Episode #1: "Generation Unto Generation. Part I"
the futuristic city-state of Metropia is threatened by a mysterious
riot, eighteen-year-old Kit Walker discovers he is to become the
24th Phantom, whether he likes it or not.
the summer of 2040, KIT WALKER is an ordinary, 18-year-old university
student whose life is unexpectedly changed when he is sought by
GRAN, a mysterious African who has returned to the city-state of
METROPIA for the first time since
father disappeared sixteen years earlier. But before Guran can contact
Kit, deadly robotic Biots attempt to kill Guran, wounding Kit's
AUNT HELOISE. Kit's investigation of the attack takes him deep beneath
the city's streets where he discovers a remarkable underground jungle.
Here, Kit finds Guran, who reveals that Kit's destiny is to become
the 24th Phantom in an unbroken line that began in Africa in 1566.
At first, Kit wants no part of becoming the Phantom. But that night
he uses his new Phantom equipment to inadvertently stop an inexplicable
riot that threatens the city. After his success, Kit reluctantly
decides he has no choice but to accept his new role. Though he has
no idea what it means to be the Phantom, he believes he is going
to learn quickly.
#2: "Generation Unto Generation. Part II"
riots spread throughout Metropia, Kit must confront his father's
old enemies in an attempt to save the city and solve the mystery
of his father's disappearance.
catching and deactivating one of the Biots that attacked Guran in
Episode 1, Kit examines it at his Ghost Jungle Lair and learns it
was programmed by MAXIMUM, INC. Guran reveals that Kit's father‹the
previous Phantom‹disappeared while fighting Maximum, Inc., so Kit
decides to infiltrate the corporation's mile-high headquarters to
find out more about his father's fate. Meanwhile, we learn that
Maximum's president, REBECCA MADISON, is responsible for causing
the previous night's riot as a way to blackmail the City Council
into approving her plan to build CYBERVILLE‹Biot-only compound in
the heart of the city. Rebecca holds the previous Phantom responsible
for the death of her husband, who died the night the previous Phantom
disappeared. Rebecca's biomechanical Chief of Security, GRAFT, sets
a trap for the Phantom in Maximum's headquarters. But the Phantom
defeats Graft and prevents Rebecca from causing any more riots.
After sixteen years, the battle between the Phantom and Maximum,
Inc. has begun again.
#3: "The Sum of the Parts"
Dr. Jak shows scenes of a false Phantom terrorizing Metropia, the
real Phantom must prove his innocence by battling a deadly new type
of shape-changing Biot.
son, MAX, has perfected a prototype of a FRACTAL BIOT, called HEISENBERG,
which is able to change its shape.
uses Heisenberg to discredit the Phantom by having the Biot commit
crimes while in the Phantom's shape. When PROFESSOR JACK ARCHER
watches the real Phantom battle the Fractal Phantom on Dr. Jak's
program, he realizes his student, Kit Walker Jr., is the Phantom.
Archer offers to help Kit in his role as the Phantom, though Guran
disapproves of Kit's secret being shared.
a climactic MULTICRUISER chase through the skies of Metropia, the
Phantom risks his life to pull Max from a crashed 'Cruiser before
it explodes with Heisenberg trapped inside. Though all believe that
Heisenberg has been destroyed, he reforms himself without any memory
of who or what he is. In the final scene, Heisenberg meets BETTY‹a
blind street musician‹who will be his teacher as he starts his journey
to become the first Biot who is self-aware.
#4: "Fire and I.C.E."
a 12-year-old takes over the Lair's computer, the Phantom must reveal
his secret identity to the mysterious Mr. Cairo in order to save
the child from Graft's attack.
Phantom is nearly tricked into revealing the Lair's location when
he breaks into Maximum's computer system. However, he is saved by
a warning from a 70-year-old computer hacker named ALICE. On another
break-in attempt, the Phantom is warned of a second trap by the
mysterious MR. CAIRO, who appears only as a hologram. Mr. Cairo
identifies himself as a "dealer" in information, and gives the Phantom
Alice's address as a sample of what he can do.
Walker visits the address in a poverty-stricken sector of Metropia
and discovers that Alice is really a 12-year-old street kid named
SPARKS who uses his homebuilt computer equipment to change his face
and voice on the network. When Sparks links up with the Phantom's
computer long enough to use it to break into Maximum's system, Graft
believes the attempt is the Phantom's and launches an all-out attack
on Spark¹s home. Mr. Cairo offers to trade the attack's location
for verification that Kit is the Phantom, as he suspects.
Sparks's help, the Phantom defeats Graft, but Sparks is left homeless.
The Phantom then invites Sparks to live in the Lair with Aunt Heloise
and the others. Meanwhile, Rebecca offers Mr. Cairo a fortune for
the identity of the Phantom and for reasons we don't learn, Mr.
Cairo unexpectedly acts as if he doesn't know the answer.
#5: "Reflections of Glory"
the crucial CyberVille vote nears, the Phantom falls victim to the
hypnotic power of 2040's most popular singer and learns the terrifying
secret of the Maximum Era.
Phantom learns that 2040's hottest singer, VAINGLORIA, is being
used by Rebecca Madison to brainwash the children of Metropia's
City Council members in an attempt to have the Councilors vote to
approve CyberVille. The Phantom spoils the attempt only to learn
that VainGloria was a distraction. While the Phantom went after
VainGloria, Rebecca "fixed" the Council vote through bribery.
the groundbreaking ceremony for CyberVille's construction, the Phantom
finally confronts Rebecca face to face. The Phantom has learned
that CyberVille is actually part of Rebecca's plan to bring on the
MAXIMUM ERA ‹a reconfiguration of the Earth's polluted ecosystem
which will result in the deaths of all people not protected within
the safe confines of CyberVille. Though he is enraged enough to
kill Rebecca there and then, the Phantom follows the dictates of
Phantom justice and lets Rebecca live, though he swears he will
stop her and her plan to decimate the Earth.
night, back in the Lair, the 24th Phantom recites the Phantom's
Pledge for the first time, taking his place among all the other
Phantoms in the fight against injustice and evil.
#6: "Shadows from the Past"
African warrior sworn to destroy the Phantom poisons Guran, sending
Kit on a desperate race into the Ghost Jungle where he finds unexpected
help from his father.
plan to ambush the Phantom is thwarted when NIA joins the attack,
trying to avenge her family's loss of power when the Phantom's Peace
helped unify Africa. During the confusion, Guran is hit by one of
Nia's blowdarts. Guran has less than 24 hours before the nerve toxin
on the dart kills him.
is only one source for the antitoxin that can save Guran‹a medical
facility in Antarctica. Graft, Nia, and Max go there to wait for
the Phantom to arrive. However, Guran has become delirious and run
into the Ghost Jungle, where the legendary SHADOW PAN HER suddenly
appears. As the Phantom searches for Guran, Sparks and Archer make
the sub-orbital trip to Antarctica.
Graft, and Max follow Archer and Sparks to the section of the jungle
where the Phantom has found Guran. The Phantom uses 20-year-old
equipment left behind by his father to defeat them. Then he returns
to his Lair where Guran is recovering. However, neither Aunt Heloise
nor Guran will answer Kit's questions about the Shadow Panther,
which Kit is certain he saw an instant before he found Guran, almost
as if Guran had somehow turned into the Panther. Kit suspects that
his friends are keeping something from him, but he's determined
to solve all the secrets of the jungle in the time ahead.
#7: "The Blot in Red"
Phantom is trapped between rival forces attempting to retrieve a
valuable message cylinder stolen from an orbiting space station.
message cylinder stolen by a spy from an orbiting space station
falls into the hands of Max, Jr. Following a melee with HEISENBERG,
the shape-changing Biot, and his jazz-playing friend, BETTY, Max
hides the cylinder in Betty's saxophone case. Betty takes it to
the Phantom. Knowing the value of the cylinder, Dr. Jak sends his
Biot assistant, PAVLOVA, to hire an undercover agent to find its
whereabouts. Pavlova goes directly to Jack Archer.
their second meeting, Pavlova and Jack Archer are taken hostage
by Max. Max won't release them until the message cylinder is returned.
The Phantom realizes the threat he faces when Sparks decodes the
message cylinder. It contains a map indicating the location of the
Phantom's secret Lair.
Phantom exchanges a modified cylinder (which conceals the location
of the Lair) for Pavlova and Archer. Heisenberg proves to be a Biot
with a heart, when he helps Phantom free the hostages -- all because
of his love for Pavlova. Maybe Biots aren't simply unfeeling heaps
of metal after all ...
#8: "The Good Mark"
Phantom fights to clear his name when Sagan Cruz's corrupt Commander
is paid off by Graft to frame the Phantom for causing the Great
Train Wreck of 2024.
wants to leave the service of Rebecca Madison and Maximum, Inc.
Rebecca points out that she controls Graft and he can't leave her
employ. However, she will allow him to fulfill his desire to kill
the Phantom. In order to condemn the Phantom, Graft presents some
of Maximum Inc's private files which indicate that the Phantom is
responsible for causing the toxic Great Train Wreck in Grand Central
Station. Graft enlists the Commander of the Enforcers to carry out
the plan. However, live on Dr. Jak's show, the Phantom exposes Graft's
plan to tarnish his reputation. The humbled Graft returns to Rebecca
having failed in his mission.
presents the Phantom with part of his past: a second Phantom ring
bearing `The Good Mark.' The person bestowed with The Good Mark
is placed under the Phantom's protection. The Phantom presents Sagan
with the Good Mark for helping him defeat the treacherous Commander,
forging an alliance between the two forever.
#9: "Dark Orbit. Part I"
Sean One, an orbiting terrorist born and raised in space, completes
the construction of a deadly weapon capable of destroying Metropia.
Phantom investigates a purported shipment of radioactive materials
aboard a Maximum, Inc. cargo carrier. He makes a narrow escape before
it inexplicably explodes. When no radioactive material is recovered
from its remains, the Phantom draws an astonishing conclusion: the
radioactive materials had been previously unloaded from the ship.
Rebecca Madison learns of the disaster, and suspects that the materials
intended for a Maximum, Inc. mega-weapon have been diverted by Sean
One, an orbiting "Stringer" (born and raised in space, people so-named
for their bodies distended by the zero gravity.) Sean One and the
other orbital peoples want to declare their independence from Earth,
and to build space colonies which they believe are the only hope
for humanity's future.
One is constructing a powerful death ray on the orbiting Damocles
Platform, capable of destroying the city-states of Earth. GORDA,
a colossally powerful trader based in Australia, is helping Sean
One realize his plan by hijacking Maximum, Inc.'s transport vessels.
When the Phantom is found aboard a second transport ship, Graft
nearly kills him. Rebecca believes the Phantom is working against
her, and doesn't realize that Sean One is their common enemy. Although
the second vessel is destroyed, Sean One succeeds in sacking its
goods. Gorda has now helped Sean One achieve his ultimate dream:
to create a weapon powerful enough to ruin Maximum, Inc., and to
put Earth at his mercy.
#10: "Dark Orbit. Part II"
Phantom must team up with an unexpected partner to stop Sean One's
plan to destroy Metropia.
Phantom, Guran, Max, Jr. and Graft go to Australia to gain access
to Gorda -- the 21st-century pirate who has provided Sean One with
materials to complete the deadly ray on Damocles Platform. To entice
Gorda, the four carry with them highly coveted DIAMOND RIBBON. Mr.
Cairo -- the mysterious trader operating in cyberspace -- connects
them to Gorda. They venture to her Outback estate under the pretense
of negotiating a deal with her.
they arrive, they ambush her Biot security force, and attempt to
gain access to her communications center. Their plan is set back
as Guran and Max, Jr. are apprehended and taken hostage. Through
the Phantom's wiles, the hostages are freed, as the threat of Sean
One's death ray looms closer and closer. The Phantom and Graft join
forces to fight Sean One. Their battle takes place not on Earth
but on the orbiting platform, with "drone" Biots which they control
via virtual reality connections. As the Platform's burning ray is
about to vaporize Metropia, the Phantom succeeds in disarming the
weapon, saving the city-state from certain ruin.
#11: "The Ghost in the Machine"
Madison, Sr. "reanimated" as a Biot, goes to Grand Central Station
to discover the shocking truth about his own death.
the eve of the opening of CyberVille, Rebecca Madison is engaged
in her longtime pursuit -- creating a Biot driven by the brain of
her beloved dead husband, Maxwell, Sr. The Phantom knows that Rebecca
is experimenting with sophisticated medical technology, and wants
to find out why. Sparks volunteers to break into Maximum headquarters.
After a hair-raising expedition when he is nearly exterminated by
security Biots, Sparks succeeds in entering Rebecca Madison's private
office. There he discovers the Biot made from her husband's brain
-- the MaxBiot.
MaxBiot takes Sparks to the CyberVille opening ceremonies. There,
the MaxBiot becomes so enraged when he can't recall years of his
life, and feels he missed out on his son's childhood, that he takes
Max hostage -- much to the astonishment of Rebecca. The MaxBiot
then goes to Grand Central Station -- the site of his death -- where
he relives the memory of the night he perished in a train wreck.
Through the MaxBiot's distorted memories, we discover that the previous
Phantom might have been responsible for the crash. The MaxBiot also
realizes that he is not a human, and throws himself into the toxic
waters, dying a second time, forever.
#12: "Lasers in the Jungle"
and VainGloria gain access to "Sector Zero" -- the underground site
of the Great Train Wreck in Grand Central Station -- and the site
of the Phantom's hidden Lair.
Phantom lures Graft into the Ghost Jungle so that he can conquer
him when he's least expecting an attack. The Phantom creates a hole
leading into the underground jungle, and soon Max, Jr. sends Graft,
VainGloria and a legion of Biots to destroy the Phantom.
the underground jungle, Graft's Biot army suffers terrible casualties.
Graft himself nearly drowns in a pool of Ghost QuickSand. When VainGloria
is endangered, the Phantom saves her. But when Max calls in reinforcements,
the Phantom fears that his plan may have backfired. By bringing
Graft underground, he might have inadvertently revealed the location
of his Lair, and sacrificed the secrecy of his identity.
Phantom, aided by Sparks on the computer, projects a false virtual
image of the Lair to the Biots, making them perceive only ruins.
When Graft leads his troops into Sector Zero - - site of the toxic
Great Train Wreck -- he realizes that he and the Biots risk being
poisoned. Graft and his minions leave in defeat. The secrecy of
the Phantom's Lair is preserved.
#13: "Three Into One"
a Maximum, Inc. experiment gone awry, the minds of three people
are united, unleashing a tremendous destructive force.
Sagan and Sparks make an outing to Vanity Faire -- a virtual theme
park. Passing over the park in a HyperCruiser is LYNN WU, a police
officer whom Sagan knew at the academy, and a criminal she arrested,
ZONER. When the `Cruiser nears VAL DECKERT, a woman attending the
theme park, a tremendous force is generated. The three are put in
a trancelike state, and glow with an eerie blue light. They break
through theme park security, and go on a crime rampage. When the
Phantom returns to his Lair, Mr. Cairo appears to him and makes
an incredible announcement -- the Metropian police force needs the
Phantom's help to stop this lawlessness.
and the Phantom are given a debriefing by Mr. Cairo who indicates
that another robbery is in progress. The Phantom and Sagan rush
to the scene of the crime. There, Sagan recognizes Lynn as her former
academy mate. Lynn states that she no longer exists -- she has been
absorbed into a collective force with the other two ‹ a force called
TRIAD. We learn that Maximum, Inc., twenty years earlier had experimented
with "psionic" powers -- the collective energy of multiple brains
merged as one. The sum of these minds is greater than that of the
parts, yet the results are unpredictable.
Phantom and Sagan return to Vanity Faire, where they suspect Triad
has taken refuge. Lynn, Val and Zoner are working in a basement
studio, attempting to construct other Triads. Sagan makes contact
with Lynn, who breaks out of her collective mind and recognizes
her, before slipping back into her trance again. When Assault Biots
arrive and attempt to terminate Sagan, Lynn jumps in the way, sacrificing
herself for Sagan. Triad --and the potential to create others --
#14: "The Gauntlet"
discovers his parents' fate when the Phantom investigates a horrific
Maximum medical research project linked to CyberVille.
the eve of the destruction of an old building in Metropia, Sparks
has an astonishing revelation. As a child, he had lived in this
building with his parents. He was not abandoned as he had always
believed. He learns his parents were kidnapped to be part of
Inc. research project on the human mind -- GAUNTLET. Computer records
show they are still alive.
Phantom and Sparks go inside CyberVille to locate Spark's parents.
Sparks sneaks into the central computer banks to find Gauntlet,
and is confronted with a "morphing" apparition of his own parents
-- their minds have been downloaded into CyberVille's computers.
They break out of the trance of their Gauntlet mind. They recognize
Sparks, and urge him to destroy them so they are not entities that
kill for Maximum, Inc. Sparks extinguishes their power supply and
they fade away. Before they disappear, they tell Sparks that they
love him. Sparks realizes that he is not an orphan at all -- his
parents now live on inside him.
#15: "Life Lessons"
the "morphing" Biot, reveals that machines have an unsuspected ability
to care when the Phantom races against time to prevent a deadly
explosion in CyberVille.
Phantom and Graft suspect that a nuclear reactor has been placed
in the heart of CyberVille, and go to the Entrance Pavilion to investigate.
Graft and several construction Biots take them by surprise. A battle
ensues. The Phantom fires at the Biots and Graft, and fells a female
"Riot" -- who bleeds! Other construction "Riots" call an ambulance,
revealing that there are humans masquerading as Biots who labor
at the construction site.
Phantom goes to the hospital where the injured "Biot" has been taken.
Her name is MALLORY, and she is human. She tells how the animal
shelter her family ran was destroyed by Maximum, Inc. so that CyberVille
could be built. Mallory was reduced to working as a Biot to earn
credits to move to another city-state. She also tells how some Biots
have taken on human-like characteristics, as they become "self-aware."
When the Phantom learns that the reactor in CyberVille has been
damaged by Graft's blast, and may irradiate the workers inside,
he goes there to save the humans.
who has gone undercover in a Biot disguise and is within CyberVille,
is captured by Max, Jr. The Phantom, with the help of Heisenberg,
sets her free. In the reactor room, Heisenberg, the Phantom and
Sagan fight Graft before the reactor explodes. Thanks to the ingenuity
of Heisenberg, and his abilities to change his shape, the Phantom
and his allies flee from the reactor's core before the destruction
occurs. Damage to human ‹ and non-human -- life is averted.
#16: "The Magician"
secret of the Phantom's identity is threatened when Graft discovers
a link between the previous Phantom and a mysterious world-renowned
Inc. is trying to get information concerning the whereabouts of
a legendary illusionist known as STEELE. Mr. Cairo attempts to broker
their request, but discovers that he is barred from accessing this
data. Cairo goes to Sagan, urging her to go where he can't -- to
old physical police records. Graft and Max, Jr. descend upon Steele's
residence in Metropia. Through his ability to create illusions,
Steele manages to evade them.
retreats to the safety of the Phantom's Lair. The Phantom, Guran
and Heloise discover him there, and Kit learns about Steele's close
association with the previous Phantom and the Walker family -- including
a romantic liaison with Heloise in Paris thirty years earlier. By
probing the memories of Max, Sr.'s brain, Graft learns the location
of Steele's country mansion, and plans to ambush him there.
and an army of Biots arrive at Steele's mansion. Steele fears that
Graft will find mementos of the Phantom which would divulge his
identity. After a brave battle during which Steele uses his powers
of illusion to foil Graft, Steele and the Phantom flee the mansion
which is overrun with Biots. Steele makes a bold decision to destroy
his mansion to protect the Phantom's secrets. From high in the air,
driving in Hero, the previous Phantom's flying car, Steele sends
a torrential fireball, torching his home and his past, but preserving
the Phantom's identity forever.
#17: "Swifter. Higher. Stronger"
Maximum, Inc. nanotechnology experiment transforms a Metropia University
student into a star athlete whose superpowers threaten the Phantom's
and Sparks go to Metropia University's track, and see Kit's friends
Tranh and Jenna (from Episodes I and 2.) Tranh and Jenna complain
that they never see Kit anymore. On the field, they meet KRIS, a
star track-and-field athlete. She's just broken another record,
and Kit and Sparks wonder whether there is something that is making
Kris suddenly excel in sports.
breaking yet another track record, Kris confides in Jenna about
the secret to her strength. She has been enhanced by "fractal subcomponents"
-- which have been supplied by Maximum, Inc. The Phantom tracks
down Jenna, who directs him to Kris' gym. There the Phantom is ambushed.
He escapes, after being pummeled by Kris, who has superhuman strength.
the Olympic-style competition, Kris becomes so aggressive and violent
that she destroys not only Biots, but her chances at being a star
athlete. Only the Phantom can contain her power and wrath. Kris
doesn't prevail. Her gift from Maximum, Inc. has proven to be the
key to her ruin. She is only an Olympic hopeful, for her superpowers
do not make her a winner.
#18: "Down the Line"
Phantom receives strange messages from a future Phantom which urge
him to violate his Pledge never to kill.
Phantom receives a mysterious communication from a future Phantom
who describes the world of 2157. The Earth is devastated. A privileged
few survive and prosper in CyberVille; the remaining populace scavenges
on the outside, barely subsisting. The future Phantom makes a proposition
to the present Phantom: in order to change the course of history,
the Phantom must kill Rebecca Madison even though this violates
the Phantom's Pledge to never kill.
the future Phantom's instructions, the Phantom destroys a shipment
of crystals, which delays the construction of CyberVille. Rebecca
suspects that someone is sabotaging her plans. She flies to New
Tokyo to attend a CyberVille investor meeting from which she has
been barred. There, in her stead, she finds an unexpected guest
-- Sean One. The future Phantom informs the Phantom that his opportunity
to kill Rebecca is in New Tokyo. The Phantom goes to there to investigate
great battle ensues in the boardroom meeting. The Phantom realizes
that Sean One has been generating images of the "future Phantom."
His intention was to induce the Phantom to kill Rebecca so that
he could take control of CyberVille. The Phantom exposes Sean One's
ploy, and does not kill Rebecca. Sean One has been temporarily defeated
-- but Rebecca and CyberVille are back on track.
#19: "Control Group"
Phantom captures a Blot which has been downloaded with Graft's brain,
and learns the shocking secrets of his enemy's origin.
Madison performs an experiment in which she downloads Graft's brain
into a Biot. Graft and the GraftBiot track down the Phantom, who
is investigating a Maximum, Inc. construction site. With the help
of Sagan, the Phantom succeeds in apprehending the GraftBiot.
at the Phantom's Lair, the Phantom and Sparks examine the GraftBiot,
and find they can tap Graft's memories and play them back in virtual
reality. They discover that after he became a hero in the Resource
Wars of 2015, Graft was hired by Maximum, Inc. However, when Graft
revolted against Maximum's destruction of the rainforests and the
decimation of indigenous peoples, he was horribly injured and became
a cyborg under Maximum's control. Meanwhile, Rebecca Madison is
pleased that the Phantom has gained possession of the GraftBiot,
for when it returns to her, it will inform her of the location of
the Phantom's Lair.
Inc. is dedicating a memorial to veterans of the Resource Wars.
The Phantom learns from Graft's memories that a deadly particle
cannon will be part of the memorial. He goes to the memorial site
and confronts Graft about his past. Does Graft want to be a hero
as he was in his past, or does he want to aid Maximum, Inc. in its
evil fight? Graft proves that a noble spirit lies within him, and
tells the Phantom the secret to disarming the cannon. What the Phantom
doesn't know is whether Graft will tell Rebecca that her most deadly
weapon is now useless.
#20: "A Boy and His Cat"
Phantom must battle a deadly new Biot force when Maxwell Madison,
Jr. becomes trapped in a virtual reality trance.
fire rampages through the Maximum, Inc. headquarters, and Sagan
and the Phantom rush there to help. They are confronted by a deadly
Biot -- LEGION -- which is operated by remote control by Max, Jr.
The Legion Biots are sent out of control when Max is knocked unconscious
during the fire, and is trapped in his datasuit. When the danger
subsides, Rebecca hires CORDWAINER BIRD, an eccentric techno-wizard,
to remove Max from the virtual reality limbo he's trapped in. Meanwhile,
hordes of Legion Biots cause destruction throughout Metropia. Only
when the Phantom contacts Max through virtual reality and saves
him from a crazed artificial intelligence does the danger subside.
Max is convinced to stop the war on Metropia, and to save himself,
though he chooses to remain in a virtual fantasy world.
#20A: "Rite of Passage"
order to truly fulfill his duties as the 24th Phantom, Kit Walker
must learn to see through the eyes of both his friends and enemies.
Maximum Inc. is determined to destroy the world and the Phantom
is the people's only hope. If the Phantom is ultimately to prevail
over Maximum's cast of evil characters, he must learn to fully understand
their motivation. He must learn to see, think, and feel as others
Phantom relives past adventures with the people closest to him -
Guran, his mentor; Aunt Heloise, his protector and parent figure;
Sagan Cruz, his respected partner against evil; and Sparks, a brave,
young friend whose strength has inspired him. Each of his friends
has taught him something valuable that he carries with him each
time he battles Maximum Inc. and continues his fight for justice.
His reflections of the past give him a deeper understanding of those
who are a part of his life and his struggle to save the world.
#20B: "The World is My Jungle"
the world of 2040, Maximum, Inc. threatens the safety of every living
thing on earth. As the Phantom, Kit Walker has bravely battled Maximum
Inc.'s shrewd leader, Rebecca Madison; her twisted and misguided
son, Max Madison, Jr.; Graft, Rebecca's right hand man; and their
legions of biots.
Phantom faces the difficult challenge of understanding his enemies
in order to be successful in his battle to save the world from the
evils of Maximum Inc. If he is to prevail, he must see the world
through the eyes of those who seek to destroy him.
Phantom explores the pasts of Maximum Inc.'s powerful leaders and
learns the motivation behind their evil. Each has traveled a difficult
path to get where they are, and the Phantom comes to better understand
why they have come to be who they are.
with a mysterious and tragic train wreck sixteen years earlier that
killed Max Madison, Sr., The Phantom explores Rebecca's determination
to carry out her husband's plans and comes to recognize the pain
behind her evil plots. He learns of the loneliness that has created
a confused Max, Jr., who is lost between his present reality and
the past. And tries to understand why Graft, a former hero and warrior
for justice, has turned to a life of violence and hatred.
his journey, The Phantom develops a greater understanding and deeper
awareness of his enemies and ultimately gains the strength and wisdom
to defeat them and continue his battle to help the world survive.
deadly new enemy hunts the Phantom in the Ghost Jungle as the mysterious
Shadow Panther's secret is revealed.
the African warrior (whom we met in Episode 6), comes to Metropia
with GUNNAR, a hunter of endangered species who wants to stalk the
ultimate prey -- the man who will not die. They have come to seek
retribution for the peace that the Phantom helped establish in Africa,
ending the tyranny of Nia's family.
by Gunnar and Nia, Guran disappears in the Ghost Jungle. At the
same time, the legendary elusive SHADOW PANTHER is discovered there.
The Phantom and Sagan enter the Ghost Jungle to find Guran. When
Heloise assists the Phantom in his search for Guran, she reveals
a Walker family secret -- Guran is the Shadow Panther. Heloise explains
that Guran's desperate search for forbidden knowledge after the
death of Kit's father transformed one side of him into this elusive
beast. The Phantom makes contact with the Shadow Panther, and urges
Guran not to blame himself for the death of his father. Nia and
Gunnar attempt to ambush the Phantom but the Phantom deflects their
attack. His domain is a sanctuary for life, not a place for its
#22: "The Ties that Bind"
the eve of CyberVille's completion, Rebecca Madison strikes against
Sean One in Space, causing chaos to envelop Metropia.
annihilate the rebels threatening her plans, Rebecca Madison destroys
the space station Dykstra Platform, killing thousands of "Stringers"
(see Episode 9.) In retribution, the Stringers (who want independence
from Earth) detonate bombs in Metropia, causing massive destruction
and nearly killing Sagan Cruz. The Phantom is deeply saddened fearing
that Sagan will die.
Rebecca completes the construction of CyberVille, she prepares to
download the brain of her deceased husband as the "operating system"
of the building. The Phantom sabotages her plan, and succeeds in
destroying the command center of CyberVille. In the meantime, changes
sweep Metropia: Max Jr. is appointed head of Rebecca's security;
VainGloria is freed from Rebecca's powers, and Graft makes plans
to usurp Rebecca's control of Maximum, Inc.
#23: "The Woman in the Moon"
an orbiting space station, the Phantom must team up with an unsuspecting
VainGloria to stop Sean One's plot to abandon Earth.
Trumbull Platform, a space station orbiting Earth, an important
vote is being held among colony delegates. The issue is whether
the orbiting peoples should declare their independence from Earth.
Sean One is the most vocal activist who wants to sever ties with
Earth, and stacks the vote in favor of his cause. His plan is unsuccessful,
for VainGloria, who is aboard the space station, sings songs with
subliminal messages which persuade the delegates to vote against
Sean One and in support of an alliance with Earth. Amidst this confusion,
Max, Jr. threatens to blow up the space station with a powerful
bomb. The Phantom foils Max's plan, and preserves peace between
the orbiting colonies and Earth --inadvertently paving the way for
Rebecca Madison to realize her dream of CyberVille.
#24: "Matter Over Mind"
Phantom discovers the shocking truth of Mr. Cairo's origin in a
dangerous race to discover the secret of the Maximum Era.
Cairo, the information broker who exists only as a "cyberspatial"
entity (i.e., only on computer networks), longs to discover his
origins. With the aid of Sparks' computer wizardry, he is shocked
to discover he was generated from the mind of Dr. Jak. The Phantom
fears that if Cairo is united with Jak, Jak will learn the Phantom's
assure the Phantom's protection, Sparks fashions a "datacage" which
contains Mr. Cairo and prevents him from disclosing his knowledge
about the Phantom. Heisenberg, the "self-aware" shape-changing Biot,
fears that Cairo will be "killed" by the Phantom. He steals the
memory cylinder containing Cairo from the Phantom, and brings it
to Dr. Jak. The Phantom succeeds in regaining possession of the
cylinder before Dr. Jak can learn his identity. Dr. Jak then tells
the Phantom about Cairo's origin. He is a cybernetic entity born
from his own brain. The Phantom hands over the cylinder to Cairn,
and allows Dr. Jak and Cairo to "reunite." Now the Phantom and Jak
join forces for a collective mission: to prevent Maximum, Inc. from
experimenting with the purple poison which killed Kit's father and
Phantom, Sparks, Guran and Dr. Jak travel to New Brazil, where Rebecca
and Graft are testing "Scythe", a chemical so powerful it destroys
everything in its wake. They succeed in preventing Maximum, Inc.
from testing the chemical and destroying the rainforests. In the
end, Cairo is separated from Jak once again -- they have been apart
too long to be put back together. To thank the Phantom for being
taught about his origins, Cairo leads the Phantom to a clue which
will ultimately reveal the details surrounding his father's fate
during the Great Train Wreck of 2024.
#25: "The Sins of the Fathers: Part I"
Walker and Graft learn that the greatest secrets about the Phantom
and Maximum, Inc. lie in Africa.
Phantom recovers a Biot in Grand Central Station which was deactivated
at the time of the Great Train Wreck of 2024. Upon playing recordings
in the memory banks of the Biot, the Phantom discovers that his
father severed the brakes on the train entering Grand Central Station
which caused the wreck, the dumping of poison, and the deaths of
Graft and Vain Gloria take a memory cylinder stolen from Rebecca
to IKON, a data encryption expert. Through Virtual Reality, Ikon
explores the data, and gains access to Rebecca Madison's greatest
secrets. Graft learns that the key to Rebecca's master plan lies
in Africa. Graft arranges to travel there.
persistent questioning, Sagan is astonished -- yet relieved -- to
learn that Kit is the Phantom. The two fight to destroy Rebecca's
warehouse of Biots, and believe they have countered her plan to
complete CyberVille. The Phantom, believing he is victorious, heads
to Africa to find more about his past. Rebecca succeeds in downloading
Max, Sr.'s brain into a Biot, laying the last stone for CyberVille's
#26: "The Sins of the Fathers. Part II"
Phantom faces his greatest challenge to save the world from Maximum,
Inc. and discovers a vital clue to his father's fate.
Phantom goes to Africa. In the original Skull Cave, the Phantom
meets Guran's grandfather. This elderly man has awaited the arrival
of Kit. He encourages the reluctant Kit to be as noble and brave
as his father, the 23rd Phantom. In the depths of the African jungle,
Kit discovers a Maximum research facility, and in its archives discovers
a fact that clears his father's name for causing the Great Train
Wreck of 2024. He also realizes that Maximum, Inc. is on the verge
of poisoning the Earth, and sealing off a select few in CyberVille.
The Phantom returns to Metropia with a renewed sense of purpose
and in a spectacular battle heroically risks his life to stop Rebecca
and Max, Sr. once and for all from realizing their sinister plan.
#27: "The Sacrifice, Part I"
after Episode #26, the Phantom returns to his lair to find his father
unconscious - dying from the effects of Rebecca's poison. With Mr.
Cairo's help, the 23rd Phantom is stabilized in the Medical Facility,
but his condition is so precarious he can't be cryogenically frozen
again. If the poison's effects can't be reversed quickly, he'll
Phantom and Sagan go to the ruins of the Maximum Building to find
the underground reservoirs of Rebecca's poison so they can analyze
it and create an antidote. However, in the power vacuum that's developing
in the collapse of Maximum Inc., Gorda has come to Metropia to take
over Maximum's illegal activities.
action lines converge to a spectacular climax as 1) the Phantom
and Sagan battle Gorda and her Biots in the ruins of the Maximum
Building; 2) the Madisons and Graft attempt to break out of Cyberville.
the sacrifice he is making, the Phantom destroys Rebecca's Biot
Army before Gorda can activate it, but at the same time destroys
the reservoirs of poison that might have given him the information
he needs to save his father's life. As the Madisons and Graft successfully
escape Cyberville with the help of their newest business partner,
Gorda, the episode ends with: "TO BE CONTINUED ..."
#28: "The Sacrifice, Part II"
his fight to save his father, the Phantom realizes the only source
of information about the toxic poison is Rebecca herself.
help the Phantom, Mr. Cairo travels through cyberspace, deep into
files of the Maximum Datasystem, where he meets a "virtual" Maxwell
Madison Sr. Suprisingly, Madison claims he and the Phantom were
once good friends and he offers to help Cairo find the life-saving
information he seeks.
Rebecca uses "nano-technology" to quickly rebuild her ruined Maximum
Inc. Headquarters. To prove her heart is in the right place, she
offers to turn over the last of her Biot Security Force to the Enforcers
to protect the city from the inexplicable Rogue-Biot attacks. (By
now, we've learned that the Rogue attacks are being orchestrated
by Gorda as part of a plan Rebecca has masterminded.)
that Cairo has breached the Maximum Datasystem, Graft and Max, Jr.
shut down the computer. Unfortunately, Mr. Cairo doesn't make it
out alive, giving his life to save the Phantom.
partial information Cairo was able to retrieve from the computer
is enough to stop the worsening of the 23rd Phantom's condition,
but not enough to restore him to health. However, at least now he
can be frozen again. Before the Phantom begins the freezing process,
his father reveals new information about the Ghost Jungle beneath
Metropia - it was created by Max Sr. with the help of the 23rd Phantom!
Sixteen years ago, the 23rd Phantom and Max Sr. were partners trying
to save the Earth!
Phantom swears that he will do everything in his power to find the
antidote to the poison.
#29: "The Second Time Around"
Phantom and Guran stop a robbery in progress. But just as the Phantom's
about to collar the criminal in charge, the criminal flashes him
a gold coin in which the Good Mark has been engraved. Guran stops
the Phantom from capturing the criminal, explaining that the Good
Mark might have been given by a previous Phantom, and if the Phantom
ignores it now, it could be evidence that there have been different
Phantoms over the years, and not just one. Guran convinces the Phantom
to return to the Lair to try and discover where the gold coin came
from, so they can decide whether or not the person with it deserved
to have used it.
the meantime, by watching an Enforcer surveillance tape, Rebecca
has seen the effect the coin had on the Phantom and she tells Graft
to stop at nothing until he gets that coin for her.
the Lair, the Phantom enters a Virtual Reality Sphere and travels
back in time to Tangiers in the I930's!
"Phantom 2040" meets "Casablanca," in this change-of-pace episode,
where our Phantom gets caught up in an adventure of the 20th Phantom.
Both Phantoms must battle nefarious characters such as Mr. Hand,
The Thin Man and The Fat Man before our Phantom uncovers the secret
of the Good Mark coin.
Gold Coin was given to someone else - not the criminal who has it
now. The information comes just in time because the Phantom knows
that Rebecca has made arrangements to buy the coin.
the meeting between Graft and the criminal with the coin, the Phantom
attacks, defeats Graft, and takes back the coin - telling the criminal
that the Good Mark can't be bought or stolen.
Jak secretly tracks Pavlova to find out where she goes when she's
finished working for him for the day. He discovers that she's helping
Heisenberg meet with other Biots to make them self-aware. He also
watches Heisenberg meet with the Phantom and by judicious editing
of what he's seen, Dr. Jak is able to run a news story in which
he claims that the Phantom is preparing to lead a Biot Revolt against
the people of Metropia.
sees Dr. Jak's news story and realizes that if she could get Heisenberg
- the fractal biot she had Max Jr. develop - back under her control,
his fractal components could help her quickly re-establish a Biot
Phantom tries to explain to Dr. Jak that some biots have become
self-aware, and thus should no longer be bought and sold and used
like slaves, but Dr. Jak twists his words to make it seem as if
the Phantom is calling for an all-out war between Biots and humans.
Now the Phantom has become as hunted as Heisenberg.
the end, the Phantom must battle Graft, Max Sr., and Heisenberg
- who is under Max Jr.'s control. But Pavlova's willingness to sacrifice
her existence to save the Phantom, stops Heisenberg from attempting
to kill the defeated Phantom, and that hesitation gives the Phantom
the time he needs to defeat his enemies.
#31: "Moments Of Truth"
working together to shut down a Maximum smuggling operation, the
Phantom is surprised to discover that Sparks' knowledge of the world
has considerable gaps. There's no question but that Sparks has to
go to school - over his loud protests.
Jr. hires scavenger hoodlums to mug Sparks and implant a honing
device in his arm, hoping to finally pinpoint the location of the
to the surprise of the Phantom and Gorda, (who steals one of the
smuggled Maximum shipments), Rebecca is importing seemingly ordinary
a three-way showdown at Gorda's secret castle headquarters, the
Phantom and his team battle both Gorda's army of Red Biots and Maximum
Inc.'s, Graft and Max Jr.
the secret of the rosebushes is revealed: Rebecca wants the roses
because the Roses kill ghostwood and ghostwood eats the toxins Maximum
Industries pumps out.
#32: "The Furies"
Rebecca catches Gorda "romancing" Max Sr., she comes up with a plan
to end their partnership, once and for all, by getting word to the
Phantom of Gorda's upcoming criminal activities.
Phantom shuts down one of Gorda's operations and when Gorda guesses
who leaked the information, she retaliates by leaking her own information
about one of Rebecca's upcoming operations.
again, the Phantom interferes, escalating the battle between the
two foes. Eventually, we learn that the escalating war between Rebecca
and Gorda was purposely set in motion by Max Sr.
the end, both Rebecca and Gorda have maneuvered each other into
attempting a high-stakes robbery in the same place at the same time.
However, with Sagan's help, the Phantom has been able to figure
out what has been going on between Rebecca and Gorda, and manages
to turn the tables and stop both of them. Although he's unsure why,
the Phantom also reveals Max Sr. to be the man behind the scenes.
#33: "The Whole Truth"
and Gorda join forces one last time and launch a full scale assault
on the Enforcer Headquarters. The plan is to gain control of the
city's computer systems and to once and for all find the secret
location of the Phantom's hideout.
back in the Lair, the cryogenic suspension tank suddenly fails.
The poision has somehow attacked the freezing system and when he's
unable to restore power, Guran announces that the 23rd Phantom doesn't
have long to live.
to save his father's life, the Phantom heads off to Maximum Headquarters.
He knows that Rebecca downloaded Max Madison Sr's memories and if
he can do the same with his father, he can preserve his knowledge
and memories in The Phantom Chronicles.
Maximum Inc., the Phantom encounters Max Sr. who agrees to return
to the Ghost Jungle with the Phantom and offer his assistance. Max
"plugs" into a portable datascreen and downloads the whole truth
about the Sector Zero train crash, including Rebecca's plan to poison
the environment and how the 23rd Phantom and Max Sr. were partners
trying to save the world.
the successful download, the Phantom takes Max to see his dying
friend, the 23rd Phantom, and his memories are subsequently saved
in the Phantom Chronicles. The poison finally claims his father's
life, but not before Kit is able to say good-bye.
the end, at the request of Max Sr., the Phantom disconnects a battery
in Max's chest and he is once again able to rest in peace. Rebecca
goes to prison, Max Jr. ends up in a sanitarium, Graft is sent to
a half-way house and Gorda is shipped back to Australia in a huge
crate. As for the Phantom, he flies off into the Metropian skies
resolving to go on a long needed vacation until the Phantom is needed