Lexx was a show for the hard core sci-fi fan, which I say because it was… kinda weird. It started as a German and Canadian co-production, with some help from Britain’s Chanel 5. The German touch is obvious especially in the ship’s bathrooms, which have a twist that is both funny and gross. After the first season, the Sci-Fi channel got involved, and seasons three and four got even weirder.
The show begins, interestingly, with the death of one of the main characters, Kai, of Brunnen G. But like one of my favorite movies, death is only the beginning. As punishment for rising up against the Divine Shadow, Kai is turned into an undead assassin.
The next character we meet is security guard, Stanley Tweedle, who we first see sleeping in his… box. He is sentenced to either organ donation, but fails to report in time, and is sentenced to termination. We also meet Xev, or Zev, who is being transported to another planet t, so she is sentenced to be transformed into a love slave. But during the transformation process, the facility is attacked by cluster lizards, one of which is inside the transformation unit while Xev is being modified, and is joined with her. Before the mental modifications can be made, she escapes from the device and places a robot head in her place, which gets reprogrammed to love her. It follows her throughout much of the series.
In their attempt to escape security, Stanley, Xev, and the robot head, named 790, accidentally steel an experimental ship named Less, that is the most destructive force in the universe. Kai is sent to kill them, but is temporarily incapacitated. When he has Stanley and Xev at his mercy, he feels drawn back to where the shadow lies, and discovered his past. He turns against the divine shadow, and escapes with the others in the Lexx.
There’s terribly more to it, of course, but that’s the gist of it. The first season focuses on finding what is needed to keep Kai functioning, the second on destroying what is left of The Shadow. After that, in my opinion, it gets kind of weird.
My favorite episode was near the end of the second season, Brigadoom. It was a musical that provided more backstory for Kai and the Brunnen G. In that episode, they come upon a strange theatre floating in space, where Kai and Xev take the place of two of the actors. The re-enactment of the last days of the Brunnen G gives them, and even the doubter Stanley, the confidence and drive to launch their final attack against Mantrid, the last surviving bit of His Divine Shadow.
I remember that season two was a bit odd, taking place on dual planets, one of water and one of fire. I don’t remember much about the fourth and final season, I’m not sure if that’s because it wasn’t very good, or perhaps it’s just that my life had become terribly busy, and I was working 60 – 70 hour weeks. Truth be told, aside from work, I don’t remember much at all from that time period.
I know it’s not a particularly known or popular show, but I would love to hear from anyone else who watched it.