Lexx 2.12 – Norb
Norb, the adopted son of Pa Gollean (2.08), runs across a giant Candy House Satellite. Suddenly, it’s consumed by Mantrid Drones. It contains a colourful version of the Divine Order emblem, who then begin to chase Norb. Norb barely escapes by ejecting as his Charger is overrun by drones. Lexx and the crew hear his distress call in space and pick him up. Once inside he acts very differently from when previously encountered and suddenly his body comes apart to reveal 5 Mantrid Drones. In the process, Norb/Drones kill 790, crushing the tiny piece of human brain that enabled him to love Xev. The drones also deliver a message from Mantrid: “Let the contest begin”. Kai and Xev use Kai’s protoblood and a protein regenerator to bring 790 back. The Drones begin to “eat” Lexx and make more drones with his parts. The Lexx must reverse its particle drive to save itself.
At last, something that isn’t trying to be a parody and uses previously established characters. The problem that the solution is rather obvious and the story rather insubstantial. (3/5)
Lexx 2.13 – Twilight (March 5, 1999)
When Stanley Tweedle becomes gravely ill, the crew of the Lexx take him to the planet Ruuma. There they encounter a ghastly family: the father, Roada, is a scheming sleazeball, the last vestige of the Divine order, left behind on the planet by his brethren after the death of His Shadow; the mother, Hidea, is a shrew; the daughter, Lomea, is a surly goth teen. Ruuma has the power to bring the dead back to a kind of shambling life, and the many corpses of His Divine Shadow’s earlier bodies reside here, constantly trying to break in and devour the family. It was Roada’s job to look after the bodies when the Cluster was still in operation, but now he’s losing control of the situation and it seems the family won’t survive long. The same forces that animate the corpses has an unusual effect on Kai and after Xev is bitten it’s up to Lyekka to save the day.
A rather uninspiring Zombie story. Not sure if it’s supposed to be a parody as it lacks both laughs and any tension or horror. (2/5)