Two more episodes of the popular sci-fi series. In 'Battle', Xev is kidnapped during a balloon attack by the planet Fire. Kai and Stan eventually manage to escape, but their crewmate finds herself stranded on the planet's burning desert surface. 'Girltown' sees the Lexx crew being made welcome in the city of Girltwon, where the Queen develops an unhealthy interest in Stan.
A "Light Universe" and a "Dark Zone" keep good and bad apart for the characters of Lexx
, even though it's often hard to tell the difference between the two in this offbeat and unique sci-fi show that delights in its own nastiness. With flashes of nudity and surgical gore, and a collection of extreme hairstyles and accents, the show's overall look is often akin to a sci-fi Eurotrash
Aboard the stolen 10-kilometre-long spaceship Lexx (designed to look like a dragonfly) are the "Dirty Three-and-a-Half": insufferable coward Stanley H. Tweedle (Brian Downey), the Edward Scissorhands clone and 2,000 years-dead Kai (Michael McManus), decapitated and lovestruck robot head 790 (voiced by writer Jeffrey Hirschfield), and the skimpily wardrobed Zev (Eva Habermann), replaced in Season Two by Xev (Xenia Seeberg). A disregard both for genre conventions and good taste makes the show a constant series of surprises: by the time of the third season, the expression "anything goes" had long passed being understatement.
On this tape: Following straight on from the cliffhanger ending of "Garden", the "Battle" of the title becomes a game of strategic cat and mouse aboard squadrons of hot air balloons. This season's budget helps return the look of the show to its stunning beginnings, and in this episode there are some of the best-conceived effects shots from the entire run. In some ways it feels like plot filler when paired against the far superior "Girltown". By now it's obvious that each community on the planet Fire is a thinly veiled satire on an aspect of modern society. A splendidly theatrical cameo from Ellen Dubin as Queen allows the viewer to question feminism, bureaucracy, and why the hell Giggerota has been reincarnated to taunt poor Stan. --Paul Tonks