YMMV: Flash Gordon

The 1930s film serials:

The movie:

The 2007 TV series:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Lillian, from the episode "Life Source". At first, she's a standard Monster of the Week, draining Earthmen for their life force. Then we find out that she was picked by Ming to drain the life from others to keep him alive, and at the end, he drains her completely and she crumbles into a pile of dust.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The commercials for the show featured a great cover of Queen's theme song done by indy band Louis XIV. Unfortunately, said cover never made it into the show.
  • Growing the Beard: it was getting better by episode 13 "Sorrow"
  • One-Scene Wonder: Ty Olsson as Vultan.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked
  • Memetic Mutation: When this came to the UK, the Sci-Fi Channel decided to do an obvious pun on the current UK Prime Minister, i.e. "Only one Gordon can save us now".


  • Dork Age: The animated series from the '90s had Flash and Dale riding on hoverboards. Yes, hoverboards.
  • Freud Was Right: Applies mainly to the comic strip. Why else does Flash use his sword instead of his raygun? And check out those rocketships!
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny
  • What an Idiot: In the city of the Hawk Men, Gordon has a really bad moment where he suggest Thun to take cover behind a door. And the signals around the doors read like "Dragon's Pit" and "Death".