• Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 10, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
  1. The show's overall tone is less campy than the Flash Gordon movie, but it's more mature, and entertaining, than the old "Battlestar Galactica" or "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" series.
  2. For all the comic-book fans who can't get enough of grown-ups carrying ray guns and discussing the destruction of planet Earth, pretty lame effects and super-stiff acting keep this from being really great camp.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    40
    The show, approximately the zillionth attempt to put Flash and his friends on the big or small screen, isn’t bad, particularly; it’s just not very, excuse me, flashy.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    This contemporary remake is cheerfully B-movie cheesy--watch an alien attack a bowling alley--but also stubbornly flat, settling for cute when sublime camp would be preferred.
  5. 40
    As light summer fare, most of it done with a campy wink at the camera, Flash Gordon is by no means unbearable. But the fonder one's memories of the original, the more likely the viewer will want to send this Flash back.
  6. The whole story is over the top, but it's mitigated by the sense of humor it has about its own broad elements. The acting is serviceable enough and--to Rosenthal's credit in the pilot--surprisingly consistent. What the plotting lacks in cohesion and suspense, the production often compensates for in visual appeal.
  7. 37
    Badly written, badly cast and done on the cheap in the Canadian woods, Flash is the kind of fantasy toss-off that gives sci-fi, and Sci Fi, a bad name.
  8. 30
    As played by Johnson, this 21st Century Flash is likable enough, and the plot occasionally achieves a tick-tock level of efficiency, but there’s little else to recommend this series.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Even in this sporty new vehicle the old codger looks a little unsteady on his pins--lacking the requisite wit, excitement or sense of adventure to survive for long in this dimension, much less the next.
  10. They've assembled a cast suffering a major charisma deficit and given them wooden, cliche-riddled dialogue to deliver.
  11. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    20
    Nobody seems to be having any fun here, not even lording-it-over-everybody Ming. You'd think next week's second episode might be better, once all that exposition is out of the way, but you'd be wrong. It's even more lifeless.
  12. Flash Gordon is a victim of pedestrian scripting. Worse yet, the characters are forced to spout too much exposition that betrays what should be the characters' natural reactions.
  13. 0
    I apologize to all the Flash Gordon fans around the world. I know I had nothing to do with this series , but it's so horrible I somehow feel responsible - just by watching it.
User Score
2.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 26 out of 34
  1. PeterF.
    Oct 25, 2007
    0
    The show is abysmally bad. I'll sit through most sci-fi shows but this is horrible. Bad acting, rubbish stories and cheap production. Sci Fi needs to extend the next season to at least 20 episodes for Eureka and bring back the Dresden Files if it hopes to keep it's audience. Full Review »
  2. EddieW.
    Sep 28, 2007
    10
    I love this show and I do not want it cancelled, please keep it on the air!
  3. BrandonS.
    Sep 18, 2007
    7
    While the series premiere was pretty poor, I gave it another chance, and I actually think it's gotten to be a pretty good show. It's certainly not on the level of Battlestar Galactica or Eureka, but the show has heart and a growing sense of humor. I think this show merits a little patience. Hopefully, since SciFi doesn't depend on huge ratings, Flash Gordon will be given the chance it deserves. Full Review »