By Gregory MonePosted 08.09.2007 at 10:34 pm 1 Comment
Flash Gordon, the classic space adventurer who first appeared in a comic strip in 1934, is about to resurface in 21st century form. This Friday, a new, eponymous TV series will premier on the SciFi channel.
The fact that Flash Gordon will appear on the SciFi channel tells us absolutely nothing about the potential quality of the show, since the network is home to intelligent hits like Battlestar Galactica along with a host of egregious B-movies about crazed scientists and their monstrous creations.
In this latest incarnation Flash is a marathoner and the son of a scientist—not a star quarterback for the New York Jets, as he was in the 1980 movie. Apparently, his Dad died while trying to create a tear in the fabric of spacetime. When the show picks up, his father's former assistant, Dr. Hans Zarkov, warns Flash of a "transdimensional rift" in the structure of the universe. And at least one season's worth of interstellar adventures ensue. Sound like a B-movie? Or Battlestar-esque brilliance? We'll find out starting tomorrow.—Gregory Mone
Think you've got what it takes to be a bona fide superhero? The SciFi Channel is taking applications for its latest reality show. From the Web site describing the ideal candidate for Who Wants to Be a Superhero?:
All you'll need is an original idea for a superhero, a killer costume, and some real superhero mojo. The winner of this six-week competition will walk away with their superhero immortalized in a new comic book created by Stan Lee himself.
I havent fully thought out my own getup, but Im sure Ill want the powers of the peacock mantis shrimp—I'll have 10 color pigments in my retinas and stereo vision in each eye, and Ill wield the fastest predatorial kick in the animal kingdom. That wuss Batman doesnt stand a chance. —Martha Harbison