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Flash Gordon blasts off to the planet Mongo with girlfriend Dale Arden and scientist Hans Zarkov to prevent evil dictator Ming the Merciless from dominating the universe. In attempting to put an end to Ming's villainy, Flash receives the aid (and often the hindrance) of Prince Barin of Arboria, the Hawk Men led by King Vultan, Queen Fria of the ice-covered land of Frigia, Thun the Lion Man and Ming's sexy, scantily-clad daughter Aura, who has a powerful attraction for Flash. Written by
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Alan Oppenheimer would later reuse Ming the Merciless's voice for Skeletor in Filmation's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983). Princess Aura's character model was re-purposed for that of Teela, specifically her face and tiara, but with a shorter haircut. See more »
Blasting off on a desperate mission to save Earth from the evil plottings of the tyrannical space lord Ming the Merciless, Dr. Hans Zarkov and Dale Arden have joined me, Flash Gordon, on a fantastic journey into worlds where peril and adventure await us.
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The best Sci-Fi cartoon ever... but the first season ONLY!!!
Filmation was a great animation studio, at least in terms of visual quality. But the stories of their cartoons were extremely childish. It was the studio that gave us He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, and The New Adventures of Batman. And, in the case of He-Man and Batman, they ruined perfectly good stories by adding awful infantile elements (Bat-Mite!!!).
The exception to this was Flash Gordon. This was an honest attempt of an adaptation of the original Alex Raymond comic-book masterpieces. And the result was a masterpiece of animation. Sixteen episodes full of unforgettable characters, fascinating plots, great-looking backgrounds, and a lot of excitement. Not having been able to see the Buster Crabbe serials yet, or the 1954 live-action series, I consider this version of Flash to be the greatest ever made. My only complaint is the reiterative use of the same stock footage scenes of Ming entering the scene by the left of the screen, him laughing, or the travelling through the hall of the Palace of Ming. But I understand that they were working on a limited budget, so I can easily forgive it: a minor flaw in the best epic sci-fi cartoon ever, great both for kids and adults.
But then, suddenly, someone said: "Wait a minute, cartoons are supposed to be for 5 year olds!"
And everything was ruined. The second season of the series stunk. They decided to ignore the Alex Raymond epics totally, concentrated in corny humor and brought up the nauseating Gremlin the Dragon to become the central character, with Flash and Dale and Vultan and Barin becoming the sideshow heroes only to save little Gremlin when he was in trouble, ending every episode with the aforementioned dragon doing something "funny" and everybody laughing. Gone was the sci-fi, the epic and the storytelling. Don't know if this was more successful for little kids (its target audience), but sure it killed everything good about the show. The episodes featuring Gremlin the Dragon were even worse than the Sam J. Jones movie (while still not as bad as the nauseatingly PC 1996 Canadian cartoon series).
Karahde Khan says: catch re-runs of this show, tape them, or buy them on tape if you can find them, but please, stop watching at Chapter 16. As for little Gremlin the Dragon, impale it, roast it and serve it to Ming the Merciless. Or better, expose it to really, really bright sunlight (its name is Gremlin after all! ;)
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