is a science fiction TV series that follows the adventures of a group of mismatched individuals aboard the Lexx, "the most powerful destructive force in the two universes" from which the show takes its name. The Lexx is a living spacecraft, shaped like an insect. It is capable of destroying planets with ease, and eats the debris as fuel.
The series is a Canadian/German co-production, with some additional funding from Britain's Channel 5. Because it was not made for a US network it includes a lot more sexual innuendo (and, at least in the early episodes, nudity) than US audiences are generally accustomed to seeing. As of 2002, the show was intermittently shown on the SciFi Channel; currently, it is regularly shown on Showcase.
LEXX was co-produced by Salter Street Films, later absorbed by Alliance Atlantis.
The series was filmed in Berlin, Germany, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Bangkok, Thailand, and Namibia.
The Lexx is a bioengineered, Manhattan-sized, planet-destroying, living starship in the shape of a giant wingless dragonfly. It was grown from organ collections used on the Cluster, the seat of the Divine Order. Its original intent was for use by His Divine Shadow as a terror weapon to force the surrender (or utter destruction) of the remaining "Heretic" worlds of the Light Universe. This plan was foiled when the crew commandeered it to escape from the Cluster.
The mechanics of the Lexx are rather exotic. The Key is an intangible living thing that allows whomever is hosting it to captain the Lexx. This key can be passed to others during moments of extreme emotion, such as orgasm or death, and while it passed to several other characters during the run of the show, Stan always manages to get it back. Commands are carried out by voice of the captain, however on the bridge there is a hand beacon that appears to confirm important orders, such as destroying a planet. The Lexx acknowledges commands and often comments with a droning, simple male voice; for example, "As you command, Stan." The Lexx has emotions (it actively enjoys destroying planets, for instance, and becomes rather petulant when denied the opportunity) and has a level of intelligence that the show's creators have compared to a dog. In the final episode of the show, as the Lexx is dying, it tells Stan that he was always its favorite captain.
The Lexx needs to eat constantly to stay alive and useful, and can land on a planet's surface to scoop up suitable organic foodstuffs. When denied food the Lexx can become rather cranky, but it always attempts to follow orders no matter what is happening. The moral dilemma of destroying inhabited worlds for Lexx’s functioning and survival is a recurring plot theme, and occasionally Lexx will swallow passing ships without informing the crew. The Lexx also uses this matter and reprocesses it into usable items for the crew, such as edible (if disgusting) food. Lexx also has showers and a practical if appalling toilet system, with living commodes that use large, waggling tongues for user sanitation.
The Lexx also hosts a contingent of smaller bioengineered ornithopter-like craft called "moths", which the crew periodically use – in air or space – for short-range travel or to go where the Lexx may prove unwieldy, and moth builders, zombie-like human slaves reengineered entirely for moth building. The moths are insect-like ships (as befits their name), and twitter constantly as they travel. Stan usually sleeps in the husk of one of the dead moths.
The Lexx ages several thousand years during the run of the series, and in later seasons its advanced age and decrepitude following millennia of starvation and neglect lead to it becoming increasingly unreliable. In the final episode of the series Lexx dies shortly after giving birth to a smaller, very Lexx-like ship, the result of a brief union with an insect on Earth.