YMMV / Lexx

"Lexx takes politically correct Star Trek-style sci-fi, murders its conventions, and then urinates on their graves."
StarDestroyer.net's Darth Wong on Lexx

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Stan in spades. Is he a dirty coward who will occasionally do the right thing when he thinks he has nothing else to lose? Or a hero whose resolve is weakened by self-hate? Also, is his sexism a personal flaw, or simply the result of him being raised in a society without any recognition of the importance of compassion?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Several, even taking into account the show's general style. The usual reaction to a BLAM is the likely intention, too.
    • At the beginning of "Supernova", the episode spends several minutes dwelling on a cryopod containing a cosmic drifter, complete with voiceover explaining that he froze himself and launched himself into the vast reaches of space to save his dying civilization. In an average episode of Star Trek, this would kick off the plot. However, since this is emphatically not Star Trek, he awakens from cryosleep just long enough to be eaten by the Lexx. It has nothing to do with the rest of the episode, other than establish the show is an irreverent parody of Star Trek.
  • Complete Monster: His Divine Shadow is the one survivor of the Insect Civilization possessing human bodies, and starts the series by annihilating the Brunnen-G species and taking over the Light Universe. Running a nightmarish regime where executions and harvesting of people for their meat is commonplace, His Divine Shadow commissions the creation of the Lexx, a planet destroying superweapon with intent to annihilate everything outside of his domain. Upon his seeming death, His Shadow initiates the Cleansing where every living being in his domain is killed and their meat sent to feed his true form, Giga Shadow. Returning to life, His Divine Shadow proclaims he will annihilate humanity and create a new insect empire, obsessed with his own glory and magnificence.
  • Ear Worm: The Brunnen-G's fight song, so much so that it was made into the opening credits track for the audience's sake.
    • It even becomes a big hit in Newfoundland.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "The Woz" carries the moral that plastic surgery gives 'ugly' women a big boost in self-esteem and their decision to change their appearance into a more classically attractive one shouldn't ever be questioned. It's not necessarily incorrect, but it's a far cry from the "love yourself no matter what you look like" moral so prevalent in television.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Season 4 was very, very poorly recieved by most fans, who see the overemphasis on crude comedy, lack of effort put into the writing, Flanderization, and treatment of Americans a massive letdown compared to the previous seasons. Season 3 is also disliked by some for its focus on a single planet, being mostly fantasy instead of Space Opera, and for retconning a lot of the worldbuilding regarding the Time Prophet and the fate of souls in the first two seasons.
  • Fight Scene Failure: Happens when Kai takes out the mooks on the gondola in "May".
  • Genius Bonus: The Higgs Boson apparently can't be measured without causing a planet to implode into a stranglet.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Pretty much everything, your second time through the show, due to the constant Apocalypse How.
    • Those lusty babes looking for love at the end of "Love Grows"? If they weren't converted into Mantrid drones, they surely died when the Light Universe collapsed.
    • But at least there's an afterlife, so they can live on after their death....! Oh, no, wait, that got blown up by the Lexx.
    • Do you like your home planet of Earth, its thousands of years of culture and history, and all the quirky characters who live on it? Destroyed by a jealous robot head, and right after one of the heroes sacrificed himself to save it!
  • She Really Can Act: Xenia Seeberg in "The Key". Your first time through the episode, she seems oddly stiff and lifeless, without any of Xev's natural spark or warmth. Your second time though, when you know it's really Prince masquerading as Xev, marvel at how Seeberg subtly nails Nigel Bennett's cold, haughty aloofness and his catlike sense of amusement as he toys with his prey, without making the big reveal obvious at all.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Rutger Hauer and Brian Downey have essentially the opposite roles in "Eating Pattern" that they do in Hobo with a Shotgun.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: A research assistant who is smitten with Kai in Season 4, the disciples of "Woz", others. Tended to meet bad ends of the innocent victim variety, whereas anybody with supermodel proportions meets a bad end due to bad choices.
  • Ho Yay Oh, Hoom Va Ray...
    • Brother Trager falls in love with Stan in "Nook". It is completely one-sided on Trager's part, and Stan comes across as a tad homophobic in response. He does his best to let Trager down as gently as possible, however, and at one point genuinely considers making an exception for him.
    • Another one-sided, but much more twisted, example occurs between Mantrid and his deranged assistant, Viggo.
    Viggo: Mantrid, I cannot live without you.
    Mantrid: You're being sentimental, my friend.
    Viggo: Mantrid, please!
    Mantrid: Viggo - I like you. I've enjoyed some of the time I've spent with you. (coldly) But I don't love you. I don't love anyone.
    • Xev and Bunny.
  • Hollywood Homely: The female Hooker with a Heart of Gold in "Luvliner", others.
  • I Am Not Shazam: You'd be amazed by how many people thought that Zev/Xev is named Lexx.
  • Mondegreen: The chorus singing the Brunnen-G fight song embellishes certain syllables in odd ways, it's in a made-up language, and no official lyrics have really been released for it, so dozens of written versions are around the internet. However, the last episode is entitled "Yo Way Yo," which is the first line, and the track on the Brigadoom soundtrack is entitled "Jerhume Brunnen-G," the last line. Since the translation is known (Fighters fight the Fight / For their home and their heart / We fighters will win or die / Forever we are Brunnen-G) the third line must be based on the first, so it's likely "Yo Way Ra(h)." The second line is still a mystery and up to the listener's ear to decide.
  • Moral Event Horizon: 790 comes close in Haley's Comet, but he finally crosses the line between unhealthy obsession and outright evil when he takes advantage of the Lexx's senility to trick it into blowing up the Earth, to prevent anyone on the planet from ever making eyes at Kai.
    • Stan does this when he decides to blow up the Water Planet in Season 3 all to save the life of one woman. Prince even proves this when it becomes the act that gets Stan eternally condemned to the Fire Planet.
  • Most Annoying Sound: "Bug Bomb, Malfunction!"
    • This wasn't present on the original UK broadcast on Channel 5 and is thus, EVEN MORE ANNOYING.
  • Narm: Sometimes when the German actors and actresses get emotional, their thick accents make them sound less like they're impassioned and more like they're recovering from a stroke. This leads to plenty of slurred line deliveries and Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable during ostensibly dramatic scenes. Xenia Seeberg had the lion's share of these moments (since she was a regular, obviously). However, she was surprisingly outdone by Dieter Laser, who made every single Mantrid line sound like Dolph Lundgren on ketamine chewing rocks and finding a strange fascination in puckering his lips repeatedly.
  • Narm Charm: This show is quite possibly the living embodiment of Narm Charm. It's not "good" in any classical sense; its entertainment value comes exclusively from how much you enjoy its winking-at-the-audience brand of sleezy, cheesy, ridiculous sci-fi schlock.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Pretty much the entirety of "Norb".
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In Brigadoom, Stan is inspired by Kai's story and spontaneously grows a spine.
  • Special Effect Failure: Most of the CG and blue screen effects in the first season are not convincing, and the same effects from the later seasons have not aged well (not to mention an extremely bad Chroma Key sequence when the crew are escaping from Mantrid's prison in the second season opener). As mentioned above, however, some see it as Narm Charm.
    • The interior of the Lexx was originally this trope, until Season 2, in which the show got a higher budget, resulting in a complete overhaul of the sets. This is even explained in-universe, as the Lexx was still growing during Season 1, but has fully matured by Season 2.
  • Squick: Whatever is not fetish for you ends up here.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Kai's living reincarnation in season four is an actor/performance artist whose own interpretation of Shakespeare's Henry V has to be seen to be believed, falling somewhere between preciously pretentious and "holy shit, did he really just do that?"
  • Ugly Cute: Squish.
  • The Woobie: Zev/Xev. For starters, her parents sell her to the Wife Bank as an infant, resulting in her spending her life being raised "in a box" by a hologram instructing her on how to be a submissive but sexually aggressive wife. When she is released, she is purchased by the parents of a Spoiled Brat to be his wife, but after hearing his insults directed at her appearance, Zev lost it and punched him in the face. She was then arrested and put on trial for "failing her wifely duties" and sentenced to be transformed into a love slave, and we all know how that turned out. To top it all off, the only man she's ever loved is incapable of returning her affections, both physically and mentally.
    • Cleasby in "Prime Ridge". He overlaps with Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds given how much he loves his guns.
    • Brother Trager in "Nook".
    • The Dark Lady in "Woz".
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