|Season 4, Episode 18|
|Kai playing chess against Prince in The Other Place, with the surroundings currently reflecting Prince's superior position.|
|Air date||March 15, 2002|
|Written by||Paul Donovan|
|Directed by||Paul Donovan|
A grippingly executed chess game played within The Other Place. With the experience of a partially played chess game against Prince in Lexx 4.12 "Bad Carrot", Kai plays for his soul, against the lives of Stan and Xev. He is confident of winning and enters the game willingly, much to Stan and Xev's objection. He plays a game of deception, and bets he can make Prince overconfident. The chess characters are all from Lexx episodes. The icy landscape scenery changes with the mood. Kai wins, but gains nothing.
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Each of the chess pieces are portrayed by the heads of various characters from the series.
- Black pieces
- Pawns -- Moth breeders
- Knights -- Stan
- Rooks -- 790
- Bishops -- Time Prophet
- Queen -- Xev
- King -- Kai
- White pieces
- Pawns -- unnamed ATF agents
- Knights -- Priest
- Rooks -- His Shadow
- Bishops -- Vlad
- Queen -- Bunny
- King -- Prince
There is alot of symbolism presented within this episode, first and formost is the inspiration being derived from the film "The Seventh Seal." This reafirms the idea that Prince is also a manifestation of death. Also the dual representation of the bishops adds a new perpective to the idea that Vlad was created from the Time Prophet (despite Vlad saying she killed her herself.) The use of His Shadow as the castle is also interesting as apart from him and Vlad, all the characters are beings that Prince has met himself. This also identifies Prince as a manifestation of evil that has possibly been shaping events (though due to the memory of Prince forgetting most if not all that he gained from each individual that has died this cannot be confirmed.)
The game featured in this episode was LaBourdonnais (White) vs. McDonnell (Black), London 1834. You can see it here.
The ending was slightly changed. Original game was one turn longer due to the fact that pawn was promoted to a knight instead of a queen in the end of the game. But it's a purely cosmetic change since game was already lost at that point.
See Also Edit
- The Game at the Internet Movie Database
- Watch The Game at Hulu
- Discussion and analysis of the portrayed chess gameplay
- Full episode transcript from Lexx Light
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