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Lexx - The Complete Third Series

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Lexx's third year had a predetermined 13 episode run, and in a new direction there's also a predetermined continual storyline. This is teasingly set-up by "Fire and Water"--the names of a binary planet system. The Lexx is stuck in orbit around 4,000 years after the "End of the Universe." We're introduced to the mysterious Prince (Nigel Bennet) who rules the planet Fire, 790 experiences a shift of devotion, and Xev gets a new hairdo. All threads are expanded by "May" (Anna Kathrin Bleuler) who's found on planet Water. All too suddenly, Xev's in love with Prince and Stanley with May. The crew are torn every which way. Even more so when a fleet of new Moths land Kai in "Gametown", where the show's most gratuitous nudity yet reassures fans that this third year will be as dangerous and dirty as it's always been.

Ralph (Withnail & I) Brown's character Duke suddenly comes to the fore in "Boomtown." These towns teach us more and more about the lifestyles on the two planets, and since this one is essentially a nonstop orgy Stan decides Water is the planet for him! (If the nudity seemed gratuitous in "Gametown", that's nothing in comparison.) Ending on a shock appearance by Kai (no spoilers here), a balloon chase leads straight into "Gondola." Lost among the schizophrenic denizens of "K-Town," Stan and Xev are eventually found by the dead assassin whose biomechanical systems are malfunctioning. It takes a shock reappearance of season 2's Universe-destroying Mantrid to make sense of his groin-located repair mechanism. Subsequently split up, Kai suffers the red tape of petty bureaucracy in Hog Town while Stan and Xev descend 39,000 steps to the planet's "Tunnels." Stan bumps into show writer Lex Gigeroff cameoing as insane surgeon Doctor Rainbow, and escape is determined by another death and resurrection from the enigmatic Prince.

Stan has been endlessly teased by Xev. They got it together (in a manner of speaking) in "Love Grows," but here at last they experience the "ultimate in sexual satisfaction." Don't they? "The Key" metaphorically stands for a number of things in this ship-bound episode, which furthers the season's mystery considerably. And as if the sexual tension wasn't high enough already, the lifestyle offered Stan on the Water planet's "Garden" is all too tempting. The biggest lure is the return of beautiful plant gal Lyekka. Following straight on from that cliffhanger ending, "Battle" becomes a game of strategic cat and mouse aboard squadrons of hot air balloons. This season's budget helps return the look of the show to its stunning beginnings, and in this episode there are some of the best-conceived effects shots from the entire run. By now it's obvious that each community on the planet Fire is a thinly veiled satire on an aspect of modern society. A splendidly theatrical cameo from Ellen Dubin as Queen allows the viewer to question feminism, bureaucracy, and why the hell Giggerota has been reincarnated to taunt poor Stan.

At last all questions are answered in what might as well be a two-part finale. "The Beach" would for any other series be considered the clips show: on an idyllic yet purgatorial stretch of sand, Stan is forced to account for his life by viewing events of the past. Judged by his harshest critic--himself--he then suffers all that Prince has promised and more as the true meaning of "Heaven and Hell" is revealed. Creator Paul Donovan clearly maintained a strong hand in every aspect of this season, but in directing his own work with these last two episodes we witness a genuinely rare example of personal vision. The narrative has been consistently surprising, but the twist left for last is literally breathtaking. TV sci-fi has never been so sexy and intelligent at the same time. --Paul Tonks

From the Back Cover

In its third series, this international hit and SCI FI Channel favorite explores a single storyline in 13 intriguing episodes. After 4,000 years of cryo-sleep, the LEXX crew members awaken to find their ailing ship stuck in an orbit between warring planets as different as life and death, day and night, good and evil. But just where have they really landed? Location shooting and new high-definition technology make this a truly spectacular season of a one-of-a-kind show.

S3 • V1 — Fire and Water, May, Gametown, Boomtown
S3 • V2 — Gondola, K-Town, Tunnels
S3 • V3 — The Key, Garden, Battle
S3 • V4 — Girltown, The Beach, Heaven & Hell

STARRING Brian Downey as Stanley Tweedle, Xenia Seeberg as Xev, Michael McManus as Kai, Jeffrey Hirschfield as 790.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Behind-the-scenes "making of" featurettes • Exclusive interviews with key crew members • Storyboards • Production sketches • Interactive trivia • Original uncut episodes including scenes not aired on TV • English and French language tracks and more!

Special Features

  • Includes episodes 3.01-3.13: Fire and Water, May, Gametown, Boomtown, Gondola, K-Town, Tunnels, The Key, Garden, Battle, Girltown, The Beach, Heaven & Hell
  • Behind-the-scenes "making of" segments
  • Interviews with film editor Stewart Dowds and videomatics director Peter Gaskin
  • Storyboards
  • Location photos
  • Character and cast bios
  • Original uncut episodes including scenes not aired on TV
  • Trivia questions

Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Downey, Xenia Seeberg, Michael McManus, Nigel Bennett, Ralph Brown
  • Directors: Bruce McDonald, Chris Bould, Christoph Schrewe, Paul Donovan, Robert Sigl
  • Writers: Paul Donovan, Lex Gigeroff
  • Format: Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGWKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lexx - The Complete Third Series" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
The loathsome Echo Bridge strikes again! Here's everything you need to know:

- Five single-sided discs for 37 episodes stacked on a spindle
- The discs AREN'T NUMBERED, nor do they indicate which episodes are where, nor is there an insert provided with this information. Think about this: THEY COULDN'T NUMBER THE DISCS
- At least one disc (4) has a whopping ten episodes crammed onto it! This makes no sense given the episode-to-disc ratio
- Per above, there is noticeable pixelation/image break-up whenever several objects are on the screen and for fast-moving objects
- No extras (expected)
- For one last insult, the final episode (one of the series' finest) is actually OVERSCANNED. The top and bottom of the image don't touch the screen edge and there are junk artifacts playing across the top, ala something you'd see on a bootleg or a work print. I also noticed the first episode of Season 3 has the same issue, minus the artifacts. No doubt other episodes have similar problems, but I wasn't about to waste my time on this set anymore

The above, coupled with the fact that EB couldn't be bothered to number the discs, and gives you a monochrome cover with images from the first season (for third and fourth season content) is beyond incompetence. Fans are better off paying for the out-of-print Acorn releases which have a superior presentation.

UPDATE: I bought the Alliance version of Season 3 (http://www.amazon.com/Lexx-Season-Boxset-Brian-Downey/dp/B0040MGVE8/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1333499347&sr=8-5) and was relieved to discover that the image quality is on par with the Acorn release. I have no reason to believe that their S2 and S4 sets are of lesser quality, so I urge fans to consider these too. Just don't get the Echo Bridge sets, whatever you do.
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This was a big change from the campy season before and the surreal set of movies that happened in the season one. The episodes in season 2 were like Red Dwarf. Where they seemed to bounce randomly from one spot to another, and had little in realm of a long running plot until the later seasons. Season two was a random bunch of episodes with only Mantrid and the Lexx crew binding them together.

This season not only had a long running story arc, but the humor was more subdued and focused on the surreal imagery and spiritual idealogies it presented.

The crew was shot into the dark zone after the destruction of the light zone. You find that they were stranded in an empty area with no planets nearby, and no fuel for their ship. So they go into sleep and drift until they find a decent planet. But they are found before they have a chance to wake, but a strange individual named Prince. He and his roadwarrior like lackeys take Stan prisoner and becomes interested in Xev. He takes them to Princetown, his town on Fire.

Fire and Water are a pair of planets that circle each other and share atmosphere that can be traversed by balloons. Fire is hot and unable to sustain life on the surface. So the towns are tall stacks that lift them high enough to make it livable. The areas below are filled with devices to keep the city cool by using slave labor. Water is all water, dotted with towns on the surface. The inhabitants are all living in luxury, giving little thought to the world around them, the future, or the past. They seem to live for the moment and whatever passion drives them.
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This third season was where I was initiated with "The Lexx." I came in completely bewildered and at the same time fascinated by what I was seeing. I consider this show to be one of the most original sci-fi programs ever created, and this third series continues that tradition with some excellent computer graphics and bizarre yet mesmerizing scenarios. What is different in this series as compared to the last is that while the second series was a collection of twenty singular episodes with a through-line plot, this third series is more like a single, long adventure story in 13 parts. There are very few moments in this series that I thought the story was meandering or losing focus of the motivations of the main characters. Also, many of the new character actors are superb. All give memorable performances, with a particularly enthralling performance from Nigel Bennett who plays the character "Prince." While the surreal, often nightmarish, story unfolds there is an underlying mystery that is gradually revealed. The "Making of..." section on the DVDs are both informative and entertaining with shots taken from filming on location in Berlin, as well as on the sound stages in Nova Scotia. This third series is an epic adventure that stands on its own once the main characters become familiar. Newcomers to "The Lexx" should start with the original first series which consists of four 2-hour-long films for a more detailed backstory. The second series also has some great moments and is certainly worth obtaining, as well. This third series should be watched as a whole, and that is why I chose not to write reviews for each particular volume. Let the journey begin...
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