Lexx 2.20


Lexx 2.20 – End of the Universe (23 April 1999)

In a last-ditch bid to save the light universe from Mantrid’s drones, 790 discovers (way too late), that he can create self replicating drones of his own, to fight Mantrid. Kai and 790 hatch a cunning plan to distract Mantrid, long enough for him to make the mistake of moving too many drones around them, thus engulfing them all in a giant black hole, collapsing the light universe, and shooting the Lexx into the Dark Zone. Lyekka’s pod is damaged, and she demonstrates yet more inexplicable talents, transforming herself into a Lyekka drone, and pulling Mantrid from his interface. She is killed in the process, somehow lodging part of herself in Stan’s mind.

This is the very definition of ‘Deus ex Machina’ (god from the machine). The term means a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved by the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability or object. 790 gets replicating power and Lyekka transforms. Apart from this rather contrived ending to season 2, it’s satisfying in the large battle scenes and resolution to the Mantrid story.