November 11th, 2007

Flash Gordon  -  Flaming Rocket of Lurve

FLASH GORDON, Chapter One: “The Planet of Peril”

As an experiment, I’m going to try synopsizing the 13 episodes of the 1936 film serial Flash Gordon, which is available in DVD under the title Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers. I’ve already seen the two serials that followed, Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars (1938) and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), as well as the 1980 feature film with the awesome soundtrack by Queen (“Flash! Ahahhhhhhhh!”), so cross-references and comparisons will crop up; I’ll try to keep them non-spoilery. I’ll be working from notes taken as I watch each episode, so the style will be rather choppy.

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