I was hooked on this show from the beginning. Why I like it is that the hero Flash doesn't start out as full fledge hero, he has a ways to go on that but eventually he will get there. I like the relationship between him and his ex-girlfriend and while it's to early to say, I'm not seeing any sexual tension between the two which is a nice change of pace.
I love Mongo and how we are quickly learning about their world and the culture which through the writing makes it feel like a real place not some incredible fantasy world. Now I don't know if any of you will have seen the second episode by the time you read this but I felt it was another solid entry. I just heard on your most recent voice mail show that you were saying Ming doesn't appear to be very merciless and, yes he is not a mustache twirling villain, and based on his actions in the second episode, he is going to prove to be a bit more complicated.
Also I am surprised by the pace at which the series moves and again sorry for the spoiler if you haven't seen the second episode yet, but I loved how quickly Flash was ready to go back through the rift to find his father without almost a second thought. I don't recall the last time I saw that kind of character motivation and not to mention the previews for the third episode have Flash and bounty hunter going to back to Mongo. This show is moving at a very nice speed that is a pleasant surprise to me.
Finally, maybe my opinion is an unbiased one because I never saw the original 80's movie or any of the series' so I don't have anything personally invested. So regardless I just love this series and I can't wait to see what comes next but if it gets canceled because the 80's sci-fi nerd club can't stop complaining when they're not playing D&D or using their inhalers then that's going to make me mad. Again, I really like this show and I can see how much potential it has and what it could become.
I say just give it a chance and if you can't get over the fact it's technically not "Flash Gordon" the way you remember it then try this, just think of it like the new BSG haters, its Flash In Name Only or FINO as I have now just coined, lol. So if anyone has bothered to read this thanks for perusing my opinion of Flash Gordon and remember the beginnings of The Simpsons, MASH, Seinfeld, etc... were nothing all that great but they attained greatest after a period of time. Don't forget that when this show becomes a smash hit this viewer was already ahead of the curve.
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