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Then there’s Flash Gordon’s star, Buster Crabbe, who’s clearly reflected in Kirk’s flinty stare and “man’s man” persona. Crabbe’s echoes can be seen everywhere in sci-fi, down to Futurama’s clueless Captain Zapp Brannigan.
It’s not all the fun kind of outdated, either. Flash Gordon’s reliance on unchecked machismo, damsels in distress, and overtly racially coded villains run the gamut from regrettable to outright offensive.
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