t an enormous hit, but it lodged itself into fan consciousness in its own memorable way.
Max Von Sydow chews up all the scenery that Brian Blessed can’t consume as Ming.
Timothy Dalton is clearly having a swashbuckling good time.
So blast off with us on a trip to the fantastic world of Mongo with the savior of the universe. You can give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.
Next month, we find out if we like to burn, with Francois Truffaut’s 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s FAHRENHEIT 451. There’s a good chance we’ll be discussing the upcoming HBO adaptation too. We hope you’ll join us.