Syfy (ended 2008)
ICEMOJO: In response, I have now watched all the episodes and it was rubbish. Would not be sorry to see the back of it and my original thoughts still hold true.
Agree the original Buster Crabbe was camp and predictable but that was part of the fun. Agree that he shouldn't be a football player like in the movie. The problem with him being a marathon runner? Well have you actually seen a marathon runner? Marathon runners are not physically imposing or muscular; they are extremely skinny and lithe. Not the type of person that is going to take on Ming's soldiers. A sprinter would have been a better choice. Or maybe he should be a UFC fighter or something which is popular nowadays, it would certainly have more credibility.
Ming, I have to disagree with you there. In his present guise he is just NOT evil. The character lacks credibility and believability. Who would be scared of him? He's a little short-ars.; not menacing at all. He doesn't have to look like a Chinese emperor but a pseudo version of an aryan Hitler Lots of thought went into that. Don't forget, we are on a different world in a different galaxy, a little creativity wouldn't have gone astray.
The mythos is the comic books. This new series is not Flash Gordon, it is a TV series that has merely used the names of the Flash Gordon characters and it hasn't been implemented well at all.
Zarkov is easier to write for? That says it all about the production as a whole. Everything about it appears to have been done to make it easier. Cheap production values and it shows. The best thing about it is the Queen track at the end.
Yes, I would have included spaceships and I would have set it on Mongo entirely. It seemed to me actually like a rip-off and a really bad version of Smallville (which is really good!).
And... The Hawkmen? What a disaster!
The difficulty with taking on any classic genre like Flash Gordon, Superman etc. is that there is a loyal fan base of purists that have been around for years. While they want to see it remade, they want it to be kept as true to the ethos as possible. This new Flash Gordon doesn't achieve that, in fact it really is painful to watch.