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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Phoenix (1982)

The Phoenix is a 1982 television series starring Judson Scott which was on ABC for about one month in 1982. The plot revolved around an ancient extraterrestrial named Bennu of the Golden Light, who is discovered in a sarcophagus in Peru and awakened in the 20th Century. Bennu displays superhuman abilities and behaves in a manner meant to represent an enlightened culture (kind, nonviolent, environmentally responsible, etc.).


Bennu of the Golden Light (played by Judson Scott), the protagonist, is an alien who 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.

Yago is another being from the planet Eldebran. He is evil and Bennu's primary opponent. Yago is connected to the Moon, as Bennu is to the Sun. The series bible explicitly compares Yago to Lucifer and Dracula. 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. In the series bible Yago was named Aiwaz, presumably after the alleged being who dictated The Book of the Law to Aleister Crowley.

Mira is 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) is the human villain of the story. He is generally only one step behind Bennu.

Dr. Ward Frazier is a scientist sympathetic to Bennu and his goals.

Sources and influences

The series bible mentions Erich von Däniken's books Chariots of the Gods? (1968) and Gods from Outer Space (1970) as the source of the idea that aliens may have visited the Earth roughly 40,000 years ago.

Yago's ability to create illusions using the power of the Moon was, according to the series bible, "implied in the Lunacy (sic) Act of 1842".

Bennu is the Egyptian word for the mythological phoenix bird.


Only a 90-minute pilot and four regular episodes were broadcast. Four additional episodes were scripted, but never filmed nor broadcast. The episodes were:

The Phoenix (Pilot)
In Search of Mira
One of Them
A Presence of Evil
The Fire Within
Trial by Fire
Deadly Cargo
Dark Hunter
The Star Needle


  1. Hey Shawn,
    You've got an interesting site here. It'll take me another trip or two to check it all out. Good stuff.
    I'll check out your show, too, but it'll have to be daytime. My wife is asleep and I'm too close to turn up the volume now.
    C-ya later, gator,
    Kurt in the Great Smoky Mountains

  2. know anyone who has a script

  3. hi shawn, where can we read the show's bible you refer to in your article? would like to revive this show and would like to know more about the soul of the show!