Space Age TV – The Space Adventures of Flash Gordon: The Planet of Death

Flash! Ah Ah! Savior of the Universe! Flash! Ah Ah! He’ll save every one of us!

Okay, so it’s not That Flash Gordon, but this one is nearly as good. This is the first episode of the 1954 Flash Gordon series, and it marks the first time Flash Gordon appeared on TV. On the East Coast, at least, the show aired on the DuMont network. In this version of the show, unlike in the source material and the earlier film serials, Flash, Dale, and Dr. Zarkov live in the year 3203, and operate as agents of the Galactic Bureau of Investigation.

In a few weeks, we’ll get in to the original Flash Gordon serials, and I’m excited for the chance to compare and contrast those with this TV show.

I feel that in many ways, this show has less in common with the Flash Gordon that came before it, and more in common with the other Space Adventure programs of the day. Even still, the light of Flash Gordon shows through, with adventure and danger and daring-do that you would never find from Tom Corbett or Cadet Happy.

Yes, the acting is occasionally wooden.

Yes, the plot is ridiculous.

Yes, the footage looks like a VHS tape that has been run under a belt sander.

Doesn’t matter, the end result is FUN, and I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it.

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