Before Star Wars There Was Flash Gordon


f01fef56f6cd387ecacacbe232fbaf97   Before we look forward to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we should all look back at Flash Gordon from 1936.

   A long time ago, on a planet of peril, a great adventure took place. Of course I am speaking of FLASH (ah ~ ahhh!) Gordon! For some reason this serial is one of my favorites. There are two others with Buster Crabbe but they are not as entertaining, to me, and so I’ll just write about this one.

This serial, along with the others and Buck Rogers, had a lot of influence on a young George Lucas. If you’ve read any of the original treatments for “The Star Wars” then you Know It To Be True 😉 The episodic nature of the adventure, alone, is a dead giveaway to the relationship to the adventures on the planet Mongo and the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

tumblr_mtjfmc0Lhp1qzr8nao1_500   I know that I am always saying this, but seriously watch this if you  haven’t before. You need to go in with an opened mind and as little cynicism as possible. Have fun with it. It’s like a vintage toy from a bygone era. It is very fragile and won’t hold up to too much scrutiny, but if you take it for what it was, and still is, you will be rewarded with hours of play time fun.

   So if you get a chance to watch all thirteen chapters (see the embedded YouTube video below), leave a comment either here, twitter or facebook. Let me know what you thought of it. If you are a die-hard fan, let me know too. I know that I am not alone in my love of this Saturday matinee serial.

   Until next time, Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with you… always.

Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless.