Fugitives from His Divine Shadows evil justice system, Stanley Tweedle
and Zev Belringer, accidentally steal the LEXX, a sentient insect ship that is
the most destructive weapon in the two universes. Assassin Kai is sent after
them, but after getting his memories back by killing one of His Shadows
Divine Predecessors, joins the crew to help find a new home.
Background: Created by Paul
Donovan, the series is filmed in Canada, and is a co-production between many
Canadian and European TV companies.
First Run: 19th July 1997
Number of Episodes: Four movie-length
(two-hour) episodes in Season One, and 20 hour-long episodes in Season Two.
Good Guys: Zev
Belringer went through part of a love slave operation that gave her fabulous
looks, a blue rinse, the libido of a rabbit, and some Cluster Lizard DNA. She
later became the red-headed Xev. Stanley Tweedle is the LEXX captain, and a
former Class 4 security guard. Kai, last of the Brunnen-G, is a walking corpse
reanimated by proto-blood, and a former assassin. 790 is a robot head that
adores Xev, hates Stan and spouts appalling poetry about these two subjects,
and the LEXX itself is incredibly powerful, but not very bright.
Bad Guys: His Divine Shadow, the
last surviving insect after the Insect Wars. His essence was sucked out by his
chief scientist Mantrid, who went on to start taking apart the Light Universe
with his army of robot drone arms.
And Isnt That... I Worship His
Shadow has a guest turn from Rocky Horror Picture Shows
Barry Bostwick. Eating Pattern has Rutger Huger
slapping on some lippy as Bog. Super Nova features
Tim Curry trying to procreate with Stan, and Giga
Shadow includes Sci-Fi stalwart Malcolm McDowell as monk Yottskry.
Overdone Clichés: Xev
and Stans libido getting them into trouble becomes the driving force for
much of Season Two. Stan blowing up a planet every week gets tiresome, but
Mantrid takes over and is rather more thorough about it. The ribbing of hick
Americans is also rather unsubtly done on several occasions.
Fashion Statements: The wise
producers show off as much flesh as possible. Zev wore the low-cut remnants of
her wedding dress, while Xev favours a figure-hugging Cluster Lizard number.
Stan still wears the same Cluster uniform that hes been wearing for the
past nine years. Kai has hair that looks like an interesting loaf of bread, and
Wists outfit (Eating Pattern) is certainly
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LEXX proves its originality in the first episode. Jaw-dropping,
strange, hysterical and unlike anything youve seen before.
The most important story of the Light Universe that of Kai is
told as a musical. A bizarre and oddly touching tale that fills in all the gaps
about the Brunnen-G.
End of the Universe
The second series finishes with a literal bang when the battle against Mantrid
reaches its impressive climax.
hick-bashing in White Trash that should have been
confined to the bin, and Lafftrak tries
desperately to be funny, but isnt.
Channel 5: Friday, 22.50
Sci-Fi: Tuesday, 22.00
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