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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2006 12:39 am

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My 2 Cents on Episode 3.03: Gametown
(8/6/02)

“Game on!”

Not quite sure why I felt the need to slip that in there.  Anyhoo…

Another quality season 3 ep (are there any other kinds????) that heaps even more questions onto the already towering pile of quandaries the beans have thrown at us in just under three elapsed hours. In addition to that, we learn yet another of the fundamental laws of the universe: the dead got game!

I can’t quite decide if Stan has already foreseen a bad end regarding his deal with Prince. The short scene, in which he and Xev discuss the ethical ramifications of bartering a deal with a figment of one’s imagination (as Stan still believes the spectral Prince to be), seems to indicate that he is aware, at least on some level, of the consequences.  This would be in keeping with Prince’s way of doing things, as Stan was essentially damned the instant he agreed to destroy Water, and is just going through the motions from here on out.

Having resigned myself to the out-of-nowhere introduction of the moth breeders in the previous episode, I now find myself owing them a generous tip o’ the old bonnet. Those are some industrious little scamps. Granted, the beans never even bother to hint at how the moths are made, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that to be able to whip together half a dozen of them in just a few hours’ time is a feat worth mentioning (especially when you consider that the breeders have had no exercise or nourishment in forty-odd centuries, and that as emasculated, lobotomized, living automatons forced to dress like unichromatic bobsledders, they probably pine endlessly for the blessed respite of the grave…or not, I don’t know).

The exterior shot of Gametown is—as we’ve become accustomed to—visually stunning. I can’t quite decide what it looks like. I’m torn between a giant pagoda house, and an old-fashioned windmill that’s had the fan section broken off. Best not to mull over something like this for too long...overanalyzing Lexx can be migraine inducing.

So apparently, all it takes to placate a bunch of heavily armed, paranoid strangers is a friendly wave (I’ll make sure and bear that in mind should I ever find myself ambling around the high crime part of town at four in the morning)…sheesh, no wonder the folks from Water can’t win a battle to save their lives (or..non-lives…NO…I’m not doing this again).

While the game that the Gametowners were playing was certainly creative (best I can tell, a combo between basketball and soccer), it doesn’t look all that challenging. The net is so big it’s almost impossible not to score. Still, it’s nice to know that there is a heaven out there for jocks, where we will forever engage in intramural sporting events with a multitude of buxom women. TAKE ME NOW LORD! Hmm…I seem to still be here...wasn’t counting on that...ok, I’ll keep writing.

Kai really needs to work on his preliminary social skills. “I won’t be killing you...yet,” is hardly the way to ingratiate one’s self within the ranks of a strange world’s cultural elite. Still, he more than makes up for it by absolutely kicking ass on the court. As soon as I saw him spin that ball on his finger, I knew it was go time.

Stan’s near miss of Water had me on the edge of my seat the first time I saw this ep (though better judgment told me that he wouldn’t get the job done this early). This helps to further the unspoken rift between he and Xev, as neither of them are entirely certain of what is real and what isn’t. This point is further hammered home when Prince visits Xev in a dream (hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t at times). She looks confused, and rightfully so, and it always seemed to me that while she thinks she cares for him, she really can’t help herself, as Prince has some sort of control over her (he is, after all, a master manipulator…plus he’s got that intoxicating accent to boot [all right, that’s enough dwelling on Nigel for one night…back to ogling Xev]). Still, as one who has been taken advantage of before, it is clear that Xev is mentally weighing her options while Prince dismissively talks about vaporizing millions of people she’s never met. You can’t help but feel for the poor girl…she (like Stan) very much wants to be in love, but is headstrong enough to remain suspicious of Prince’s motives.

Ah, and now we come to two simultaneous renowned moments. On one hand we have the famous shower scene, and on the other hand we have Sci-Fi’s infamous “who-sneezed-on-the-negatives” approach to editing. The way Kai is able to keep a straight face lends this otherwise ribald scene the ability to arouse laughter, in addition to....um...other things. That actually got me to thinking: while we all know Mike McManus is the epitome of professionalism, one has to imagine that he occasionally (i.e., repeatedly) flubbed his lines when shooting this particular segment. Oh well, all part of suffering for the art I suppose ;). BTW, 790’s reaction and line about needing a lube job....priceless.

So it turns out that Fifi is a weasel. That was to be expected. After all, he reminds me just a little too much of Steve Buscemi (those familiar with his work know what I mean). Yet another visually stunning shot of Fifi and the moth breeders flying through the atmospheric funnel. I frankly don’t know why ANYONE in their right mind would want to go to Fire from Water, but I guess that’s a little thing they like to call plot advancement. I took this to be a variant of the Paradise Lost, “better to reign in hell than serve in Heaven” logic; and given the season 2 penchant for dusting off second-tier bad guys after just one episode, I was pleasantly surprised to see Fifi make it all the way to the end credits intact.  

Stan’s cocked, locked, and ready to set water to a boil.  Needing to employ some quick-as-a-whip heroics, Xev once again reaches into her little bag of tricks and viola: gymnastics, cluster lizard style! When Stan asked why she’s never done that nifty little spin trick before, I half expected her to whip out the old Kai-ism “you didn’t ask.” You’ve also got to admit, she employs a pretty creative means of getting Stan to shut up (considering she’s plenty strong enough to strangle him with her hands, and has been known to wield a mean boot). Still, if you absolutely have to be asphyxiated to death, that would be the way to do it. As for the actors themselves, I imagine their respective interior monologues to have gone something like this:

 

BRIAN DOWNEY: “And to think, they’re paying me for this!

 

XENIA SEEBERG: “They’re not paying me nearly enough for this!”

Now the big shocker: May was just a ruse all along. This had me scratching my head for quite some time the first time I saw it (although if you think back, the writing has been on the wall since the start of the previous ep…one of the first things May said to Kai was “I’m very good with pain,” which we all dismissed as a little throwaway aside). And you’ve got to love Prince’s cryptic foreshadowing, in which he talks about choices, and about how Stan will get the reward he truly deserves. Believe me when I say I had a thousand wild ideas running through my mind when I first saw this ep. I only wish I’d been a part of the Lexx community back then, as I’d have had some kindred spirits to share my inane theories with.

So Stan narrowly averted doing a very bad thing (but at what cost?), Xev is of two minds about what she wants to do to Prince, and Kai is an All-American (to the victor goes the spoils).  Prince has the psychological upper hand and then some, and to top it all off, Fifi has carjacked the moths and found himself in the employ of a shady looking chromedome in a snazzy overcoat.  All in all, another wicked cliffhanger that succeeded in making me salivate for more like the hyper-simplistic Pavlovian dog I am!

Cheery bye.

Last edited on Mon Dec 4th, 2006 12:41 am by Bilbo67



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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2006 12:57 am

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OoOooooOoo

sorry I can't seem to get past the shower scene *drool* now I've got to take a bath!

damn..

I'll get back to you on this one..

*anybody got any spare batteries?*



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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2006 06:11 am

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Ketana wrote:
*anybody got any spare batteries?*

You naughty girl... ;-)

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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2006 06:26 am

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Bilbo wrote:
…plus he’s got that intoxicating accent to boot [all right, that’s enough dwelling on Nigel for one night…

Oh, but it can't be long enough, can it... ;-)

Nice episode. Great scenes, especially the shower scene, lol. I think Patricia and Michael did a wonderful job.

Thanks for this review, Bilbo!

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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2006 12:05 pm

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Too bad that sci fi censored the crap out of the shower scenes.  Have you seen it on DVD?  Nothing is cut out.  May's character is interesting, she turns out to be evil, so what was she doing on water?  Did Prince have spies planted through out water to do his bidding?



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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2006 03:54 pm

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Ketana wrote:  now I've got to take a bath!

*anybody got any spare batteries?*

So you've got one of those cool shower radios too, eh?



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Angel wrote: May's character is interesting, she turns out to be evil, so what was she doing on water?  Did Prince have spies planted through out water to do his bidding?
As Prince said someplace, sometimes mistakes are made. Fifi doesn't belong on Water either IMO. Which is why he goes traipsing off to Fire, because he's bored out of his skull.



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