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 Posted: Tue Nov 21st, 2006 04:57 am

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My 2 Cents on Episode 2.19: Brizon
(7/30/02)


Brigadoom is an unenviably tough act to follow. That is likely why they head faked us with a teaser finale in this ep. It was a good one, though I think it would have flowed better if Brigadoom had lead right into the finale.  Hell, since The Net firmly establishes Mantrid as a threat to every living thing in the Light Universe, perhaps they could have followed that ep up with Brizon.  That way, after Brizon gets his comeuppance, the crew is left, defeated and dejected, hopelessly perambulating toward the center of the universe, until they run into the theater troupe, who ultimately infuse them with the grit to go down fighting…

Oh well, that’s why the beans call the shots, and I just supply Neilson points.

The opening scene was one of the coolest effects shots I’ve seen yet. For the first time we got to see real-time ground coverage of what an invasion by Mantrid’s drone fleet looked like. Intimidating stuff really (as well the apocalypse should be). It’s like a swarm of locusts; only in this case the locusts are arm shaped metallic drones sent to do the bidding of a disembodied madman by reducing your planet to dust. Ok, come to think of it, they’re not like locusts.

The scene in which Brizon looks out upon the planet-cruhsing horde made me laugh, because he shrugs it off as though it’s simply rain. Perhaps they’re used to that kind of weather on his planet (ala Woz, where people often partake of their midnight fog walks in the belly of a cyclone). Speaking of Brizon, I was delighted to see that he cruises around the universe in a modified BG stinger…yet another fun little season 1 throwback. 

So, Mantrid wouldn’t respond when challenged to a fair fight. Stan tried reasoning with him, he tried calling him a coward, but he forgot the end-all be-all of fightin’ words: insulting his momma. That would have gotten Mantrid’s attention in a hurry (I suppose...God that joke sucked, disregard it, please).

As I’m sure I’ve emphasized to death by now, any episode that delves into the character’s/universe’s past scores major points with me, so I found it particularly interesting when they revealed that Brizon—not Mantrid—was the mastermind behind the assassin program. To be honest I kind of found the guy to be likable at first. Well, as likable as a strangely dressed, bile leaking, former right hand man to the living incarnate of evil can be. Naturally, this being Lexx, he turned out to be evil. The scene in which he hypnotized Kai (thereby earning his Lexx Villainy merit badge) showed that he meant business, and I can imagine that if I were a first timer seeing this ep I’d have been on the edge of my seat...heck I think I was anyway.

We quickly discover the full extent of Brizon’s nastiness when he reveals that he needs Xev to be his new organ host. The tension between Brizon and Xev was so thick it was almost tangible, as you could tell that she was just itching to give him the old cluster lizard surprise. BTW, I don’t know about you, but if I had some evil S.O.B. hooked up to my liver and all hope appeared to be lost, I’d start guzzling grain alcohol like it was going out of style. One of those “if I go down I’m taking you with me” type situations.

It looked as though they’d really won when Brizon shut off the drone cloud (btw, before I forget, wasn’t it cool how the drones parted Lexx’s shot…almost makes you wonder what it eventually hit; although given the timetable the universe had to work with, it would scarcely matter). Although Brizon, like any villian, had to take his sweet time when it came to the moment of truth. Stan at times almost seemed like Scott Evil...”Brizon, just lemme kill ‘em. I have a big planet crushing insect, he’ll be dead in two seconds.”

The give and take between Mantrid and Brizon was Lexxian dialogue at its absolute finest. Even 790, the prince of putdowns, must tip his hat (er, um...head...I dunno) to some of the slams the two bio-viziers exchanged. Not exactly the most stoic stuff, but they got their point across. This also marks an important moment in the continuing de-evolution of sci-fi, as in 20 years we’ve gone from “When I left you I was the learner, now I am the master” to “You should consider it an honor to have crawled behind me and suckled my shit.” I leave it up to you to decide which has more “oomph” to it.

Brizon established himself as a force to be reckoned with, but by the time he started raving about his delusions of godhood, we were all pretty much ready to see him go. Mantrid didn’t disappoint. It was a wicked twist, the way Brizon was outfoxed. The end shot, with the giant talking Mantrid head, was surreal as it comes. Though it would have done little good, I’d have still taken a shot at it.

This ep ended with an open-ended ending (ok, that was a skosh redundant). Our heroes are back where they started: Mantrid is wreaking havoc, and they don’t know what to do. I still can’t stress enough that if Mantrid had just snuffed them, then he would have won. But, in the long run I realize then there would be no show, so I respectfully acknowledge his decision (not like I was ever rooting for him…Prince I have no trouble pulling for, but there’s no way I can get behind a chubby head in a box that looks and talks like a perpetually inebriated Auric Goldfinger).

Well, all in all a good ep. No Brigadoom mind you (what the hell is?), but it sets the stage for the grand finale, and offers a few interesting tidbits about Kai’s history. Well, that’s enough typing for now. I must get ready for End of the Universe, whilst continuing to ponder just what in the yellow hell that thing Brizon wore around his neck was.

Cheery bye.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 21st, 2006 12:09 pm

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One of the best lines came from Brizon.  Genius is simply the art of planning ahead.  It was funny watching the childish who is more god-like spitting contest between Mantrid and Brizon, two psychos trying to out do one another.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 21st, 2006 07:14 pm

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The banter between Brizon and Mandrid was hysterical, it sounded like 2 pre-schoolers trying to out-insult each other...but Angel is right, the best line is the 'Genius is simply the art of planning ahead'..line, I use that every day, heheh.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 12:51 pm

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and once again he graces us with his astute observations. Damn Bilbo I really look forward to your episode reviews, they're funny and filled with obscure points of view..makes a woman think..gives me a headache but then again..what doesn't in this stupid world we inhabit..:c030a:



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