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For those who are unfamiliar with Lexx, here is a rundown. The Lexx is a giant living spaceship (don’t go calling this a Farscape copy because this was made first). It’s a big living dragonfly without the wings. Lexx can only be operated by one person who plays host to its key. The Lexx’s key lives inside a persons hand. The host, or Captain, places his hand on a pad and is then able to issue commands to Lexx. Lexx is very stupid and does only what its Captain tells it to do. Oh yeah, Lexx has the ability to destroy and entire planet with just one shot.

Lexx: The Complete Second Series
That’s really all you need to know. The main characters on Lexx are the current Captain, Stanley Tweedle (Brian Downey), a stupid former security guard, Zev (Eva Haberman (but becomes Xev played by Xenia Seeberg in the second episode of this season), a woman who’s punishment for failing as a wife was to be transformed into a beautiful sex-hungry love slave, and finally Kai (Michael McManus), a man who is dead, but is being preserved by proto-blood to keep his body going. He has no feeling or anything; he’s a zombie with a little personality. As you can tell already, Lexx is pretty out there.

The second season wastes no time. It immediately seals the cliff-hanger from season one before getting these characters into a variety of adventures. This season mostly revolves around a battle between the Lexx crew and the bad guy, known as Mantrid (Dieter Laser). But in between we see many strange occurrences such as an encounter with a white trash family, a crazed brothel owner, a mysterious plant woman with a taste for people, and a theatre house. Each plot is so bizarre and unique; it is hard not to be engaged.

Some of the favourites include ‘Lafftrak,’ an episode where the Lexx crew comes across a dead planet which destroyed itself in an actual television ratings war. This is a very funny stab at the competitiveness of television networks. Another favourite is the two-parter ‘The NetWeb’. These episodes do what no other double episode I’ve ever seen has done before. The first episode tells the story of the Lexx getting caught in a giant spider-web in its entirety, only leaves lot’s of unexplained stuff. The second part tells the story again, only from different perspectives that fill in some of the gaps. The episode “Norb” is also very exciting as the Lexx is invaded by the flying cyborg drones of the evil Mantrid.

This season just got better and better with the best episode coming out of the fifth and final disc of the set. The episode ‘Brigadoom’ shows the crew coming across a theatre in space that has a musical show dedicated to the life of Kai. The crew join in and we pretty much get ‘Lexx: The Musical’. The music is pretty good too with songs such as ‘Dull Dull Dull’ and ‘Two Hearts’ being true sing-along material. Also great was the season finale ‘End of the Universe’ which saw a final showdown between our good guys and bad guys.

Lexx: The Complete Second Series
There are also the very much out there shows such as ‘Love Grows’, in which a strange drug turns the men into women and vice-versa. The episode ‘791’ sees the robot head 790 attached to a body that once belonged to a gay evil robot—a creepy villain. ‘Twilight’ sees the crew battling off zombies and Kai dancing like a little girl. Although these episodes are usually so strange and bizarre you can’t help but watch on to see what they do next, they don’t have as much merit as the later episodes.

Lexx will not be for everyone. There is quite a fan base out there, but the show may be a little too weird or maybe even a little too rude for some people. Others just may have a hard time trying to figure out if this is meant to be serious or funny. The answer is a little bit of both. Although this show mostly comes across as a parody of 50s sci-fi, there are also lots of stabs at the modern world. If you see this in Lexx, you will find lots to enjoy, if not, it will be lost on you. Although Seasons three and four branched out a little with a new style and story to better accommodate new audiences who don’t know what Lexx is about, season two is only really for people who know Lexx and understand it.

It’s nice to see that the crew have gone to lengths to see that they secure a cast that knows all about what Lexx is trying to do and therefore are perfect in their roles. Brian Downey has the persona of cowardly idiot Stanley Tweedle down pat making him so off-putting even the always-horny Zev/Xev doesn’t want him. Xenia Seeberg is great and very sexy. She puts everything into Xev and is picture perfect. Also down pat is Michael McManus in the role of Kai. He ditches the personality that Kai gained towards the end of season one and is the plain lifeless Kai yet again in full swing. Although only in it briefly Eva Haberman seems to be the only one not fully involved here. It is much easier to notice now that you have Seeberg to compare her with. She simply looks bored in the two episodes she’s in. Care has gone into most of the casting and it pays off.

Lexx: The Complete Second Series
Once again, this show is very weird and will rub many viewers the wrong way. However, if you get what Lexx is all about, you will have a very good time. It is funny, wacky and very bizarre. Those who get involved will tune in to episode after episode just to see what they could possibly do next. The cult following kept the show going for four years. This second season provides laughs, music, action and even the occasional scare. If you are into weird television, Lexx may just be for you, and this season, although not the best or most accessible to new audiences provides twenty episodes of good, not-so-clean fun. If you are new however, you may want to check out seasons three or four.

Video
The aspect ratio is not listed, but it looks to be 1:33.1 full frame. It seems to me like t was a bit of a rushed job. Good thing is that colours are well saturated and shadow details are fine, which is a bonus considering the dark nature of some of the shows. Skin tone are average, but are somewhat distorted in some episodes. There is a considerable issue however with grain. Every episode has a very grainy picture which gets a little frustrating. In fact, if it weren’t for the grain, this would be a very good transfer for the type of show.

Audio
Every episode gets a Dolby 2.0 Stereo track. Like the video transfer, it seems a little rushed. The main issue is that the volume levels are very low. To get a good listening volume, I had my system on full. Other than that it isn’t too bad. Dialogue is fine, the music score come out all right, background and ambient effects are decently balanced within the two channel track. The surrounds have the occasional leakage of effects but the sub is dormant. This is all fair enough, but the low volume level is really an issue and drags the track down considerably. It’s a shame it too until season four to get 5.1 tracks on this show. A French track is also included.

Lexx: The Complete Second Series
Extras
This set is five DVD volumes that were once sold separately put together in one box, so extras are spread out over the five discs. The extras are pretty good though. They are almost enough to make you think these DVDs weren’t just a rushed job.

‘The Making of Lexx: The Series’ is a featurette divided into three parts across the first three discs. It covers many bits and pieces from the show including special effects, make-up and sets. Looking at some of the producers, it’s not hard to see why this is s weird.

Each Disc contains one a ‘Rated LEXX’ segment, and each segment is the story of a particular character. Included are: The Divine Shadow, Stanley, Kai, Xev, 790 and The Lexx. Each interview is good because you can see how the actors are compared to their characters and get to know some more background about the show.

Each disc also contains interviews with cast and crew. Included are: Michael McManus (Kai), Paul Donovan (Shows Creator), Brian Downey (Stan), 790, Les Crizsan (Director of Photography). No Xenia Seeberg, which sucks.

There is interactive trivia on each disc that covers the episodes from that disc. ‘Storyboards’ and ‘Production Sketches’ can also be found. Finishing off the set are cast and character bios, weblinks and an average trailer for season three.

The extras are great for a little known cult TV show. However, the fact that they are splayed over all five discs is irritating. This is why it is better to release a box set with all extras on one disc. It is so much cleaner than going five separate volumes with extras all over. The only other down side is that the R2 discs have commentaries from cast and crew on some episodes. Why absent here?

Lexx: The Complete Second Series
Overall
The second season of this bizarre cult series does is good entertainment for a select audience. However, although some people will find lots to like, if you didn’t see the first season, you may want to skip directly to season three. The DVDs seems to have had little effort put in as the video and audio turn out like an old VHS. This is slightly made up for with a decent set of extras, but overall more could have gone into putting all this into a set.


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