Tales From A Parallel Universe: I Worship His Shadow

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Science Fiction

A surfeit of tangentially related characters and skipped-over expository elements make I WORSHIP HIS SHADOW nearly impossible to synopsize. The first in a four-part German-Canadian series titled "Lexx," but rennamed "Tales from a Parallel Universe" for US airings on the Movie Channel, this is watchable only as a memory test for viewers intent on untangling...read more

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A surfeit of tangentially related characters and skipped-over expository elements make I WORSHIP HIS SHADOW nearly impossible to synopsize. The first in a four-part German-Canadian series titled "Lexx," but rennamed "Tales from a Parallel Universe" for US airings on the Movie Channel, this

is watchable only as a memory test for viewers intent on untangling the twisted plot lines.

In the future, a fascist-like religion dominates a cluster of 20,000 planets, all of whom are forced to worship His Shadow (Walter Borden). A prophecy from the Shadow's predecessors (who are still alive in the form of disembodied brains) foretells his defeat by one of the Brunnen-G, a race of

insect-men now extinct except for one representative, Kai (Michael McManus), who'd been preserved in a state of suspended animation for scientific study.

On the day of the public execution of the universe's prime heretic, Thodin (Barry Bostwick), security guard Stanley Tweedle (Brian Downey), who once betrayed Thodin's revolution, is also sentenced to die. Using a flying bug bomb hidden in his nose, Thodin short circuits the city's electrical power

grid and escapes. As the monstrous lizards that were going to eat Thodin feast on the populace, Thodin takes advantage of the panic to free other prisoners.

Meanwhile, Stanley gets unexpected escape aid from the fugitive Zev (Eva Habermann), an obese criminal transformed into a svelte super heroine due to the malfunctioning of her brainwashing device when the bug bomb exploded. Defying the prophecy, the Shadow resurrects Kai and, controlling his mind,

orders him to annihilate Thodin. Beaten by the insect man, wounded Thodin is forced to pass his powers and his mission to doofus Stanley. Zev and Stanley hijack the Shadow's private spacecraft, the Lexx, but are are nearly obliterated by Kai, who's still programmed to do the Shadow's bidding.

Venturing from his safe kingdom, the Shadow attempts to stop Zev and Stanley from reaching the rebel-friendly Dark Zone. After Zev and Stanley smash the predecessor brains housed on the Lexx, Kai is freed from the mind-control of the Shadow. Fulfilling the prophecy, he defeats the evil Shadow. Zev

and Stanley reach a Shadow-free, but uncertain, existence in the Dark Zone as the power of the Shadow's followers is dissipated.

Despite first-rate computer-generated effects and some inventive, black-humored details, I WORSHIP HIS SHADOW is a schlocky intergalactic odyssey that never synchs up with viewer expectations. Poised somewhere between DUNE (1984) and SPACEBALLS (1987), the film wastes its few resources on a plot

line plundered from better sci-fi ancestors. Most films are content to rip off one or two story elements, but this flick juggles a dozen derivative story lines at once, with more bravado than finesse. A sort of moronic relative of A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I WORSHIP HIS SHADOW is an

alternately goofy and morbid mind-blower that frustrates the audience. (Graphic violence, profanity, adult situations.)

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A surfeit of tangentially related characters and skipped-over expository elements make I WORSHIP HIS SHADOW nearly impossible to synopsize. The first in a four-part German-Canadian series titled "Lexx," but rennamed "Tales from a Parallel Universe" for US… (more)

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