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Star Trek's evil twin,
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This review is from: Lexx - Series 3 Complete (Slimpack) (DVD)
Lexx was one of those series I wanted to get into but never did. There was too much work setting the video to record it late at night on Five, and the early stuff felt like they were still figuring out what they were doing.
Anyways, I read some plot outlines for the later series and decided I'd give it a shot again. After all, Battlestar's great but it's too serious and Who doesn't seem to take the science seriously at all. I think I've figured out what Lexx is though, now. It's not in the same tradition of SF. It's more built on satire, like Gulliver's Travels.
In this series, the unlikely crew of Stanley Tweedle, security guard and lecher, Xev, part love slave part cluster lizard, and Kai, dead assassin who just wants to be at peace, find themselves circling the planets Fire and Water. Fire is a desert with hardly any water. The world is ruled by the sadistic but charismatic Prince, who tortures the populace. Water is nothing but water with floating cities full of beautiful people who enjoy playing sports, having uncomplicated sex, etc. The worlds are in conflict and the arrival of the Lexx allows the conflict to escalate as its technology provides the people of Fire with new weapons.
Despite being called Star Trek's evil twin, Lexx is more like Red Dwarf's first cousin, but with less laughs and more nudity. The characters are a little defective, but not in that screwed up Torchwood way, and they generally try to do the right thing even when they give in to their appetites. The special effects are intriguing. They're not wholly convincing, but the attempt to create alien worlds using CGI is commendable and pleasing if you're willing to go the extra mile. When Stanley is captured by Prince and placed in a torture chamber, surrounded by a hundred other such chambers and by which people are hung from chains by theirs heads is a fantastic image.
Lexx is in the tradition of Hitchhiker's or Farscape, where the writers are willing to be that bit more imaginative and reach that bit further outside the box than in a Star Trek. It lacks the portentiousness of a Babylon 5 or Battlestar, with the characters being pleasingly working class. It's pleasurable to watch, even if it's not quite as transgressive as it thinks it is. And I'm glad I purchased it!