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 Posted: Fri Mar 8th, 2013 01:01 pm

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My wife and I were discussing this and I believe the reason the "Captains Hat and Uniform" were important to Stanley was because he saw them as a symbol. A sign to all that had ever mistreated him. I think it was his way of stating that you can beat me down and push me around because I am a simple Class 4 Security Guard but, this insignificant little man is now the "Mighty Stanley H. Tweedle, Captain of the LEXX and you can all kiss your asses goodbye!"

Just my thoughts on the matter. I could be wrong.



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blakartz, welcome to this forum!

One of the enduring appeals of Lexx is how much of it is open to interpretation and subject to analysis.

You didn't explicitly invite anyone "come on, shoot me down if you can!," but since you do allow room for a contrary opinion, see what you think of this:

My take is that Stan's fascination with his uniform is just more of Stan being Stan; i.e., marginally pathetic.

In IWHS, he speaks of himself to the guard at the correction center with plaintive pride "but he's a dedicated data cooperator!" The truth is, that in Stan's sad existence, being even a fourth-class security guard for HDS represented him being *something.*

Stan, like many small-minded people given just a little bit of authority, would have been prone to abusing his authority -- as when he peevishly and fatefully demanded clearance codes from an incoming prison transport.

His prior loss of identity as Assistant Deputy Back-up Courier for the Twenty Thousand Planets was a very traumatic experience for him and his subsequent obsession with his red guard uniform was a manifestation of his fear of being again stripped of his identity.

It's absolutely true that Stan's ascendancy as captain of the most destructive force in the two universes was formative of his personality, but I'd add that it did not supplant his earlier need for identity as "Security Guard, Class 4," but rather was added on top of it.

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Very nice counterpoint. I kind of agree. I felt he held the uniform so dear because when he commanded LEXX to destroy the Gigashadow he was wearing the label that was forced upon him by His Divine Shadow. In a way the uniform itself had become a symbol of his own justice against the injustice done too him.

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Reality often defies concise description; its complexity more easily matched with words than explained through them.

You, too, propose an interesting point.

I like your tagline.

(Angel, how about shifting this over to the Cluster where it belongs? I have a hunch others will want to weigh-in on this interesting on-topic discussion.)

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I also think maybe fire and water were repositories for the souls that were essential to the cycle of time. Like most souls could change up but these few had to remain in play.

Anyone elses thoughts? Lol.



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That actually has nothing to do with the captains hat or uniform, but all the souls were either on the planet or in stasis inside waiting to be reborn.

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I agree with the idea that Stan was trying to stay Stan. In the Russian literature there is a notion “ a small person”. It has nothing to do with the physical features but with the inner world and what is more important- the relations with oneself and the world around.
It’s easy to become a hero when U r brave, sharp-tongue, charismatic…but what if U r not? If it happens that U were born with a fear of Ur own shadow?
Stan came over a bewildering profusion of misfortunes, strange things and other unpleasant stuff. And the moment he got his uniform was possibly the first time when his life was secured and organized. One may say that it wasn’t a life at all, but remember that no one can be that sure of those things that he hasn’t experienced himself.
Stan knew where he lived, what he ate and what he was supposed to do today, tomorrow, ever after (9.5 years). BOOM…and everything has been changed. He found himself in a situation that was far beyond his abilities. He just couldn’t handle the reality. Here comes the uniform…the only thing left from the life that he understood.
U know, once I came across a phrase or a theme, can’t really remember it happened long ago. It was about Kai and that everything was about him. I disagree. I would say that Stan’s character is the one, which was thought out the best.
We look at Stanley and there is no need to imagine his past, he was always the same. He is one of those who depend greatly on the circumstances. If such people are surrounded by good ones, they are good.The same is true for the opposite scenario.
But let us remember the moment when he met Kai for the first time. He is on his knees in a fruitless attempt to secure his miserable life. However, he is standing up, trembling, fighting with himself but still moving on. He even did an incredible thing- he put his tiny piece of shoulder to protect Zev. It was more heroic than any other scene or action in the Lexx .
That might have been the moment when he stopped at last being a useless protein container and become a Human-being. But he wasn’t killed. He stayed alive. He simply didn’t have enough strength to live that way. He returned to his uniform-life again. Although, from time to time we see that he took it off and did something unexpectedly positive or better to say- we see his warmth and cordiality.
That’s perhaps the only character, which managed to keep the original line in itself. We can’t say that he is evolving through the episodes, because he is not. But he is changing, showing us different sides of his personality.
It goes without saying that the idea that such a man can destroy the worlds is a part of irony and sarcasm that writers put into the Lexx.
I do like Stan and the fact that he is an idiot doesn’t spoil the picture. He is a kind idiot and his kindness pays all his bills. Although, if I were one of his oops-I-didn’t-mean-it victims, I would evidently change my opinion.



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I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Stanly was, is and always will be my favorite character and I always love reading other peoples view or opinion on him.



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