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on 31 July 2008
This was the last series of Lexx, presumably the budget was a lot lower, & much of the CGI looks like the digital equivalent of library footage. It's hard to escape the conclusion that the writing team were losing heart a bit by this point - it has little of the literally universe encompassing scale of series 2, although at least one very nasty survivor of the Divine Order does pop up, nor does it have the stunning `Terry Gilliam meets Hieronymous Bosch' production design of series 3, and while Lexx plots never really featured gritty realism, overall there is a serious lack of dramatic tension in all this.
Our dirty three and half from the crew of the Lexx fall to Earth, absolutely literally for much of this series, which on the one hand does supply some endearing touches (the Kingdom of the Fairies located in the car park of Battersea Power station, for example) but has the effect of giving the whole thing a tone which is more akin to Dr Who meets Red Dwarf (not least because of the appearance of our very own Craig Charles and Hatty Hayridge a couple of episodes in). Cameo roles by all sorts of previous Lexx favourites are much of the appeal of this last series for fans of previous ones: Fifi, Lyekka, Prince and Gigerota are all reincarnated in due course, and good hearted bimbo Bunny becomes US First Lady presumably as a karmic reward for her selfless act on Fire back in series three, although I haven't yet spotted Dieter Laser aka Mantrid in there yet - I think he was dead by then. Hours of trainspotting fun can be had spotting myriad British actors in character parts, but while it is good to see Lex Gigeroff as a porn director this time round, instead of playing one of his usual homicidal maniacs, and Jerry Hirschfield as Dick Dongler, none of this is going to have any resonance for new viewers - God alone knows what anyone who isn't a dedicated fan is supposed to make of it all. Lexx has always had a strong line in sly humour, and this series parodies or satirizes almost everything - Vampires, Apocalypse Now, Re-animator, Survivor, Desperate Housewives, Seventh Seal, the Mummy, experimental theatre, the Waco siege, folk music, heavy metal, you name it ... but some of the `plots' become very tedious (especially the endless swapping of the Lexx's organic key between various characters until you really cease to care at any level) and as a comedy the script simply isn't funny enough. But the story arc of the last of the Brunnen G resolves after four whole series in the very last episode - er, if that means nothing to you, don't ask, go buy series one.
This box set is cheap (and has almost nothing by way of extras beyond a few stills) and very long - 24 whole episodes, but it really is one for die hard fans and completists only