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Karin Spaink
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 Posted: Fri Jul 18th, 2008 12:18 am

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Miscellaneous notes on this episode (apart from what Bilbo nicely covered)

- Kai seems to be back in shape, yay! Unfortunately, within the hour he'll be in a new fix. But at least his fuzziness is gone.

- The guards seemed a pun on would-be lesbian prison sex flicks, while the gay seamstresses were indeed a more general and deserved reminder of how gay people are often treated. Brave of the writers do do an episode on sexual politics - or that's how took it to be.

- Regarding the large round structure that people who are thrown down bounce off from: if you look at the whole building from afar, it looks like an angular and massive body from the waist down. Two legs standing wide apart, you could drive a horse (or a moth) through them, two balls. I think the building is a pun in itself: both on masculinity and on bodiless Giggerota.

- It was a bit of a pity that the council was mostly a rehashing of bureaucracy satire (Tunnel cannot be surpassed in that). Making more jokes of the male/female dichotomy would have been more enjoyable, especially since the whole Water/Fire season is about dichotomies that get blown out of proportion. Oh, and I would have loved to see a few scenes of Xev meeting the boys, erm, you know, this town's version of women.

- As for Bilbo's question about the Fire/Water setup - 'perhaps Fire and Water are two halves of the same whole; a progressive purgatory' - I'm inclined to believe that both planets, and actually the same logic seems to apply to all cities in them, have managed an extreme specialisation: food making here, balloon stitching there, moral discussion here, playing games there. A degree of specialisation that matches what we see here on our own world (of course exaggerated in the Lexx version) that chops up who we are and what we do if we _define_ ourselves by it instead of considering them to be attributes,

-G iggerota / Queen is wonderful, especially when she's slowly making Stan understand what she means exactly when using the standard phrase 'I want your body'. Funnily enough, her part in this episode was reminiscent of Gloria's Steinem's infamous comment 'You can have it when I'm done with it.'



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