List of Æon Flux Episodes - Season 3: 1995

Season 3: 1995

# Title Original airdate
1 "Utopia or Deuteranopia?" August 8, 1995 (1995-08-08)
In the episode, Æon has infiltrated Bregna at a time when Trevor Goodchild has accepted power 'temporarily' from the kidnapped chairmen Clavius. Soon, Trevor enacts a policy of 'complete openness', installing cameras all across Bregna and giving him ultimate control over the people. But Gildemere, a Breen soldier loyal to Clavius, is plotting against the new Chairmen, guessing rightly that Trevor was the mastermind behind the kidnapping. Trevor’s reasons for the coup are two-fold; he gains ultimate power in Bregna, and uses Clavius’ body to create an isolated place, locked with a strange ornate key, where he can keep Æon for good, keeping her to himself in perfect privacy. Æon, for her own reasons, allies with Gildemere and finds her way ‘into’ Clavius, confronting Trevor and leading Gildemere to his leader, allowing him to free Clavius from Trevor’s captivity. But Clavius is revealed to be completely insane and Gildemere is forced to kill him. He and Æon then fight and she easily overpowers him. Trevor finds them both near the walled frontier and Gildemere condemns Trevor as a traitor. But Æon uses the key to Clavius to unlock her own underwear and provoke the other soldiers into showing duplicate keys, apparently discrediting Gildemere’s claims and opening the way for Trevor to cement his power. But Trevor’s wish to keep Æon to himself is not granted, since Æon prepared her escape route beforehand and, though she returns the key Trevor, flees across the frontier to Monica.
2 "Isthmus Crypticus" August 15, 1995 (1995-08-15)
Trevor has two humanoid birds held captive, named Seraph-Trevs, the Female of which he is trying to seduce. Meanwhile, another scientist named Ilbren is planning to have his way with the Female, even going as far as trying to employ Æon to capture it and offering the Male in return. Their meeting is interrupted by a mechanical tentacle, which Ilbren fends off with a swarm of robot wasps. The Male Seraph-Trev is securely held in a separate cell, reduced to a state of abject misery by separation from his mate. Æon plans free them from Ilbren and Trevor's designs, and to do so employs an old friend of hers, named Una, to translate directions to the Birds' chambers. Una is a social misfit like Æon and has apparently fallen in love with the Male Bird, of whom she is sent a picture (it is revealed that the Male seemingly sent out the bird with the picture, perhaps as a call for help). Though distraction to the picture prevents Una from translating the directions in the time she is given beforehand, Æon and Una infiltrate the base anyway. Una guides Æon through the network of tunnels, but then sets out on her own to find the Male when she realises where Æon wishes to go. Ilbren finds and ambushes Trevor, tying him up and making his way to the Female. Trevor breaks free and finds Ilbren with the Female, while Una and Æon are arguing over the Male. Æon blows a hole in the wall dividing the two Birds and the Female rushes to embrace her mate, but one of Ilbren's robot wasp escapes and stings the Female, killing her. The Male, though saddened, takes Una and the two fly off in an ecstatic embrace. Trevor kills Ilbren and, mourning the death of the Female, tells Æon to go to Hell. Æon replies "Will you fly me there?". The episode ends with Una and the Male flying through the clouds, though a small mite from the Male jumps onto Una and bites her, hinting that she will meet the same fate as the Female.
3 "Thanatophobia" August 22, 1995 (1995-08-22)
The episode starts with a pair of boys play-fighting, while another claps to mimic the sound of heavy punches. That boy later flicks a pebble into the path of one of the border turrets, activating it and watching the resulting spectacle. Trevor Goodchild is being pressured by the government into making the border more intimidating, despite his want to make people stay in Bregna though the 'power of ideas'. To this end, he secretly allows Æon to come in and bomb the factory where the parts for the wall are being made. In a parallel and intertwined storyline, masculine Monican agent Onan tries to escape across the border-wall with his Breen lover Sybil. The escape is almost a success, but one of the turrets shoots Sybil in the back, destroying one of her vertebrae. Now she can only stand up straight when a special ampoule is inserted, though when she takes it out she has otherwise impossible flexibility, making crossing successfully a stronger possibility. When she is forced to work in the factory being bombed by Æon to pay off her medical bill, Trevor takes an interest in Sybil and visits her in the guise of a doctor, manipulating her nerves though the gap in her spine, stimulating a state of high sexual excitement. Jealous, Æon indulges Onan in his sexual fetishes while he visits her to find another way of getting his lover across. Eventually, Sybil finds out and angrily refuses Æon’s offer of help, telling Goodchild about Æon’s secret way into Bregna, and finding out about his resistance to the new border defences. Luring in and trapping Onan in her apartment, Sybil attempts the border crossing again. This time, she avoids the turrets, but before she can pass through the small entrance into Monica, wires trap her legs and robots built with the parts she has been helping to manufacture anaesthetise and amputate her legs, leaving her trapped in Bregna forever. The episode ends with the boys from the beginning fighting each other for real, with the clapping boy sitting nearby, though now his arms are missing, showing that he had tried his stone trick again and been caught by the robots.
4 "A Last Time for Everything" August 29, 1995 (1995-08-29)
By the time the episode starts, Goodchild has perfected a method of copying humans. Determined to put an end to the operation, Æon and a fellow agent Scaphandra, who is a double-agent for Bregna and lost parts of her feet on a crossing and had a hand-transplant to replace what had been lost, cross the border into Bregna. As Æon rushes towards Trevor’s base of operations, Scaphandra is captured and taken to Goodchild, who takes a sample of her for copying. Æon comes in, frees Scaphandra and tackles Trevor about the ethics and inner purposes of his operation. Deliberately presenting an opportunity for Trevor, Æon allows him to take a sample of her, though Æon smashes Scaphandra’s sample. After Æon leaves, Trevor copies Æon for himself. It is revealed to be a complex plot by Æon to inflict maximum pain on Goodchild by exchanging places with her Copy, toying with Trevor's feelings, then allowing her Copy to kill her. But as she performs her half of the mission, the real Æon begins to lose herself, developing feelings for Trevor and vis versa. But, while she is still herself, she orders her Copy to kill Scaphandra. The Copy carries out her twin’s request, pretending to cross the border with Scaphandra and hanging back, allowing the turrets to cut down her treacherous partner. It is then that the real Æon, who now looks and dresses very differently to her old self, comes and confronts the Copy. The two Æons, reluctantly, go to perform the border run and Trevor, not wanting the Æon he has come to love to die, orders the turrets to be deactivated. The two Æons do part of the run, then, as Trevor watches in horror, the real Æon stops and allows the turrets to shoot her, just before they are shut down. The episode ends with Trevor cradling Æon’s body, shedding tears, while the Copy escapes back into Monica.
5 "The Demiurge" September 5, 1995 (1995-09-05)
The story starts with a battle between Monican agents and Breen forces. Æon and the Monicans had captured an astral being called the Demiurge, which is threatening to dangerously warp people’s view of the world, and are preparing to launch it into space. Trevor is determined to stop them, believing that the Demiurge will ensure a lasting peace for humanity. The rocket is successfully launched after a long and costly battle, but not before the Demiurge instils parts of itself in earthly Avatars: a cat, a bird and a resurrected Monican agent named Nader. Over the course of the episode, the three Avatars meet different fates: the bird is captured by Æon in a Monican morgue and apparently vanishes into nothing, the cat is nearly killed by Nader's lover Celia, who was obeying her lover's last request to her, but prevents its death only to fade when alone, and Nader is taken to a Breen base for experimentation, where he begins to show signs of pregnancy. Æon has gone to her apartment, an unstable structure supported by a single cable, and seen Nader's condition. Celia, apparently wanting to steal the Bird Avatar, infiltrates the home and is killed by Æon, without the assassin even seeing whom she has killed. Æon goes to kill Nader's 'baby', but is too late to stop Trevor extracting it; it is a new humanoid form of the Demiurge. As the Demiurge's power manifests itself in people nearby as extreme positive and negative emotions, Æon and Trevor fight over it as it rapidly grows to maturity, taking on a physical form similar to its host. Celia is resurrected by the Demiurge and carried to safety when Æon's home, where the Demiurge takes refuge, collapses when the cable supporting it snaps. The Demiurge is apparently buried in the rubble, but Trevor is sure it is still alive. Æon, despite his protests, assures him that it knows they have its best interests at heart. The episode ends with Trevor carrying Æon, who had saved herself and Trevor by hanging onto a piece of rubble from the structure, to safety, and Nader, restored to a normal living state by the Demiurge’s power, reuniting with Ceila.
6 "Reraizure" September 12, 1995 (1995-09-12)
At the start of the episode Æon is preparing to penetrate a Breen prison disguised as a guard, where Trevor is keeping compromising photographs of him and Æon having sex, with the price of their return being a Narghile. Narghiles are a mysterious controlled species, apparently immortal, which produces memory-wiping pills of a drug called 'Bliss'. During her escape, Æon runs into a young woman prisoner called Muriel, killing her in self defense after being mistaken for a guard. After her escape with the photos, Æon encounters Rordy, a Monican who has lost his left leg and now wears an artificial one. As they drive away from the prison, Rordy reveals himself to have been Muriel’s partner, and Æon is afraid to tell him what actually happened, though she does tell him of Muriel’s death. Rordy tells Æon that, years before, he and Muriel had taken 'Bliss', and lost their memories. Not remembering who they were or what lives they had had, Rordy and Muriel set out to capture every Narghile alive and launch them all into the sun on a special platform. Through her consolatory actions, Æon and Rordy begin to develop affection for each other. Æon takes the 'final' Narghile up to the platform, only to find that all the others are missing. It transpires that Muriel betrayed Rordy and sided with Trevor, handing the Narghiles over to him and giving him exclusive control over ‘Bliss’. Trevor, who was on the platform waiting for Muriel, and Æon fight, which ends with Trevor stealing the Narghile. Æon tells Rordy (who has discovered the compromising photos) about Muriel, and the two have harsh words. Rordy eventually goes up the cable and finds out the truth of Æon's words, then tries to launch the platform, which is still anchored to the ground by a cable. Eventually, it crashes. Meanwhile Æon infiltrates the prison a second time to find proof for Rordy, but Trevor meets her as she escapes and the two battle a second time, with Æon only just managing to escape along the anchoring cable of the crashed platform. Once at Rordy's home, she gives him the Narghile she stole, but Rordy no longer cares about it all. Annoyed at his attitude, she leaves, then remembers her mission and returns, destroying the photos. But when she looks for Rordy, she finds that he took the Narghile’s pill of 'Bliss' as mental suicide. She leaves in a state of misery.
7 "Chronophasia" September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)
The episode begins with Æon lying on a stone slab, waking from a dream where she was screaming. We then flash back to earlier, where Æon and Trevor are making their individual ways to a Breen research base researching an ancient virus that apparently causes insanity and formed a basic part of early humanity, until they developed an immunity. Æon is cornered by the Breen soldiers near the base, but is sucked down and finds that, although the base has been there for under a month, it looks like it has been derelict for centuries. There, Æon finds a young boy who guides her through the base and eventually shows her a vial of virus, the only intact vial out of a set of five. There is also a giant fanged baby, which appears to have been the first test subject for the virus, stalking the caves. The episode revolves around Æon's continued replaying of events in different ways and eventual encounters with various fatal situations before waking on a stone slab at the center of the cave system in which the base is built. The reality of these situations is uncertain, and the boy seems to have mystic powers, isolating him from the normal flow of time. After her final waking, Æon is met by the boy, who tells her 'To you, I inheritance', causing her to seemingly experience the flow of time. In their final encounter, they are both encompassed by a bright light. The episode ends with a very normal scene, showing Æon in normal clothing taking the 'boy' to a baseball match.
8 "Ether Drift Theory" September 26, 1995 (1995-09-26)
Æon and fellow agent and friend Lindze infiltrate a secret base called the Habitat, a place where mutants and artificial lifeforms live in a stable environment, surrounded by a sea of liquid which induces paralysis in any lifeform exposed to it. Lindze and Æon are there both to rescue Lindze's boyfriend and to destroy the facility. Soon after they arrive, Trevor and one of his human experiments arrive, destroying Æon's ship in the process, though the experiment is quickly subdued by a swarm of metal-sensitive wasps. It turns out that Lindze’s lover, a scientist named Bargeld, is sick from an artificial disease and has developed a way of changing the composition of the paralysing fluid around the base, allowing all the people trapped there to swim to safety. Though her actions, Æon destabilizes the environment, much to Trevor's anger, and everyone must work to get out before the paralysing sea floods the base and traps them all. Bargeld dies before he can escape, and he also leaves behind the 'key' to his device for changing the sea. Æon rushes back to find it as Lindze and Trevor escape. Æon finds the key, but is trapped by the paralysing fluid and ends up floating in the sea as the base disintegrates. In a final cruel twist, the 'key' nearly slips into the device as it drifts, but just misses and leaves everyone to their fate, Æon included.
9 "The Purge" October 3, 1995 (1995-10-03)
The episode opens with Æon chasing Bambara, a vicious man who frequently causes injury or death to those he encounters. Æon, ignoring his victims, pursues him through a train and onto a building site. Bambara escapes Æon, killing a construction worker in the process, but is captured for Trevor Goodchild. He inserts a strange robot into Bambara through the man’s navel and he suddenly loses his darker side, becoming friendly to those around him and quickly befriending an orphan. Trevor says the robot as a 'Custodian', an artificial conscience of his creation which he hopes to implant in all citizens. Æon then meets up with an organisation of women who are opposed to Trevor’s project, planning to remove the implanted Custodians and bring the operation to an end. Æon goes after Bambara's Custodian, successfully removing it although she is drugged and captured by Breen forces. Trevor meanwhile takes down the resistance movement, while a bomb planted on the train Æon was on explodes, killing the group’s leader. Æon then wakes in the middle of a game show, with many of the resistance members implanted with Custodians acting as ‘Hostesses’ and Trevor being the presenter with two small twin girls. The object of the show seems to be to prove to Æon that she has a natural conscience. It is then that Bambara bursts in, preparing to kill Trevor. Æon pulls a lever that should instigate Bambara's death, but it only shows 'Game Host Trevor' as a complex robot. It is the audience that pulls a lever and opens a trapdoor beneath Bambara, sending him to his death. Æon leaves, assured by her actions that she has no conscience. But, as she leaves, she sees a Custodian imitating her action with the lever...
10 "End Sinister" October 10, 1995 (1995-10-10)
Trevor has designed a satellite, Aldis B, which will help speed up the evolution of humanity, but could also kill off half the living population of the Earth. Æon, determined to stop Trevor from using the satellite, steals and buries the remote. But, avoiding the search parties, she finds a hibernation pod holding a strange alien with removable eyes, psionic abilities and no breathing, eating or sexual organs. The Alien is captured by one of the search parties, but saves Æon when its captor throws a fire bomb. Trevor examines the Alien and sees the signs of exposure to Aldis B. He heads off to find the alien’s ship, but the Alien escapes and follows him, finding both him and Æon at the ship. Aldis B has killed off everyone on the ship, leaving only the alien, who had been awaiting rescue in its pod. Æon and Trevor make love in the ship, while the Alien watches. The next day, the Alien finds Æon and offers her one of its own eyes, but Æon refuses. Then Æon offers to show the Alien human sexual pleasure. The Alien, either frightened or revolted by the idea, leaves and is captured by Breen soldiers. The Alien and Trevor, after getting better acquainted, head in a special shuttle to the Alien’s amazing homeworld, while Æon decides to await his return in the hibernation pod. While Trevor learns the Alien's psionic skills, Æon sleeps through hundreds, maybe thousands, of years. Waking, she finds a strange hive-like city has taken the place of Monica and Bregna, with the entire population being Aliens. Enraged, and finding Trevor trying to fit in, Æon finds the remote for Aldis B and fires it. Trevor, who now has the Aliens' full telepathic power, tells her that the ‘Aliens’ are what humanity has become, and that Æon has done what he was about to do in their original time: killed off most of the human race. Æon angrily knocks out Trevor and puts him in the hibernation pod, then travels back into the city and sees the surviving or sickened aliens boarding their ship. Realising her folly, Æon returns to Trevor and enters hibernation with him. The pod is picked up by the departing ship and Trevor’s voice is heard saying "Go forth and multiply", implying that Æon and Trevor will help the Aliens save their race.

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