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Aeon Flux

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This ultra-violent spy v. spy animation was created by Peter Chung of Colossal Pictures for MTV‘s groundbreaking Liquid Television show (which also debuted Beavis and Butt-Head).

The cartoon followed the fantasy adventures of gorgeous, seductive and deadly female secret agent/assassin Aeon and her arch-rival/soul mate, Trevor – invariably compressing scores of deaths into each episode (Aeon Flux may boast the highest body count ever seen on the small screen).

More than once the nearly nude heroine herself was bizarrely terminated, only to rise again.

Although Chung eschewed narrative in favour of a visual form (viz. relentless screen movement and image manipulation), a continuing storyline was discernible: Aeon is on a search-and-destroy mission for a man carrying a deadly virus.

First aired on MTV’s Liquid Television in 1991, Aeon Flux was given its own separate MTV show in 1995 – the year which also saw the launch of an Aeon Flux video game.

Peter Chung’s follow-up series, Phantom 2040, was a futuristic adaptation of the Marvel comic-book hero of that name.

Aeon Flux
Denise Poirier
Trevor Goodchild
John Rafter Lee