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 Posted: Mon Nov 13th, 2006 12:31 pm

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My 2 Cents on Episode 2.10: Wake the Dead
(7/17/02)


WOW! This episode absolutely ruled! You know, I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to anything that has a lot of hype surrounding it. After all, everyone played up how bad White Trash was, and I thought it was decent romp. So I had to ask myself, "Am I cruising for a major disappointment here?" Could the heaving mountains of praise heaped upon WTD in Lexx circles the world over possibly be justified? The short answer...you’re damn right it can!

This is by far the best season 2 episode I’ve seen so far, and I will go so far as to say that if there’s one ep that embodies all things Lexx, this is the one. Anyhoo, here’s my semi-coherent breakdown...

I love how this episode was patterned after all of those old teen slasher films (which are little more than a different form of porn if you think about it). We even had all the classic stereotypical teens (most of whom, in true slasher fasion, are devoid of redeeming qualities and cannot come under the maniac's blade fast enough)...the virgin, the skank, the fat guy, the clean-cut (to a point) All-American type, and the jerk. Each actor filled his or her role perfectly, with Patricia Zentilli (sp?) the clear standout in my mind. I knew that "Bunny" would be in this ep, and I half expected Laleen to be just like her. I was pleasantly surprised to see that she wasn’t, showing that Ms. Zentilli (sp?) can bring more to the table than just one character. I liked her look in particular...kind of a pseudo-gothic Kelly Bundy look. She also had a cool death scene, an obvious nod to Psycho (pretty sure it too was given the Brent Bozell treatment by the standards & practices folks, but I’m long past being surprised when that happens).

The shots of the teens’ ship outside the Lexx were cool, as we once again got to see just how damn big the big damn bug really is. Ditto to the scenes of the moth flying through Lexx’s various...um...orifices (brings to mind an anecdote I once heard about Mexican tap water).

I’m not even going to try and pick out my favorite line from this ep, as I would need an hour just to whittle it down to one. All I’ll say is that when it came to dialogue, the Beans were firing on all cylinders. As a semi-related sidebar, I’ll point out that I have no idea how one parties "like stink"…then again, my youthfulness notwithstanding, I frequently find myself out of the loop with regards to slang (I’ve no idea how one goes about "jonesing" for something, and to my knowledge I have never been "crunk"), so perhaps this is one more example of me being out of touch with my own demographic.

Xev Bellringer: Love Slave, Hopeless Romantic, Amateur Soprano, Cluster Lizard, Occasional Interim Captain of the Lexx, and now...catfight queen of the two universes! Is there anything she can’t do?

I also had to chuckle at Stan filling the role of the authoritative, "responsible" adult. I’d have to think that if I were in Stan’s position I would be flaunting my power and authority in front of every new person I met...at least, until someone like Laleen threw herself at me...

Between the phallic looking showers, and now the Little Shop of Horrors toilet, I can say without any hesitation that the Lexx has the most creative indoor plumbing I’ve ever seen on a giant, semi-sentient, planet crushing insect.

Alright, enough beating around the bush...let’s get to the meat of the story...Kai flips out! As soon as he opened his eyes I knew we were all in for it. He looked so...out there. He certainly came up with some creative ways to off the teenage cannon fodder, with Gibble’s demise being my personal favorite. His little punchlines upon doing each of the deeds were all classics, and the way Mike McManus was able to throw his voice in about a dozen or so ways was amazing...I had no idea he could do that. His facial expressions were all gold too. Did anyone catch the face he was making when his protoblood failed? I almost fell over laughing. It’s clear that MM was having the time of his life in this episode, and it’s little wonder why they decided to throw another couple of "Kai goes crazy" eps into season 4. McManus certainly got to show off his range as an actor, and his performance in this episode makes me want to see some of his other work.

Isn’t using one of Lexx’s full stream shots to kill a single moth just a bit of an overkill? Then again, I suppose if I had a pissed off Divine Assassin on my heels I would shoot first and ask questions later. On that note, Stan the Man may have his foibles (and a great many they may be), but he has his moments of unbridled courage (which may or may not owe a generous nod to blatant stupidity), as was displayed when he decided to stay behind and help Xev. Of course that’s the best decision he could have made, as he would have been dispatched had he stayed in the moth.

I just cannot say enough good things about this episode. I thought having seen Haley’s Comet first would somehow curb my enjoyment of it, but nope. It kicked ass in so many ways. So did it surpass my beloved Game? Difficult to say...I’ll definitely say it’s up there. All in all this is one episode I could watch over and over again without ever getting tired of it.

Cheery bye.

Last edited on Mon Nov 13th, 2006 12:51 pm by Bilbo67



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 Posted: Mon Nov 13th, 2006 09:57 pm

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This is one of my all time fave eps of season two, Brigadoom being the first.  Even as a dead guy MM was quite an amazing actor.  I never much liked slasher movies, but the performances in this episode give 80s horror movies a new meaning.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2006 02:23 am

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This was a 'killer' episode..(sorry) I loved the fact that they had Kai showing some black humour and allowed him to just kind of go nuts...AND it's the first episode where Laleen/Bunny makes her appearance.

Trivia note:

The kid that played "Tad" in this ep went on to play a MM/Kai character in MICHAEL Donovan's series of 'Made in Canada/The Industry" in an episode called 'Arcadia 3000"  that made a  spoof of a Scifi show based on  Lexx production. He played opposite a young blonde German Model/actress by the name of 'Tempesta' that didn't speak, but the German director had the hots for her..heheh

It has to be seen to be believed....they didn't miss a trick.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 29th, 2008 08:18 pm

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I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, definitely one of my favourites in season 2. Kai going bonkers is in itself a joy to behold (and a good opportunity to see a wider range of McManus's acting scope) but also, twists like this in the scenario allow both Stan and Xev to step outside their normal range of behaviour: since there's no Kai to rely upon, they must be more inventive. And both were mighty courageous.

The references to slasher films were very well done. Laleen even looked a bit like Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween :)

Maya, regarding this trivia tidbit: is that episode somewhere on the net, to your knowledge?



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No, unfortunatley not. The series 'Made in Canada', aka 'The Industry' was made available on DVD for Season 1 only, even though there were 5 seasons. The way I managed to snag it was because my local Public TV station at the time decided to run the ENTIRE series, all 5 seasons, on a weekly basis, in chronological order. Needless to say I was ecstatic. I burned a DVD of the show from my Hi-Def PBS station and so far as I know, I'm the only one to have one. There are a couple videos floating around but they're incomplete and quality sucks. (not commercially available)

It was a hysterical episode and especially since it's such a close connection to Lexx, and  it even showed the Lexx bridge set during one scene. BTW, there are more episodes of that series where Rick Mercer (writer and actor) from the show walks thru the Cryochamber set as he speaks 'to the audience'...

Other Lexx-related actors appearing in MIC: Maury Chaykin, Jeff Hirschfield, Patty Zentilli.



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Maya, you're a fountain of knowledge indeed :)

I found a brief description of the series on IMDB, see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172754/ .



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Yeah, they used to have an official Canadian site, but unfortunately it's been taken down for quite a while. You might run thru the UNofficial (but still great) site for the show here:

http://made-in.ca/

Oh, more trivia:

Chas Lawther, who appeared in various episodes also appeared on Lexx as the Outpost operator in IWHS who asked Stan for the 'Exit Code'..

And Alex Carter, known on the show as 'Damacles', ( a HUGE Hercules satire) now appears sporadically in 'Burn Notice', a hot new show on USA network with....Jeffrey Donovan.  I noticed him in an eiposode and just yelled out..'I AM DAMACLES !!"

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There's a lot more trivial about the show, in that it shared MANY of the crew members who worked on Lexx's movies and series, and of course, the filiming studio of Electropolis where Lexx was filmed as well. 



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