Fire & Water

LexxThe Lexx is adrift, as it has been for thousands of years, its crew in hibernation or, in 790’s case, standby mode. 790 awakens when the ship’s sensors detect something the crew has been waiting for – a habitable planet. Actually, the Lexx has drifted into the gravitational pull of two habitable planets, one an ocean-covered paradise, the other a global desert, orbiting each other and permanently connected by a strand of breathable atmosphere between them.

A hot air balloon from the desert planet comes to investigate the insect-like visitor in the sky; the leader of this expedition questions 790 briefly and then tosses the robot head into the chasm beneath the flight deck. He next awakens Stanley, and introduces himself as Prince. Prince abducts Stanley and the still-frozen Xev and takes them to the desert planet of Fire. Left aboard the Lexx, Kai awakens, finds 790 and repairs it – but the robot head’s love slave programming reasserts itself and 790 now moons over Kai instead of Xev. Unable to pinpoint which planet Stan and Xev have been taken to, Kai mistakenly jumps through the atmosphere interface toward Water.

On Fire, Stanley is forced into slave labor under pain of death, while Prince awakens Xev and questions her about the Lexx, not having gotten what he wanted from Stan. When Xev reveals the Lexx’s destructive power, Prince finally understands what Stan was holding back – and decides that he wants both the Lexx and Xev.

Season 3 Regular Cast: Brian Downey (Stanley Tweedle), Michael McManus (Kai), Xenia Seeberg (Xev)

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Lex Gigeroff
directed by Chris Bould
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Linda Busby (Chief Handler), Jon Loverin (Handler #2), Gary Levert (Lead Balloonist)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

May

LexxConvinced by Xev that he is vital to controlling the Lexx, Prince releases Stan and tries to persuade him to hand over the ship’s key – but even with Xev trying to convince him, Stan isn’t sold on the idea. On the planet Water, Kai plummets out of the sky, having jumped off the hull of the Lexx through the two worlds’ connected atmosphere, and lands at an oceanside city. Here he meets May, a lovely woman who seems to be the only survivor of a recent battle. A balloon from Fire arrives, and Kai quickly dispatches its crew after they try to kill him. With May, he pilots the balloon through the atmosphere to Fire to search for Xev. Once near Prince’s palace, May avails herself of an opportunity to assassinate Fire’s leader, earning an instant grudge from the smitten Xev. They escape Fire and return, via balloon, to the Lexx. But having escaped Prince and his demands to use Lexx to destroy Water, Stan is now asked by May to destroy Fire…and Xev is outraged when he seriously considers it.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan
directed by Chris Bould
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Anna Kathrin Bleuler (May)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Gametown

LexxAfter dying of a fatal arrow wound, May lives again – but only because, out of desperation, Stanley has promised a mysteriously revived Prince that he will turn Lexx’s weapons on Water. Kai takes a fleet of newly-bred moths to Water to acquire food for the slowly dying Lexx, but Stanley is desperate to keep Xev aboard – possibly to keep himself from fulfilling his promise to Prince. On Water, Kai lands at a floating city called Gametown, but his fleet of moths is hijacked by the ambitious Fifi, who leads them through the atmospheric corridor to Fire to join forces with a more aggressive power – in this case, a military leader on Fire named Duke. When Xev realizes what Stan had to do to bring May back to life, she’ll stop at nothing to prevent him from destroying Water.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Lex Gigeroff
directed by Bill Fleming
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Anna Kathrin Bleuler (May), Patricia Zentilli (Bunny), Jeff Pustil (Fifi), Ralph Brown (Duke)

Notes: Star Wars fans may recognize Ralph Brown as Ric Olie, the pilot of Queen Amidala’s royal starship, from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This is also Patricia Zentilli’s second appearance in the series, but her first in the role of Bunny, a character who would gain a little more importance in season 4.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Boomtown

LexxFifi leads his purloined moths back to Water, as Duke mounts an attack on Gametown. With the first powered flying vehicles that either planet has ever seen, Duke makes quick work of Gametown – only Kai and a young woman named Bunny survive. When one of the moths is close enough, Kai uses his brace to lift himself up to it and remove its crew. Back aboard the Lexx, Kai introduces his friends to Bunny, and orders the ship’s moth-builders to construct more moths. Bunny leads the crew to Boomtown, whose residents are obsessed with sex – something that suits Stanley just fine. But when Duke targets Boomtown next, Stanley and Xev may be too preoccupied to help Kai mount a defense.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Lex Gigeroff
directed by Chris Bould
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Anna Kathrin Bleuler (May), Patricia Zentilli (Bunny), Jeff Pustil (Fifi), Ralph Brown (Duke)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Gondola

LexxTrapped on Fire without a moth, Xev, Stan and Kai must hitch a ride aboard a hot air balloon with Fifi, Duke and Bunny, who are also trapped without transport. Quickly realizing that the balloon’s gondola is too heavy to sustain flight, Kai throws himself overboard to make the journey on foot, since he cannot be injured. But there are still too many passengers for the balloon to make it to its destination, and unlike Kai, whoever disembarks next probably won’t survive.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan
directed by Bill Fleming
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Patricia Zentilli (Bunny), Jeff Pustil (Fifi), Ralph Brown (Duke)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

K-Town

LexxIn the dank passages of K-Town, Xev and Stan discover that this universe may have duplicates of beings from the Dark Zone – in this case Mantrid, the mad bio-vizier whose attempt to control the Dark Zone resulted in its destruction. But this Mantrid has no idea who Stan and Xev are, or what his dark universe counterpart was like – until an injured Kai makes his way toward his crewmates and needs Mantrid’s expertise in order to survive.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Lex Gigeroff
directed by Robert Sigl
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Dieter Laser (Mantrid), Nigel Bennett (Prince), Sandra Leonhard (Tish), Urs Remond (Tish’s weird friend), Hans Bruckner (Tish’s weird friend)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Tunnels

LexxDumped off of the edge of K-Town, Kai still hasn’t fully recovered, and is helpless to prevent his own capture by the denizens of another town. Still in K-Town, however, Stan and Xev have another problem – Prince has apparently been fully reincarnated. He offers to help them rescue Kai, but naturally his price is still the destruction of the planet Water. In the meantime, Kai is taken to a town where, upon admitting that he is an assassin, he is put in trial. He even agrees to be subject to the harshest punishment his judges have to offer – namely, to be thrown off the edge of this town’s tower. Xev and Stan, however, have become separated and may not survive the treacherous journey by subterranean tunnel from K-Town.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Lex Gigeroff
directed by Bruce McDonald
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Lex Gigeroff (Dr. Rainbow)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Key

LexxRescued by Kai in a balloon, Stan and Xev return to the Lexx, where Stan decides that the next time Lexx is aimed at Fire, the desert planet should be destroyed. Questioning Stan’s judgement, Xev decides that the time has come for him to surrender the key to the Lexx – but Kai knows of no way to transfer the key other than through death. 790 discovers that the next best thing may be to bring Stan to the height of sexual ecstasy, but it may be difficult to find volunteers for that particular task. And what may be more of a task is for Stan to get it back if he loses it.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan
directed by Chris Bould
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Garden

LexxThe Lexx is less than a week away from crashing into either Fire or Water unless it receives food, and plenty of it. And it looks like they may be able to get it from a city called Garden on Water, where three women tend to a bountiful supply of food. Stanley is so enthralled with Garden – and especially its gardeners – that he begins to entertain thoughts of staying there rather than trying to salvage the Lexx. When the ladies offer to plant a dream for Stanley that will sprout into reality, Stan has them grow a new Lyekka. But just like the original, this Lyekka awakens with a ravenous appetite – and worse yet, balloons from Fire are en route to recapture the crew for Prince.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Lex Gigeroff
directed by Bruce McDonald
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Louise Wischermann (Lyekka), Julia Haacke (Flower Gardener), Hephzibah Tintner (Flower Gardener), Sabina Rattey (Flower Gardener), Paule Klink (Flower Gardener)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Battle

LexxThe attack on Garden is swift and deadly, and Lyekka is killed within moments. Stan and Kai see their moth lifting off, and Kai uses his brace to board the ship and throw its pilot out, but instead of Xev they find a bomb aboard the moth. Kai and Stan bail out, but Kai is able to attach himself to one of Prince’s balloons, and gets Stan to safety (after throwing that balloon’s crew overboard). Prince and one of his most loyal underlings, Priest, are holding Xev hostage on another balloon as a bargaining chip. But with Kai gaining altitude – a position from which he can attack any of Prince’s balloons – Prince must count on Priest to make a supreme sacrifice for the sake of victory. As the stakes rise, both Prince’s army and the crew of the Lexx discover the limits of their loyalty, their sacrifice, and their endurance.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan
directed by Christoph Schrewe
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Rolf Kaines (Priest), Jennifer Overton (Matron), Louise Wischermann (Lyekka)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Girltown

LexxXev has escaped the balloon battle by riding a stray gondola through the atmospheric interface and onto the surface of Fire, and Stanley and Kai follow with little idea of her precise landing point. They do find what’s left of her balloon, and decide to scout for her at the nearest town on Fire – a place known as Girltown. Within the town’s walls, a strange drama of gender reversal appears to be playing itself out, as Kai discovers an oppressed population of men who seem to be fulfilling traditionally female roles. Stanley is captured and brought before Girltown’s ruler, the vicious Queen, only to realize that she may be Giggerota in disguise. Queen seems intrigued by the fact that Stanley hasn’t died yet – indeed, en route to Girltown, Kai admits that he has noticed that many of his enemies from the other universe seem to have resurfaced on Fire or Water in some form. Even when Kai and Xev arrive to rescue Stanley from what Queen says will be but the first of his many deaths, the rescue attempt goes horribly wrong, leaving Xev alone – with the key to the Lexx.

Order the DVDswritten by Lex Gigeroff
directed by Chris Bould
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Ellen Dubin (Queen)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Beach

LexxStanley and Kai plummet into the ocean of Water, where Kai sinks immediately. Though he is able to tread water for a while, Stan eventually weakens and drowns, and Xev later retrieves his body with a moth. She is unable to revive him, which doesn’t explain why Stan awakens after washing ashore on a beach – and landing at Prince’s feet. Prince intends to try Stan for his life’s wrongdoings, and Stan quickly realizes that Stan will leave no stone unturned, no misdeed unjudged, and no thought unscrutinized. Facing this kind of prosecution, how will Stanley wind up anywhere except Fire?

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan
directed by Paul Donovan
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Heaven And Hell

LexxHaving returned from his inexplicable reappearance on Water, Kai joins Xev on a mission to Fire to rescue Stanley once and for all. The Lexx has finally regained enough power to leave the twin planets, but Xev is determined not to leave without the ship’s full crew. But there’s just one catch – Stanley Tweedle has died, and his soul has been consigned to Fire. Prince controls his fate. And even if Stanley is reincarnated, as all the other residents of Fire and Water seem to be, he may never again be able to leave.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan
directed by Paul Donovan
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

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