Lexx 2.5 – Lafftrak (Jan 8, 1999)
Two planets, Liber and Leester, long ago destroyed each other in a ratings war. The crew discover a small, automated planetoid that is still producing TV programs. Stan is captured on the planet and forced to take part in various shows, and when he consistently fails to amuse the macabre audience he is demoted to increasingly less dignified positions. Eventually, it is discovered that when contestants fail, they are decapitated and their heads are kept alive to be part of the studio audience for all eternity.
The setup battle is a fun homage to a pulp space adventure. When Stan, 790 and Xev get to partake in old TV shows, the humour feels very forced and not funny. But ultimately it’s the predictable Kai that comes to save everyone (3/5)
Lexx 2.6 – Stan’s Trial (Jan 15, 1999)
Stan needs release and returns to an old haunt for pleasure; another space brothel. Unbeknownst to him and the crew however the Reform Planets have been searching for Stanley, whom they call “the Arch-Traitor”, to put him on trial for the destruction of 100 worlds hostile to His Divine Shadow. The trial seems to be legitimate but the chief prosecutor has her own secret intentions: wanting to torture and execute Stanley.
At last, a show with actual themes that hint at what Star Trek could do with ease. The court scenes are predictable, but the ending makes up for short-comings. (4/5)
Lexx 2.3 – Lyekka
The plant-based organism called Lyekka arrives on the Lexx and uses Stanley’s dream image of a high school sweetheart to take form. At the same time, 3 astronauts from the planet Potataho run into the Lexx. Lyekka begins to eat them one at a time, allowing them to live out their wildest fantasies before consuming them. After accidentally destroying the astronaut’s spaceship Stan offers to take them back to their planet, only to find it destroyed by Drone Arms. First appearance of Xev.
Lexx 2.4 – Luvliner
The crew travel to a space brothel, Luvliner. Negotiations break down when Schlemmi, who manages the brothel and has a fetish for robot heads, finds out that the crew has no money. After a little coercion they are allowed in free of charge, only for Schlemmi to call in a bounty hunter and attempt to take over the Lexx for himself.
Lexx 2.1 – Mantrid (Dec 11, 1998)
Kai, possessed by His Divine Shadow, leads the crew back to the Light Zone to retrieve an insect larva from the remains of the cluster. The crew then goes to meet Mantrid, former Supreme Biovizier for The Divine Order, in order to convince him to extract protoblood from the insect larva. The ageing Mantrid plans to use the insect’s transference organ to transfer himself into a new machine body. Mantrid’s besotted assistant transfers Mantrid’s essence from his dying body to the machine body. The crew flees to Lexx and attempts to destroy it, but Mantrid’s machine escapes.
Lexx 2.2 – Terminal
Kai is awoken incorrectly, and punctures Stan’s heart. After transferring the Key to Zev, they seek assistance at the MedStat, a large medical space hospital. The threat of the Lexx’s power encourages the medical staff to help, but it emerges that they wish to take the Lexx and use it for their own ends. This is the last episode to feature Zev.
Lexx 1.04 – Giga Shadow (Sept 11, 1997)
To resupply the protoblood that sustains Kai’s life, the crew of the Lexx travel back to the Cluster but when they arrive they find the planet deserted. The population was killed in “The Cleansing”, in preparation of the birth of the Gigashadow, the last survivor of the insect wars and sworn enemy of humanity.
Guest stars Malcolm McDowell.
Lexx 1.03 – Eating Pattern
Out of energy, the Lexx is forced to land on a planet to replenish its energy supply. Zev and Stan bury the apparently dead Kai, before they discover a lost outpost seemingly occupied by lunatics led by a manic Rutger Hauer.
Lexx 1.02 – Super Nova
In the hopes of extending Kai’s un-life, Zev decides they should go to Brunnus the original planet of the Brunnen-G. The only thing they find when they get there are holographic messages left by the “Poet Man” (Tim Curry). Meanwhile, Giggerota forms a deal with the Divine Predecessors to betray the crew of the Lexx. The sun of Brunnus begins to go supernova as the Brunnen-G stabilizers are deactivated, but the sun and its orbiting blue star speak to Kai and Zev, while the Time Prophet speaks to Stan through a recording, helping them to recover the Lexx.
A moth strands Giggerota on top of one of the stabilizer towers (in punishment for her eating part of it), and she dies in the explosion of the sun as the Lexx flies to safety
Lexx is a science fiction television series that follows the adventures of a group of mismatched individuals aboard the organic space craft Lexx. They travel through two universes and encounter planets including a parody of the Earth.
The series is a Canadian and German co-production, with some additional funding from Britain’s Channel 5. The Sci Fi Channel purchased the series from Salter Street Films and began airing versions of Season 2 episodes for United States’ audience in January 2000. Lexx was co-produced by Salter Street Films, later absorbed by Alliance Atlantis. In Canada, Lexx aired on the Alliance Atlantis-owned Showcase network. The series was primarily filmed in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) and Berlin (Germany), with additional filming on location in Iceland, Bangkok (Thailand), and Namibia.
Episode 1.01 – I Worship His Shadow (April 18 1997)
His Divine Shadow rules The Cluster with dark powers and an impenetrable bureaucracy. As fate would have it, four unlikely heroes are thrown together to wreak havoc on The Cluster: Zev, a strong willed but hideously ugly orphan transformed into a sexy love-slave; 790, a Zev-obsessed robot head; Kai, a poet-warrior transformed into an empty headed assassin by His Divine Shadow; and Stanley H. Tweedle, a bumbling Class 4 Security Guard. The leader of the freedom fighters is played by guest star Barry Bostwick.