January 21st, 2009

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Retro Review: Lexx Season 3, part 1

Watched the first 7 eps of the third season of 'Lexx'. Now this show may have been 'edgy' back in 1999, but viewed in retrospect, it really is poor. I've never seen 'Lexx' season 4 and watching these eps made me glad of that.

Fire and Water
The crew has been in cyrosleep for 4000 years after the apocalyptic final episode of season 2. Now the disabled Lexx orbits the binary planets of Fire and Water. The ruler of Fire; Prince (Nigel Bennett - 'Forever Knight') boards Lexx and brings Xev back to his city where the two have 'moments'. The weaknesses of the season are on full display: bad green screen, Bennett's hammy acting and Xev's latest bad wig. Still the show does have a good instrumental soundtrack.

Kai is on Water and finds a city decimated by an attack from Fire. May is the only survivor. Kai brings her to the Lexx and Stan falls utterly in love with her. But she is dying; Prince shows up and says he will save May if Stan blows up Water. Naturally May is evil and an agent of Prince. Her utterly terrible acting didn't clue Stan in earlier. Stan has grown stupider with each passing season.

Kai visits another city on Water, this one is called Gametown. Kai meets Bunny who is one of the many, many bad actors who populate Gametown.

Xev, Kai, Stan and Bunny visit the Water city of Boomtown where Xev and Stan can have lots of loving (not with each other). After much heavy breathing and gratuitous nudity, Fire destroys Boomtown and the gang have to escape. With a second Kai who is very much alive and wearing a blue dress for some reason.

After much exposition Stan, Xev, Bunny, Kai, Fifi and the second Kai are in a balloon travelling over Fire. After more exposition Kai ends up wandering the desert of Fire, Bunny dies, Fifi is kicked off a building and the second Kai turns out to be Prince in disguise. Also anvils of foreshadowing inform us as to the true nature of Fire and Water but the Lexx crew are to dumb to notice.

Stan and Xev and a damaged Kai are trapped by crazy Fire citizens. Kai has to get completely naked to be fixed, this isn't a pleasant sight. This ep is padding.

In another ep that seems to exist as a placeholder, Kai is off wandering the desert again while Xev, Stan and Prince wander endlessly through tunnels under Fire.
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Book Reviews: Blood Heritage + Dead Reign

Blood Heritage by Sheri S. Tepper

Badger Ettison is mourning the loss of his wife and son, until through a chance encounter at a party, he learns they are still alive. Now Badger is determined to find them and learn why his wife disappeared. His search leads to a distant farm where an old man kept something ancient locked away in a maze. Now he's dead, it has escaped and it wants Badger's wife and child.

Now Badger is racing desperately to find his family, he has allies and blood rituals to aid him. But he's still not fully prepared for what he will find.

This is a wonderfully creepy horror tale from the author of 'Still Life' and 'The Gate to Women's Country'. It hard to believe that it was originally published in 1987. This is a nicely unsettling horror about ancient horrors and ancient magics that lurk just behind the fragile veneer of normality.

Dead Reign by T.A. Pratt

The 3rd entry in the Marla Mason urban fantasy series.

Marla is the wicked witch/chief bully aka chief sorcerer of the city of Felport. Marla loves her city and will do anything to protect it. If this means she can count her friends on one finger, well so be it.

Marla's interpersonal skills lead to her upsetting Ayers, a necromancer who just been released from the loony bin. So the irate Ayers calls up Death himself to battle Marla. Soon Death, Ayers and a bevy of zombies are raising hell in Felport. While Marla, exiled from her home, embarks on a plan to show Death who's boss.

This was an excellent brain twisting tale. It has a hell of a plot and reveals more about Marla and her past and her magical artefacts. It also sets up half a dozen plots for future Marla books. This was a fantastic read. Long may this series continue.

Best Lines:
"I can't have a rogue necromancer with mental health issues running around my city raising the dead unsupervised. It's bad for business. And morale. And tourism. And hygiene."

"I hate crowds too. I don't ever like to be in a group that's bigger than I can incapacitate single-handedly if they get possessed by a malign intelligence."
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Battlestar Galactica Season 4 ep 11 review

Sometimes A Great Notion

They've found Earth and it was nuked 2000 years ago and is an uninhabitable wasteland. Also the 13th Tribe? They were cylons and Tyrol, Anders, Tory and Tigh all lived there 2000 years ago. Roslin is useless and fleet morale goes down the toilet. Kara finds the wreck of her viper with her skeleton in it. She runs to Lee after this, ignoring her poor put-upon husband. Meanwhile Lee needs to get off the cross as the fleet need the wood.

Roslin burns the damn Pythian prophecies, Dee kills herself, Adama has another psychotic episode, Three gives up and the 5th unknown cylon model is revealed.

This was a good episode though the blue filter was a bit overused. What is Kara? Where do they go from here? Is Cavil still out there?

Best Lines:
"You might not like what you find."

"We'll be reborn, again."