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 Posted: Tue Aug 16th, 2011 12:59 pm

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Czehoski wrote: 791 had some great terrorizing dialogue. As for his sex-maniac face, ever see that 70s flick, The Phantom of the Paradise? When 790's eyes and mouth went all sex maniac, it reminded me so much of the phantom mask from that film.

"Violation." Another theme run rampant in this story, now that I think about it.

That's so funny you mention the 'phantom of the paradise'. Our very own MayaXXX had an extra's role in that movie, I have a copy of it myself.



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 Posted: Tue Aug 16th, 2011 01:46 pm

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Wow!  I love that film.  Still have the soundtrack kicking around somewhere. 

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 Posted: Fri Aug 19th, 2011 06:05 pm

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2.10 - Wake the Dead


Maybe it's my advanced age (a creaky 37), but I really can't stand teenagers anymore.

Bit harsh? I can't express any other reason why I so thoroughly enjoyed watching Kai's killing spree in this teen-slasher of an episode.

The LEXX comes across a transport vessel drifting in space, with five cryofrozen teens aboard. It turns out they have been in stasis for 287 years. Xev restores and invites them to come aboard the LEXX.

PARRRR-TAYYYY!!!!! The boisterous teens inundate the ship with noise, rowdiness and hormonal teen drama. Stan's exasperated facial expressions mirrored my own! Xev is bemused by them all, enjoying some new company for a change.

Fascinated by the frozen assassin, and despite being warned off by Stan, one of the teens (Enox?) starts meddling with Kai's programming. Having been "told" by Enox to make like an assassin and kill everyone on the ship, Kai emerges from his cryopod a leering, green-eyed maniac.

Cue rampage. One by one, Kai kills off the teens. He crams one into the LEXX toilet (that toilet tongue is a whole other kind of horror unto itself). He drowns another in a bowl of food gunk. Another has her neck snapped. Our assassin is so efficient we sometimes don't even see him at work, only the resulting bodies discovered by the others.

With his wild hair and psychotic theatrics, Kai reminded me of Ogre from Skinny Puppy -- a loveable kind of monster... just don't get too close.

And as with most teen slasher films, this one ends abruptly and with the weakest of resolutions: Kai simply runs out of protoblood before he can take an axe to Stan and Xev. While neutralized, our friends hastily bundle him back to the cryochamber to be reprogrammed and restored.

But you never know what's going to happen in that split second when Kai's eyes open. That is one of my favourite recurring moments in the show.

Cheap ending? Yes, but did it fit the story? Yes. There wasn't a whole helluva lot else to this one other than:

LEXX ---> Teens ---> Kai ---> Killing Rampage ---> Quickie ending.

Did I love it? Hell yes!

9/10


And you kids better stay off my lawn!

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I'm a B horror movie fanatic and this is one of my favorite Episodes. It's like the writers sat down with a list of B movie cliches and said lets see how many of these we can fit in a 45 minute time span. The same idea as behind the Scary Movie franchise but done much better with less filler.

Kai is definitely having fun, even at his own expense "Maggot retirement home. Ha ha." I agree the ending was cheap, but what B horror movie have you watched that didn't have a cheap, cheesy ending? (Personally I thought running out of protoblood was a step up from 1)freezing the blob with fire extinguishers or 2)torturing Martians to death with Slim Whitman's Greatest Hits!)



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I really liked Kai's final big speech, the "I have killed mothers with their babies" one, only this time it was totally OTT psycho. "...AND THE FUN NEVER STOPS!!!"

That clip was always included in LEXX TV promos up here. :D

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 Posted: Tue Aug 23rd, 2011 02:42 am

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2.11 - Nook


A very different story, this one. Right from the get-go, in fact. Instead of the usual bored, desperate and sex-starved opening scene on the LEXX, we instead see the big bug as it appears over a field being cultivated by what appear to be monks.

Who what? Where when? Xev scoffs in the face of such questions and coerces Stanley to head down for a visit, even throwing some sex into the bargain. Wahey!

But all is not as it seems on the planet. Well, when I say planet I mean island. Well, when I say island I mean the only little speck of earth on an ocean planet.

Okay, so they are monks, and okay, they live a cloistered existence in a males-only order of brothers. Nothing too extreme here, until it becomes obvious that not only have these brothers never seen a woman before, but they don't even know what a woman is. And Xev's presence is starting to heat things up among the brethren.

Their leader, Randor, seems to know the story, or at least part of it. He suppresses knowledge from spreading to the other brothers (who it turns out are not brothers from other mothers, but clones who are grown).

It was a very odd society, this order of forced ignorance. Obviously Randor knew more than the others, but the fact that no one seemed all that curious to figure out what the books of knowledge contained, it was disappointing not to see that rebellious counterpoint to Randor's stern rule. It took our band of outsiders to tip the apple cart.

What I found most unsettling about this story was the message that the introduction of a woman into this society not only caused unrest and conflict, but meant that the order had to be eliminated and the planet destroyed. Whoa! Extreme overreaction!

I think Randor may have been too comfortable in his domination. Questions started to be asked, and the slightest sign of revolt send him over the edge. Actually, this was all very Jamestown, now that I think of it. :shock:

Haven't even gotten to Stan's flirtation with gayness. This was a nice sidebar, even tho poor Brother Trager got killed off before he and Stan could get it on. Damme! :(

So yeah, not a lot of punch-the-air-and-cheer moments in this story. Bit depressing. Kept to the familiar theme of no one getting what they want... although Xev finally got laid. But even that was so underplayed it took all the momentousness out of something she's been trying to achieve during the entire series to this point.

Man, what a downer, this story.


6/10

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 Posted: Wed Aug 24th, 2011 03:06 am

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Wow Czeh. Your reviews are coming fast and furious now and are quite worthy of reading. I strain to keep up with my own reflections:

"Gibble" - whose name seems like a combination of "Gobble" and "Nibble" is indeed the type of stereotype to which you referred to previously. The other kids let him hang around because of his rich parents who own a camper which looks surprisingly like a 1960's VW Microbus and his general worthiness to conceal a dozen hits of "gongsplatter" from the camp counselors. (Incidentally does anyone know if that ever made it into the underground lexicon as a synonym for LSD? Seems apt.)

Anyhow, a few things about this episode didn't percolate through my porous brain until after the first... or second... viewing. One, Enox - for all of his overt characteristics as the "enfant terrible" of the group - was unfairly blamed by the outwardly more "normal" Tad and Kenana as being the cause of the campers' long sleep. It was Tad who evidently didn't press the right button while reassuring the others that all was okay. Two - as someone else pointed out recently in another thread - this is the episode where Patricia Zentilli (later "Bunny") made her Lexx debut - and we get to see her bare derrier like totally naked in the shower! "Like totally testosterone blammo action man!"

Stan tries to fob himself off as the parental figure and almost has it sorted - patronizingly telling the kids to gather 'round and drop their things anywhere - but soon loses in telling the kids in the cryochamber not to touch anything: "Now I'm only going to say this once... I repeat"

Some other notable quotes:

Enox to Stan.
Why don't you *mellow* *down*, dad.

Laleen
Love leaks puke juice

As for Nook, jeeze that was heavy. Stan, we find, is not as he would like to claim "all man" and "100% straight"... and neither certainly is our show. Good for us. Seems like some of the most "100% straight" people in the world are the biggest liars and hypocrites among us anyway.

I think this story is another which exemplifies the "power corrupts" maxim of Lord Acton. Brother Landor gets his knickers in a twist because of his loss of control over events and his only means for reestablishing control is activating a doomsday device. As you say, most depressing, but at least Xev gets laid. (Actually the fellas "ran a train" on her didn't they? And of course she thoroughly enjoyed it in typical Cluster-lizard/Divine sex slave fashion.)

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Jim Jones, David Koresh, Randor-All very good examples of what happens when the prophet forgets that he is a prophet and begins to think that he is God.

I'm sure that there were those that thought beyond the brainwashing. Maybe that was why Randor destroyed everything. The stereotypical megalomaniac attitude of "I'll kill you all and destroy everything before I let anyone prove me wrong." A very dark episode but very realistic in presenting life in a 'cult'.



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Just as the boyish scribe who took a fancy to Stan admitted learning to read even though it was forbidden, Randor was bold-facedly lying when he claimed to eschew "unneccessary knowledge." And Randors circle of elders did notice how strangely he was acting and called him on it. If it hadn't been for the the timing of the night of no rules, perhaps the outcome would have been different.

I'd be willing to doubt almost any prophet in this world as it seems most of them are power hungry hucksters. Perhaps a true prophet does not even recognize themselves as such.

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Be_You_ wrote: Just as the boyish scribe who took a fancy to Stan admitted learning to read even though it was forbidden, Randor was bold-facedly lying when he claimed to eschew "unneccessary knowledge." And Randors circle of elders did notice how strangely he was acting and called him on it. If it hadn't been for the the timing of the night of no rules, perhaps the outcome would have been different.

I'd be willing to doubt almost any prophet in this world as it seems most of them are power hungry hucksters. Perhaps a true prophet does not even recognize themselves as such.
Yes it would have been; no Kool-Aid (mead) first, just a big boom!

The young Brother admitting to teaching himself to read was probably not the only one.  And having the elders questioning things makes me believe the crew simply showed up at 'the end of the end'.  Randor was already 'plotting' when they arrived.

The murder of the young brother was not sloppy, it was as if it was something that was considered and Randor simply needed a way which Kai unknowingly provided.  Randor showed way too much interest in Kai's weapon and Kai himself to have not been thinking how to use both to his advantage.

When manipulation and intimidation did not remove what Randor felt was a threat to his approved way of life, Randor simply destroyed himself and everything else.



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Abby1964 wrote: Be_You_ wrote: Just as the boyish scribe who took a fancy to Stan admitted learning to read even though it was forbidden, Randor was bold-facedly lying when he claimed to eschew "unneccessary knowledge." And Randors circle of elders did notice how strangely he was acting and called him on it. If it hadn't been for the the timing of the night of no rules, perhaps the outcome would have been different.

I'd be willing to doubt almost any prophet in this world as it seems most of them are power hungry hucksters. Perhaps a true prophet does not even recognize themselves as such.
Yes it would have been; no Kool-Aid (mead) first, just a big boom!

The young Brother admitting to teaching himself to read was probably not the only one.  And having the elders questioning things makes me believe the crew simply showed up at 'the end of the end'.  Randor was already 'plotting' when they arrived.

The murder of the young brother was not sloppy, it was as if it was something that was considered and Randor simply needed a way which Kai unknowingly provided.  Randor showed way too much interest in Kai's weapon and Kai himself to have not been thinking how to use both to his advantage.

When manipulation and intimidation did not remove what Randor felt was a threat to his approved way of life, Randor simply destroyed himself and everything else.

Interesting theory Abby, but I'm not convinced. The seeds for the ultimate outcome may have been laid, and to be sure such cults often end in fireworks rather than slow dissolution, but I'm of the opinion that the society would have remained quite stable without the visit of the lovely Xev Bellringer. I see this is a paraphrase of the Garden of Eden story. The woman teaches the men about sex and then they fight among themselves for the first time.

One more observation about this episode: it's the last of season two - and perhaps of the whole series - where there isn't a constant menacing force of some sort or other constantly felt lurking in the background. Next episode is Norb and Mantrid makes his plan clear. Thereafter it's almost all Mantrid, Prince, or Killer Carrots with nary a moment to chill out in peace.

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One more observation about this episode: it's the last of season two - and perhaps of the whole series - where there isn't a constant menacing force of some sort or other constantly felt lurking in the background. Next episode is Norb and Mantrid makes his plan clear. Thereafter it's almost all Mantrid, Prince, or Killer Carrots with nary a moment to chill out in peace.


Yes, "Nook" could rightly be considered the midway point of Season Two. Up to now, we've had a collection of stand-alone stories that anyone could easily dip into, without having to have seen Episode 2.1 Mantrid.

But that fantastic krautrock bugazoid is about to re-assert himself in the storyline, bigtime...

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2.12 - Norb

In my mind, Mantrid is the forgotten fifth member of Kraftwerk... ignored, unacknowledged, isolated and left to brood and plot his terrible revenge...

...or something like that.

Anyway, the last we saw of Mantrid was at the close of Episode 2.1, and his floating outer casing was destroyed by Kai as our heroes fled his lair. Mantrid survived, merging his human components with those of insect and machine. Defeated, but not destroyed. Become something altogether new, in fact, but we weren't made to realize it at the time.

Mantrid's drone arms have been his avatar throughout the first half of Season Two, an ominous reminder that the business with him may not be finished. They have been a recurring presence, appearing at the end of several stories, overrunning and destroying entire planets. What hasn't been entirely clear to this point is that the drone arms have been using the materials of these planets to build more drone arms, growing themselves in number with each destroyed planet.

But the arms are clever too. At the start of this episode, we see them encounter little Norb flying through space in his father's ship. Sadly, Norb is no match for this menace. By the time the LEXX finds him floating in space, having ejected from his ship, Norb is not the Norb we used to know. The LEXX brings Norb aboard and the crew gather round. the kid is acting weird, wants to be alone. Turns out, he's been more or less hollowed out and his shell used to convey some Mantrid drones onto the LEXX. Norb attacks 790, incapacitating the robot head, while releasing a drone arm to wreak havoc and start building more arms.

This episode most resembles a horror movie, a classic "base under seige" story, as the menace infiltrates and spreads throughout familiar surroundings and our heroes are threatened with death. The drone arms are devouring multiple sections of the LEXX. By the time the LEXX can convey to the crew that he is feeling unwell, the arms have multiplied by the dozens, if not hundreds. They are literally tearing the ship apart from within.

Unlike previous episodes, this one was genuinely unsettling to watch, as the LEXX crew are forced to abandon ship and flee in a moth, and the LEXX itself is rendered almost incomprehensible from weakness. The writers did a great job here of presenting a believeable menace that might bring about our friends' untimely demise.

This episode really flew by, which is always a good sign. There was very little humour and innuendo here, as Stan, Xev and Kai were taken to the brink. Forced to return to the LEXX in order to give the command that might destroy all of the drone arms, Stan showed some real balls for a change. He managed to give LEXX the right command to eradicate the drone arms (aided by Kai, who performed a drone-killing manoeuvre we haven't seen before).

But just as it seems the drone arm infestation has been beaten, Mantrid himself makes an appearance on the LEXX view screen. Dripping with hate, he reveals that his purpose is to destroy all humanity, this little assault having been a mere game. The dialogue, the acting, the CGI, it all comes together to create an ├╝ber-menace like no other. Holy shit, he is creepy as hell here.

And just like that, he vanishes.

Shit just got real.

A bleak ending to a traumatic episode.

8/10

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... and 790 dies too. Now all the crew of the Lexx have been dead at least once. It seems they all get to die a couple times in this show.

 

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Good point.  For all its identity as a "racy" or "zany" Sci Fi show, LEXX has almost always presented stories about death, or stories that question the definition of "being alive."

Dieter Laser is still creeping me out, as I type this.  :(


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