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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2006 05:01 am

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My 2 Cents on Episode 3.04: Boomtown
(8/11/02)



I missed this ep—as well as the next one—the first time they aired, so this is uncharted territory for me. I liked it, as each of the four principle characters (Stan, Xev, Kai, and Prince, who’s more than earned a seat at the head table by this point) gets their own little story. It also turns out that Fifi plays a much bigger role than I expected him to. I always assumed Duke just iced him and got it over with. It’s a good thing he didn’t, as I think Fifi makes a great bad guy (quite possibly the only conscience-stricken villain in the show’s entire run).

I kind of liked the people of Gametown.  They were outgoing, energetic, share my enthusiasm for physical fitness, and their commitment to post-game hygiene is second to none.  So it was kind of sad to see them go. But on the other hand, I’ve run afoul of a few Brocks in my time, and those people smiled just a little too much, so perhaps it was all for the better. The sweeping shots of the moth brigade bombing the town back into the Stone Age were, as always, excellently done.  Though we’re still at the point where we have no idea who Duke is, we get to see Fifi’s true nature rear its ugly head.  Kudos to Jeff Pustil’s facial acting: just the look in his eyes conveyed that he was finally venting some long-cultivated aggression. 

So now Bunny is smitten with Kai. Doesn’t that just beat all? Kai doesn’t even have to try; yet all these beautiful women throw themselves at him. Perhaps I could stand to learn a thing or two from ol’ tall dark and deadly (note to self: speak in harshly straightforward monotone, kill people, dress like a psychedelic Johnny Cash, rigorously avoid sunlight, style hair with a popcorn bowl and a shitload of rubber cement…clear schedule for remainder of month).

Speaking of Bunny and venting aggression, her arrival on the Lexx serves to remind us that she is horning in on 790’s territory, and the petulant little trashcan will have none of it (maybe it’s the breakneck pace of the story, or the overall tone of season 3, but we see and hear little from 790 throughout this season…methinks maybe that’s why they went a tad overboard with his Kai infatuation in season 4).

 For a guy who only wants to get laid, Stan sure beats around the bush when explaining what he wants. Perhaps he is attempting to feign a modicum of charm...or perhaps he’s a tad prudish (doubtful, given all he’s been through). To be honest, when Bunny noted that Boomtown is a “non-stop sex city,” I half expected Stan to immediately vanish, leaving only a cloud of smoke, ala the roadrunner. He must have suffered from temporary brain lock (that, or he was remembering all of the other numerous occasions when he thought he was going to get some, only to be humiliated and/or nearly killed).
While we’re on that scene, I don’t know if they intentionally set out to make Xev sound excessively bitchy, but given the circumstances I think it works perfectly.  After all, she’s starving, hasn’t showered in God knows how long (come on Xenia, take one for the team), she and her friends have pretty much gotten the runaround since they woke up, she’s still stewing about her near-miss with Prince, and I imagine she was none too happy about having to let Stan cop a face full o’ feel just to keep him from annihilating an entire planet.  Not exactly conducive to the Lil’ Miss Sunshine routine. 

I have to tip my hat to the banquet scene on Boomtown. The beans obviously had the time of their lives crafting the numerous double entendres that were slung around, specifically between Xev and Root. Speaking of Root, maybe it’s just a sign of the epicurean times we live in, but I don’t know too many guys who would talk that damn much. I can imagine Lexxians the world over looking at their watches and mouthing “get on with it.”

And now we come to Stan’s moment of triumph. But before we get to that, I must address the aesthetics of the bedroom he is lead into:

Finally, after all this time, we’ve come across an architectural wonder that can give Lexx’s interior a run for its money. One could come to many conclusions as to the true purpose of the numerous...um...sculptures on the wall. Perhaps its derivative of the little-known Georgia O’Keefe wainscoting line. Personally, I think it’s just another example of the generosity of the people of Boomtown. They clearly designed this room so everyone would have someplace to hang their keys ;)

Once again, Kai is forced to explain to a buxom young woman that he has no interest in her, whilst we hopelessly forlorn male Lexxians simply roll our eyes, wondering when it’s going to be our turn (“last man on Earth” ring a bell?). Then comes the icing on the cake, Kai’s nifty little hand trick. Not exactly the paragon of social skills, is he? Still, all things considered, Bunny took it rather well. I’d have most likely shrieked like a woman while simultaneously falling out of my seat. This lead to one of my favorite exchanges of the ep...

Xev: (to Bunny) “You’ll have to find satisfaction elsewhere.”
Kai: “Likewise Xev.”

The deadpan (no pun intended) way in which Kai delivers his lines just gets me every time.

Duketown: not the most original name in the whole series, but it leaves little doubt as to who owns it. Actually, I found the Prince/Duke conflict to be the most intriguing part of the story, and its too bad they couldn’t have spent a little more time on it. It adds another dimension to the series, as the conflict between Fire/Water isn’t simply a black/white issue. There is some internal strife on Fire as well.

Remember my comment a while back about Mike McManus “suffering for the art?” Well, apply that comment to Brian Downey here, but multiply it a few hundred times. Once again we are bombarded with Sci-Fi’s infamous “let’s smear petroleum jelly on the film and those clods at home will be none the wiser…mwa ha ha ha ha!” approach to editing. I won’t harp on it, I’ll simply say that hopefully the DVDs are a little less prudish.

Kai’s conversation with Bunny is yet another subtle clue that perhaps these two planets are not what they seem. I also found it interesting that this is the first (and only?) time the subject of procreation has ever been broached in a Lexx episode. Granted, it’s never been a central issue story wise, but considering that sex is always at the forefront of the characters’ minds, its kind of odd that this is the first time anyone has ever mentioned the consequences. Bunny quickly shrugs off the question, and I must say that I admire her one-dimensional determination to get a rise out of Kai (insert rimshot), no matter how fruitless a venture it may be.

Duke has a rather interesting way of firing (once again, no pun intended) his old subordinate. A reference, perhaps, to Reservoir Dogs? Anyhoo, this is where it really gets interesting. Prince, sensing defeat, apparently surrenders his life to Duke. May kills Prince in order to save him, and is promptly dispatched ala the human tiki torch. Seems that killing him is just as bad as letting him go. Now granted, I know the truth about Prince, but even with all that advanced knowledge in mind this was a sequence that I needed to pay careful attention to. We also get another interesting tidbit of info out of Duke and Fifi: the people of Water and Fire were not “born,” but rather, simply woke up one day. This twist alone should leave all Lexxians salivating for more.

I think it goes without saying that Stanley Tweedle is a prime candidate for the Be Careful What You Wish For Award (if there were such a thing). The Stunner definitely came out on top in this episode (as well as on bottom...sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

Xev, on the other hand, can’t catch a break. Once again, I think Lexxians everywhere were howling for Root to get on with it, but all of that anticipation was nixed by the sudden appearance of a living Kai! I always thought Kai’s soul was simply stuck in limbo on Water, but I guess he was given a second chance after all. Now I’m really kicking myself for missing this ep before. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Paul Donovan can write a helluva ending when he really wants to. The seething anticpation for what will come next is a testament to his storytelling abilities.

This was a kickass episode. As I mentioned before, each character got their own little story, and we delved further into the secrets of the enigmatic Prince. And best of all: Bunny!!! Need I say more? (All fairness to Zev and Xev, but I always had a soft spot for Bunny, especially the shorthaired incarnation).

Cheery bye.

Last edited on Mon Dec 4th, 2006 05:03 am by Bilbo67



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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2006 05:43 am

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Really a great episode! Nice story and surrounding. But poor Xev...as I mentioned on an other board month (or years?) before, women like men talking, but, damn it, not that long and certainly not while 'having some fun'!

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Wow, all I can say is this is one of my favorite eps from S3. Mainly because we get to see Prince disguise himself as a Live Kai and his choice of apparel and hairdo is very well-thought out. He knew exactly what would get Xev's motor running...and boy did MM do his part...WOW !! I still shiver every time someone brings up 'the Little Blue Dress"..

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I really liked this episode too, and I could feel Xev's frustration with root, hehehehe... As soon as she saw Live Kai in a little blue dress, root was de-rooted and off she went like a shot.  Although they did drag Stan out finally getting some, at least the poor security guard glass 4 got some.

I found Duke's character to be very interesting, at times it was a Prince vs. Duke for evildom, but Duke was finished off way to early, that story arc would have been one I would like to have seen pursued further in season 3.  The conflict between evil vs. evil.  All in all, this was one of the better eps of season 3.



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Angel wrote: I found Duke's character to be very interesting, at times it was a Prince vs. Duke for evildom, but Duke was finished off way to early, that story arc would have been one I would like to have seen pursued further in season 3. 

Ditto there.  They definitely could have wrung a lot more mileage out of the Prince/Duke/Queen saga.

I also would like to have seen them renew their rivalry in season 4.  A major missed opportunity, IMO.



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well it proved to me without a doubt...the dead do do sarcasm! LOL..another good one Bilbo.. 



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Angel wrote:  I could feel Xev's frustration with root, hehehehe... As soon as she saw Live Kai in a little blue dress, root was de-rooted and off she went like a shot. 
I've a theory (completely unsubstantiated, but I like to make up stories) that Root was a eunuch and Xev simply wandered into the wrong room.

As for Stan...this ep plays like a sort of homage to that Twilight Zone episode where the gambler dies and goes to an insufferable "heaven" where he's always winning (which means, of course, that he's actually in hell).  Puts a little different spin on the nature of Fire and Water if you look at it that way (Darrow wrote an article that deconstructs season 3 along that same vein, albeit far more intricately and eloquently than I ever could).



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