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 Posted: Mon Nov 13th, 2006 12:50 pm

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My 2 Cents on Episode 2.12: Norb
(7/18/02)


Well, Nook has apparently been given the heave-ho, so, moving right along...

Wake the Dead is a nigh-impossible act to follow, so delving back into the primary story arc was a smart move. This was a good ep overall, and it’s one of the few season 2 episodes that I’ve seen before. However, this was before I was a full fledged Lexxian (still not quite out of the "What the hell is this crap?" stage that, let’s face it, we all grappled with at one point or another), so I didn’t really follow the story, but it’s one of the episodes that helped to suck me in (Woz hooked me for good).

Mantrid is back! This is when we really start to get into the meat of the season 2 story arc, as the remaining episodes progress from stand-alone romps to a race against time. True, it’s just a wee bit convenient that Mantrid chooses to destroy Lexx and co. last, but then again, there would be no show if he simply wiped them out ("Bilbo, you dolt…").

The drone army’s destruction of the "candy station" (which looked like a collaboration between Salvador Dali and the Parker Brothers) was awesome, as it literally disintegrated before our eyes.

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the real Norb was snuffed by Mantrid. Either that, or that kid kept one helluva secret for one helluva long time.

I like how this ep fleshes out (so to speak) the character of 790. I’ve always praised Lexx for its character development, but up until now the robot head had remained rather one-dimensional. The fact that he was, in a sense, once "human" really makes one feel for him (concurrently recalling the dehumanizing atrocities of the Cluster), as he is more than just a machine living up to its love slave programming. He has real human emotions (which leads me to believe he would harbor bottomless contempt for Stan regardless).

I can certainly see how waking up in a still growing Lexx could be disorienting for Stan. It reminds me of one April fool’s day, when I got up in the wee hours and moved all of my roommate’s stuff to the roof. But that’s a tale for another day...

Up until now I always thought that the Lexx didn’t even acknowledge the existence of anyone other than its captain (except in such extreme cases as an understandably befuddling gender swap). Turns out the big bug will talk to pert near anyone, so long as Stan tells him to. On that note, everything that came out of Lexx’s "mouth" cracked me up. The give-and-take between Stan and 790, with Lexx as the intermediary, was classic, and for whatever reason I’ve had the phrase "Mantrid drone little one armed thing that flies" stuck in my head for the past 24 hours.

Well, now we finally know how the drones multiply. I can only imagine how a first timer with no prior Lexx knowledge would be scratching their head, wondering how Mantrid is able to replenish his numbers, as well as wipe out planets so fast. They use anything and everything to make more of themselves (for some reason I’m picturing little one armed MacGuyvers). The fact that they were almost able to wipe the Lexx out in a matter of minutes shows that they mean business. Speaking of meaning business....

We all know Kai is a killing machine...that’s a given. But I had NO idea he could wield his brace like THAT. He must have taken out two or three hundred drones in a matter of seconds. In addition, this finally puts to rest the question that has plagued Lexxians from the beginning: would Divine assassins make good Ginsu chefs? Watch that scene again and try to convince me the answer is no...

Once again the exterior shots of the Lexx were breath taking, with the shot of the Lexx reversing its thrusters being one of the coolest I’ve ever seen.

Finally, we saw in this episode that Xev really does care for 790. Up until now it appeared that she only tolerated him, but the fact that she was willing to risk her life (and Stan’s, though I can’t imagine that weighing too heavily on her conscience), shows that perhaps 790’s unwavering admiration for Xev isn’t a one way street. Of course...

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...if they’d left him to fry, then a certain little blue planet upon which we all happen to reside would still be in one piece. But I digress.

All in all another solid ep. The ending had a kind of Twilight Zone feel to it, and cemented the fact that Mantrid is not to be taken lightly. Though I know how it ends, I can’t wait to see how the remaining events of the season play themselves out. Well, that’s all for now, gotta get ready for Twilight.

Cheery bye.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2006 02:04 am

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I have to agree with your assesment of Kai's speed with his brace. Before that episode, Kai came off as very plodding and deliberate. This example gave you a better idea of his skills as a Divine Assassin, as did the scene toward the end of "Woz" where he ran up the wall during his escape.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 14th, 2006 07:03 pm

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As the seasons progressed we saw alot more kewl actions with Kai's brace.  They could always advertise him as Food chopper.  Norb was also a sad ep in a way, because we realize little gutsy Norb is dead.



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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2011 01:36 pm

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I just watched this one again over the weekend. and there was a lot more development with 790 and with Kai.

After watching this one I realized that 790 is actually the most 'aware' of the bunch. His warnings get ignored but by the end of the episode you realize that he was actually giving good advice. Kind of like the character in a horror movie that warns you not to go into the haunted house but you go anyway and you realize "Oh crap! I should have listened to that guy."

We do see the brace is a lot more handy than what we think but what sticks with me about Kai is the fact that he pretty much tells us that he is not just what we see and that he is in effect just as much of a free agent as Stanley and Xev.

"I take suggestions from others....sometimes."

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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2011 09:24 pm

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And of course, Kai is never 'rude'....what he really means is...I'll take suggestions when and if I feel like it and not before..'...

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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2011 11:44 pm

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mayaXXX wrote:
And of course, Kai is never 'rude'....what he really means is...I'll take suggestions when and if I feel like it and not before..'...

:c030a:


He's neither rude nor crude so I guess I have to finish the phrase for him
...and if you don't like it you can kiss my dead, decarbonized, cryogenically preserved ehem.

There's a few times in the series where he gives that look and you know hes thinking :kissmyass:

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 Posted: Thu May 19th, 2011 02:30 pm

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Bilbo, you wrote "the drone army’s destruction of the 'candy station'... was awesome, as it literally disintegrated before our eyes" - but unless you are using the term "destruction" to mean alteration, I didn't perceive it the way you described.

When elsewhere
the hordes of one-armed devices were seen destroying planets or space stations, they were first seen approaching their targets resembling a dark cloud. They annihilated and assimilated all the matter thus becoming an even larger cloud.

In Norb, on the other hand - and correct me if I'm wrong, I didn't go back and watch this again just now - I remember the candy ship appearing to suddenly lose every bit of its cheery coloration then dispersing into the individual
attacking arms.

I think Mantrid knew that Norb had met the Lexx crew and had had his mechanized minions take on the guise of this candy station - similar to how in Brizon they took the form of a giant sledge hammer and other shapes - to capture Norb just for the purpose to which he was ultimately put.

As much as I remember wishing to find a reason to believe so, I don't think there can be any doubt that they got Norb and killed him shortly after he ejected from his ship, although it wasn't shown.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 17th, 2011 09:54 pm

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Be_You_ wrote: In Norb, on the other hand - and correct me if I'm wrong, I didn't go back and watch this again just now - I remember the candy ship appearing to suddenly lose every bit of its cheery coloration then dispersing into the individual attacking arms.

I think Mantrid knew that Norb had met the Lexx crew and had had his mechanized minions take on the guise of this candy station - similar to how in Brizon they took the form of a giant sledge hammer and other shapes - to capture Norb just for the purpose to which he was ultimately put.

As much as I remember wishing to find a reason to believe so, I don't think there can be any doubt that they got Norb and killed him shortly after he ejected from his ship, although it wasn't shown.

Good catch.  Agree with you 100%.  One of those things that just didn't dawn on me at the time.

 



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