SCI FI Channel's upcoming reimagined version of Flash Gordon will stay away from the politically incorrect stereotypes that informed the 1930s version, Mark Stern, executive vice president of SCI FI Channel, told reporters last week. Instead, the new series will make the villains more relevant to the present day. "I think the first thing you do is you completely stay away from any of the race issues," Stern said at a press conference on the set in Vancouver, Canada. "Ming was consciously not an Asian dictator in that really kind of cliché, ridiculous way. We really wanted to go with someone who was actually very charming [and] blond and stay away from what you would think of as this kind of [bald], thin, one-dimensional dictator."