Cult TV Essentials

Cult TV Essentials: The Phoenix

The Phoenix was a 1982 television series (9 episodes were made including the Pilot but only 5 were broadcast) starring Judson Scott which was on ABC for five episodes. The plot revolved around an ancient extra-terrestrial named Bennu of the Golden Light (played by Judson Scott – later seen in V: The Series), who is discovered in a sarcophagus in Peru and awakened in the 20th Century. Bennu bennu possesses special abilities including physical levitation, telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, astral projection and telekinesis. Some of these are made possible or amplified by his Phoenix Amulet, which draws power from the Sun. The planet Bennu hailed from was originally called Aurica, but this was changed to Eldebran for broadcast.

  • Opposing Bennu is Yago – also from the planet Eldebran. Yago is connected to the Moon, as Bennu is to the Sun. He wears a bracelet called “The Bells of Thon” around his right wrist, which has the power to deafen. He also carries a musical instrument called “The Black Moonball”, which can alter his appearance or teleport him to another location.

Other characters include Mira, yet another being from the planet Eldebran. 40,000 years ago she was placed on Earth as Bennu’s companion, and when the series begins he is searching for her; Justin Preminger (played by Richard Lynch) a tough, cynical and relentless former P.O.W. in Vietnam turned government agent obsessed with capturing Bennu who, despite what his superiors say, he believes to be nothing more than some sort of New Age con man. He is generally only one step behind his alien quarry; and Dr. Ward Frazier (E.G. Marshall) is a scientist sympathetic to Bennu and his goals.

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