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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lexx review at Nerd Movie & SyfyDesigns

Lexx (1997-2002)

Originally written 2013, copied from SyfyDesigns.

The Divine Order is turned upside down when the most powerful weapon of destruction in the two universes is accidentally stolen by a security guard, a love slave, and a robot head. The only hope to reclaiming the Lexx- a bioengineered bug ship the size of Manhattan- lies with an undead assassin from an ancient prophecy. What can go wrong? Hailed as Star Trek's evil twin, Lexx blows up planets and the scifi you know right out of the universe.

Lexx was not received well in the United States due to graphic sexual themes and weird story telling, often referred to as the soft porn of scifi, but continues to be a cult favorite around the rest of the world. Lexx boldly took scifi film to Orwellian depths it never went before with cannibalism, mass genocide in the guise of government Order, sex slavery, and repurposing humans into serviceable robot parts. What happens when ordinary people get hold of the Lexx? While other space themed story arcs revolve around military, Lexx tips revolution over and blows it up.

Season one of Lexx is a collection of 4 movies starting out on the Cluster, capital of the League of 20,000 Planets and judicial headquarters for His Divine Shadow. The Lexx, bioengineered and grown on the Cluster to become the ultimate weapon near the end of over 6000 years of war, is a 'big bug' that can fly through space, blow up planets, and talk to its captain. Fans fall in love with Lexx because it thinks like a bug and remains innocent of every devastation it creates on command, a leading character in its own right. Guest actors in first season include Barry Bostwick as Thodin, Tim Curry as Poet Man, Rutger Hauer as Bog, and Malcolm McDowell as Yottskry.

Season two of Lexx changes to a television series that continues immediately with backstory and plunges headlong into frightening disaster. A character change grips viewers while the series launches into a delightful conflict of bawdy fun and grim reality that mock our crew mercilessly in directions that will leave you spinning. This season is everything you ever wanted to see go wrong in Trek or any other scifi series, and the creators have a lot of fun coloring outside the lines. The most popular episode of Lexx with viewers around the world at 2.18 is Brigadoom, filmed as a theater experience with a separate soundtrack, with rare handmade costuming and an ancient Russian sounding fight song, according to Russian fans.

Season three of Lexx is very dire. The Lexx has drifted without food for 4000 years while the crew is in stasis and becomes caught in the gravity well between two planets, Fire and Water. The entire season is fraught with mysteries and dangers, love and deception, navigating the torments of hell and the delights of heaven trying to stop Prince from gaining control of the Lexx. Never has scifi so beautifully choreographed philosophy, bureaucracy, and even the hint of religion into such a masterful soap style drama, with stunning landscapes and what was groundbreaking CGI for the time period.

Season four of Lexx is a discourteous romp around the Earth when Lexx finds the Little Blue Planet. The entire series finale is a very tongue in cheek mockery, chock full of stereotypes and bad puns, even inside jokes about the scifi film industry. Fans scatter in all directions between it being cute, ridiculous, rude, and outright genius. Season four is the most often quoted as least favorite, but if you are a mistie (MST3K fan), you totally get the fun the creators had with the filming, with spins on everything from alien possession to Godzilla to where vampires came from, and much more. Unfortunately, Americans were the butt of the political joking (along with the Pope), so between that and the risque 'soft porn', it disappeared from American television networks never to be seen again, until streaming tv came along.

Even though Lexx ended with season 4, the creators inserted hope for a continuing story at the very end. Who knows, maybe someday there will be more Lexx, especially with so much inherent content for prequels.

by Janika Banks aka @pinkyguerrero

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lexxperience Lexx

First, thank you for the visits. 😘💗💗

Still Lexxing, I know it's hard to see. Let's catch up.

  • The 5th season green light April Fool's joke blew up into a stupid rumor that got a few of us pretty grumpy. I had to contact IMDb personally over it. Not happy that an opportunistic 'fan' was able to put erroneous info in as fact based on one of my blog titles and it wasn't vetted properly. There is no season 5, guys. This joke is over 5 years old, it was funny, now it's just a drag and you would. not. believe. the location hits I've gotten in my stats on that.
  • The 'bored' has been uber rescued and will never go away now. It is currently being super tech salvaged so you may see it blink in and out of existence, but it's still there, and every intention is to bring it back to usable status.
  • I have several drafts started in this blog that date back up to 3 years ago. Part of the reason I have stalled is because I keep being tagged or privately contacted and pushed by uber fans on social medias and I just put it down and walked off. I'm not doing this for anyone but me, it's MY hobby out of pocket, and I'm also upset with both a tech issue and life issue throwing one particular curve ball at me, mainly I no longer have the kind of tech control over my house that I used to. Kind of like Gru in the Despicable movies, if you've ever seen those. Good thing tiny people are so cute, lol.

This blog history goes back to 2004. I started out on Xanga, disappeared for personal reasons discussed on another blog, came back with no intention of Lexxing again but apparently long-ago readers stat bombing me talked me back into it, migrated my content after the Xanga server move looked like a shipwreck, developed a Lexxperience hub on social medias, and am now in discussion about housing with a developing sci-fi website. A handful of you are aware I turned down writing for other sci-fi sites (some that would pay me) and chose not to jump into celebrity owned hubs (like Nerdist) because I want to stay in control of my content, and over several years have put nearly $2000 into Lexxing out of pocket. I created a mission statement, set up disclaimers, and I toe the line for the fandom. Lexx online is my hobby, but if I'm going to share, I'm doing it legally.

I do not own Lexx, have never been paid or employed by anyone related to Lexx, and I don't purport to speak for anyone regarding Lexx properties. I am a Lexx fandom historian, a character and plot speculator, but not an actor follower. I have incidental interactions and happenstances, but I'm way too busy with real life to dig up anything and everything related to actors who breathed anywhere around Lexx. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate fans who put the work into that, I very much appreciate how that takes many dedicated hours and that work is their own. I hope to eventually catalog as many fans as I can find still working on Lexx content to collect into a library, but that isn't priority right now. Since I am in touch with so much Lexx fandom around the world, I am in a position to inventory (again), which may or may not affect property refurbish, and at this point, after seeing so many people fight over that, I am burned out with that idea. Anyone with enough money can haul it out into court and disentangle the property, but until that happens and some kind of settlement is reached, we probably won't be seeing more merch. I still contend Lexx was buried for other reasons, and that these reasons didn't kill it so much as save it from annihiliation. It wasn't out of print very long, like so many scifi shows were for awhile.

I'd like to thank one person in particular for stimulating my personal growth in this fandom. I was very publicly personally challenged and wound up becoming known and remembered over it. I don't use it to leverage myself, but I do own my history. Many years of thought have brought me to the conclusion that if I do this for me, I also do this for the fandom, and the fandom is a living thing of its own. Fans may come and go, but the fandom lives on.

I am still here, and I'm not done yet. The fandom is growing, and I know this because I am watching this on the medias. It's time to Lexxperience Lexx again.