July 5, 2014

  • Bunny

    Work in progress, you’ll know it’s finished when this red sentence disappears.

    Spoiler alert- I know some people are still just now discovering Lexx (as evidenced on twitter), so be warned that I don’t hesitate to blurt.

    Graphics used in this post are modified screen grabs from The Pic Bug and angelbacchae.com, where you can browse through thousands of Lexx captures from all four seasons. All captures I use in this post click back to sources.

    Bunny is a conundrum for me. She starts out on the planet Water but winds up being one of Prince’s henchmen. How?? How does cute, sweet Bunny wind up playing a star role for the most evil being in two universes?

    Bunny actually first started out as Laleen in season two’s Wake The Dead, and then we see a Brunnen-G stage actor that looks like her in Brigadoom near the end of season two.

    These two characters played by Patricia Zentilli are unrelated in the story, just as Michael McManus playing a different character in season two’s White Trash had nothing to do with Kai.

    Bunny in seasons three and four, however, might be a reincarnation of Laleen from season two, just as Fifi from seasons three and four is a reincarnation of Schlemmi from season two’s Luvliner, as recognized by Xev on Xevivor.

    Is this important? Who knows? They don’t stop and spell stuff out in Lexx, you just keep running to keep up. I think it’s handy, but we don’t need Laleen to figure Bunny out, although I probably will take a look at her.

    We might assume when we meet Bunny on the planet Water that she is a ‘good guy’ because she is on Water (heaven), but so is Fifi, which throws obvious assumptions right out the window as season three progresses and we see how truly awful he is. We also get hints later that Prince might have been able to smuggle a few of his people onto Water for purposes of the war, but we’re never quite sure that they remember who they are and why they’re really there. The afterlife is funny that way- die (again) here, wake up somewhere else and no idea where or who you are. So, ~Bunny~…

    Most of what we (and basically everyone around her) base Bunny being ‘good’ on is her inability to enjoy people being killed, or seeming incapable of contributing to killing others, to the point of sacrificing herself to save others, as she did in Gondola. I think this is very misleading. Just because she is squeamish and wishy-washy doesn’t make her a good person, although she is able to appear the innocent victim everywhere she goes. Think about how she transforms from being almost bossy and cranky with Kai on Water (I’m not sure people who are really supposed to be on Water could become fixated on one person like that) to a cringing fearful mouse in the gondola over Fire. Her personality flipped. At first I assumed it was because she was a fish out of water (ha, pun) and terrified of being on Fire, but some people are just really good at manipulating.

    This is important. Once you realize that Fifi knew who he was the entire time, and then think back on the unbearable pressure Bunny felt to jump to save everyone, you go Oh, yeah, Fifi figured out who Cupid Kai was on the gondola, so **apparently** (after you’ve watched seasons three and four a few times it seems more apparent, because the Bunny role was ingeniously subtle) Bunny knew her role as well in the head game that was being played. Just as May was not afraid to die for Prince, neither was Bunny. She acted exactly how she was supposed to act so Stan and Xev could be split further apart taking sides on what was morally right and wrong. For a long time I thought maybe Fifi pushed her out of the gondola, but I don’t think he had to. I think she did what she was told, if not with a direct command, at least an indirect pressure. All of the players who obediently died for Prince knew they’d be coming back somewhere later. That was Prince’s way of repositioning game pieces, which lends more heft to his arrogance in The Game in season four.

    By season four Bunny has graduated to First Lady status, partnered with Prince’s very own right hand man. Even if you are paying attention, that just seems like an incredible leap. I watched season four all the way through twice before I finally figured Bunny out. It’s really difficult to pin her down to condemnation when she so innocently does things like bravely rally the troops in ApocaLexx Now.

    And she obviously doesn’t want people to die when Prince orders her to blow Earth up in Dutch Treat.

    But that kind of look at Bunny is about as superficial as Bunny herself seems to be. She actually seems to have no problem whatsoever supporting pure evil as long as it lines up with her own selfish obsessions. She had no regard at all for all the moth breeders being killed while she and President Priest tried to steal the key to the Lexx, and even shot one herself in 769.

    Work in progress, you’ll know it’s finished when this red sentence disappears.
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June 1, 2014

  • ugmo

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    Apologies, another sweeping code integration update (I’m guessing) wiped most of my youtube links sometime this last month, so one of these days I will sift through all the posts and replace those *again*, but I’m busy, so it won’t be real soon. For more info on why this blog is so glitchy, please see my Save Lexx page.

May 15, 2014

  • Lexx on twitter

    I created a real time feed source for Lexx on twubs, which collects designated hashtags and sifts them into a channel. If you have a twitter account, you can imagine what a chore it is doing real time hashtag searches looking for other fans. Twubs does the work 24/7 and also provides other services, including chat mode. Even if you don’t have a twitter account, you can sub to Lexx on twubs through my MerLexxian channel. The MerLexxian feed can also be embedded, if you’d like to keep an eye on it from a distance.

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    Below is my current hashtag source list. Please note that Lexx is not on this list. So many users on twitter hashtag Lexx as a popular dance club or as a personal name that the TV show Lexx would get lost in the extra chatter. I also don’t list Prince, Xev, or Zev for the same reasons. 790 won’t hashtag by itself as a number, and other affiliations like ‘robot head’ are used too much for other things for it to be useful. Same with ‘divine assassin’, which has common gamer usage.

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    In the ‘about’ I describe this feed as “A mashtag of the TV shows Lexx and Merlin because no one else is doing it”, but I have no Merlin hashtags sourcing into this feed. Hashtag creation is becoming a big deal, and since my twitter account has been synonymous with the MerLexxian hashtag for over a year, it made sense to use that as my twubs title. I don’t claim to represent all of Lexx fandom, but I do have a unique feed name that is easily identifiable. Anyone can create a twubs account and set up a feed aggregate. Ok… that was a surprise. I decided to check out the Lexx feed on twubs and discovered that even though it was active, no one had registered it yet. So, what the heck, it’s registered now. So there are TWO feeds for Lexx- Lexx picks up everything hashtagged Lexx, and MerLexxian which picks up all the rest in that list up there. That way it’s not too overwhelming, I guess.

    So HA, I registered the Lexx hashtag before the dance club did, yay! I just assumed it would be gone already. Maybe I’ll play around with it later, but for now I’m pretty swamped. IF anyone ever picks up the Lexx TV show property and creates more entertainment for us, I’ll be happy to surrender the Lexx hashtag on twubs. Till then, at least it’s been rescued.

    :edit: I have added creator and some of the cast names into the hashtag source feed on the Lexx twubs in case they get hashtagged on twitter, twubs will catch it.

April 15, 2014

March 13, 2014

  • I Worship His Shadow- part 10- the bug bomb

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    Pretend a year didn’t just go by since we left a crowd of bloodthirsty fans screaming for Thodin’s death, and before that we left Xev trapped in a lusticon, and before that we left Stanley Tweedle freaking out about a termination order. We’re right on the cusp now of what else can happen???

    Stanley Tweedle is writhing in agony over a horrible conundrum- one to three organs when he reports to the corrections center versus termination if he doesn’t turn himself in. General guess, he probably had about 20 minutes left on the clock and has been wandering around since then trying to make up his mind what to do. Escape is out of the question, being in the heart of His Divine Shadow’s League of 20,000 Planets on the Cluster itself, trapped in a judiciary structure to make all your worst nightmares look like rainbow colored kittens. I wonder what that screen with a face on it is for.

    If you think about it, this 20 minutes is probably the very last of any kind of freedom Stanley Tweedle will ever know again. While he’s walking around in between places, still fully corporeally intact, no one is bothering him or bossing him around, and when he pauses to think to himself, no one questions him or gives him trouble. That big robot looks pretty innocuous. Remember that when we see it again.

    In this moment with the distant chime marking the quiet passing of time in this in between place, we get an almost beautiful view of the Cluster far below while Stanley wrestles with the hardest choice he’s ever made in his life. “One to three organs?”

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    “Better than termination!” Quiet thoughtful time is suddenly over, now it’s panic time, and Stanley realizes he’s got seconds left to report in before he gets stuck with termination. He turns immediately and starts running.

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    That’s the correction center he needs to get to down that hallway. Look very closely. We hear the bug bomb report in, “Bug bomb searching…” as it zips through that gateway. Watch the green dot, like a teeny tiny remote controlled helicopter buzzing around. Remember, you can click on thumbnails to see them better.

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    Stan is running really fast, jumping over and dodging zippy little robot servos on their little carts. I can’t help thinking how the shadow patterns on the floor look like he’s in prison wherever he goes. It even looks like his own shadow is trying to get away.

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    With all that jumping and dodging and utter panic rising up, the last thing Stanley needs is a teensy airborne mechanoid buzzing around crashing into his face and slowing him down.

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    Uh oh…

    UH OH. Yeah, Thodin is hearing all this on his relay.

    “Bug bomb… malfunction…” Definitely one of those ‘Oh crap’ moments. He’s still bolted to that little bug carrier in the middle of Cobalt Stadium with a hundred thousand bloodthirsty fans screaming for his brain to be fed to cluster lizards.

    Here’s the holo-judge talking again. “Thodin of the Ostral-B Pair is accused of heresy in the first degree..”

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    “…of 26 counts of piracy…” Despite the danger and the bug bomb malfunction, Thodin seems to be enjoying his sentencing.

    “…of influencing the minds of the People…” The cluster lizards are getting crankier.

    “…of questioning His Shadow’s truth and wisdom…”

    “…of destroying 231 military vessels loyal to His Shadow…”

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    That’s turning into quite a list. Starting to wonder just what all Thodin has really done, who he really is, and what in the world kind of outfit that is and do all the heretics wear them?

    Meanwhile, the clock is counting down and Stanley Tweedle is running for dear life.

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    Automated voice- “This correction center is now closed.” The gate was automated, as well.

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    Alas, Stan is too late.

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    “It’s me!”

    “I’m here!”

    But of course, it’s truly too late.

    There is no one around to hear him.

    The bug bomb malfunctioned and Stanley is too late, looks like this story is almost over…

    Thodin was played by Barry Bostwick, Stanley Tweedle was played by Brian Downey. You can find Lexx at Amazon, and check Lexx on Yidio to see where it’s still currently being broadcast.

    I made this last year, you can use it if you want.

    This is part 10.
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March 5, 2014

  • Lexx is not dead

    Apologies for the long wait in between new stuffs. Been a little busy juggling chainsaws, but I think that part might be getting easier soon.

    Quick laud to the Xanga team for the insanely intense update work they’ve done on this relaunch. I’ve been having spam problems with one post in particular, and now I’ve got some awesome tools to use. I regret locking comments down, but they’ll no longer be open after 10 days, no longer allow pingbacks, and will be heavily moderated. After deleting several thousands of illegal medication link comments coming straight from an uncontrolled plague swarming around Wormhole Riders (NOT going to link that), I can safely say I will never promote that site again in any shape or fashion. I’m far from being a professional site, but I apparently have more stringent standards with my site maintenance.

    Still waiting patiently for internal stats to come back up. Experimenting with a new stat counter in the meantime, already finding flaws with it. My truest real time stats used to be from Xanga. That being said, hello to those of you I can see stopping by.

    I keep running into people on twitter and tumblr and other media who are not aware that Lexx is now available at very reasonable prices through retail stores like Target (currently on back order). Most big retail chains have dotcoms that allow you to have them ordered to the store and held for you if they don’t have Lexx on the shelf when you visit. Or even better, stream or order them from Amazon. Up until Echo Bridge Entertainment collected Lexx into a marketing package in the U.S., used Lexx was very expensive and hard to find. I know this because I had local gaming stores scour their computer inventories over several states. I was fortunate, jumped on ordering the original Salter Street version just before they sold the company, and I paid a pretty price. I have run into a few fans in other countries who tell me their original edits are a little different than the U.S. version, and now the re-edited package is a little more different still. If you want Lexx at all, now is the time to grab it.

    I hope everyone is ok out there and Lexxy things are happening for you. Let’s have a good year.

February 4, 2014

February 3, 2014

  • Last of the Brunnen-G: Sci-fi’s Favorite Zombie

    Permission granted to translate and reprint this article. Please link back to this original source, thanks. Screen grabs used in this article have been adapted from The Pic Bug and link back to their sources. This article contains spoilers. The Lexx series is now distributed internationally through U.S. based Echo Bridge Entertainment, which you can also follow on their distributor twitter and VOD twitter.

    He’s been discombobulated, desanguinated, decapitated, and disenfranchised like no other and remains the most feared divine assassin in the two universes. Nothing has ever stopped him until Prince intervened with the gift of life in the very last episode of the four seasons of Lexx. Kai is the most prolific and oldest recorded zombie in science fiction history.

    It almost seems disrespectful to refer to Kai as a zombie. True he is animated after death, true he has no motivational will of his own after he regains his memories and even some of his conscience, true he even feels absolutely no remorse or regret for all the bad things he did in the name of His Shadow (here we can debate the conundrum of intellectually finding one’s actions reprehensible without feeling any of the disgust or sadness), but it’s also true that regaining his memories gave him back some of his dignity in a very sad, surreal kind of way that mocks the awareness of his continuing existence. Zombies generally don’t get their memories back, much less have a self awareness of an individual identity.

    Two crucial components come together in Kai to create his unique zombie experience, the most vital being protoblood, and the other is his having been exposed to the memories that the Insect essence kept alive in one of the Divine Predecessors. Protoblood, produced by Insects, animates all dead flesh that it touches. Protoblood is simply a mechanism without a program, most likely an evolutionary Insect survival tool for long dormant spells, especially in between planets. The essence or life force that the Insects also produce provide the motivational programming and previous memories that can be passed from Insect to Insect, probably their greatest talent for success in their millennia of wars with and control over humans, especially as this most likely retains group cohesion in a sort of hive mentality over the great expanses of time and space. This is not explained in the Lexx series as the Insects have all been wiped out (so we think) before the story begins. Later we find out how damaging even just one Insect can still be.

    Kai is a different sort of zombie, though, created on purpose by bioviziers on the Cluster into the ultimate killing machine. Some parts of him are missing entirely and replaced with hardware apparently run by integrated software that isn’t necessarily all dependent on a central hard drive location, such as his brain. Before Kai gets his memories back, he is a complex automaton programmed to assess pertinent events and execute immediate judgement. After he gets his memories back he seems able to block or override this internal programming, but when his personal memories become once again blocked by outside mechanism (as per Brizon, Mantrid, or essence) or cryopod sequence fail or even just breaking down, programming once again takes over and he becomes lethal to all around him.

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    One could argue that this makes Kai a synthetic, a bio-robot like the other hybrid robots on the Cluster, but the key to Divine Assassins is that they are already dead. Their flesh is in no way living by normal standards, even with protoblood activating them. Kai does not need sleep or food. He doesn’t need time off to regenerate like the Borg. He doesn’t even run on a battery like 790. He horrifically exists in a state of corporeal nonbeing, aware because of the memories he regained, but unable to care. Even knowing right from wrong, even remembering that he once had strong opinions and desires, he can no longer act on those of his own volition. He is a spiritual and intellectual zombie, numbed and estranged from the world going on around him. Kai was created to be a useful tool accomplishing actions that he once found reprehensible and died fighting against. He never articulates how he feels about this, often stating that he cannot feel at all in a way that comes across as though he would like to feel disgust if he could, but the dead do not have likes, preferences, desires, and quite a long list often quoted by fans.

    With other zombie shows, the deepest fans can feel for the poor zombies is shocked sadness at former loved ones having to be gruesomely stopped from killing people. We are able to journey with Kai into the black abyss of corrupted flesh, from which there is no return. The Lexx series aggressively demonstrates a world of human genocide and perversion, and the dark depths society will descend into just to survive. According to the Lexx series, zombies, vampires, and much more in the way of genetic experimentation (possibly including Gigerotta the Wicked) all originated in the League of 20,000 Planets under the reign of His Divine Shadow. After His Shadow had Kai’s body repurposed into an assassin, Kai became legendary among the Ostral-B heretics. Even though they had never known who the Brunnen-G people were, two thousand years after the last Brunnen-G was killed Thodin recognized Kai. Thodin and his army had likely seen other Divine Assassins in action and knew very well what they were capable of- this one was different. This one fit the description of the lost Brunnen-G race.

    Zev (and Xev, and many Lexx fans) want to see Kai brought back to life. We learn as the story progresses that even if he could be brought back to life somehow, his poor body has been so scraped out to make room for hardware that becoming alive again would necessarily be a miserable prospect. I like to venture further into the exploration that perhaps an alive body would feel even more like a trap than a zombie body, if it brought with it pain from everything Kai has been through. Just because protoblood automatically takes over at the molecular or cellular level and forces the tissues to bind back together once severed doesn’t mean living cells wouldn’t go through quite a shock if they could start operating again. Kai’s body no longer heals or mends after it is broken or torn, but binds back into a cohesive machine. Without being able to study Insect physiology from our very narrow point of view, we must guess that protoblood basically made the Insects somewhat immortal until the Brunnen-G ancestors found a way to defeat them. Given that Kai can withstand very high power disruptions, perhaps protoblood has something to do with creating an electromagnetic barrier around conductive tissues. At any rate, if Kai could be drained of protoblood and reintegrate his former senses, he would probably feel very weak.

    As Lexx begins with Kai being the one to fulfill the prophecy, so it ends with Kai once again crashing his craft into the heart of danger in order to stop it. Kai’s very end is poignant and ironic; after winning a game of chess against the Prince of death himself, he is granted life only to lose it again. After being a zombie assassin for six millennia, after having killed tens of thousands and more, after outlasting his people, both his ancestral planets, and even a universe, he finally finds rest.

    Kai is played by Michael McManus. If you would like to know more, the most complete site I know of for information is at michael-mcmanus.com. Here are quick links to interviews from 2006 (apologies, that podcast link is inaccessible without premium subscrition to scifitalk.com) 2007 and 2009, and there is an updated (2010) Kai biography at sadgeezer. Links within my article above go to articles at Lexx Wiki.

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