Phantom 2040 Episode Guide

by Mark Thompson
marktv.org


Phantom 2040

Length:		half-hour
Format:		animated
Show began:	Fall 1994
Show ended:	Spring 1996 (? to be continued?)
Network:	syndicated

Episode Guide:

Episodes are numbered using a system of YXX where Y is the season number and XX is the episode number within the season. Episodes are numbered according to their airdates (not their production numbers). Each episode is credited with the writer(s) name using the notation "W:" - if writing credits are split (into story and teleplay), separate credit lines are given. Production Numbers are enclosed in parentheses and prefaced with "PN".

In the UK, the first series (the British term for a television show's "season") consisted of 26 episodes: episodes 101-120 and 203-208. These were aired on Saturday mornings at 11.00 am on Sky One between January and June of 1995, and repeated on BBC2 beginning later that year. "Season summary" shows 201 and 202 have not yet been seen in the United Kingdom, nor have episodes 209-215.


Episode Listing (with links to episode summaries)

Season 1 (1994-95) - 20 episodes in season 1
  1. Generation Unto Generation Part 1 (PN 101)
  2. Generation Unto Generation Part 2 (PN 102)
  3. The Sum of the Parts (PN 103)
  4. Fire and I.C.E. (PN 104)
  5. Reflections of Glory (PN 105)
  6. Shadows from the Past (PN 106)
  7. The Good Mark (PN 108)
  8. Ghost in the Machine (PN 111)
  9. Dark Orbit Part 1 (PN 109)
  10. Dark Orbit Part 2 (PN 110)
  11. The Biot In Red (PN 107)
  12. The Gauntlet (PN 114)
  13. Three Into One (PN 113)
  14. Life Lessons (PN 115)
  15. The Magician (PN 116)
  16. Swifter, Higher, Faster (PN 117)
  17. Lasers in the Jungle (PN 112)
  18. Down the Line (PN 118)
  19. Control Group (PN 119)
  20. A Boy and His Cat (PN 120)
Between Seasons (Summer 1995)
  1. Phantom 2040: The Ghost Who Walks (90-minute movie) (PNs 101-104)
Season 2 (1995-96) - 15 episodes in season 2
  1. Rite of Passage (PN 220A)
  2. The World is My Jungle (PN 220B)
  3. Sanctuary (PN 221)
  4. The Ties That Bind (PN 222)
  5. The Woman in the Moon (PN 223)
  6. Matter Over Mind (PN 224)
  7. The Sins Of The Fathers Part 1 (PN 225)
  8. The Sins Of The Fathers Part 2 (PN 226)
  9. Sacrifice Part 1 (PN 227)
  10. Sacrifice Part 2 (PN 228)
  11. Rogue (PN 230)
  12. The Second Time Around (PN 229)
  13. The Furies (PN 232)
  14. Moments of Truth (PN 231)
  15. The Whole Truth (PN 233)


Episode Summaries, with writing credits, etc

Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 (1994-95) - 20 episodes in season 1

Warning: Although I have made extraordinary efforts to keep the episode summaries below free of spoilers (so you can read a plot summary for an episode you haven't seen and not have any surprises ruined), the summaries necessarily contain some details about the plot of each episode. If you do not wish to know anything about what happens in an episode, you should not read these summaries.

For season 1, only five or six principal characters are named and voice-credited in the televised credits, with a series of other voice actors credited but not matched with their roles. The principal character credits are found in the voice credits section of the credits. The other voice actors listed in each show are listed below in a table following each episode. Through information supplied by Stefan Marks at Hearst, some later show credits, and other detective work from net.denizens, I have matched many (but not all) of the un-matched voices with the roles they played. But since they are technically unofficial, all roles thus determined will be shown in parentheses.

Credits with roles followed by a question mark (such as "Gena?" in episode 101) means I am deducing based on major characters in the show which weren't credited in the final screen, and actors who aren't otherwise labelled. Yes, it's a guess, but it's an educated one.

  1. Generation Unto Generation Part 1 (PN 101)
  2. Generation Unto Generation Part 2 (PN 102)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    The origin of the 24th Phantom, as he is called into service on his 18th birthday, unaware of his family's history.
    (These episodes have been released commercially on video - volume 1)
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Carrie Snodgress(Aunt Heloise)
    Kath Soucie(Analytical/Food Machine?)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Amanda Rogers(Gena?)
    Dustin Nguyen(Tranh)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
    Mark Hamill(Dr Jak)
    Charles Dennis(23rd Phantom; Kit's Dad)
  3. The Sum of the Parts (PN 103)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Maximum's new invention, the fractal (shape-changing) biot is part of a new plot to capture the Phantom. Meanwhile, Professor Archer finds out about Kit's dual identity.

  4. (This episode has been released commercially on video - volume 2)
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Mark Hamill(Dr Jak)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Iona Morris(Betty the Saxophonist)
    Kath Soucie(?)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
    Liz Georges(Pavlova)
    Rob Paulsen(Sean One)
    Charles Dennis(?)
  5. Fire and I.C.E. (PN 104)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    A new member joins the team - a superhacker kid named Sparks, and just in time to "skate" the Integrated Cyber Environment and meet the mysterious entity known only as Cairo.
    (This episode has been released commercially on video - volume 2)
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Paul Williams(Mr. Cairo)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Carrie Snodgress(Aunt Heloise)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
    Liz Georges(Pavlova)
    Bibi Osterwald(Alice (Sparks' fake image)?)
    Charles Dennis(?)
  6. Reflections of Glory (PN 105)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    The story behind the rock star, Vaingloria, is revealed during an adventure involving kidnapped teens.
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Deborah Harry(Vaingloria)
    Mark Hamill(Dr. Jak)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Carrie Snodgress(Aunt Heloise)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
    Kath Soucie(?)
    Charles Dennis(?)
  7. Shadows from the Past (PN 106)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    An egyptian would-be queen wants revenge on the Phantom, who unified her continent many years ago. But when her venom-tipped darts affect Guran instead of Kit, we find out a little more about the night Kit's father vanished.
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles, except for Bennett)
    Jeff BennettDr. Singh
    Carrie Snodgress(Aunt Heloise)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
    Iona Morris(Nia)
    Kath Soucie(?)
    Charles Dennis(?)
  8. The Good Mark (PN 108)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    The Phantom learns the meaning of his Good Mark and, in the course of a plot by Maximum to lure the Phantom into a trap, ends up marking Sagan with it.
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Mark Hamill(Dr. Jak)
    Liz Georges(Pavlova)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Charles Dennis(?)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
  9. Ghost in the Machine (PN 111)
    W: Brynne Stephens
    When Rebecca is partially successful in resurrecting her dead husband, more of the history of the Great Train Wreck of 2024 is revealed, as the Phantom squares off with Max Madison, Sr. at Grand Central Station... again.
    (This episode has been released commercially on video - volume 4)
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Mark Hamill(Dr. Jak)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Liz Georges(Pavlova)
  10. Dark Orbit Part 1 (PN 109)
    W: Len Wein
  11. Dark Orbit Part 2 (PN 110)
    W: Brynne Stephens
    Sean 1 of the orbital platform is close to achieving his dream of acquiring enough power to enforce a declaration of independence. Will Graft and the Phantom team up to stop him from destroying Metropia and part of the world in his quest for a Free Orbital Nation?
    (These episodes have been released commercially on video - volume 3)
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles, except for Bennett)
    Jeff BennettBiot Capt. (ep 109)
    Jeff BennettAssault Biot (ep 109)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer) (ep 109)
    Paddi Edwards(Gorda)
    Rob Paulsen(Sean 1)
    Liz Georges(Pavlova) (ep 109)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks) (ep 109)
    Mark Hamill(Dr. Jak) (ep 110)
    Paul Williams(Mr. Cairo) (ep 110)
    Kath Soucie(?) (ep 110)
  12. The Biot In Red (PN 107)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    The further adventures of Heisenberg the fractal biot, as he explores the concept of "feelings", and Dr. Jak has to do without his biot assistant for a while.
    (This episode has been released commercially on video - volume 4)
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles, except for Bennett)
    Jeff BennettVirtual Addict
    Mark Hamill(Dr. Jak)
    Carrie Snodgress(Aunt Heloise)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
    Liz Georges(Pavlova)
    Iona Morris(Betty the Saxophonist)
    Rob Paulsen(Sean 1)
    Bibi Osterwald(?)
  13. The Gauntlet (PN 114)
    W: Marc Scott Zicree
    The mystery of Sparks' missing parents is finally solved, during an adventure with a new security system at Cyberville.
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Paul Williams(Mr. Cairo)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
    David Povall(?)
    Kath Soucie(?)
    Charles Dennis(?)
    Patrice Martinez(?)
  14. Three Into One (PN 113)
    W: Michael Reaves
    Maximum Inc's latest innovation is a virtual theme park featuring the rock star Vaingloria. But when three people seem to be taken over by a strange psychic force, their combined might may be too much for Metropia, so the police decide they need the Phantom's help - and offer him absolution if he solves the case. And the liason the police choose to work with the Phantom? Why, Sagan, of course...
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Paul Williams(Mr. Cairo)
    Mel Wells(?)
    Deborah Harry(Vaingloria)
    Kath Soucie(?)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
    Charles Dennis(?)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
  15. Life Lessons (PN 115)
    W: Brynne Stephens
    Heisenberg returns to warn the Phantom of a danger to both biots and humans deep inside Cyberville. But why would anyone care about the destruction of biots, even Heisenberg? After all, they're not alive... are they?
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
    Jennifer Hale(?)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
    Kath Soucie(?)
    Rob Paulsen(Heisenberg)
  16. The Magician (PN 116)
    W: Mel Gilden
    When Sagan digs into the mystery of the Phantom's identity, she uncovers an old associate of the Phantom from 20 years ago. Unfortunately, her search has been tailed - now, can that associate protect both himself and the Phantom from Graft's overeager crew?
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Paul Williams(Mr. Cairo)
    Peter Renaday(Steele)
    Carrie Snodgress(Aunt Heloise)
    Kath Soucie(?)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
  17. Swifter, Higher, Faster (PN 117)
    (Some sources listed it as "Swifter, Higher, and Stronger" and PN 123).
    W: J. Larry Carroll & David Bennett Carren
    Kit's investigation into the dissemination of a new drug leads him to the athletes at his own college, where his friends confront him about his strange behavior and evasive secrecy.
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    ?(credits cut off on my tape)
  18. Lasers in the Jungle (PN 112)
    W: Shari Goodhartz
    When Graft begins to suspect that the Phantom's secret lair is inside the poisoned Sector Zero, he sends in a biot army to find out.
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Deborah Harry(Vaingloria)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)
    Carrie Snodgress(Aunt Heloise)
    Amy Kirkpatrick(?)
    Alan Oppenheimer(Prof Archer)
  19. Down the Line (PN 118)
    W: Craig Miller
    A message from the Phantom of 2157 sent back to the Phantom of 2040 leads Kit to some surprising clues and faces him with a difficult choice: whether to continue the Phantom's code against killing, even in the face of the inevitable destruction of the Earth.
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    ?(credits cut off on my tape)
  20. Control Group (PN 119)
    W: Shari Goodhartz
    Rebecca's further experimentation with downloading human consciousness into biot bodies leads her to try a daring move: using Graft as a test case, she attempts to effectively "clone" her security chief into dozens of biot bodies. But when the Phantom grabs one of the new Graft-biots he gets more than he expected, as he's able to watch Graft's personal memories and see how this former hero became indentured to Maximum Inc.
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    ?(credits cut off on my tape)
  21. A Boy and His Cat (PN 120)
    W: Lydia C Marano & Arthur Byron Cover
    While testing his VR-controlled remote-control biot, Max gets trapped in his VR world; as Rebecca hires an annoying genius to work from Maximum's end, the Phantom works from inside VR to help get Max out before his remote biot wrecks Metropia. But does Max *want* to get out?
    Add'l Voice Credits (aired credits list no roles)
    Mark Hamill(Dr. Jak)
    Karla Devito(?)
    Leah Remini(Sagan Cruz)
    Harlan Ellison (mis-listed in
    credits as Cain Devore)
    (Cordwainer Bird)
    Pamela Segall(Sparks)

Interseason Show

Between seasons 1 and 2 in the United States, the first four episodes of season 1 were edited together into a 90-minute long "movie" entitled "Phantom 2040: The Ghost Who Walks". This was aired on most (all?) of the stations which aired the program, as a special intended to lure new viewers into watching the series.

This "movie" has now been released on video commercially - even though the individual episodes it compiles have also been released. The movie is an edited-together version of episodes 101-104. Suggested retail price of the video is $14.99 (US).


Season 2 Episodes

Season 2 (1995-96) (only 15 episodes in season 2)
Episodes are all graded after their summaries on a scale of A (excellent) to C (average) to E (terrible), NR means Not Rated. Ratings are compared to "an average animated series" (not compared to other P2040 episodes), which is why the average rating is above a B. Ratings are all my personal opinion, but hey what do you want? Authorship hath its privileges.
  1. Rite of Passage (PN 220A)
    W: Richard Merwin
    A "retrospective" show, bringing you up-to-date on the goings-on in season 1. Entirely made from clips of season 1 shows with a new linking voiceover from Kit, this episode features the origins/histories of the heroes: Kit, Heloise, Sparks, Guran, Sagan. [NR]
  2. The World is My Jungle (PN 220B)
    W: Richard Merwin
    A "retrospective" show, bringing you up-to-date on the goings-on in season 1. Entirely made from clips of season 1 shows with a new linking voiceover from Kit, this episode features the origins/histories of the villains: Rebecca, Max Sr, Max Jr, Graft. [NR]
  3. Sanctuary (PN 221)
    Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Teleplay: Len Wein
    When the Egyptian Queen Nia returns to defeat the Phantom, she brings along ace marksman Gunnar to assist. But while they hunt him in the Ghost Jungle, Gunnar can't pass up the chance to hunt the rare, supposedly nonexistent Shadow Panther. Meanwhile, Max Jr remains blissfully trapped in VR - and Rebecca schemes to coax him out of his reverie by giving Baudelaire the boot... [A-]
    Add'l Voice Credits
    Liz GeorgesRogue Biot 2
    Charles DennisRogue Biot 1
    Stu RosenCommander
  4. The Ties That Bind (PN 222)
    Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Teleplay: Brynne Stephens and Michael Reaves
    Rebecca launches what may be the first physical attack in her bid to begin the Maximum Era by destroying Dykstra Platform, home of Sean 1. Meanwhile, Max finally is lured out of VR and Pavlova can't take working for Dr. Jak anymore, exercising her free will to resign. Vaingloria hires onto the Maximum security force as Sagan is knocked into a coma. How can anyone's lives be the same after this? [A+]
  5. The Woman in the Moon (PN 223)
    W: Sam Graham and Chris Hubbell
    An intercepted shipment of cloned hands being sent to the orbital platform has the Phantom intrigued and sends him on a space-hunt as the orbital platforms vote on whether to form their Free Orbital Nation. [B+]
    Add'l Voice Credits
    Kath SoucieBiot Guard
    Cain DevoreSubliminal Voice
    Stu RosenOfficious Stringer
  6. Matter Over Mind (PN 224)
    W: Marc Scott Zicree
    The truth behind the origins of Cairo and the contents of the train wreck that destroyed Sector Zero may destroy the Phantom and his friends -- one way, or another. [A+]
  7. The Sins Of The Fathers Part 1 (PN 225)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Many major plots reach a crescendo pitch as Sagan regains consciousness and her relationship with Kit is finally resolved, more truth behind the Sector Zero crash and many of its ramifications is revealed, and the Maximum Era counts down to launch. [A+]
    Add'l Voice Credits
    Kath SoucieSecurity Biot/Biot Tech
  8. The Sins Of The Fathers Part 2 (PN 226)
    W: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Having been convinced by his friend Guran to go to Africa, his ancestral home, Kit finds deeper truth than even he imagined in the Phantom's fight for justice through the ages. Meanwhile, the truth behind Max Madison Sr's original plan and the cause of the train wreck are revealed and lead to a shocking conclusion -- and the beginning of the Maximum Era. [A+]
    Add'l Voice Credits
    Jennifer HaleAnalytical
  9. Sacrifice Part 1 (PN 227)
    Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Teleplay: Brynne Stephens
    Kit and his friends return to his lair and find the mysterious message left by Kit's father, as the Madisons scheme to escape the dome with the assistance of Gorda (who may or may not be helping...). But when Kit has to choose between the life of a person he loves and the life of Metropia itself, how does he decide? (Unfortunately, the animation quality takes a *major* step down with this episode). [A-]
    Add'l Voice Credits
    Corey Burton 23rd Phantom / Biot
  10. Sacrifice Part 2 (PN 228)
    Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Teleplay: Michael Reaves
    Kit's continuing search for a way to save his father leads to some interesting revelations about Max Madison Sr., Mr. Cairo, and the 23rd Phantom, and puts Cairo in the worst danger he's ever encountered. Meanwhile, the Madisons and Gorda continue wreaking havoc while Rebecca attempts to put a "positive spin" on their scheming. [B]
    Add'l Voice Credits
    Corey Burton 23rd Phantom / Security Biot
  11. Rogue (PN 230)
    Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Teleplay: Shari Goodhartz
    Heisenberg returns, still acting as a Biot Messiah, but this time he's branded a Rogue Biot and Max Jr is out to reclaim his lost property. Meanwhile, Jak becomes more aware that Pavlova has become more aware... Interesting plot, but awkward scripting. [B-]
    Add'l Voice Credits
    Iona MorrisCommander Iyapo
    Stu RosenGP Biot
  12. The Second Time Around (PN 229)
    Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Teleplay: Mel Gilden
    When the Phantom stops a crime in progress, the criminal surprises the Phantom with an unexpected sigil, and leads Kit into the first-ever "Virtual Reality" excursion into the Phantom Chronicles, where he (confusingly) enters and interacts with and changes(?) an action-filled story of the 20th Phantom. A decent episode marred only by the confusing "VR-is-history" bit. [B]
    (My tape cut off the credits, which is a shame, cause this ep more than most has lots of different voices - does anyone out there have voice credits for this one?).
  13. The Furies (PN 232)
    Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Teleplay: Brynne Stephens
    Fissures in Gorda and Rebecca's "partnership" provide an exploitable weakness - but who's exploiting it, and why? A so-so "filler" episode. [C]
    (My tape cut off the credits - does anyone out there have voice credits for this one?).
  14. Moments of Truth (PN 231)
    Story: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Teleplay: Shari Goodhartz
    An uneven episode as Gorda and Rebecca fight over Rebecca's smuggling of yellow roses. Why would the all-powerful head of Maximum, Inc smuggle in flowers that can be grown right here in Metropia? Meanwhile, Sparks' ignorance of geography leads Kit to enrolling him at the University. [C]
    Add'l Voice Credits
    J.D. HallAnalytical
    Jeff BennettScavenger
    Stu RosenBiot
  15. The Whole Truth (PN 233)
    W: Richard Merwin
    Once and for all we finally experience the whole truth about the night the train wreck ruined Grand Central Station and the Phantom and Max Madison Sr. were killed - from no less a source than Max Madison Sr. himself. This season finale has the feel of a "possible series finale", too, as they make a quick attempt to at least wind down every ongoing plotline. "One minute it's World War IV, and next..." [B-]
    (My tape cut off the credits - does anyone out there have voice credits for this one?).


    Air dates

    Air dates given are Sundays, as the majority of stations airing the syndicated show are airing it on Sundays. If your station shows Phantom on Saturday or Friday, subtract one or two days from each date as appropriate. Official syndication airdates are "week of" the Monday before the Sunday listed below. That is, the episodes may contractually be shown anytime up to six days before the date listed below.

    Note that these are only a small fraction of the air dates of this program. I understand there's a much more complete chart out there, but I haven't gotten a link to it yet. When I do, I'll put the link here.

    09/17/95 201 Rite of Passage
    09/24/95 202 The World is My Jungle
    10/01/95 203 Sanctuary
    10/08/95 204 The Ties That Bind
    10/15/95 205 Woman In The Moon
    10/22/95 206 Matter Over Mind
    10/29/95 207 The Sins Of The Fathers Part 1 
    (new opening credit sequence begins with all airings 
    after 10/30/95, including reruns:)
    11/05/95 208 The Sins Of The Fathers Part 2 
    11/12/95 209 Sacrifice Part 1
    11/19/95 210 Sacrifice Part 2
    11/26/95 211 Rogue
    12/03/95 201R Rite of Passage
    12/10/95 202R The World is My Jungle
    12/17/95 203R Sanctuary
    12/24/95 204R The Ties That Bind
    12/31/95 205R Woman In The Moon
    01/07/96 206R Matter Over Mind
    01/14/96 207R The Sins Of The Fathers Part 1 
    01/21/96 208R The Sins Of The Fathers Part 2 
    01/28/96 209R Sacrifice Part 1
    02/04/96 210R Sacrifice Part 2
    02/11/96 212 The Second Time Around
    02/18/96 213 The Furies
    02/25/96 214 Moments of Truth
    03/03/96 215 The Whole Truth
    03/10/96 201R Rite of Passage
    03/17/96 202R The World is My Jungle
    03/24/96 203R Sanctuary
    03/31/96 204R The Ties That Bind
    

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