Lexx: The Complete Second Series [Full Screen Original Uncut Version] [5 Discs] (Bilingual) [Import]
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A crew of misfit outlaws wanders the galaxy in a living ship. Sound familiar? Doomed to live in the shadow of cable TV's science fiction class act Farscape, the Canadian-German coproduction Lexx takes a completely different trajectory as a tongue-in-cheek, sci-fi sex farce from a three-man team of "Human Beans" led by creator and frequent writer-director Paul Donovan. Sad-sack pilot Stanley Tweedle (Brian Downey), coquettish love slave Zev (Eva Habermann), reanimated corpse Kai (Michael McManus), and lovesick robot head 790 wander the galaxy looking for food, people, and (most importantly) a little nookie. Shot on the cheap with loads of flashy (if often unconvincing) digital effects and a rather claustrophobic series of studio-bound sets, the show launched with a quartet of TV movies before settling into a weekly series with its second season (1998).
In the first of 20 episodes, "Mantrid" launches the Lexx into a funhouse galaxy of wacky worlds, where the dreaded insect king awakes and begins his bizarre reign of terror. The hilarious "Lyekka" introduces the title character, a curvy little plant girl with an insatiable appetite for human flesh, but more importantly it replaces platinum blonde Eva Haberman with the impishly flirtatious, full-lipped redhead Xenia Seeberg, the show's instant cult pinup queen. The show's eagerness to experiment is proven in "Brigadoom," a sci-fi musical that tells Kai's backstory entirely in song--with surprisingly impressive results. "Brizon" and "End of the Universe" end the second series as the Lexx is inexorably drawn into the Dark Zone after an epic fight with Mantrid's multiplying drone arms.
Each DVD features a different 10-minute, behind-the-scenes featurette, short cast and creator interviews, and a chapter of Rated LEXX, a TV special created for the Sci Fi Channel to introduce the characters and recap the origins.
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Packaging was not great but not awful. Disc one does not want to go back in this layered box and the fact that they are layered overlapping each other is a concern. But my discs were in good shape when received (no scratches).
Video quality is usually pretty good but goes grainy in some parts, kind of randomly. Not too distracting.
The price is great and very happy to see Lexx back in print.
When we started with the 2nd, I breathed a sigh of relief. The show develops a routine but one that surprises, entertains and leaves you asking 'how did we get to this point!?'. It's a ribald sci-fi comedy that recalls some of the goofier Star Trek episodes.
LYEKKA, LUVLINER, LAFFTRAK, 791, WAKE THE DEAD, TWILIGHT, WOZ and the END OF THE UNIVERSE are my faves. 'Brigadoom' is the musical.
I really enjoyed this TV series and would give it a four star rating, BUT these new 4-6 `clipped-stacked' Alliance Films releases are really getting me `bugged' off. I've purchased over the last year Seasons of BeastMaster, Lexx, Earth: Final Conflict, RoboCop, Outer Limits: The New Series, PSI: Factor and all but a few have had at least two to all six discs loose in the case with scratches after opening them. I realized what's the use of returning them for exchange, as it will continue to happen again. The packing gets a one star rating and also because of my following note below, I can only give this Alliance Films release at best a three star overall rating. ALSO PLEASE NOTE: these new re-releases of Lexx on Alliance Films DO NOT contain both English & French soundtracks (only English) and the great BONUS FEATURES that were available on the original Acorn Media/Koch Vision releases.
I actually bought my Season 1 (the four movies) DVDs, Season 2 and Season 3 DVDs from a Canadian outfit called Videoflicks with a website of the same name (add a dot com to their name). This would make sense that you can get the entire show new there, as it is a Canadian-German co-production. There is slight variation as I guess by law they have to include French language tracks but I imagine they are essentially the same as the ones sold here. It is funny to hear the cast, especially the Lexx in French as we're not used to it, I guess.
If you haven't seen any of Season 3, probably best to skip this review as I go into some events that occur in the first disc and assume some knowledge of prior events. The first episode (Gondola) starts as the crew of the Lexx pursue Duke and Fifi after the moth attack on Boomtown. An interesting situation has been put forward that by now, people they've met in past episodes and seasons who then died seem to be re-appearing on Fire or Water with alarming regularity, though with new names and no memory of their prior life. So, in a way it makes sense that since Kai died when His Divine Shadow killed him at the start of the first movie, he would have been reincarnated on Water. So, it does provide an explanation as to why there is now two of them. An interesting point to ponder here does that leave the re-animated corpse who is also Kai? Is he an separate entity or just a machine with no free will?Read more ›
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BEWARE! This is a MOD or Made On Demand COPY and the resolution is absolute GARBAGEPublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is my opinion that the second series of Lexx is the best of the 4.
In this series you get a collection of stand-alone episodes that only hint at an undelying plotline that... Read more
I love Lexx. The featurettes are cool, the quality of the transfer seems good. However, I was very disappointed to find that the episodes are not closed-captioned or subtitled at... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by dianthus
The first season is the best but the second season is quite good. Pay attention to the other "real people" that have reviewed it. Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by C. A. Luster
Generally I tend to watch all sci-fi because I enjoy it but Lexx has a tendency to be repetitive. Two people , a love slave and an accident waiting to happen named Stanley Tweedle,... Read morePublished on March 12 2003
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