Lexx 2.7-9


Lexx 2.7 – Love Grows
The episode follows a crew of sleazy space miners – two men and one large woman – who contract a gender-changing and ultimately fatal virus which they then unwittingly share with the crew of the Lexx. While the disease does not affect the external appearance, it changes the genitals and the voice and works on the mind, making men extremely demure and making women into voracious sexual predators. In this episode Stanley Tweedle finally fulfills his dream of having sex with his crewmate Xev Bellringer, although it is arguably more of a rape and during the encounter their genders are reversed.

The setup has potential, but once everyone is on the Lexx, it descends into a very badly written and directed 1960’s soft-core porn parody. This is the worst episode so far. (1/5)

Lexx 2.8 – White Trash
The Golleans, a family of incestuous cannibal rednecks, has stowed away on the Lexx. After a night of passion with Sissy Gollean, Stanley Tweedle is caught by the jealous Pa Gollean, who plans to kill Stan until Sissy convinces him to let them get married instead. Pa agrees, and then forces Stan to steer the ship to his home planet Vermal so Pa can get revenge on the remaining inhabitants. Whilst on the planet Kai helps Pa’s adopted son Norb escape his unpleasant parents on his real father’s space ship – The Charger.

Just when I thought they had reached the bottom, comes this rubbish every-bad-stereotype hick story. The only character of interest is the young boy who escapes the planet before Lexx destroys it. (1/5)

Lexx 2.9 – 791
The crew of the Lexx get a distress signal from a crashed ship on an uninhabited planet. Stanley Tweedle refuses to go down to investigate, but Lyekka insists that she needs food, and if she doesn’t get it she’ll be forced to eat the crew. Lyekka plans to eat any survivors down on the surface, but Xev understandably has some moral qualms about this. Once inside the crashed ship, they find jars containing still-beating hearts and 790 finds a cyborg body with which he hopes to finally consummate his love of Xev.

Despite the rip-off of the 1979 space horror-thriller “Alien”, this actually works. There is sufficient tension, plot twists and atmosphere for a good episode. Finally Stan gets to assert himself and take a positive single action. (4/5)