In the series, Flash Gordon is a marathon winner whose scientist father disappeared through a Rift in space 13 years ago. As the series opens, something comes back to Earth through the rift, looking for Flash -- which drags him unwillingly into a science-fiction adventure on the planet Mongo, and into conflict with the planet's ruler, Ming the Merciless.
Dale Arden, a reporter for WIAD-4, also gets mixed up in Flash's adventures. Dale, Flash's ex-girlfriend, is now dating a detective, Joe Wylee. The uneasy relationship between the 2 is made even more complicated by the arrival of Baylin, a rogue bounty hunter exiled from Mongo, and the romantic attentions of Princess Aura, Ming's willful daughter.
- "Episode 101: Pilot"
- "Episode 102: Pride"
- "Episode 103: Infestation"
- "Episode 104: Assassin"
- "Episode 105: Ascension"
- "Episode 106: Life Source"
- "Episode 107: Alliances"
- "Episode 108: Revelations"
- "Episode 109: Til Death"
- "Episode 110: Conspiracy Theory"
- "Episode 111: Random Access"
- "Episode 112: Secrets and Lies"
- "Episode 113: Sorrow"
- "Episode 114: Stand and Deliver"
- "Episode 115: Possession"
- "Episode 116: Thicker Than Water"
- "Episode 117: Ebb and Flow"
- "Episode 118: Blame"
- "Episode 119: Cold Day in Hell"
- "Episode 120: Revolution - Part 1"
- "Episode 121: Revolution - Part 2"
Updating the Flash Gordon story
Having Flash travel to Mongo through a wormhole, and not in a rocket ship created by Dr. Hans Zarkov is a significant change to the Flash Gordon story. Flash won't be trapped on another planet, as in previous versions of the story -- he'll be able to travel back and forth between Earth and Mongo. At a press launch, Eric Johnson (the new Flash) explained the change:
Creator and executive producer Peter Hume says that he struggled with how to modernize the Flash Gordon story:
I went back, and I read all the source material, which is pretty great, but... there were conceits there that you couldn't get away with today. So it was a bit of a challenge. You had to keep the spirit of the thing, but then update it. But I still want to do, like, Lion Men. I want to do Hawk Men. But how do you do Hawkmen and not make it... stupid and silly? You do get to do the Flash Gordon core characters, but in a way that is not going to be campy. [It's] going to be grounded, because I want all those characters to be real and have real human problems that you can relate to, and I think we've achieved that. I hope we have.
Hume also described the new series' vision of the planet Mongo:
It's more of a Mad Max world that's broken down into tribes. It's sort of oppressed. It's an ecologically damaged planet, and Ming controls the only source of good water and sort of sells it. And his city is almost like a modern-day Dubai. And outside of the city, there's a lot of small tribes. And a lot of those tribes are inspired by the original Alex Raymond tribes. So you'll get to meet those characters.
In a recent interview with Peter Hume, it has been said that there will be some changes to the series during the second half of the first season:
When asked about whether the rest of the season will focus more on characters than on sets, Peter Hume said:
As far as the romantic tensions that are going on between Flash and Dale and then also Ming's daughter, Peter Hume said:
I just think Aura's just great. And there's a weird dynamic with her and Flash. Then there's stuff with Barin. There's a lot of complex triangles going on and Aura will really come into her own and sort of go from being a spoiled little girl and at the end of the season will really have to grow up and make some really hard decisions. And there'll be some big huge twist with her at the end.
We want to do the Lion Men and we are thinking we were going to do it in 19 and then we changed it and now it's going to be Frigians because we can do snow.
We really want to but we probably won't. We know what we're doing for the rest of the season so we probably won't go back this season. But they'll come out next season.
And then we do have Vultan back and Vultan does a just a fantastic show. He just steals the show. He comes back in a really terrific episode in 13.
Yeah, Steve Bacic comes back. He does a couple more episodes. He's fantastic. He got another job on a Canadian show called Air Sea. So we love him so much we want to have him there all the time. We lost him for a few and we'll see what happens with that show. It ends in February. And if he's available, we'll have him back as much as we can. He just lights up the screen. He's fantastic. And I think he nails that character too. I think he does such a great job.In "Episode 114: Stand and Deliver", he is amazing. It's just a great performance and there's some stuff going on with him and Baylin and it's a great episode. That's the one that Lynn Hall said this is your best episode yet, and I think it might be. And he's a big part of that.
And when asked if there will be a resolution to the plot with Flash's father this season, Peter Hume said: "Yes. It will resolve itself."
- Official Sci-Fi Channel Flash Gordon Website
- The New Flash Gordon Talks
- Flash Honors Old, New
- EP Peter Hume On Flash Gordon's Future