Aeon is an avant-garde science fiction animated television series that aired on MTV. It premiered in 1991 on MTV’s Liquid Television experimental animation show as a six-part serial of short films, followed in 1992 by five individual short episodes. In 1995, a season of ten half-hour episodes aired as a stand-alone series. Continuity is virtually non-existent in the series, with Aeon Flux dying at the end of each episode either by plain bad luck or her own incompetence. In the half-hour series we find that Trevor Goodchild, her sometimes nemesis and sometimes lover, is cloning her so this could be used to explain her many deaths in the original series.

Aeon Flux is set in a bizarre, dystopian future world with as a tall, leather-clad secret agent from the nation of Monica, skilled in assassination and acrobatics, who’s continual mission is to infiltrate the strongholds of the neighbouring country of Bregna, which is led Trevor Goodchild.

Graphic violence and sexuality, including fetishism and domination, are frequently depicted between Aeon and Trevor and other minor characters, with one episode for example showing Trevor almost mocking Aeon as she watches on while Trevor brings a woman to orgasm through her spinal implant.

An interesting point, Peter Chung says the visual style was influenced by the limitations of the animated series Rugrats, which he worked on prior to Aeon Flux and found highly frustrating in the limitations of what the characters could do.

I am a fan of both Aeon Flux from Liquid TV and the Maxx from Oddities which both aired around the same time on MTV. These are among my favourite Animated series from my 20’s. If you haven’t seen them I highly recommend them as a great alternative to mainstream animated series.

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