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 Posted: Wed Nov 8th, 2006 01:12 am

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***This was the final episode for which I was able to do a second review.  After this ep they either pulled the show for good, or pushed it back to some Godforsaken timeslot, to which I conceded that while the spirit was plenty willing, the flesh couldn't get by on three hours of sleep a night***


My 2 Cents on Episode 2.6: Stan's Trial
(7/10/02)



This was an excellent ep. It has a little bit of everything that made me fall in love with Lexx in the first place, and it serves as a nice coda to the season 1 story arc, so it will definitely go down as one of my season 2 favorites. However, I must report with some horror that every Lexxian’s worst nightmare befell me last night (well, third worst if you want to get technical about it…I wasn’t being lusted after by a homo-cidal [sic] robot head that had inexplicably become attached to the body of a libidinous lumberjack, nor did I misplace my hat). With roughly ten minutes to go...my freakin’ cable went out! Just when things were really getting heavy too! I know how it ends, seeing as I helped myself to Sadgeezer’s transcript, but still, it’s not the same as seeing it. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to call Blockbuster every hour on the hour for as long as it takes to get with the program and start stocking Lexx DVDs (I can do this…I’ve got spare time and the interpersonal skills of a Cluster Lizard in a kiddie pool).

On to the episode...First and foremost, this is one of the most quotable eps of all time. 790 steals the show every time he opens his mouth (never for the life of me could figure out why he needs a mouth at all…might as well shelf that alongside “why did His Shadow see fit to outfit the Lexx with the most nightmarish indoor plumbing system I’ve ever laid eyes on?”), and I can’t even begin to pick out which of his quotes was my favorite.

The Celes Pleasure Transport...if subtlety is what they were shooting for, then they failed on a legendary scale. The design of the ship got me to thinking that perhaps the CGI team that worked on that particular episode was made up entirely of former Disney animators who were laid off for slipping too many subliminal messages and phallic images into their drawings. Ok...I’m off topic now.

Stan getting snared in a giant condom. Folks, I’ve spent five good minutes sitting here trying to think of a proper double entendre to put this scene in to perspective, but I’m at a loss. That scene had me laughing/dropping my jaw at the same time...hard to breath when that happens (FYI, also a good way to accidentally swallow a fly if you’re not careful).

Now to the meat of the episode. I like this ep because it touches on quite a bit of the show’s hidden history. We got to see Stan in a spandex bike suit/power ranger costume, an insider’s look at the inner circle of the Ostral-B heretic movement, as well as HDS’ badass Megashadow in action. Seeing that giant spider web-looking ship wipe out the heretic base makes me yearn even more to see IWHS, if for no reason other than to watch the destruction of Brunnis 2, which I’ve been told looks amazing. We also got to see that there’s more to Kai than just wiping people out and frustrating the hell out of Xev. Seems our undead assassin friend still has an unshakeable sense of what is right and wrong (or perhaps the dead are capable of acing the bar exam). At first I wondered why Kai didn’t simply wipe everyone out and save Stan. Well, turns out that Kai could see right through the court’s intricately layered BS, and realized that while Stan was being jerked around, the 100 (94) reform planets still deserved to have their sacrifice avenged. 

While we’re on that subject, did anyone else think the holographic judge bore a resemblance to Iron Jay? Maybe it’s just me.

As for Stan, what exactly is a guy to do when he’s on trial for 650 billion murders.  For starters, I claim that I wiped out those 100 (94) planets in self-defense…not the most defensible stance in the two universes, but hardly the worst (sugar imbalance my Bible-Belt butt!)  If that didn’t fly, I’d kick what dignity I had left to the curb, break down crying, and hope for a sympathetic jury.

Well, that’s all for now. I’m still pissed that I missed the ending, and I trust that if there were any major happenings in the last ten minutes that Sadgeezer neglected to mention, my fellow Lexxians will drop me a hint (plllllleeeeeeeaaaaaase).

Cheery bye.


 

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2 MORE Cents on Episode 2.6: Stan's Trial
(9/8/02)



As is the custom, here is my original post...

http://bboard.scifi.com/bboard/browse.cgi/1/5/1560/65210

I’m gonna make this one short and sweet, because for all intents and purposes, my previous post was unfinished. Those who read it may note that I was unable to come up with a proper description for the way in which Stan is snared. Well, after looking back and giving it some thought, I’ve decided to dropkick subtlety out the window...

Stan learns that his warm reception at the Celes Pleasure Transport is little more than a carefully orchestrated sting operation, and he is quickly ensnared by the long, ribbed, cherry flavored, glow in the dark, climax controlled, 98% effective, surgeon general approved, reusable, spermicidal arm of the law! There...I feel better.

Something else I picked up on which I never noticed before: while technically only 94 reform planets were dusted off (which at this point is like saying ‘yes, I technically stole everything from that convenience store, but the take-a-penny/leave-a-penny tray was cleaned out by the clerk...right before I blew his head off'), there were actually 100. As they are of no particular use, I’d like to think of these planets as the base of operations for all the great sci-fi cannon fodder (i.e. Wierzbowski and Crowe from Aliens, people from Star Wars who dress like Wedge but are not Wedge, and anyone from Star Trek who happened to be wearing red). Carnage, suffering, insurmountable loss, and crippling blow to the heretic movement notwithstanding, I still find myself wishing that Stan’s grand level faux-pas had allowed for the destruction of 101 planets...why, oh why, couldn’t they have clipped Vermil!?!?!?

What I really like about this episode and those like it is that it goes a long way toward further humanizing the characters. Stan is good for a laugh (especially if choke down enough of our pride to realize that in one way or another, we are all Stanley Tweedle…guy’s name may as well be Jim Everyman), but rather than having him remain a one dimensional walking punch line, the creators weave the tale of a hard bitten victim of circumstances, whose self-applied “unjustly maligned” label might not be all that far off.

It’s also interesting to note that while she is obviously evil (not to mention a perverted control freak) Jihana is largely on the side of good...that is to say, in a strictly judicial sense. Stan was guilty (regardless of circumstances that warranted his dismissal), and therefore had to be punished. Kai realizes this as well. In fact, I’m willing to bet that if Jihana hadn’t flipped out and ordered her minions to whip out their worms (insert rim shot here), Kai would have executed Stan himself.

Definitely one of the high watermarks of season 2. While I personally would have loved to see a continuation of the Jihana/Lost Souls storyline, the beans evidently didn’t see enough opportunity for plot advancement, and thus employed Mantrid, the ultimate punctuation mark.

I shall take my leave now, but before doing so there’s one final issue that I feel I would be remiss to skirt…

Was I the only one disturbed by the “I could get a nice soothing enema for the price of a robot head” comment? I sincerely hope Stan was joking. I realize the guy is needy...but there’s a difference between being needy and being stricken with fetishes fit to make Chuck Palahniuk puke!!!

It is my fondest wish that I avoid ruminating on the aforementioned subject between now and the time my alarm clock goes off in the morning.  I’ll be sleeping with my fingers crossed.

Cheery bye.

Last edited on Fri Nov 10th, 2006 02:16 am by Bilbo67



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 Posted: Wed Nov 15th, 2006 05:15 pm

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ummm maybe stan had a terrible constipation problem?

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 Posted: Sat Nov 18th, 2006 09:30 pm

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Hey after spending time in the company of Feppo an Smoor, maybe and enema isn't such a bad thing, heheh...:bounce_pinka:

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 Posted: Fri Jul 25th, 2008 11:09 pm

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I loved this episode, for me it's definitely one of the best of season two. As you say, it manages to both give some backdrop to the war against HDS (and we finally understand why Thodin referred to Stanley as arch traitor) and flesh out the characters of our dearly beloved crew.

I particularly liked that Stan felt redeemed after the trail: he'd been carrying a bad secret with him, and must have been berating the hell out of himself for not killing himself. He finally said out loud what he had done. Now his companions know his worst secret and they still stand by him. His relief is understandable.

For the first time, we see Kai making moral judgments: he believes that a trial should be fair, he believes that Stan deserves some kind of punishment, and he is strict about his principle that mere revenge serves no purpose. He's even prepared to kill Stan if he'd go after revenge. (This episode also made me realise that Kai has become rather wooden in season 4: in this episode, Kai is vehement, fervent, passionate about his beliefs; he speaks with fervour; his expression flinches. In season 4 - with some exceptions, notably The Game, Kai has become a tad morose and his voice monotonous.)

Jihana had a wonderful part. I actually would have liked her to have returned as Vlad...



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I agree, I think the actress playing Jihana showed the dark side of ambition in the government and corporate worlds as we actually experience them today. I"ve no doubt that there are executives out there working for Exxon or Time Warner that would have NO problem having someone tortured or killed to advance their careers if they coulld do it with impunity.

As for Kai's emotionalism and strict sense of 'The Code', he's much more emotional in S1 and S2 than the other seasons, in fact, the acting is so far above what was happening in S4 (Fluffdaddy excepted) that you get a real sense of where Kai's background moral values came from. After all, he could have been just another criminal being made into a Divine Assassin, and none of this would matter to him.

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