Lexx-Season 2 (1998)
Interviews-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1998|
|Running Time||916:01 (Case: 918)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (5)
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Beyond Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Series 2 of Lexx kicks off right where the first season ended (for a full review of that series click here. Stan (the bumbling, lonely captain played by Brian Downey), Zev (a lusty half woman half lizard played by Eva Habermann), 790 (a grumpy robotic head voiced by Jeffrey Hirschfield), Kai (a monotone undead assassin played by Michael McManus) and the Lexx (their ship) have defeated His Divine Shadow and seemingly killed off the insect army. They now drift through the post-apocalyptic universe, vaguely looking for a place to live or, more often, something to provide some fleeting pleasure. Alas, the remnant spirit of the evil insects has infected a mad scientist's already warped mind and while our favourite crew are hopping through space looking for something to keep them amused, the universe is being gobbled up behind them.
Whereas the first series of Lexx consisted of four feature length movies, season 2 moves to a more standard format of twenty 45 minute episodes. The change works well in the end, although the series does take a while to find its feet. The first half of the series is a little hit and miss as a result, mainly due to the writers having trouble shoehorning in an over-arching story. The second half of the series is excellent, however. The CGI and effects of this series are vastly improved from the first series.
There are a couple of character changes in this series. The delightful Zev meets a heroic demise early in the piece (thanks to scheduling conflicts with Eva Habermann), only to be replaced by her clone Xev (Xenia Seeberg) - a convenient plot device to keep the character with a noticeably different actress. Also introduced is the occasional character Lyekka (Louise Wischermann), a shape shifting man-eating plant lady who takes her basic form from the woman of Stan's dreams.
The episodes in this series are as follows:
The video quality is fair for a modest budget series, but far from reference standard (particularly when compared with other older shows, like the classic Doctor Who range).
The show is presented in its original 1.29:1 aspect ratio and is not 16:9 enhanced (nor should it be).
The image is not terribly sharp, about what you would you would expect of a brand new VHS tape, in part due to the show's original video-based source. The video-based source has also led to a significant amount of low-level noise being present in the video throughout every episode. While it does not make the video unwatchable, it certainly detracts from the overall look. On the upside, there is a good level of detail in darker scenes and shadows.
The colours used in the show look a little garish, but fit the trashy aesthetic of the show. They are a little on the pale side in terms of colour balance, though not enough to warrant too much complaining.
Occasional white flecks and small film artefacts are visible throughout the episodes. Occasional tape tracking errors can also be seen in a handful of episodes, although they are typically one or two lines of video interference at most and no episode contains more than one or two such occurrences. This does not make the shows unwatchable, but is certainly rather sloppy production. Thankfully, and a little surprisingly given the low-level noise issues, the video has no signs of pixelation or macro blocking thanks to a pretty good bitrate throughout (it seems that converting the analogue video to digital was a messy process, but all was good afterward).
There are no subtitles available on these discs.
The series is spread across five dual-layer discs, with layer breaks occurring between scenes in the third episode of each disc.
There is one English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps) track present for each episode. It is of a reasonable standard in terms of quality.
The dialogue is clear and well timed throughout.
The music is very distinctive and conveys the sentiment of the show well. The music sounds reasonably clean in the mix.
There is no noticeable surround usage. The subwoofer gets a small amount of use from the bottom end of the mix, though not a great deal.
|Surround Channel Use|
Each disc in this set contains one interview with a member of the cast or crew. Each discusses their role in the show, but there isn't much in the way of anecdotes (or much personality). The interviewees are: Michael McManus (who plays Kai, 3:14), Paul Donovan (Producer/Director, 3:16), Brian Downey (who plays Stan, 2:13), the robot head 790 (3:00) and Les Krisan (Director of Photography, 2:24).
Split into three parts, which are spread across three of the discs in the set, this featurette looks at the end to end making of the series. The featurette comprises interviews with the cast and crew, montages of the production work and clips from the show. It's all a little bit dry and not nearly as informative as the "Making Of" featurettes included on the first season set, but certainly worth a look for fans. The first part focuses on the show generally. The second part focuses on the effects. The third part focuses on the series' writing and plot development.
An effects-laden trailer for the following season of Lexx.
This season of Lexx is currently available in Region 1 with all the features on the Region 4 edition, save for the Season 3 Trailer as well as the following additional features:
In terms of raw content, this puts the Region 1 edition ahead of the Region 4 edition - The catch being that it comes with a RRP about three times that of the Region 4 edition.
This series was previously available in Region 2 UK as four separately packaged discs, but has since been discontinued. That edition contained the features seen on the Region 1 edition plus additional Commentary tracks.
A very entertaining continuation to Lexx - a mature sci-fi show with a wicked sense of humour. There are a few more misses here than the original series, but the hits more than make up for them.
The video presentation is a little disappointing, but still perfectly watchable. The audio is decent. The extras are modest but worthwhile.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3, using HDMI output|
|Display||Samsung 116cm LA46M81BD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, and a 100W centre and 2 surrounds, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|