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This week, we take two time-travel trips to see two different incarnations of Flash Gordon:

  1. The 1936 Flash Gordon movie serials.

  2. The ultra-rare 1979 animated TV movie Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All.

As always, I'll set the stage.  By painting a word picture of the eras, you'll be able to imagine watching them for the first time as the original viewer.

To follow along with the Commentary, use these links.  They're all free!

Hop into the Doctor's TARDIS for two solid hours of old-fashioned swashbuckling!


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This episode, we go back farther than we ever have before, for The Old Fan's Commentary On Tarzan and His Mate.

Tarzan and His Mate is the last pre-Code Tarzan movie.  I'll explain about pre- and post-code, and as usual try and put you in the seats of the theater at its premiere.

Being pre-Code, Tarzan and His Mate is an amazing example of what filmnakers could and would do if left to their own devices.

Sometimes the results are positive.  Jane is an incredibly strong character in the film, stronger than you've seen her in any other incarnation.

Sometimes the results are very negative.  The film treats black people as little more than cattle.  The racism is rampant.  Black people watching this film have every reason to be outraged.  I ask you to watch thinking of it as a piece of history -- a window into a time when this was actually acceptable.

There are no links to an unedited copy of Tarzan and His Mate.  Many TV versions exist that were highly-edited due to nudity, near-nudity, and implied sex.

This is a pre-Code film, with all its pinnacles and pitfalls.

So find a a stream and sit back while the TARDIS takes us to 1934 for Tarzan and His Mate.


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It's Old-Time Radio day on Tales From SYL Ranch, the podcast that gives meaning to your boring, miserable existence.

This week, we travel back in time to the early 1950s.  The lineup for the week is:

  • The Old Fan's Introduction
  • Dragnet:  "The Big Man, Part 1"
  • X-Minus One:  "Time and Time Again"
  • Dragnet:  "The Big Man, Part 2"
  • X-MinusOne:  "The Seventh Order"
  • Secret musical piece

While these are only half science fiction, the two episodes of Dragnet are included as an example of what the best of the best shows could achieve.

Pop your smartphone into a good stereo and gather around the speakers.  Courtesy of the hijacked TARDIS (and wire recordings), we're going back in time for an evening of radio in the early 1950s.







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The Old Fan's Commentary On ...
Blaze Glory (and Star Wars)?

It is a period of OLD FAN'S COMMENTARIES on Tales From SYL Ranch.

Commodore Lord William Robert Stone III of the Principality Of Sealand, custodian of a 40-YEAR-OLD SECRET, has stolen the Doctor's TARDIS and is MOVIE-HOPPING all over EARTH'S PAST.

Due to the ASTOUNDING nature of Lord Stone's SECRET, there will be no "Paying For the Soup," nor an episode of Dimension X.

Instead, Lord Stone will COMMENT on what it was like for a 12-year-old SCIENCE FICTION FAN to see STAR WARS in 1977, in glorious CINEMASCOPE.

To do the experience justice, Lord Stone will comment on STAR WARS: THE DESPECIALIZED EDITON. The Depsecialized Edition is a shot-for-shot RESTORATION of the film as released in 1977 on OPENING DAY.

To WATCH The Despecialized Editon, one must first OWN a copy of STAR WARS. What SELF-RESPECTNG FAN doesn't own at least one copy of STAR WARS?

Realizing that it's finally time for Humanity to know the 40-YEAR-OLD SECRET, Lord Stone is about has materialized in July 19, 2017, bringing SHOCKING NEWS to all of SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM ....

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The URL to the YouTube version of Blaze Glory is:

If you're looking for Star Wars: The Despecialized Edition, you're on your own.  Google is your friend!

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Welcome to the premiere episode of Tales From SYL Ranch, the podcast that gives meaning to your boring, miserable existence!

On the Independance Day launch, we'll go back in time to 1975 for an Old Fan's Commentary On Space: 1999.  Then we go back farther for the first episode of Dimension X:  "The Outer Limit."  Finally, you "pay for the soup" with a libertarian rant.

The final ten minutes are a closely-guarded secret.

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Tales From SYL Ranch launches July 4, 2017 at:

Tales From SYL Ranch is listed on iTunes, Google Play Music, TuneIn, and all reputable streaming services.

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