This second segment of the four-part German-Canadian sci-fi series LEXX (retitled TALES FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE for US airings on The Movie Channel) is a cinematic black hole about a dying planet in which plot issues are raised and then left unresolved. Despite an introduction summing
up the events of the first installment, I WORSHIP HIS SHADOW (1997), this is all but incomprehensible.
The intergalactic adventures of the crew of the Lexx continue as Captain Stanley Tweedle (Brian Downey) pilots his cohorts away from danger. Because Kai (Michael McManus), the last of the "Brunnen G." warriors, is wasting away due to a proto-blood deficiency, galactic gladiator Zev (Eva Habermann)
inveigles Tweedle to head for Kai's homeland. As griping Tweedle pilots the Lexx toward the planet Brunnis, he's unaware that itinerant cannibal gal Giggerota (Ellen Dubin) has stowed away for the purpose of hijacking his super-space vessel.
On deserted Brunnis, Kai and Zev discover a memory-storage facility presided over by Poet Man (Tim Curry), a vengeful hologram. Back aboard the Lexx, the stored brains of the high priests of the Shadow religion promise Giggerota unlimited human goodies if she thwarts the recovery of their enemy,
Kai. When Tweedle doesn't cooperate with Giggerota, she rips off his hand, which is imprinted with a code for navigating the Lexx.
Meanwhile, Zev and Kai are tricked into captivity by Poet Man, who plans to slice them up and store their souls on discs. An enemy of human life, Poet Man initiates a countdown for a super nova explosion and attempts to download himself elsewhere. Subsequently, wounded Tweedle flies his auxiliary
vessel to Brunnis; after landing on the planet, Tweedle rescues Zev, and Kai is restored to life by the healing power of a blue star. The Shadow priests' brains dupe Giggerota into traveling to Brunnis, which explodes (along with Poet Man) right after Tweedle, Zev, and Kai return to the Lexx.
Aboard the Lexx, Tweedle's hand is restored by the Lexx's talking android head, 790 (Jerry Hirschfield).
This chowder-head adventure is precipitated by a quest to preserve Kai's life; yet, at the film's conclusion, slowly dying Kai pops back into his cryogenic tube with no new medical hope. Aside from developing a romance between Kai and Zev, this dismally acted flick accomplishes nothing; if viewers
haven't seen other series entries, SUPER NOVA registers as fairly confusing. As bad as they are, the three stars can't match the hamminess of guest villain Tim Curry, whose scenes as a holographic menace appear to have been filmed in a single day on a soundstage nowhere near the rest of the
production. At least one scene, in which lovestruck Kai and Zev break into an Andrew Lloyd Webber-style ballad, reaches a level of inspired camp silliness; perhaps the only way to save the TALES FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE series would have been to rework it as a full-scale space operetta. (Graphicviolence, profanity, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: This second segment of the four-part German-Canadian sci-fi series LEXX (retitled TALES FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE for US airings on The Movie Channel) is a cinematic black hole about a dying planet in which plot issues are raised and then left unresolved. D… (more)