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 Posted: Mon Nov 20th, 2006 01:21 am

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My 2 Cents on Episode 2.17: The Net
(7/25/02)

Once again, gotta make this quick...

This was an interesting episode. While not directly dealing with the overall Mantrid arc, it was still well written, suspenseful, and downright creepy in some places. This is another of the short list of season 2 eps that I’ve seen before, and I enjoyed it even more this time because I could finally see how it fit into the big picture.

The opening sequence, depicting massive swaths of the universe vanishing is eerie, and goes to show that Mantrid means business, and that there is little hope for stopping him.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think Stan looks cooler without his hat (verges on blasphemy, I know…but I’m willing to go there). He looks meaner, more serious, and in the scenes where he is possessed, a hell of a lot scarier. It’s amazing the disarming effect such a seemingly meaningless piece of clothing can have on a character.

So Lexx is afraid of spiders. I’m with him 100% on that one. I’m absolutely terrified of them, and no amount of that “they’re more afraid of you than you are of them” malarkey will ever sway my thinking (I’m a 220 pound former college defensive lineman, and to this day I won’t get close enough to a spider to kill it…growing up, I frequently had to ask my sister to kill them for me). I’ve got to say that if I were flying the Lexx and encountered a spider web miles across, I’d probably have a heart attack, stroke, aneurism, seizure, and a bilateral migraine all at once.

You know it’s kind of ironic: in a number of episodes, the crew could have avoided trouble if they’d only listened to Stan. Well, this time around they could have avoided trouble if they’d only listened to 790. They chocked up his comments as nothing more than routine Stan bashing, but he was actually right all along (it’s like the boy who cried wolf…or the disembodied automaton who cried kill the nitwit security guard).

Of course in the world of Lexx, the enemies that truly mean business are the ones capable of putting Kai out of commission (and let’s face it, if they didn’t occasionally incapacitate the dead guy, the beans would have had to file-thirteen a number of promising plots). I’m kind of scratching my head as to exactly how the web was able to subdue him, but by this point I’ve already accepted the existence of a sentient cosmic spider that can spin invisible webs the size of the Denver metro area, so I’ll safely assume it was somehow able to interfere with his protoblood. That said, I thought it was cool how he just sprung back to life as soon as they removed the parasite from him.

As I mentioned before, Stan, when he was possessed, looked absolutely evil. Kudos to Brian Downey on an excellent job of facial acting. This, coupled with the strange noises emanating from within the Lexx helped to craft a freaky, dare I say Lovecraftian atmosphere.

As I’ve alluded to in past reviews, I’m something of a sucker for any scene that lets us see more of the Lexx’s interior. I know the beans aren’t too big on explaining how the big bug works (and who can blame them…the damn thing is basically a phallic-shaped Rube Goldberg contraption), but the scene where they tap into one of Lexx’s optic nerves gives us a glimpse of its combined biological/technological inner workings, while still veering safely left of the “hard” sci-fi approach.

You know if I were Stan, I wouldn’t have to be told when there was only one day left. I would probably have been counting down the time minute by minute. Of course, due to his being possessed, he may have lost track of time. On that note, Xev finally said to Kai what I’m sure we’ve all thought from time to time...sometimes he’s just a pain in the ass to talk to. Gotta admit, he took it like a good little stoic.

In addition to being creepy as all hell (and, in a sense, slightly derivative of Eating Pattern), the bug using Stan as a host allows us one of the few outsiders’ perspectives on Mantrid’s rampage, further demonstrating the extent to which his wrath is being felt. It’s one thing to feel for our heroes, but now we come to learn that everyone and everything is making a mad dash to look out for number one…in that regard, one could posit that the little critter wasn’t really a villain at all…he was just trying to save his own skin (although I had no trouble at all rooting against him).

Continuing from my previous admission of abject, irrational cowardice, I must say that if I opened my mouth and a huge spider crawled out, I’d probably lose it right there and scream for Kai to kill me. That’s how terrified I am of those damn things. Little bugger was nimble too, as it was able to dodge Kai’s brace several times, a feat that many proud young warriors and revolutionaries obviously failed to accomplish. Guess it didn’t count on a love slave with a pair of cluster lizard combat boots.

The good guys won again, but the ending of the episode was hardly uplifting. It’s kind of depressing to see that the crew has essentially given in to the fact that they’re goners, and as a first time viewer I had absolutely no clue how they were gonna get out of this jam. BTW, maybe I missed it, but did they ever explain just why they’re going to the center of the universe? Perhaps it just seemed like a good idea at the time.

Finally, we all know by now that this ep was heavily lifted from The Web, which contained essentially the same material. That being said, is there anyone out there who has seen it? I know the Brits got it, as Sadgeezer has a review, but that’s the only country I know of that’s seen it. What I basically want to know is, how much different is it?

Well, we’re winding down as far as season 2 goes, with (IMHO) the best still to come.

Cheery bye.



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 Posted: Mon Nov 20th, 2006 07:29 am

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Bilbo67 wrote:
Maybe it’s just me, but I think Stan looks cooler without his hat (verges on blasphemy, I know…but I’m willing to go there). He looks meaner, more serious, and in the scenes where he is possessed, a hell of a lot scarier. It’s amazing the disarming effect such a seemingly meaningless piece of clothing can have on a character.


I think in this episode the purpose of making him possessed/controlled by the spider and not wearing the hat did make his performance much more chilling.  He really is a wonderful actor, even with his face expressions alone.



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 Posted: Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 07:58 am

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weren't they going to the center of the universe to find the wormhole to get back to the light universe to get kai more protoblood? or am I wrong? I saw the Web and the Net here in the states, they did run it on the scifi channel..it was the same but it wasn't, there were nuances that made them different and I'd have to see the episodes again to pinpoint the differences..you want a copy Bilbo? I got one somewhere in my closet..maybe I'll dig it out and send it to ya? If'n ya want it... 



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wonder, why they decided to air The Net, because The Web is imo better episode.

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I recently watched both episodes which were for all intents the same episode.  The only difference was Stan being possessed in The Net.  But the footage, plot and story are exactly the same except for maybe 5 or 10 minutes total and then at the end you get this whole you're still sleeping bit.

It felt like they were short an episode and someone just said hey let's add a few minutes of Stan acting crazy to The Web and then we find out that everyone was sort of in this dream and call it a different episode.  

To me it was rather disappointing, I was left feeling like I did when they did that whole "Pam's Dream" bit with Dallas.  It was like the writers had a really bad brain fart and just threw something together because that had no idea what to do.



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The Web/Net was originally supposed to be the same episode but Paul decided to pay hommage to the famous Japanese movie 'Roshomon" and show the story from two different perspectives, that's why there are essentially the same story twice, but from 2 different points of view.





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mayaXXX wrote: :BULLWHIP::badger::cat01::tweety:

 

The Web/Net was originally supposed to be the same episode but Paul decided to pay hommage to the famous Japanese movie 'Roshomon" and show the story from two different perspectives, that's why there are essentially the same story twice, but from 2 different points of view.



Thanks for explaining it.  It still sort of falls flat for me.  However IMO this was really the only "bad" episode in the whole series for me.  It just feels like filler no matter how I look at it.



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Abby1964 wrote: mayaXXX wrote: :BULLWHIP::badger::cat01::tweety:

 

The Web/Net was originally supposed to be the same episode but Paul decided to pay hommage to the famous Japanese movie 'Roshomon" and show the story from two different perspectives, that's why there are essentially the same story twice, but from 2 different points of view.



Thanks for explaining it.  It still sort of falls flat for me.  However IMO this was really the only "bad" episode in the whole series for me.  It just feels like filler no matter how I look at it.

In a way it was filler, I think it was Brian that said something about it a long time ago.  The show had budget restraints.



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I seem to recall reading something like that too. And didn't he say that although it sounded like a really good way to save money, in fact they had to stop filming several times while they hashed out the story continuity as there were some big issues.


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