Although only a series devotee could plumb the depths of this conclusion to the wretched TALES FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE series (renamed from the original title "Lexx" for US cable airings), the uninitiated will recognize this galactic misfire as a true clinker. Whereas the previous entry
in the series, EATING PATTERN, at least offered the novelty value of a weird cannibal plot line, this unimaginative conclusion merely replays events from the first three films out of sequence and rehashes old story elements.
Aboard the super spaceship Lexx, cosmic coward Stanley Tweedle (Brian Downey) refuses the request of Zev (Eva Habermann) to return to their homebase in the Fractile Core in order to obtain proto-blood to save the life of their failing comrade Kai (Michael McManus). As Kai languishes, a rebirth of
the dastardly divinity known as Divine Shadow (Walter Borden) unfolds. Attended to by clerics, the dormant brain of this despotic god is ready to resume human form and begin a new reign as an agent for the mysterious Giga Shadow. Heretics led by Yottskry (Malcolm McDowell) squelch the resurrection
of the Divine Shadow, the resident deity in the Fractile Core. The heretics fail to totally destroy his brain, however. Meanwhile, space mercenaries Emoor (Andy Jones) and Feppo (Michael Habeck) plot to wrest control of the Lexx from their old nemesis Stanley.
Finally persuading Stanley to pilot them to their former homeland, Zev and Kai land there with new-found pet Squish, a brain-digesting, baby cluster lizard. Meanwhile, Feppo and Emoor lure Stanley aboard their ship from the Lexx where Stanley has remained. As Zev and Kai search for the proto-blood
source, the Divine Shadow infiltrates the body of rebel Yottskry and travels toward the Giga Shadow (which turns out to be a mega-insect bent on universal domination). Kai orders Squish to locate and feed on the Divine Shadow's brain before it can completely merge with the Giga Shadow. Summoning
his super vessel, Stanley orders the Lexx to swallow up and deposit them on a desolate planet, while Stanley is safely sucked back aboard the Lexx. After Squish fatally munches the Divine Shadow's brain, Zev nurses Kai back to health after discovering a supply of proto-blood.
It is not the far-fetched plot that destroys the credibility of GIGA SHADOW, but the screenwriters' lazy execution of their own space jam. For no discernible reason, the story's time layout is juggled until you cannot tell a flashback from a flash-forward. Scenes from previous PARALLEL UNIVERSE
films entries pad out the running time of an exceedingly misshapen screenplay. Despite all the expository juxtapositions, the film is your basic yarn about a well-preserved brain plugging into a colossal insect planning to overrun the universe with a race of brainy bug-beings. The film's high
point features a singing choir of pickled brains chanting the limmericked praises of Stanley Tweedle in bawdy fashion. Aside from that low humor and Eva Habermann's spectacular physical allure, GIGA SHADOW is a brainless cosmic shuffle. (Graphic violence, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: Although only a series devotee could plumb the depths of this conclusion to the wretched TALES FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE series (renamed from the original title "Lexx" for US cable airings), the uninitiated will recognize this galactic misfire as a true cli… (more)