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Hey folks,

Been sort of lurking the board a bit, thought I'd drop in and say hi. I had heard about Lexx for a number of years, and I knew it had a bit of a cult following, but had never had the opportunity to catch an episode until I found the whole series on Hulu. I watched the first movie of series one and thought it was interesting, but didn't get into it again until about a week ago when I decided to give the second movie a spin on Netflix. From there I was hooked. I'm currently on about the 3rd episode of season 3, and I'm a bit upset that it won't be long till I run out of episodes.

Season/series 1 is really what blew my mind away, and so far very few episodes have really matched the all out zaniness and creativity I saw in those first 4 movies, but there are enough real gems in season 2 to keep my attention throughout.

There are a few Lexx forums online, but I was sort of drawn to this one because it still looks semi-active, and the board has an outdated, sort of lo-fi late 90s feel to it that really matches the series in some way. That's not a knock on the site, by the way, thats a compliment. :D

Okay, I think that's all for now.

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Welcome to the site.



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Bienvenue! :bounce_pinka:

Season one is my favorite, too. The rest are good, and even had some brilliant episodes, but they can't top the films.



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Helloooo!!

The films are special, but there are quite a few gems dotted throughout the rest of the seasons and chances are, you'll have a lump in your throat when you reach the end!!



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Welcome aboard. The films are the foundation and the episodes the topping, some really good ones, some filler ones, but it's all good.



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There are 'other' Lexx sites? really? whoowuda thought it...



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Thanks all for the warm welcome!

Yeah, the films from season 1 are just spastic. What drew me to the series (and I'm sure this is probably true for many others) was the pure weirdness of it all, and its strange that it took me till episode 2 to really appreciate that fact. Season 1 and certain episodes of season 2 remind of those early issues of the sci-fi magazine Heavy Metal in that there's a very, sort of, other worldliness about this series that conventional sci-fi rarely ventures into. Maybe the closest parallel in my mind is Outer Limits or something.

There are certain aspects of the show that I'm not a big fan of. I think a lot of the script work is subpar, and the acting is sometimes a little stiff (that could be due to the just plain bizarreness of the script and a lack of proper direction though), and even in a no boundaries sci-fi show like this, reasonable suspension of disbelief is strained to its limits. I'm also not the biggest fan of in-your-face slapstick, but this is all made up for by the pure innovation of the series' concepts especially as pertains plot lines, character concepts, and the set designs and FX on such a limited budget. The amount of sexuality and gritty/goriness for a sci-fi tv series is also an interesting draw. You just don't really see that, at least, not in the US.

I'm up to episode 4 of season 3 now, and its a very different show in some ways. I like that they toned down the slapstick, and the plot is far more linear which is nice. Its not just 3 people in a ship waiting for something crazy to happen. But it seems to be evolving into more of a standard sci-fi series in a lot of way. Character reactions to unfolding events don't seem as fluid as they ought to be either. That's something that's always been a bit of an issue in previous seasons, but it seems more noticeable to me now. Xenia Seeberg's hairstyle change is also a bit distracting. I mean, the red wig she was wearing in season 2 looked a bit silly sometimes (oddly the first few episodes her hair looked more natural... at some point it got crazier looking, a similar thing happened with Eva Habermann's hair between season 1 and 2), but it sort of defined the look of her character. Her new doo looks great, but I'm just not used to the change yet... she looks like she got a tan too.

It sort of sucks that I didn't catch this series during its original heyday. Each time I watch a new episode I want to talk to other people to get their take, but there's no one really to do that with anymore, and I'm nervous that I might see too many spoilers if I get online and check out what other people think... Ah well. :D

By the way, this is something I think about every time I see Stan... does anyone else think he's the spitting image of the French actor Dominique Pinon. He's the actor who often collaborates with directors Jean Jeunet and Marc Caro. Folks here may know him from City of Lost Children, Amelie, and Alien 4 (though only the last one isn't in French).

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Ketana wrote: There are 'other' Lexx sites? really? whoowuda thought it...
You mean there's others? Where in the HELL have I been?  *scratches head*



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Ketana wrote: There are 'other' Lexx sites? really? whoowuda thought it...
You mean there's others? Where in the HELL have I been?  *scratches head*


LOL! I was kind of feeling like we were the Bates Motel of LEXXdom. Kind of the only business left open on some old 2 lane highway that nobody uses anymore unless they live in the area.

Hmmmm Think I'll avoid the shower!:c030a:



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Ketana wrote: There are 'other' Lexx sites? really? whoowuda thought it...
You mean there's others? Where in the HELL have I been?  *scratches head*


LOL! I was kind of feeling like we were the Bates Motel of LEXXdom. Kind of the only business left open on some old 2 lane highway that nobody uses anymore unless they live in the area.

Hmmmm Think I'll avoid the shower!:c030a:

HEHE...avoid the shower...oh honey go for the toilet and just get it over with!



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Adrift wrote: Thanks all for the warm welcome!

Yeah, the films from season 1 are just spastic. What drew me to the series (and I'm sure this is probably true for many others) was the pure weirdness of it all, and its strange that it took me till episode 2 to really appreciate that fact. Season 1 and certain episodes of season 2 remind of those early issues of the sci-fi magazine Heavy Metal in that there's a very, sort of, other worldliness about this series that conventional sci-fi rarely ventures into. Maybe the closest parallel in my mind is Outer Limits or something.

There are certain aspects of the show that I'm not a big fan of. I think a lot of the script work is subpar, and the acting is sometimes a little stiff (that could be due to the just plain bizarreness of the script and a lack of proper direction though), and even in a no boundaries sci-fi show like this, reasonable suspension of disbelief is strained to its limits. I'm also not the biggest fan of in-your-face slapstick, but this is all made up for by the pure innovation of the series' concepts especially as pertains plot lines, character concepts, and the set designs and FX on such a limited budget. The amount of sexuality and gritty/goriness for a sci-fi tv series is also an interesting draw. You just don't really see that, at least, not in the US.

I'm up to episode 4 of season 3 now, and its a very different show in some ways. I like that they toned down the slapstick, and the plot is far more linear which is nice. Its not just 3 people in a ship waiting for something crazy to happen. But it seems to be evolving into more of a standard sci-fi series in a lot of way. Character reactions to unfolding events don't seem as fluid as they ought to be either. That's something that's always been a bit of an issue in previous seasons, but it seems more noticeable to me now. Xenia Seeberg's hairstyle change is also a bit distracting. I mean, the red wig she was wearing in season 2 looked a bit silly sometimes (oddly the first few episodes her hair looked more natural... at some point it got crazier looking, a similar thing happened with Eva Habermann's hair between season 1 and 2), but it sort of defined the look of her character. Her new doo looks great, but I'm just not used to the change yet... she looks like she got a tan too.

It sort of sucks that I didn't catch this series during its original heyday. Each time I watch a new episode I want to talk to other people to get their take, but there's no one really to do that with anymore, and I'm nervous that I might see too many spoilers if I get online and check out what other people think... Ah well. :D

By the way, this is something I think about every time I see Stan... does anyone else think he's the spitting image of the French actor Dominique Pinon. He's the actor who often collaborates with directors Jean Jeunet and Marc Caro. Folks here may know him from City of Lost Children, Amelie, and Alien 4 (though only the last one isn't in French).


Welcome to the board, this is the one Lexx fan board that still has updates on the actors and their current projects.

To give a newbie a little background info on Lexx, I should start by saying that this show is not only a departure from 'regular' Scifi shows but it has what only can be described as a rabid following.

Lexx itself was conceived, written and directed for the most part by Paul Donovan, brother of the famous Michael Donovan, the man behind 'Bowling for Columbine', and has been a Canadian fixture for years. Lexx's premise was always to be more campy and tongue-in-cheek than other science fiction genres, and in fact, when you get to Season 4, it will all hit you like a ton of bricks, just how campy it all really was.

The other major writers, Jeff Hirschfield and Lex Giggeroff are also stunning talents in addition to major league directors that have been used over the years. The writing quality is different than what you'd get with the newer shows simply because those shows take themselves WAY too seriously. Lexx has never been a show that relied on technical expertise in it's mystique or on Fanboys drooling over the newest gadgets that they invented. It was always about the people, first and foremost, and the observation that people are the same all over the universe, and sometimes there's outrageous sex and humor, just like in real life.

The actors of this show have become icons in their own right, and the creators prided themselves on making the actors and actual filming loations available to the fans, right from the start. Many of the actors will still talk to the fans on a regular basis about their involvement in the show, something completely  unheard of in the TV industry. That's what makes the Lexx fan so loyal, It's Not Your Father's Scifi.

When the show was new and on the Scifi channel, the level of fan obsessiveness can only be hinted at, to experience it was something else. It's a very special show and all the folks here are fans for life. We hope you enjoy the show.

As for Brian and his resemblance to the French actor you mentioned, I'm not familiar with him but I will check him out, and Brian is currently starring in a film, 'Hobo with a Shotgun', a Tarantino inspired film that just played at Sundance. Check it out when you get the opportunity, he's amazing in it.

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Hey, Adrift... Nice to meet you!  It's always a pleasure to meet some new Lexxians.  :0-02:



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Ketana wrote: There are 'other' Lexx sites? really? whoowuda thought it...
You mean there's others? Where in the HELL have I been?  *scratches head*


LOL! I was kind of feeling like we were the Bates Motel of LEXXdom. Kind of the only business left open on some old 2 lane highway that nobody uses anymore unless they live in the area.

Hmmmm Think I'll avoid the shower!:c030a:


I feel like I'm missing some sort of in joke here. :D The other forums I was thinking of included the Sy-Fy Lexx forum, the IMDB one, and a handful of fan made sites. I'm assuming there's probably some old rivalries between fan sites, or... at least, there might have been.

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Welcome to the board, this is the one Lexx fan board that still has updates on the actors and their current projects.

To give a newbie a little background info on Lexx, I should start by saying that this show is not only a departure from 'regular' Scifi shows but it has what only can be described as a rabid following.

Lexx itself was conceived, written and directed for the most part by Paul Donovan, brother of the famous Michael Donovan, the man behind 'Bowling for Columbine', and has been a Canadian fixture for years. Lexx's premise was always to be more campy and tongue-in-cheek than other science fiction genres, and in fact, when you get to Season 4, it will all hit you like a ton of bricks, just how campy it all really was.

The other major writers, Jeff Hirschfield and Lex Giggeroff are also stunning talents in addition to major league directors that have been used over the years. The writing quality is different than what you'd get with the newer shows simply because those shows take themselves WAY too seriously. Lexx has never been a show that relied on technical expertise in it's mystique or on Fanboys drooling over the newest gadgets that they invented. It was always about the people, first and foremost, and the observation that people are the same all over the universe, and sometimes there's outrageous sex and humor, just like in real life.

The actors of this show have become icons in their own right, and the creators prided themselves on making the actors and actual filming loations available to the fans, right from the start. Many of the actors will still talk to the fans on a regular basis about their involvement in the show, something completely  unheard of in the TV industry. That's what makes the Lexx fan so loyal, It's Not Your Father's Scifi.

When the show was new and on the Scifi channel, the level of fan obsessiveness can only be hinted at, to experience it was something else. It's a very special show and all the folks here are fans for life. We hope you enjoy the show.

As for Brian and his resemblance to the French actor you mentioned, I'm not familiar with him but I will check him out, and Brian is currently starring in a film, 'Hobo with a Shotgun', a Tarantino inspired film that just played at Sundance. Check it out when you get the opportunity, he's amazing in it.

:LogoLexx::stan-h::stanfacial:


Wow! Thank you for the very informative reply. As I mentioned, I was aware that the show had a cult following, but I was unfortunately unable to check the show out myself for a variety of reasons. The uniqueness of the show obviously justifies a rabid fan base, and that the talent still communicates with the fans is very cool. I was aware of some of the production stuff you mentioned from previous wiki-ing, but its good to get the details again, because I tend to skim information in hopes of not running into spoilers (I audibly groaned when I ran into a spoiler today for the episode "Boomtown" that featured a living "Kai"). I was aware of Brian Downey's cameo in Hobo with a Shotgun. Saw him in the preview. Very cool. Out of curiosity, since I'm watching this series on Netflix, I'm pretty much watching the uncensored version of the show (lots of nudity in certain episodes). I know this show is a joint venture between Canadian and German production companies, do you know if the series was shown in those locations in its entirety before the Sci-Fi channel picked it up, or did they pick it up later. Also in the version I'm watching, the 1st season opens telling you that its associated with Showtime. Again, was that originally the case and then Sci-Fi picked it up and put it into rotation after censoring for basic cable?

Oh, and here's some not so great pictures of Dominique Pinon. For some reason its hard to find good images of him. They're not identical, but man could they play brothers.

You won't be disappointed if you see any of the French fantasy films I mentioned with him in them either, and to that list you can add Delicatessen and MicMacs. Just have to have a tolerance for subtitles.





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Hey, Adrift... Nice to meet you!  It's always a pleasure to meet some new Lexxians.  :0-02:


Thanks for the welcome Jedi! Its just good to know I'm not alone.


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