Being the sort of person who has always appreciated outlandish concepts and pitch-black humour, the first season strongly appealed to me. There is a lovely gothic atmosphere pervading the series, and I really liked the premise (i.e. a dirty lecherous coward, a love-slave-who-is-part-cluster-lizard, an undead assassin with bizarre hair, and a love-struck robot head make off with a planet destroying bug-shaped spacecraft). Stanley in particular seemed a fascinating character, a genuinely complex anti-hero in the proper sense of the term. And Zev (the first one anyway) was just drool-worthy.
But then the problems arise. For a series that took such delight in the eccentric and the surreal, too much of it was formulaic and repetitive. Even Stan points this out at one point, when he talks about Zev invariably getting them into trouble, him going down after her, and then Kai having to bail them out at the end. There were the recycled scenarios with the teenagers, people who kept trying to steal the Lexx, and so on. And Season 3 just dragged; it got to the point where I kept hoping the protagonists would just blow up both Fire and Water and be done with it.
But buried within the flops, there are some moments of awesomeness. The Game episode in Season 4 is one of the best TV representations of chess I have ever seen, while the likes of Nook is pretty decent exploration of an interesting premise. Then there's Brigadoom the musical episode, with the incredibly stirring battle song, and the strong conclusions to both the second and fourth series. And some of the concepts are just too bizarre to be believed: hooray for homicidal sodomising cyborgs, omnicidal maniacs with drone arms, and spaceships nourished on the flesh of countless millions.
So, what's everyone else's view of the series?
Edited by Roose Bolton's Pet Leech, 22 May 2013 - 01:44 AM.