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Who Is Chris Showerman,
And Why Is He Going
To Save Every One Of Us?!

Yeah, I would imagine a lot of you picked up the clue in that headline. Evidently, Chris Showerman is going to be Sci-Fi Channel’s new FLASH GORDON. Here’s the original story! I just hope they make this fun and don’t feel the need to turn the angst up too high. FLASH GORDON was never overly serious, and trying to chase the same sort of mood as, say, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA seems to me to be a huge miscalculation. Flash. Ahhhh-ahhhhh. He is the savior of the universe. Please enjoy it, Sci-Fi. Please?

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • March 4, 2007, 10:45 p.m. CST

    I like to play with things a while,

    by zacdilone

    ...before annihilation.

  • March 4, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    HE' S A MIRACLE!!!!!!!!

    by wackybantha

    Is Lucas directing?

  • March 4, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    before annihilation!

    by Seph_J


  • March 4, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    the inhabitants refer to it as the planet....

    by slappy jones

    earth... peaceful it looks

  • March 4, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I would love to see Brian Blessed & Tim Dalton appear..

    by Seph_J

    ... maybe even allowing people to put their hand into his magic 'log' and touch his viscious 'animal'.

  • March 4, 2007, 11:01 p.m. CST

    sorry, but the rules cleary state that the best line...

    by Seph_J

    ... from the film must be spoken by Brian Blessed. The line must be a reference to winged-men, and it must be a relatively short piece of dialogue... say one or two words. Try again... anyone...

  • March 4, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST

    80s movie rocks

    by INWOsuxRED

    I agree with Head in a Box, the new Doctor Who is a good place to look for inspiration in how to reinvent and keep something light and campy without it being a joke (except for Love & Monsters). If they don't use the Queen music, I hope they get some modern bands to do some really weird and fun music for the show. If this goes dark, it will miss the point, and I doubt I'll watch.

  • March 5, 2007, 12:02 a.m. CST

    George of the Jungle 2.

    by themikejonas

    That's all I have to say.

  • March 5, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Somehow, I doubt that......

    by Jimmy Jazz

    ANYONE could make a show whose main villain in named "Ming the Merciless" anything but campy.

  • March 5, 2007, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Ming used the royal 'We'...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Same as the Queen does, Thatcher used to do it as well...

  • March 5, 2007, 1:07 a.m. CST

    that says

    by Doran

    "chris showerman is UP FOR the role." not he's gotten it.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Fireman Stripper From The OC

    by LeckoManiac

    Ha! Great casting. His reaction when Julie slapped Haley always cracked me up.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST


    by Some Dude


  • March 5, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Stop all engines. Repel boarders.

    by Some Dude


  • March 5, 2007, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Look! Water is leaking from her eyes.

    by Some Dude

    I got a million of 'em.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST

    What do you mean "Flash Gordon approaching"?

    by Some Dude


  • March 5, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    I demand to see the governor!

    by Some Dude

    That's enough for now.

  • March 5, 2007, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Ming will suck.. because it won't be Von Sydow.

    by Boondock Devil

    I can't think of a single actor who could take this part and not make Ming any better than Max Von Sydow did. He just owned that role. .

  • March 5, 2007, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Despatch War Rocket Ajax To Bring Back His Body!

    by raw_bean

    [Brian Blessed]Hawkmen! Diiiiiive![/Brian Blessed]<p>Just a man, with a man's courage. No he's nothing but a man, but he can never fail. No-one but the pure of heart will find the golden grail, oh-oh, oh-oh.

  • March 5, 2007, 4 a.m. CST

    Seph_J, HeadInABox.

    by raw_bean

    Seph, it seems I won your contest without even knowing it existed, posting before I read your post as I did. Writing it down doesn't do it justice though; you should hear my impression of the Blessed Bellow(TM).<p>HeadInABox, as has been pointed out, Ming was following the hallowed (and odd) tradition of royalty to refer to themselves in the third person and plural.

  • March 5, 2007, 5:12 a.m. CST

    FLASH.... FLASH....

    by MaulRat

    I LOVE YOU!! BUT WE ONLY HAVE 13 HOURS TO SAVE THE EARTH!........... The fact that there will be no Topol overacting and a soundtrack which wont feature Queen, is reason enough to give this a miss... Hmm... there should be more Soundtracks by Queen, like Flash Gordon and Highlander.. as opposed to Soundtracks by Queens....... Like Saturday night Fever.... THATS RIGHT!! BARRY F--EN GIBB IS A QUEEN!!! AND EISENHOWER WAS A SISSY TOO!! *prepares for some good old fashioned 'fisty cuffs'*....... (is it just me or does 'fisty cuffs sound 'naughty'?)... I hear that Fisty cuffs was Barry Gibbs nickname in high school... THATS RIGHT!! BARRY GIBB I"M CALLING YOU OUT!! I'M RIGHT HERE!!!.... YOU QUEEN!!..

  • March 5, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST


    by chrth


  • March 5, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by CaptGrogan

    The source material was fairly serious in tone. As were the original movie serials.(we laugh at them now because of the cheezy special effects.) Its only since the movie that we have come to think of Flash as a "light hearted" thing. Much like Batman was seen as a camp figure prior to the Burton film, Flash is suffering from the same stigma. Dont get me wrong - the 1980 movie was amazing! But a weekly TV show in that tone is a disaster in the making. It shouldnt be "galactica" by any means - but it shouldn't be "Dr Who" either. Give it more of a sci-fi "indiana jones" type feel. Action adventure and a little fun here and there. anyway - just my .02

  • March 5, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Bring me the bore worms...

    by spud mcspud

    As long as it keeps the upbeat and silly tone of the movie, like say the BUCK ROGERS series, I'm in. If this has Ornella Muti or Pamela Hensley in it in skimpy space bunny outfits, even better. GORDON'S ALIVE!!!

  • March 5, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Capt Grogan - Like he said!

    by spud mcspud

    Actually I changed my fickle little mind. A FLASH GORDON along the lines of an INDIANA JONES serial (not YOUNG INDY, that was well boring) could be excellent! A little more real possibilities of failure, some action, a few zinging one-liners (you gotta let that go! Please?) and some real nasties in it, too. Klytus MUST be an out-and-out sadist! Oh, and Timothy Dalton gotta eat - give the man a cameo! With a pencil moustache to twirl evilly!

  • March 5, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    Let this be known forever as Flash Gordon's Day!

    by SpyGuy

    With BSG completing its FTL shark jump and DOCTOR WHO on hiatus until Series 3, there's not much else apart from THE DRESDEN FILES to care about on Skiffi. Bring it on!

  • March 5, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    when will scifi air Series 3?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Its starting up at the end of the month. Is scifi going to make me torrent again?

  • March 5, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    "Sci Fi Indiana Jones" is perfect

    by Doctor_Sin

    I love the film, but I am also a looong time fan of the early comics. Those were like Prince Valiant melodrama. So, I'm for not playing it super-straight like "Galactica" or even ST:TNG...and no high camp like the movie or Batman 1960s...maybe a little ST:TOS with some better effects and slight knowing winks to the audience a la "Indiana Jones."

  • March 5, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Flying blind on a rocket cycle?!?!

    by SPECTRE Agent

    It should keep the movie's continuity (just updated)

  • March 5, 2007, 11:24 a.m. CST

    no camp please

    by liljuniorbrown

    Unless they are making Flesh Gordon,which of course I would watch. Seriously though, it doesn't have to even try and be dark in tone,just not overtly campy which is where Doctor Who is heading. I've often wondered when or if SCIFI would make anymore the "Deathlands" series. I was up late one night this past week and caught the one they did in like 03 it was called "Deathlands Homeward Bound" and I thought it was kind of cool. I picked up one of the books one time and read a little and was suprised that it wasn't your typical paperback scifi junk. I just figured with the fanbase the series had it might have produced another film by now. I'd sign a petittion.

  • March 5, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Head In A Box: Freddie DID sing "Flash's Theme"

    by GiggityGoo

    Freddie sang almost the entire thing... just the bridge "No one but the pure in heart can find the Golden Graaaail..." part was Brian.<p>By the way, Brian May is the greatest rock guitarist EVER, and Queen is the greatest rock band EVER.<p>So say we all.

  • March 5, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    INWOsuxRED: DOCTOR WHO rumored to return in late May

    by SpyGuy

    I'll believe it when I see it, though, and wouldn't expect anything sooner than early July, after Series 3 finishes its first-run in the U.K. Say, new FLASH GORDON in July...DOCTOR WHO Series 3 in July...Seems like a decent pairing to me.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Brian May is, indeed, the greatest...

    by Childe Roland

    ...or at the very least, the most underrated rock guitarist ever and Queen is certainly in the top 10 rock bands of all time. But if this show is going in the new BSG direction, you can bet money neither May nor the kind of sad excuse for a band Queen has become without Mercury will be involved.

  • March 5, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Fun space opera? Yes please

    by JackieJokeman

    Camp? No thank you

  • March 5, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Keep DeLaurentis' sweaty little paws away from it

    by Doctor_Sin

    That fucking name ruins everything it gets attached to. Dino, Giada, all of them. Goddamn prosciutto-eating bastards.

  • March 5, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    They should avoid it feeling like Captain Zoom

    by Drath

    You know, that goofy movie where Ron Pearlman was a Ming clone and...I think Nichelle Nichols and the kid from Everwood were in it too...and it was goofy and silly and totally in the same vein of camp as the Hercules series (I think it was the same production stuido too). That's not what Flash should be. Some humor, great. But don't make it as campy as the movie, and PLEASE don't use the Queen theme song (though please don't make me regret that with a theme that's lame in it's place). I agree that the movie has done to Flash was the 60s Batman did to the Dark Knight. But there's been no Frank Mille to repair the damage either, and admittedly the grim ultra-grittiness of Battlestar Galactica would be a bit unwelcome on another show. At best it would be a copy cat with none of its own identity, at worst it would be an overload of "angst" that would start to feel canned. They'd be better to try for a Firefly/Farscape kind of flavor. In fact, isn't Stargate's ending going to free up Ben Browder? There's your Flash. I don't know about George 2. America doesn't have a lot of luck with successors named George.

  • March 5, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    If they can't get/use the Queen music...

    by INWOsuxRED

    what would you all suggest instead????

  • March 5, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    "hurtling your puny bodies into the void"

    by Onomaki Forp

    "Do you want to live forever?"

  • March 5, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Brian May is underrated?

    by purplemonkeydw

    By who? The guy's great, I've never heard anyone slight him...and that would be totally badass if what's left of Queen score the series...or Avril Lavigne, she's soooo alternative and punk! w00t w00t! What?

  • March 6, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Not since MARK PILLOW has there been such talent!!!!!!

    by Bob Cryptonight


  • March 6, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST

    He doesn't have the part yet.

    by TELF

    Read the original article - he's just in the running for it. That is some pretty fucking bull-shit reporting guys.

  • March 6, 2007, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Brian May

    by Kenny8

    Truely a great guitarist, but what he's doing to the legacy of Queen is an absolute disgrace. Let it go and show some respect for the late, great Freddie Mercury!

  • March 6, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    "Flash Gordon....

    by nyjet

    ...Quarterback. New York Jets." line in a campy sci-fi movie, ever. I hope he's still the Jets' quarterback. And I hope he can toss the longball better than Pennington.

  • March 6, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by TELF

    Sorry to let you down there bud, but they made him a triathelete. I was bummed too, until I read the original strips - in which he is a polo player! So, could be worse...

  • March 6, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST


    by Bob Cryptonight

    Errr, or maybe PLAY GUITAR. Whatever. Anyway, the band needs to continually promote their product in any manner required to market the back catalog, Freddy or no Freddy.