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Flash Gordon – Will the new Series be a ‘re-imagining?’ May 23, 2007

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There are few who would argue that SciFi’s new version of Battlestar Galactica is not a dramatic departure from the original show. With the new Flash Gordon series though SciFi is going to attempt to remake a character that has been around for over 70 years.

It’s not clear however how much will change though.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Eric Johnson who plays Flash said:

There’s definitely certain changes. It’s not like we’re portraying Flash in the 1930s. When Flash first came out, he was an internationally renowned polo player, which probably wouldn’t be appropriate now. He’s been football players, and NBA stars, and swimmers I think, so now he’s a marathon winner and just much more of a regular guy.

Frankly i don’t care that he’s a regular guy. I’d like to see the equivalent of Cylons being human or Starbuck being a female.

The interview makes both Johnson and the Flash Gordon show appear to be a very very lame attempt at a basic modernization of Flash Gordon. If that is indeed the case i suspect that Flash Gordon’s SciFi run will be very short.

To add further insult to injury Johnson doesn’t appear to know the first thing about excites SciFi fans.

I think it’s going to appeal to a lot of people. It’s been amazing, in my initial experiences talking about the show, how many men in their 40s into their 60s just light up when you mention Flash Gordon. And I don’t think there’s a 13-year-old boy in the world who isn’t going to think this is the coolest show ever. Frickin’ ray guns! How cool is that?

Ray guns cool? holy crap. A combination lightsaber/buzz saw/grenade launcher like what the Rock carries in Doom is cool.

If you really want to be depressed read the full interview on EW.

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