After Gorda takes Guran and Rebecca's sociopath son Maxwell Madison Jr. hostage and Sean One threatens to use a laser super weapon against Metropia, if his demands are not met, Graft and the Phantom ...
For 24 generations the Phantom has been a mystical figure who protects the jungles of Africa with the help of the Bantu tribe. In reality, he is a family of superheroes, each passing on the mantle and responsibility of being the Phantom to their son, making it seem as if there was one Phantom who had lived for centuries. Now, in 2040, the Phantom has moved to a new jungle - Metropia, one of the surviving homes of mankind after the resource wars. The 24th Phantom is Kit Walker, and he continues the Phantom's legacy in the struggle against Maximum Inc., a mega-corporation determined to salvage a small part of the world even if they must destroy the rest to do it. At the same time, the new Phantom must deal with other challenges, including the terrorists of the free orbital movement, the mystery of his father's death, various rogue agents with their own agendas, and Sagan Cruz - his girlfriend who is part of a special police unit charged with hunting down the Phantom.Written by
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[opening narration: season 1]
The year is 2040. The place is Metropia. Here, a new hero prepares for action. The Man Who Cannot Die. The Ghost Who Walks. The Phantom. The Phantom's pledge: to fight evil and injustice wherever it may be found. In this future world, in this dying city, with the fate of the Earth and all humanity in the balance, The Phantom is there.
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This show is another one of my favorate TV shows of all time. I honesty never knew about The Phantom comic franchise at the time, I mainly came into this show because I'm a fan of the sci-fi genere so seeing this show was a dream come true for me; let alone having an animated show that took itself seriously which was a rarity at the time. It was also probably a dream come true for fans of the franchise, whom probably never thought it would ever come back, let alone in this form.
I really love the premise which was I felt was an awesome idea, setting an old beloved comic hero/super hero into the future which was rare at the time; this premise was no doubt after Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" and predates the show "Batman Beyond". It makes sense for the character "The Phantom" since it's based on a long linage of people that have taken up the title and worn the mask thoughout the generations.
The animation is great, it's a fluid sort of style and of course this animation was done by Peter Chung whom did "Aeon Flux" another great animated show and a story for another time. I really love the futuristic world which is just a feast for the eyes, obviously inspired by the film "Blade Runner" and just like the world in that film, it's technologically advanced but also dark and gritty really giving the show a neo noir feel. And of coruse the technology is fascinating they have the hover cars which are always cool, but also hover ships, and VR technology which has recently came back and the way it's handled in this show were actually getting very close as were having VR arcades ourselves.
Action is also great and well chorigraphed, there are a lot of well done fire fights. Always loved seeing the Phantom uses those guns of his which are unique, they sort of remind me a little of the Lawgiver from the Judge Dredd comics as they only work on his DNA but on vocal command; only disappointment we never really see the full extent of what those weapons can do, like commanding it to do rapid fire or full lazer blast. Oh well at least a few of the Phantom's other gadgets and physical actions makes up for that.
Characters are also soild for both ends of the spectrum and have a really good voice cast like Scott Valentine, Margot Kidder, Ron Perilman, Mark Hamill. I really like how in places they make the good guys sympathetic as we get a little into Kit and the others whom despite with the times are also in a way outsiders as their people that yern for reminants of the past now lost.
But they also make the bad guys sympathetic as well, show how the war between good and evil isn't black and white. I really like how the show handles the characters that work for Drax which is just an organization of evil that has also unfortunately survived thoughout time, here the characters aren't one dimentional villains but actually feel human, despite some greed and vanity it's not too far in their heads, they do want to make the world livable and honestly think what their doing is right. But they can't clearly see the corrupt nature of their actions which is why they can't stop. We also see their psychologically troubled which makes their characters a bit sad as each of the people from Drax are unhappy in one form or another, despite having almost everything their spiritually empty; despite how much they attain or try to it just doesn't add up to anything fulfilling.
However the highlight is no doubt in it's writing and story format. The writing is really smart and done by some well known writers, one of them one of my favorate authors Harlan Ellison which is cool. The show really delt with certain social issues like pollution, dehumanization and mechinazation, unregulated progress, and danger of letting technology overtake our lives. But also philosophical issues making this show kinda a Philp K Dick tale; our perceptions of reality and existence as a whole, creation and where we truly stand with it and what it means to be human.
As Babe Ruth put it, "Heroes are rembered but legends never die." and that's why the Phantom lives on.
Rating: 4 stars
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