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Flash Gordon - Akim the Terrible

episode 1.5

USA/West Germany 1954
produced by
Wenzel Lüdecke for Inter West Film, Inter-Continental Film Productions
directed by Wallace Worsley jr
starring Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joseph Nash
screenplay by Earl Markham, Bruce Elliot, based on characters created by Alex Raymond, music by Kurt Heuser

tv-series
Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon (Steve Holland)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On evil dictator Akim's planet it is the law to be a criminal, the worse the better. Of course, the GBI (Galactic Bureau of Investigations) can't let that be, so they send over Kurt, Flash Gordon's (Steve Holland) best friend, to ... well, to do something. Kurt is promptly brainwashed by a machine and sent back with the express order to kill Flash Gordon, and Gordon is only just saved by Dale Arden (Irene Champlin). So the GBI decides to send Flash and Dale to pay a visit to Akim, but the both of them wear some shielding under their wigs to avoid brainwashing.

Of course, once with Akim, he has them restrained and unarmed, then he gives them a jolly good brainwashing - and then, after Flash talks all evil, Akim gives him his gun back, which Flash uses to stun everybody in Akim's court and take Akim prisoner ...

 

A planet where being a criminal is the law, that sounds at least like a funny, silly, campy idea - but unfortunately the scriptwriters make the least of it and don't seem to have too much of an idea of where to go with it, so the rest of the episode is just a childish formula plotabout Flash and Dale throwing over an evil dictator - on their own. Add to that stagey direction, unimaginative sets and cheap special effects, plus below average actors, and you pretty much know what you'll get ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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