I really liked the original Flash Gordon serial. I admit I have only seen a few old serials, but Flash Gordon just does it for me. Of the few I've seen, this is my favorite. It has a hero, some decent fantasy adventure plot, some swashbuckilng action, and lasers and swordfights, giant lizards and fighting Shark People...what's not to love!? Buster Crabbe is great as the hero, and Charles Middleton is fantastic as Ming the Merciless. You really see the spirit of this serial in the original Star Wars trilogy. Sadly the Flash Gordon film made in the early 1980s is a little too campy and loses some of the fun adventure I enjoyed so much about this serial. Its a classic though.