Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Phoenix, The

US tv series (1981-1982). ABC. Pr Leigh Vance. Exec pr Mark Carliner. Dir Reza S Badiyi, Douglas Hickox. Writers Mark Carliner, David Guthrie, Anthony Lawrence, Nancy Lawrence, Leigh Vance. Created by Anthony and Nancy Lawrence. Starring Sheila Frazier (Mira), Richard Lynch (Justin Preminger), E G Marshall (Dr Ward Frazier), Judson Scott (Bennu of the Golden Light). 2hr pilot plus 5 1hr episodes. Colour.

An archaeological expedition in Peru finds a golden sarcophagus bearing the symbol of the Phoenix; inside is Bennu, a traveller from the planet El DeBrande. He possesses strange powers derived from the Sun. He is not sure why he is on Earth, but discovers that another traveller, Mira, from his planet is here as well. Faintly remembering that he has been sent to change Earth's future, he sets off to find Mira. Each episode finds him involved with the lives of those he meets on his Quest, and sees frequent use of his Talents to aid them. [BC]

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