Movie: The television show LEXX aired on the Sci-Fi channel after initially starting out as a set of 4 made for Showtime movies. The series ended awhile back but it centered on a futuristic setting where the Universe is controlled by a powerful warlord, The Divine Shadow, and his minions. They grow spaceships that are living beings, not unlike a huge dragonfly without wings. The LEXX itself is "the most powerful weapon in the two Universes" and is hijacked by a three characters and a robot head. Sound bizarre? You don't know the half of it!
Stanley is the holder of the key that runs the LEXX. He is a loser that was a security guard (third class no less) who screwed up and is marked for execution. Xev is a hot young love slave who was destined to be mated to the emperor but through a series of mishaps, ends up not being properly conditioned (mentally programmed) and runs away. With her is a robot head, 790, (without a body) that gets her programming which makes him passionate for the first being he sees, Xev. The last main character is a zombie named Kai who the emperor keeps as an assassin. His loyalties switch to the crew who go on a series of misadventures, generally destroying planets and the like as they live life on the lam.
Okay, this dvd shows episodes 9-12 of season 4. The crew have fled from their original Universe, having destroyed it, and just finished dealing with a couple of planets. They are now in orbit around Earth and a former foe, Prince, is hounding them. There are a number of others out to get the crew but that's part of the fun of watching the episodes. Keeping in mind that jumping into a series without watching the previous episodes is not generally recommended, especially in a series such as this one, here's a quick look at the four full episodes on the dvd:
4.09: Fluff Daddy: Stanley goes into the porn business. Of course he screws things up and his cowardice leads to the loss of the key to the LEXX. Series creative force Lexx Gigeroff plays the wildly funny porn director in a cameo appearance.
4.10: Magic Baby: The return of Kai's most lethal foe has deadly consequences for the crew and one of them dies.
4.11: A Midsummer's Nightmare: In order to revive their now dead friend, the crew get in touch with a group of Druids. Needless to say, things work out initially but go downhill from there. A bit too much homoerotic stuff for me.
4.12: Bad Carrot: In an earlier episode, we learned about some killer carrots from outer space on the reality television show, Xevivor. They reappear here with deadly intent.
Picture: The picture was presented in 1.33:1 full frame ratio as it was filmed. The fleshtones were very accurate and the show looked very clear. The biggest problem I noticed was in a few of the CGI shots, the clarity showed the limitations of the budget and that there was a bit of grain in some of the scenes. Compared to the cable presentation, this was paradise!
Sound: The sound was presented with a choice of English language tracks of either 5.1 Surround Sound or 2.0 stereo. There were no subtitles or closed captions. The sound was actually a set or two up from previous releases of the show I had watched and a vast improvement over it's original airing on cable (for me at least). Admittedly, the 5.1 track doesn't make extensive use of it's potential but it was quite good (remastered tracks are usually like that) and had a loud bass section.
Extras: Two short deleted scenes from the episode Fluff Daddy, a poster gallery of porn movies used in that episode too, a short CGI gallery and production sketches gallery with some behind the scenes photographs. There was also a set of storyboards for the episode Bad Carrot where you could also view the finished scenes, and a trivia question game.
Final Thoughts: This is a great science fiction series for fans of quirky shows. The sense of humor is more than a little twisted and the themes presented are often more adult (ie: sexually speaking) and unlike the usually sanitized plots you get in more mainstream shows, this one is all over the place. Sometimes, that's a good thing, other times it is not but it was a fun ride while it lasted. I strongly recommend a viewer watch the episodes in order since so much of it builds on previous events but you could, conceivably, see this one as a standalone set. I am listing it as a Recommended dvd but fans simply must buy this one. The technical values are way better than when shown on cable and getting 4 episodes with decent extras is not typical on shows this long (maybe on half hour shows but not here).