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 Posted: Fri Dec 8th, 2006 01:12 am

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My 2 Cents on Episode 3.06: K-Town
(8/14/02)


Ah, another memorable season 3 episode (yeah, I know, I need to lead in with something a little less redundant). This one will go down in history for a number of reasons; and I truly believe that it’s got to be one of the all-time favorites amongst the ladies, as Mike McManus demonstrates that he is anything but camera shy…

When last we left our heroes, Kai was power walking across the inhospitable desert, and Stan and Xev were trapped on the outskirts of one of the many obelisk-like towns that dot the planet Fire. After the compulsory unheeded warning from Stan, and the compulsory exploring, we learn that this is K-Town (what does the “K” stand for…who the hell knows?)...a special kind of hell that resembles a dilapidated wine cellar, where the most deviant, diabolical fiends ever to grace the two universes are doomed to suffer an eternity of abject, unbridled inanity. Seriously, I’m not entirely sure how Paul and Lex concocted Tish and all of her absent minded K-Town cronies, but I can’t help but thinking that their seemingly pointless back and forth dialogue was culled from real-time transcripts of the beans’ writing sessions. That would certainly explain some things.

To be perfectly honest, when Xev first appeared to Stan after having gotten lost, I wasn’t sure if she was really Xev. After all, she just sort of appeared out of nowhere, much like the living Kai, so in the back of my mind I kept thinking that she was Prince. (Thank you very friggin’ much for that Paul and Lex…I repeatedly give you guys the benefit of the doubt, and you repay me with paranoia…yeah, that’s fair…)

Come on Tish!!! If every woman Stanley Tweedle ever touched tried to kill him…hmmm…well…now that I think of it, with one or two notable exceptions, just about every woman Stan’s ever touched has tried to kill him. Bearing that in mind, I hereby retract my previous statement.

The first time I saw Mantrid just minding his own business on K-Town my jaw just about bounced off the floor. That said, it went a long way toward explaining why the “PREVIOUSLY ON LEXX” segment showed clips from the very beginning of season 2. I guess shutting my trap and letting the story unfold can pay off from time to time. Now, back to Mantrid: I can’t quite put into words what he looks like in this ep. To venture an approximation, I’d say it’s like a three-way cross between Uncle Fester, the ghost of Christmas Future, and the “Bill and Ted” incarnation of the Grim Reaper. One thing we can all agree on is that he’s a few highballs short of a Kennedy family reunion. This guy is out there. He’s at least as crazy (if not crazier) as Tish and her friends, but the fact that he doesn’t immediately try and kill Stan and Xev makes him the lesser of two evils. BTW, did anyone else notice the way in which he kept his arms concealed in his robe made him bear a slight resemblance to the old disembodied Mantrid?

Tish was easy on the eyes (and for that we all tip our collective hat to the casting folk), but was I the only one who would’ve loved to see Kai break character and shout “SHUT THE HELL UP!” at the top of his lungs when she launched into her nonsensical diatribe after he saved her? Thankfully the dead have thick skin (more on that particular subject later).

Line of the night goes to Mantrid...

Xev: “Who are they?”
Mantrid: “They are downstairs. So they are the people downstairs.”

Makes sense, in an evil Forrest Gump sort of way. Actually, Mantrid has another very pivotal line, when he mentions that perhaps this is some sort of punishment for all the chaos he doesn’t remember causing (like Fifi, he seems a little more perceptive than the average Fire/Water denizen…)

Mantrid and Fifi are—at least to me—two of the most interesting characters in season 3.  While they lack any kinds of readily identifiable powers, ala Prince, Duke, and possibly May, they are anomalies just the same, whose situations serve to challenge—perhaps even dispel—simple notions about the seemingly black-and-white nature of Fire and Water.  Methinks I could dwell on the possible philosophical ramifications of their seemingly random cameos…

But I’m gonna need all my wits about me to tackle what comes next.  

Presenting Michael McManus, Brian Downey, Xenia Seeberg, and Deiter Laser in a one-act production of: The Layman’s Guide to Repairing a Defective Divine Assassin.

In yet another great “Kai not feeling like himself” performance by MM, we learn for the first time that Kai can in fact sustain permanent damage. One could argue that it demystifies the character in a way…I think it just goes to show how tough he really is. Considering he slammed into the surface of Water at 750,000 miles an hour (give or take a few mph, depending on wind resistance), I would have expected him to explode in a shower of protoblood and decarbonized chunks (*insert mandatory ten second pause to visualize such a catastrophe).

Though the ep was only half over at this point, I believe this segment contained the moral of the story: the dead look like crap! I’m usually the first one in the room to call bullshit on the old “The clothes make the man” caveat, but Kai doesn’t look like such a force to be reckoned with after he’s been defrocked. The bio-viziers who put him back together certainly had a warped sense of humor. Our dead man has a giant hole where his heart was (clearly where HDS stabbed him), half a dozen superfluous extra nipples arranged in a geometric pattern (kind of like one of those annoying little golf-tee jump games), and what I can only describe as Darth Vader’s jock strap. Kinda puts a whole new spin on all those scenes where Xev (and any other woman for that matter) is throwing herself at him.

I could make any number of sophomoric comments about “rods” here, but I’ve decided to restrain myself, save one big question: Those little dipsticks they pulled out of Kai’s nether regions were quite long, so what I’m basically wondering is...where the hell do they go!?!? This is definitely a question to which the old MST3K disclaimer applies.

And, because when you’re in for a penny you’re in for a pound, we steadily progress to a segment that lays issue to rest whether or not Paul Donovan is a GWAR fan: the old smoking crotch (sounds like a clever name for really shitty moonshine if you ask me). Once again I could make a plethora of comments about friction, but I won’t. I will simply point out that over the years I’ve found that when one’s epidermis is giving off plumes of steam, one can rectify the problem by standing directly in front of one’s air conditioner; or if an air conditioner is not readily available, one’s freezer. *Once again I will allow a ten second pause for the benefit of any who may have been taken aback by the previous statement.

Truth be told I found it interesting that Kai simply shut down when his power rods were removed (although I’d probably go into shock too). I thought that simply coming in contact with protoblood instantly revived a corpse (ala Yottsrky in Gigashadow). Perhaps Divine Assassins don’t work that way?

Seeing Mantrid kneel over Kai’s prone body is kind of eerie if you think about it. After all, it was Mantrid who helped mold Kai into the killing machine that he is now. But, as Mantrid soon found out, he worked a little too well. Kind of ironic how Mantrid’s last words recall those from End of the Universe. I also found it odd that he said “my punishment is over.” Does this perhaps imply that in death, the Fire/Water folks are granted some degree of clarity, if only for a fleeting instant, before resuming their bliss/misery anew?  Or, if Fire/Water represents a sort of graduated purgatory, ala the Divine Comedy, is it possible that someone like Mantrid could earn—through some sort of penance?—a place on Water (did Fifi do that, only to backslide?)?  Honestly, there’s a wealth of subtext to this season.

Kai must really know what he’s doing considering this realignment business. As one who has visited a chiropractor (you wanna talk about pissing your money away…), I can assure you that if my doctor said “We’re going to reset your back by throwing you out the window” that would earn him a swift kick in the…control rods.

Once again we end with a cliffhanger. Kai is whisked away by one of those fabulous flying machines, and Prince appears out of nowhere (like always), finally quashing my doubts about whether Xev was really Xev. These season 3 episodes seem to really lack a concrete beginning and ending. This is by no means a complaint; it simply makes it hard to wait for the continuation (imagine if they pulled that wait-three-years crap ala Star Wars; Lexxians the world over would lose their minds [another redundancy, I know]).

Cheery bye.



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 Posted: Fri Dec 8th, 2006 02:31 am

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CODIECE !! CODPIECE !! :cat01: CODPIECE !! 

Thanks for the fantastic Review, Bilbo, as usual I'm drooling at your prowess..

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 Posted: Fri Dec 8th, 2006 06:44 am

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You hit it on the nose, Bilbo!  Mantrid was very, very creepy.....I loved it when he ate the cockroach and the bit with his hands in his robe made me think of the disembodied Mantrid too.  It was ironic that his *creation* was the one that killed him in the end in K-Town.  Seeing Kai like that really showed  much more vulnerablility to Kai's character.  It showed the horror that was done to his body after death to make him what he was, and that was more sad than sexual.  Yeah it was great that we finally got to see a half naked Kai, but when you saw what was done to him, it made you feel sorry for him more than anything.  Another great review!



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 Posted: Fri Dec 8th, 2006 01:29 pm

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You're so funny and witty! This episode was a hoot to watch and I too wanted to slam dunk Miss I gotta throw rocks cause I gots nothing to better to do..

Poor Kai..poor poor thing..what a mess and smoking rods to boot! Hey you failed to mention the part where Mantrid rises up off the dead man and nearly, nearly takes the codpiece with him revealing to those drooling masses what we always wanted to see and know..is he a natural brunnette! buwahahahahahahahaa  



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 Posted: Sat Dec 9th, 2006 02:59 am

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Although I'm not a Kai fan, I think Michael really did a great job in this episode!

Great review...as always!  ;-)

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 Posted: Tue Dec 12th, 2006 12:33 am

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I hesitate to ask this, but did they auction that damn codpiece off too?



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Bilbo67 wrote: I hesitate to ask this, but did they auction that damn codpiece off too?
Brian Downey said a long time ago in a chat I was in that the codpiece had been destroyed in Germany.  Too bad, it would have been a prop that would have made ALOT of money I'm sure.



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 Posted: Fri Sep 18th, 2009 04:33 am

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After five totally cool episodes, this was disappointment, slow paced, boring, and with no real creative work from Gigeroff and Donovan - even Dieter Laser didnt rescue this ep

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I disagree, I loved this episode. I never laughed so much in my life. When Xev pulled out those really long rods, I was thinking WTF but it really funny the look on Kai's face.

Oh Ketana I'd forgotten about the cod up rising.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 9th, 2009 12:54 pm

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Well, Bilbo, most of us have made the assumption K-Town meant Kai-Town.  Of course this has just been speculation on the part of fans but considering what MM called the 'Frankenstein reveal,' I believe it has merit.

Yeah, too bad about the codpiece not surviving.  I would have bid.

 

Last edited on Mon Nov 9th, 2009 12:55 pm by PeridotEyes



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