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Flash Gordon - The Race Against Time

episode 1.19

USA/France 1955
produced by
Edward Gruskin for La Telediffusion, Inter-Continental Film Productions
directed by Gunther von Fritsch
starring Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joseph Nash, Henry Beckman
screenplay by Edward Gruskin, based on characters created by Alex Raymond

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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The GBI is trying to pass a bill for the abolishment of all secret weapons in the universe, but the voting has come to a tie, so Commander Andrews (Henry Beckman) has to deliver the all-important earth vote to Mars and present it to the council (needless to say, good old earth is for the abolishment) ... but the Martian leader has ideas of his own, ideas to conquer the universe, and to that end, he doesn't need earth's vote virtually prohibiting him from owning secret weapons (secret weapons come in pretty handy when you are about to conquer the universe you see), so he hires a trio of cutthroats to shoot Commandeer Andrews' spaceship - which is of course piloted by Flash Gordon (Steve Holland) and Dale Arden (Irene Champlin) right out of the skies.

Flash is of course able to avoid total desaster, and he lands his spaceship safely on the next asteroid - interestingly the very same asteroid the baddies shot their deathrays from. Soon, the goodies and the baddies meet, Flash single-handedly beats the baddies to a pulp, and earth's vote reaches teh council just in time.

 

As was often the case with early science fiction television, this one was grossly underbudgeted for a story of its scale, and thus saving the universe has more in common with a meagerly attended barroom brawl, and the death ray the baddies are using to shoot Flash's spaceship out of the sky looks kind of cute in its wooden frame - at times one can't help but wonder what were they thinking ?, actually. All this might make this episode kind of amusing in a so-bad-it's-good way, but nothing more than that.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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