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 Posted: Mon Nov 20th, 2006 06:01 pm

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My 2 Cents on Episode 2.18: Brigadoom
(7/29/02)


A little belated, I know, but I figure I’d better say my piece.

To put it in a single word: WOW!

Two words: HELL YEAH!

A single phrase: I AM NOT WORTHY!

This episode ruled. I have to say I had my doubts going in. I’ve frequently made known how leery I am of anything with a mountain of hype surrounding it, and like a lot of my uncultured ilk, I’m not a huge fan of musicals. However I am willing to make the occasional exception, and I’m pleased to report that Brigadoom is one of those exceptions. It was great!

The intro, with that eerie mist and the always haunting Brunnen-G fight song, really sucks you in, and brings to mind Kai’s season 4 references to the Dream Zone/Other Zone. Could this perpetual performance be an extension of such a place?

Once the background players were introduced and the performance started I had my reservations, but believe it or not it was the songs themselves that grabbed hold of me. Some of them are down right catchy. Whoever wrote them, be it the beans or Marty Simon, did a top notch job*. The singing was impressive all around, and I must say that Mike and Xenia have pretty good voices. McManus, in particular, seemed right at home on the stage, as this was clearly his kind of performance.

For anyone with a photographic memory (or a DVD player within arm’s reach), I have a question: were those Brunnen-G actors the same ones who accompanied Kai on his ill-fated assault at the beginning of IWHS (I can’t remember if they showed any of the others or not)? If so, kudos to the beans for their continuity. All of the performers did a great job, but I have to say that that one bug-eyed BG (you know who I’m talking about) looked like a man who’d just injected two cups of coffee directly into his aorta.

The main reason why I loved this episode so much is because it finally blows the lid off Kai’s past, and presents us with a wealth of information about the show’s central character (yeah, I’m a Stan fan first and foremost, but Lexx begins and ends with Kai…the others are just along for the ride). It answers such lingering questions as: just what the hell were the BG thinking attacking the Foreshadow with six rinky-dink little fighters?

We learned that after dusting off the insects, the BG sought to defeat their oldest enemy: death. That really got me to thinking:

SEASON 4 SPOILER


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The Game, Prince comments that their chess game mirrors the battle they have been fighting for some time now. That phrase kind of takes on a new meaning, since it is revealed that Prince is the angel of death (according to the man himself anyway…I still have my doubts). It appears the statement has less to do with he and Kai than it does the Brunnen-G’s fanatical struggle to overcome death. I love how that very scene now serves to tie together the events of season 4 with the events that took place thousands of years before IWHS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This episode also furthers Kai’s status as a tragic hero. Simply put, he dared to challenge the status quo, dared to ask "dangerous" questions, and was summarily shunned for it (Socrates anyone?). True, while his venture into the outside world did nothing to save his planet, one has to think that were it not for his curiosity, perhaps there would have been no prophecy at all (and no show…yeah…think about it…).

I think it’s clear that the Brunnen-G’s isolation from the rest of humanity was what allowed the Divine Order to able to spread throughout the universe unchecked. I’d have to think that the BG warrior culture that triumphed in the insect wars could have utterly trounced the fledgling Divine Order. But alas, all of this death, destruction, and conquest was completely off their insular radar. Yet another example of why this story is so tragic, as Kai’s people inadvertently begot the suppression of the universe and the near-extinction of the human race by turning a blind eye to all the goings on.

Speaking of the BG, Xev once commented that Kai is the most frustrating man alive (or not alive…I forget how that whole thing works sometimes). Well, we certainly see where he gets it from. The Brunnen-G have got to be the most frustrating culture in the two universes. They went to absolutely ridiculous lengths to escape death, then once they learn of their impending doom they welcome it with open arms. If I were Kai (and God willing, minus the chopped out organs part, some day I will be) those people would have had me tearing out my oddly styled, mysteriously erect hair after hearing the BG’s decision.

The best scene in the entire episode, bar none, had to be when the stage transformed into a field of stars, and the cast began singing the Brunnen-G fight song while we were treated to shots of the stingers going into battle. That got my blood going, and before it was over I was singing along.

I have seen this episode compared to both a passion play, and a morality tale. While I noticed shades of both, I’m going to have to throw my lot in with those who maintain that the entire production was put on for Stan’s sake (tie goes to the Stunner, after all). Notice how he was sucked into the performance, in full spite of his unwavering desire to just get the hell out of there. In the end he finally woke up and realized that if you’ve got to go, you might as well go out on your own terms. The moral to this story, basically: it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

I can’t say enough good things about this episode. I thought season 2 peaked with Wake the Dead, but this ep left even WTD in its dust. Heck, this is right up there with my beloved Game. I’m glad I waited all this time to finally see this ep. I may not have liked it so much if I’d seen it before I came to fully appreciate Lexx. But, as it is, this episode thrilled me, and will be one of the first I purchase when I eventually set aside enough scratch to start up my DVD collection.

Last but not least: does anyone know where I could download the songs from this ep? Particularly Good Way to Die, as I’ve had it stuck in my head for the past few days. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing them release the entire Brigadoom soundtrack as a separate album. Do I smell another petition coming on???????

Cheery bye.

* Upon initially posting this review on the bboard, PeridotEyes informed me that the lyrics were penned by Paul Donovan, Lex Giggerof and Gigerof’s brother, Andre Haines. Lex had a number of cameos, including the HDS avatar in IWHS and the emcee in Lafftrak. Andre Haines was in Lafftrak as one of the Leester/Leeber fighter pilots, the season 3 ep Girltown, and a few others.

The actual music was borrowed from German children’s songs, so if any of our resident Deutschlanders can help me out, I’d be most appreciative (Shenandora, Aena, I’m looking to you first).

A much, much, much belated thanks to PE for that heads up. You rock!!!!!



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 Posted: Mon Nov 20th, 2006 11:59 pm

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Thank you, Bilbo, for this review! Although no Prince in this episode, I really love it.

In The Game, Prince comments that their chess game mirrors the battle they have been fighting for some time now. That phrase kind of takes on a new meaning, since it is revealed that Prince is the angel of death (according to the man himself anyway…I still have my doubts). It appears the statement has less to do with he and Kai than it does the Brunnen-G’s fanatical struggle to overcome death. I love how that very scene now serves to tie together the events of season 4 with the events that took place thousands of years before IWHS.

Wow, I never brought the both eps in connection, those are really great thoughts! I will defenitely watch them again and find out for myself.

The best scene in the entire episode, bar none, had to be when the stage transformed into a field of stars, and the cast began singing the Brunnen-G fight song while we were treated to shots of the stingers going into battle. That got my blood going, and before it was over I was singing along.

That scene brought tears into my eyes, it really is well done.

Last but not least: does anyone know where I could download the songs from this ep? Particularly Good Way to Die, as I’ve had it stuck in my head for the past few days. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing them release the entire Brigadoom soundtrack as a separate album. Do I smell another petition coming on???????

Oh, that would be great! I'd defenitely be in/with this petition!!!

The actual music was borrowed from German children’s songs, so if any of our resident Deutschlanders can help me out, I’d be most appreciative (Shenandora, Aena, I’m looking to you first).

When I was a child - and later also - I was humming this song, mostly while taking a shower. I couldn't remember what it was and I never asked my parents, but I will defenitely do so now. I'll let you know when I found out more about it...

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 Posted: Tue Nov 21st, 2006 07:19 am

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This is my absolute favorite episode from season two.  The story is very telling of Kai's bravery.  I had not seen the four movies yet when I first saw this episode, so before this, I'd only seen some glimpses of Kai's past, and this tied it together so much more for me.  I loved the music, simple though it was, and it only took them 8 days to make this episode, it was all done very quickly, yet is the best ep of season two IMO.



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I loved this ep, but it did take a bit to get used to the idea....the theatrical setting really was gorgeous and the Master of Ceremonies was very professional. I'm sure that the cast had a great time performing in a stage setting...and we get to see Patty for the first time !

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damn.. I wish I had won the bid on the Key to Kai's prison cell..

loved this episode..loved the songs, the music and Kai singing? Who knew the boy had a voice..

Stan and his reluctance to join the reindeer's in their games..usual Stan..and finally did anyone notice how 'normal' Kai's hairdo looked when the other Brunnen-G's came out wearing versions of it? That surprised me..I always thought he looked weird but when the rest of the cast came out it looked pretty good..

Costumes were yummy too and I'm one of those rare and elite people who got to see Kai's rainbow costume up close and personal!

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Tough!

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I got to see Kai's rainbow suit up close and personal too, thanks to CheshireKat.  It is so beautifully made, the detail and work that went into it is amazing, such bright colors too, truly a work of art.



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Okay, I still don't know the titel of the song, but the following is at least the text of it:

Schlaf mein Kindchen,
schlaf ein Stündchen,
~bajuskibajuu~
Silbermond und Wolkenschäfchen
schau´n von oben zu


Translation:

Sleep my little child,
sleep an hour,
~bajuskibajuu~
Silvermoon and cloud lambs
watch you from above


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I adored this episode as it was *so* original in it's story telling and the music was so simple yet effective. Andre Haines (Lex Gigaroff's brother) said that he had to dub some of the voices for the characters, by using his own (the two friends of Kai), and did all the musical arrangements for the episode as well.

But oohh ya! Our boy Michael sang wonderfully as did Xenia, and some of you might have spotted Patricia Zentilli in the chorus as well. But my favorite was the Time Prophet Song, and I still try to deepen my voice for that Marlena Deitrich(s/p?) effect!

*Wistfully reaches for the old video of that ep*

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I agree Buggy, the episode is outstanding and a benchmark in Scifi TV history for being a musical first and a Scifi show second.



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Shenandora wrote: Okay, I still don't know the titel of the song, but the following is at least the text of it:

Schlaf mein Kindchen,
schlaf ein Stündchen,
~bajuskibajuu~
Silbermond und Wolkenschäfchen
schau´n von oben zu


Translation:

Sleep my little child,
sleep an hour,
~bajuskibajuu~
Silvermoon and cloud lambs
watch you from above




Awesome Shen!

I take it this particular song served as the basis for Good Way To Die?  It seems to fit with the tune (yes, I sang it aloud...piss-poor German pronunciation and all).

Were you able to find any other information about it (or about any of the other songs, for that matter)?


 



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Bilbo wrote:
Awesome Shen!

I take it this particular song served as the basis for
Good Way To Die?  It seems to fit with the tune (yes, I sang it aloud...piss-poor German pronunciation and all).

Yes, your're right. That's the song. Damn distance...otherwise I would offer you some private German lessons and sing that song for you ;-)

Were you able to find any other information about it (or about any of the other songs, for that matter)?


I will take that ep with me to my family next weekend so that they can listen to all songs. As soon as I find out more I'll let ya know...

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Shenandora wrote: Yes, your're right. That's the song. Damn distance...otherwise I would offer you some private German lessons and sing that song for you ;-)

To quote a character from my fan-fic: I'm a lethally quick study

(provided I can reign in my untrustworthy attention for more than ten seconds)



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One of the other songs was this one: Summ Summ Summ

Refrain: Summ, summ, summ, Bienchen summ herum.
(1) Ei wir tun dir nichts zuleide, flieg nur aus, in Wald und Heide.
Refrain:
Summ, summ, summ, Bienchen summ herum.


(2) Sonne über allen Wegen, Blütenduft weht uns entgegen.


(3) Such in Töpfchen, such in Blümchen, dir ein Tröpfchen, dir ein Krümchen. 


(4) Kehre heim mit reicher Habe, bau uns manche volle Wabe. 


(5) Füll mit süßem Saft die Waben, wollen uns mit Honig laben.


Translation (as far as it makes sense...hope it does): humm humm humm

chorus: humm humm humm, bee humm around

1) oi, we won´t harm you, just fly out, to glen and heath.

chorus: humm humm humm, bee humm around

2)sun above all paths, blossom scent drifts towards us.

chorus: humm humm humm, bee humm around

3)Seek in potty, seek in floret, yourself a droplet, yourself a crumb.

chorus: humm humm humm, bee humm around

5) Return home with rich possessions, build us some filled honeycomb.

chorus: humm humm humm, bee humm around

6) Fill with sweet juice the honeycombs, want to refresh ourselves with honey.

 

Which Brigadoom song? Think it was the very first one.... humm humm humm - dull dull dull

Not quite sure....but I think so....



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Aenea wrote: Which Brigadoom song? Think it was the very first one.... humm humm humm - dull dull dull

Not quite sure....but I think so....

Pretty sure you're right...the lyrics seem to mesh perfectly with the rhythm (in other words, I made yet another futile attempt to sing in German).



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Oh, thanks, Aenea. Yes, that should be the song.

Well, I'm still trying to get the other German songs, but unfortunately part of my family no longer own a DVD player. I'm going to tape all eps, since my mom is a Lexx fan as well. I told her about Prince, but she never saw s3, 'only' s1 and 2 ;-)


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