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We first meet Princess Aura, who experiences discipline at Flash's hand, only to become smitten by the Earth man and thereby incur her father's wrath. There are the Lion men, sworn enemies of Ming. There are the Amazons, a race of warrior women who live under a code of corporal punishment and spanking discipline from which even outsiders are not immune. Outside Amazonia is the Sky City ruled by King Vultan, a ruler fond of punishing his female slaves with the three tailed strap. There is Arborea, a refuge from Ming, and hideout of Prince Barin, Mongo's rightful ruler where Flash and Barin plan the ultimate overthrow of Ming. But even in Arborea, custom dictates the use of the switch for disobedient girls who ignore rules.
Will Flash's plan succeed? Will Dale be rescued from Ming's evil clutches? Find out. Strap in and come along for the ride. Join Flash, Dale and Dr. Zarkov as they careen from one perilous and sexy adventure to the next, all in a desperate attempt to save the Earth.
�When I was a kid, I waited impatiently for Saturday to arrive because that is when I got to see another episode of Flash Gordon. I recently re-discovered the old serials that had thrilled me so in my youth, now on Netflix and other services. This story is a loving tribute to those old shows which are now, of course, laughably campy. This story is not a parody, though it may, at times, veer perilously close. Rather it is intended to be an old fashioned adventure tale---tailored for spanking enthusiasts, of course. Don’t worry too much about the science facts---the original producers never did. Instead grab some popcorn, sit back and prepare to blast off for Mongo.
Episode 1�The Planet of Peril
Mt Palomar Observatory�.
The trio of astrophysicists carefully studied the readouts from the computer. Then they viewed the photos captured from the huge Hale 200 inch Cassegrain deep space telescope. Dr Henry Gordon addressed his colleagues.
“It’s coming from a planet. Astounding as this may sound, a new planet, a wanderer, has entered our solar system. And it is emitting an energy beam of an intensity that is almost incalculable.”
“Dr Gordon, do you think it is this beam that has been causing these catastrophic events?” Dr. Bruner asked. The entire Earth it seemed had been beset with an unusually high number of catastrophic events---huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes.
“I do. And as this planet draws closer, its energy beam will only grow �stronger. It will come to a point where it could disable all our communications, knock planes out of the sky.” Gordon paused, thinking to himself. Catastrophe all over the world and he was worried about his son, Steve “Flash” Gordon, former Navy Seal, now a test pilot for the Navy. He was overdue at China Lake. He’d been transporting a prototype aircraft from NAD Crane Indiana, but in a freakish lightening storm over Nevada, of all places, he’d gone radio silent, or so the Navy had said.
Where on earth was he�.?
Flash heard the heavy tread of boots coming down the corridor, faintly at first, then louder as they drew closer. There were at least five or six of them. Then they flung open the door. The guards stood to one side and allowed the woman, who was apparently royalty, to enter. She was dressed in a gown of some filmy material. It flowed to her feet clinging to curves that outlined the shape of her willowy figure. She wore a tiara of some type and her arms and wrists were adorned with bracelets. She looked like royalty with her tall, slender, aristocratic features. Her hair was piled on top of her head in a hairdo that made her look like a Greek goddess.
Behind her, the guards held another woman. Each soldier held an arm but that didn’t stop the woman from struggling. This one was pretty and voluptuous, her dark unkempt hair falling in ringlets to her shoulders. She wore only a short thin tunic. Her shapely legs were on full display and the hardened nipples of her breasts strained against the flimsy material.� There was another woman, too. Some sort of advisor he guessed. Not royalty.
“Earth man, stand up.” It was the one he assumed to be royalty addressing him.
Gordon managed to get to his feet. He was chained against the wall. He’d been that way for hours it seemed, and he was stiff from the confinement, not to mention what he’d already been put through.
“I am Princess Aura. This is Dr. Pagea. You are to perform a task for us and we will watch.” The voice was haughty. It was that of a woman confident that her orders would be obeyed instantly.
Flash strained against the chains, glaring. “And if I refuse?”
“Your friends,” she said. “They will suffer.” She said it casually, as if it were of no importance.
He knew they had Dale and Zarkov. They had landed in a desert area of some sort, but buildings had been visible as they had descended from orbit, so he knew they were not far from civilization. Tests showed the atmosphere was breathable and so they had ventured out. They had looked around and were scrutinizing the landscape and the flora when flyers of some type had landed and men had emerged. The men were apparently soldiers of some type. Their dress and weaponry was curious. A mix of bronze age tunics with leather and armor, they also carried weapons that looked like firearms of some type. To their surprise, despite overtures of peace and friendship the trio had been arrested at the point of these weapons and forced into a flyer.
They’d all been taken at once and told they’d be escorted to the throne room of the apparent ruler of this hostile planet. A soldier had told Flash �that he was called Ming the Merciless and that they were on the planet Mongo. They’d tried to establish that they were diplomatic emissaries from Earth, on a mission of peace, but this announcement had been received with contempt, and they had been promptly seized. Flash had tried to put up a fight but had been stunned by some sort of ray gun, the weapon carried by the soldiers.
They’d been taken before Ming and the next thing Flash knew he had been thrust into an arena and forced to fight wild ape men captured in some remote corner of Mongo�for their amusement. It was surreal, like some crazy variation on Caligula or Nero of ancient Rome, only this was Mongo, another planet.
But he found that on this planet he had exceptional strength and agility. Perhaps it was the low gravity. He had defeated the ape men by employing his Navy Seal hand-to-hand skills. Then they’d thrown him in this cell. He had not liked the way this Emperor Ming had looked at Dale. He felt naturally protective of her and feared what Ming might have in mind.
“So then. What do you want?” Flash stood there defiantly but he felt helpless. As long as they held Dale and Zarkov, he had to do their bidding.
The Princess smiled. “Our genetic stock is weak. Mongo needs new blood. That is why we speed toward Earth, to select the strongest of the Earth people as breeding stock. We will see if you can provide it. We will test this slave, once you are finished with her. She is scheduled to be disciplined anyway, so we have decided that you will do it.� It is the way slaves are treated here on Mongo. We will see how you handle a female of ours.” The girl, upon hearing this struggled against the grip of the soldiers.
“See, she rebels, the little she-cat. So you will tame her as we observe. Let’s see,” said the princess, cocking her head and thinking, “What will amuse us? I know. She has behaved like an obstinate child, so she should receive the punishment usually given to an obstinate child. You will strip her naked and place her across your knees. Then you will spank her buttocks soundly until I tell you to stop. After that, you will have your way with her. That should teach her a good lesson and render her suitable for our tests.”
The slave girl tossed her head and glared at Flash. She looked him in the eye then spit, as if daring him to touch her. Flash grimaced.
Princess Aura smiled a thin smile. “She does not appeal to you, earth man?” Then the smile hardened. “Unchain him. You will do this, earth man. Remember, we have your friends.”
Flash massaged his wrists as they unlocked his manacles. The slave girl eyed him warily. He had no choice. He reached for the girl as the guards shoved her toward him and then stepped away. They shut the cell door and observed through slots in the walls. It was just Flash and the slave girl left in the empty cell, but pairs of eyes peered through the slots.
Two days earlier�
It was to be a routine flight, just transport the new prototype VERTOL plane from Indiana to China Lake, but Flash was fighting horrendous lightening and buffeting winds. His map data indicated a remote airstrip in southern Nevada. It took all his skill as a pilot but he managed to get the plane on the ground. It was weird. The storm stopped as suddenly as it had begun. He looked around from the cockpit. He was in a facility of some sort. There were low buildings and a tall structure that looked like a silo. And walking purposefully toward his plane was the most gorgeous golden-haired creature he had ever seen. She wore a trim, tight skirt that emphasized both her long legs and her shapely hips. High set breasts strained against a thin white silk blouse. Flash was impressed. He climbed down to the tarmac.
“We observed your emergency landing in the storm. You handled that craft very well. This place is Dr. Hans Zarkov’s research facility. I am Dale Arden, his assistant,” she said. “I’ll take you to Dr. Zarkov at once. Follow me.” He let her lead the way. The view from the rear was even more spectacular. Flash whistled to himself.
“My name is Hans Zarkov,” the bearded man said. Flash had been escorted by the blonde super model to what turned out to be an aerospace laboratory stuck in the middle of the desert. Flash was amazed by the scope and the sophistication of the facility. Zarkov, it seems, was an eccentric billionaire and a brilliant aerospace engineer. Flash thought he might have insight into the storms, volcanoes and earthquakes that had devastated parts of earth. Zarkov said he did, and told Flash an amazing tale.
“These fierce storms, earthquakes and volcanoes are the result of an energy ray beamed at the earth from a planet which has entered our solar system. Unless it is stopped, this ray will cripple the earth. Millions will die.”
Flash wanted to know who or what was on this planet and how he proposed to stop it.
“I believe there is intelligent life there,” said Zarkov “And I also believe they have been to Earth before, millennia ago. Humans may even be descendants of these beings. Perhaps they can be reasoned with.”
Flash offered, “We could call my father. He is Dr Henry Gordon, the astrophysicist. He might have a way to contact them.”
“The famous Dr Gordon?” Zarkov shook his head. “I know of your father. A great scientist. But there is no time. We must leave right away.”
“Leave right away? For where?”
“Why, for the planet, of course,” said Zarkov.
It turned out that in the large silo Zarkov had a ship that he had built himself. Flash came to understand that Zarkov had made this his own mission and that he was the only one with the ability to reach the planet and perhaps save the earth. He was able to convince Flash that it really could navigate to the new planet. Zarkov spent a day in final prep and in going over the controls with Flash. Then he, Dale Arden, and Zarkov had taken off for the planet in the hope of disabling the menace that threatened Earth.
It was fortuitous that they had Flash. The ship navigated through hyperspace from coordinate to coordinate. No flying was involved. The coordinates were set and the ship’s computer did the rest while the trio were held safely in quantum stasis chambers. But when they arrived in planetary orbit, it became necessary to fly it. It was a different craft, but Flash brought them in safely in a desert region near what appeared to be a large city. It finally came home to them�there was indeed intelligent life here.
And the life was human, or at least appeared to be. And, unfortunately, hostile. They were apprehended and taken prisoner, as if they were trespassers, not peaceful emissaries from Earth. They had been taken to the ruler, the one called Ming the Merciless. It was there that they had learned the awful truth---it was Ming who was set on conquering the Earth and establishing himself as supreme ruler, even if he had to kill millions in the process. Unless flash, Dale and Zarkov could stop him�.the Earth was doomed.