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 differen... more »t trajectory as a tongue-in-cheek, sci-fi sex farce. Sad sack pilot Stanley Tweedle, coquettish love slave Xev, reanimated corpse Kai, 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. Mantrid launches the Lexx into a funhouse galaxy of wacky worlds, where the dreaded insect king awakes and begins his bizarre reign of terror. Terminal takes them to a mercenary deep space hospital where the doctors' specialty is saving the patient's money and discarding the useless body. The hilarious Lyekka guest stars Stephen McHattie as a drawling, hick astronaut and introduces the pixielike Lyekka, a curvy little plant girl with an insatiable appetite for human flesh (bye-bye astronauts), but most importantly it replaces platinum blonde Eva Haberman with the impishly flirtatious, full-lipped redhead Xenia Seeberg, the show's instant cult pinup queen. Just so its audience wouldn't get the wrong idea, Luvliner drops the crew into a dilapidated deep space cathouse. 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. --Sean Axmaker« less
Kema Choinach | Brooklyn, NY United States | 05/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, if you're considering this DVD, hopefully, you've already seen the first four movies that comprise the first season of Lexx (this DVD is the first four episodes from the second season), otherwise you might not appreciate a program that takes some bearing-with to get into the swing of. All the humor of the first season carries over into the next 20 episodes of Lexx, and it just gets weirder. The second season does not quite have the satisfying depth of the first - while there is a story arc that carries across the season, it really is background except for the first episode, and the last few... there are a lot of one-shot stories that seem to focus more on the frightenly bizarre universe of the Dark Zone. The innuendo also gets cranked up a notch, with one episode taking place in a brothel satellite, another one seeing a character turning into a ...crazed cyborg, yet another having the Lexx crew switching genders and so on... this season is NOT for the kids! However, if one just sits back and enjoys each episode at face value, its still a mightily fine season. The camp factor during this season has been ramped up considerably, and while some of the episodes are outright silly, all in all its still a lot of fun.Hardcore sci-fi fans may be put off by the camp humor, the patchy story, and the sexual content. However, if you're looking for a fun and silly ride, these are more or less exactly what makes this a worthwhile purchase. Fans of the Lexx universe might be caught off-guard by the second season, but I'd suggest bearing with it and enjoying it for what it is."
S2-V1 the 1st season 2 DVD in the LEXX series
Istvan | USA | 01/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Episode "Mantrid" it's a verry imaginitive episode.
His Divine Shadow's tyranny has been overthrown, and His order left in ruins. Chaos reigns in the light universe, with His Shadow's minions scrambling to find a place for themselves. One of these is His Shadow's bio-vizier, Mantrid, who plans to become immortal by transferring his consciousness into a massive computer. Episode 2.2 "Terminal" This is the 1st time xev dies.
Waking Kai can be a dangerous business, as Stanley Tweedle finds out the hard way. He is mortally wounded and, after some intense bargaining tactics on Zev's part, is rushed to the Medsat Medical Terminal. Here he is treated by the smarmy Doctor Kazzan who, to be fair, does indeed save his life. But along the way one ultimate sacrifice is made.Episode 2.3 "Lyekka"
The Lexx picks up an unusual passenger: a shape shifting plant who takes on the appearance of a girl from Stanley's dreams. At the same time, some intrepid space explorers from the planet Potatoho have a run in with the Lexx. Kai invites them aboard, and some awkward first contact scenarios are played out. It's revealed that these boys are patriotic to a fault; they'll do anything for the glory of Potatoho. Needless to say, they don't exactly jive with the rest of the crew. Episode 2.4 "Luvliner" Every body on the LEXX better get ready for some bad Luck.
Let's face it, flying around the empty reaches of space without someone to play with makes for a frustrating time indeed. So when a signal is picked up from a nearby bordello satellite, its no wonder Stan and Xev are so eager to board. But the goods aren't exactly as advertised, and the den of iniquity turns out to be more of a pigpen. Still, Xev and Stan, accompanied by a reluctant 790, decide to indulge their desires."
A long awaited release, with some reservations.
Istvan | 05/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found the DVD well worth purchasing, with some reservations on the picture quality. In certain scenes, it appeared blurry and washed out, and just wasn't as good as I'd hoped. Still, content was excellent, with FOUR episodes--two with Eva Habermann playing Zev, and two with Xenia Seeburg playing Xev. Extras were also nice, which included a "Making of Series II" part 1, "Rated Lexx: His Divine Shadow" part 1, and a short Michael McManus interview. All in all, I thought it was a great DVD; well worth the money. I hope they release Series 1 as well!"
Low budget, High concept
C. Paschall | RVA USA | 09/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lexx is something either is understandable to you or is a b-grade sci-fi. Those looking for stoic and run of the mill sci-fi tend to vilify Lexx as badly written and directed. SciFi Channel's treatment of the series when it first aired alienated many people. Now is the time to see them in order and uncut! Those who appreciate something a little different and understand pacing outside the realm of standard American TV get the quirkiness and love the sexual overtones. Season 2 does suffer from a 'Movie of the Week' approach but those episodes seem more like homage?s than rip offs. Volume 1 introduces the grand freak Mantrid and sets the arc for the entire season. Watch and learn to Luv the Lexx."
A sci-fi series that takes a chance
Elizabeth Prado | El Paso, TX USA | 09/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not many programs on television take risks like Lexx. TV programs just follow the same trustworthy formula, year after year. Lexx takes chances with every episode, and I admire that. You'll never see anything like this on regular primetime. Lexx pushes the envelope, and I hope they keep doing so for a long time."