Lexx 2.12 Norb
(written by Paul Donovan)
(A small craft - the Charger - flies through space, piloted by
a young boy. It's Norb, last seen in 2.8 White Trash. He's heading for a large
space station, which is an unusual design - covered in red an white stripes,
with twirling lollipop shapes, which on closer inspection look a lot like the
NORB: Cool! Hey, big fat candy house, anybody home
there? This is space pilot Norb, requesting a pit stop
answer from the space station. Norb flies closer, starts to feel
NORB: Talk to me
(The stripes fade. The station
becomes grey, metallic - and erupts into swarms of Mantrid drones. Norb turns
the Charger around, flies away - the station disintegrates as all the drones
head after the Charger, grabbing at it. One gets hold of the window - Norb
shakes it off, but they keep coming. He puts on the helmet of his space
NORB: Somebody help me, I'm being attacked!
takes out a plastic sphere, which shows an image of a man)
gotta help me, dad
(Another drone breaks the window. Two drones grab
Norb, but he manages to hit the eject button with his head. His seat shoots away
from the Charger, which the drones then devour)
(The Lexx. Stan is
walking on the bridge)
STAN: Lexx - sometimes, when I come onto the
bridge, say for instance, er - things look different than they were before.
Meaning, things have changed
LEXX: Really, Stanley?
STAN: I meant that as
a question, Lexx. The question is - why are things different?
LEXX: I'm still
STAN: Oh - oh, well -
(Lexx picks up a garbled
message - it's Norb's voice)
STAN: Can I hear that please,
LEXX: As you command, Stan
NORB: Please help me. I'm drifting alone
in space and I'm low on air. Can somebody out there please help
(Norb is strapped into his seat, floating in space, holding a
large sphere in his hands. Xev and Kai arrive in a moth. Xev waves at Norb, but
he doesn't respond. She puts on the helmet of her pressure suit)
moth flies back to the Lexx. Xev and Kai bring Norb onto the bridge, where Stan
and 790 are sitting on the pedestal)
STAN: So, nice to see you again
- Norb, isn't it? You can take off your helmet
XEV: Here, let me take
(She reaches for the sphere)
NORB: Don't touch
XEV: What is it?
NORB: It's mine
(Norb takes off his
XEV: I can see that, but - what is that thing that you have
in your hand that's yours?
NORB: It's a picture of my father
NORB: It's a picture of my father
XEV: I see. Well - you know, we
don't want to take it away from you - it's OK, no problem. You can do whatever
you want here. We're your friends
(Stan leans forward, but Norb moves
NORB: It's a picture of my father
(Stan backs off.
Xev looks confused by Norb's behaviour)
KAI: It is not an image of
XEV: Well, then it must be your real father. I bet he was handsome - just
like you're going to be
KAI: There is no image
790: The little kid is
clearly deranged. I suggest we spare ourselves any further unpleasantness by
ejecting him back into space at once
XEV: He's only a child!
790: Who will
eventually grow into a man, who could then become a threat to the perfect love
that I feel for you at all times!
(Stan tries to reach Norb
STAN: So, Norb - how long were you out there floating around
in space, I mean, what were you breathing?
(Norb just stares at
STAN: And how'd you lose your spaceship, the
(Still no response)
STAN: I'm not getting
anywhere. You gonna answer any questions that I ask you? OK. I give up. Never
was that good with kids anyway. Next!
XEV: Obviously he's had some kind of
extremely traumatic experience. Maybe we should give him some time alone. What
do you think, Kai?
KAI: I think - I think, the living should decide what the
living should do
XEV: OK, but sometimes you decide to do things on your
KAI: My brain, being dead, does not function in the sense that a living
person's does. However, I respond to suggestions from others - sometimes
I only respond to Xev - at all times
STAN: Well I've had enough. He can sort
himself out on his own, play with his sphere - whatever
XEV: Norb - you must be tired. Why don't you lie down
for a while, in my bed. You'll feel better. Coming?
(Norb follows Xev
off the bridge - and into her bedchamber)
XEV: And remember Norb -
we're your friends. Look - here we are
(She sits him down on her
XEV: Now you get some rest, OK?
(She strokes his
hair, but he pulls away from her)
XEV: OK. I'll leave you
(Xev leaves. Norb waits to make sure she's gone, then holds up
his sphere. He lets go - and it just hangs in the air. It changes from white to
black, then becomes the top section of a drone arm. Norb pulls off his left arm,
attaches it to the sphere, and it flies away. Another drone arm wriggles out of
Norb's shoulder to take the place of the other arm. Norb leaves Xev's
(Stan, Xev and Kai are in the galley)
STAN: Xev -
I admire you for your concern and all, but Norb is not the same little kid that
we met before
XEV: No. He's damaged goods
STAN: Definitely. Kai? What do
KAI: I do not think, the way you think I think, but he is not the
same little kid we met before
STAN: What do you mean?
KAI: He seems to be
more like me than he is like you
STAN: Are you saying - Norb is dead?
He lacks a certain - vitality
STAN: You know, that little kid is beginning to
worry me. Maybe 790 was right, maybe we should just eject him back out into
XEV: Stanley, he's a boy who was drifting in space for who knows how
long. What do you expect? I don't think you know what it's like to be alone,
really alone like that. I do
STAN: Maybe, Xev. But he is not like you. Not in
(The bridge. 790 is sitting on the
790: A moment with Xev beats a moment with Stan. Two
moments with Xev beats one moment with Xev. Three moments with Xev -
(Norb walks onto the bridge, and sticks a knife into the back of
790: Get your filthy inbred fingers off me! Hey, can
you hear me? Hey! What are you doing? Xev, help me. Xev! Help
(Norb pulls a plastic cube out of 790. It's attached by wires,
and filled with something pink and squishy)
790: I demand that you
bring me to Xev at once, or I will persuasively argue that you be returned from
whence you came. You may think that -
(Norb pulls the cube out
completely, and 790's screens go blank. Norb speaks in a mechanical
NORB: What is your name?
(Stan, Xev and Kai walk into Xev's bedchamber)
Rest or no rest, I'm not comfortable about leaving him alone anymore until we
get some answers
(They look at the bed - it's empty, apart from
(They all go onto the bridge.
Norb is sitting at the base of the pedestal with 790)
STAN: What happened to your arm?
XEV: 790, what happened to Norb's
arm? 790, turn yourself on. Why are you shut off? Is everything OK?
(Xev picks 790 up)
XEV: Why don't you answer my
790: You are not an authorised person
XEV: What's wrong with
790: You are not an authorised person
(Kai steps down into
KAI: Do you have anything to say to us?
KAI: What are you?
NORB: A message
(Norb looks at Kai)
(Stan and Xev nervously take a step back)
And what is the message?
NORB: Let the contest begin
up the cube, and crushes it between his fingers. His head stretches up on a long
neck, which turns into a drone arm. Xev jumps back. Three more drone arms come
out of his space suit, but Kai manages to destroy all of them in
XEV: Good work Kai
STAN: And just like I
thought - Norb wasn't Norb
XEV: Yeah, but, what did he mean by Mantrid?
Mantrid is dead, his planet was destroyed
KAI: His planet was destroyed, the
insect was destroyed, and Mantrid's body was destroyed, but something calling
itself Mantrid still seems to definitely exist
XEV: And what do you think he
meant by - the contest?
KAI: I suspect that we shall find out
think we just had the contest, and it was a short one. You shot down all the
KAI: All the ones I could see, but remember - Norb had the
STAN: And there was something weird going on with his arm. Lexx - can
you see a Mantrid drone? A little one armed thing flying around?
cannot see them now, Stanley. They are somewhere inside me
STAN: Well, if you
see it, I want you to tell me immediately
LEXX: Yes, Stan
picks up the remains of the cube from the pedestal, shows it to
KAI: 790's brain cube
STAN: Brain cube, what brain
KAI: 790's piece of human brain
STAN: 790 was a robot, a mechanical
device, a souped up toaster! What are you talking about?
KAI: 790 model
robots have a tiny cube of human brain. A functional interface integrating a
computer head and a human body
(Xev takes the brain cube and looks
KAI: If 790 had no living brain tissue, the falling in love
part of the love slave transformation intended for Xev, would not have worked on
(Xev nods, and hands the brain cube back to Kai)
Makes sense to me
STAN: How do you know that?
KAI: I have many
XEV: But why didn't 790 know that?
KAI: It was not necessary for
790 robots to know that in order to perform their required functions, therefore
such knowledge was not part of his programming
STAN: Well why didn't you tell
KAI: He never asked. We must hurry. We must use 790 to help
(Kai takes 790's head from Xev)
XEV: 790 is -
790 as you knew him is gone - but the information that might help us is still
contained in his data bank
STAN: Useless robot head
(Kai holds up the brain cube)
KAI: This is the 790
who loved you
(The cryochamber. Kai has the cube wired up to some
device - protein regenerator?. Stan and Xev watch him work)
Why are you wasting your time on a dead robot head when we have to find the
(Xev glares at him)
STAN: I'm sorry Xev, but what
I'm saying makes sense
XEV: Well why don't you go find it Stan?
- maybe if no-one else will, I'll have to
(Xev ignores him. He walks
to the end of the cryochamber, into the passageway, and calls
STAN: Kai! Kai, can you hear me?
KAI: Yes I can,
(Stan walks warily forward, then turns back into the
STAN: Well, it's not in the passageway
XEV: The Lexx
is a big ship
STAN: I know that
(He walks out into the passageway
again, and a drone arm flies behind him - he turns, but it's gone. He turns
back, then looks behind again - and one flies behind him, unseen. Stan carries
LEXX: Yes, Stanley?
STAN: Can you
see the Mantrid drone on the bridge now?
LEXX: What is the Mantrid
STAN: The little one armed thing that flies around
answer from the Lexx)
LEXX: So what, Stanley?
So can you see the Mantrid drone little one armed thing that flies around on the
LEXX: No, Stanley
STAN: Good. Good
cryochamber, Kai attaches some wires to the brain cube)
Mantrid's drones are a variation of standard Cluster drones, which should be
very familiar to 790. Exact knowledge of their construction may be the key to
our being able to stop them
KAI: The Mantrid drones, are
builder drones. Given the time and raw materials they can construct almost
anything - including more Mantrid drones
Where are you, are you all right?
(Stan comes back into the
STAN: Yes, I'm all right. I'm gonna check out the
XEV: How unusually brave of you
STAN: Not brave Xev - try
XEV: Don't be a hero
STAN: That, you can count on
leaves the cryochamber again. Kai uses a tube to suck some of the protoblood out
of his chest, then blows some of it onto the brain cube)
(Stan walks onto
the bridge, looks around)
(Kai drops some of the protoblood into a jar of
XEV: Why your protoblood?
KAI: My protoblood is
similar to the substance used to keep 790's nodule of brain tissue alive, only -
(Kai picks up the brain cube, places it in a metal coil,
then lowers the coil into the blue liquid. Xev watches as the brain cube starts
(Stan gets up onto the pedestal, whispers)
Lexx! Lexx! We've gotta locate the Mantrid drone little one armed things that
LEXX: You can count on me, Stanley. You are my captain
You see anything yet Lexx?
LEXX: No, Stanley. I do not see any Mantrid drone
little one armed things that fly around anywhere right now. But
STAN: Yes Lexx?
LEXX: I don't feel well, Stanley
STAN: What do
you mean, Lexx?
LEXX: I think that the Mantrid drone little one armed things
that fly around are hurting me
STAN: What do you mean?
LEXX: I feel bad in
STAN: What places?
LEXX: On the moth breeding chamber. In
my accelerator pipes. In 6 of my stomachs. In 117 passageways -
me, Lexx, but there was only one drone, so how can it be possible that -
(A drone flies past Stan)
LEXX: I can see a Mantrid
drone little one armed thing that flies around on the bridge now
STAN: So can I Lexx, so can I
(Stan carefully gets down
from the pedestal, then runs off the bridge)
STAN: I've found the
drone! I've found the drone!
(He runs down a passageway, then stops -
the passageway is full of drones. Some more drones fly up behind
STAN: Kai! Kai, can you hear me? Help!
wires from the jar to the back of 790. The eye screens light up, but the eyes
are small and flat, not like the 790 we know and love)
790: Hello there
(The voice is wrong too - slow, slightly
790: You're very attractive
KAI: 790 - I have
connected you to a protein regenerator. Can you operate it?
790: It is part
of my standard programming
(790 looks at Xev)
face is very special
KAI: The protein regenerator contains your own brain
tissue. You must control it in order to restore your neurological
790: I - do not have brain tissue
KAI: Yes you do - not much,
but you do have some
790: That's funny. Ha. Ha
KAI: Operate the protein
regenerator now, 790
790: (to Xev) You're cute
her hand around his casing. She's quite upset by all this)
Thank you. Please 790, operate the machine. I want you back
790: You - want
me back? That's nice
XEV: 790, operate the machine!
790: O -
(Computer code flashes across his eye screens. The brain cube
starts to glow)
XEV: That's it, 790. You can do it!
has tears in her eyes. She leans her head against 790)
is still trapped in the passageway. Two drones burst through the wall behind
him, grabbing his arms)
(Xev is looking at the brain
XEV: We haven't heard from Stanley in a while
KAI: No, we
XEV: Stanley! Are you all right?
STAN: Yes. I'm all right
Remember, don't go far
STAN: That, you can count on
course, it isn't Stan's voice - he's still trapped by the
LEXX: Yes, Stanley?
STAN: Tell Kai, in the
cryochamber, that Stanley is being attacked in the passageway
LEXX: As you
(More drones fly by)
LEXX: Kai in the
cryochamber, Stanley is being attacked in the passageway
(Kai and Xev
rush out of the cryochamber and see the drones. Kai destroys several drones with
his brace, and the rest fly away. Kai pulls the two drones off
STAN: Oh, thank you Kai. Thank you thank you thank you thank
XEV: Whoa. There were so many!
STAN: Lexx says they're all over the
ship. They're in the accelerator tubes, they're in the moth breeding chamber,
they're in hundreds of passageways, and they're hurting him. This is, this is -
KAI: This would be the contest
STAN: We gotta get outta here
KAI: We should find out what their agenda is
STAN: But - but -
(Kai walks off. Stan and Xev follow him onto the bridge. The view
screen shows an image of drones, pulling at the Lexx's walls)
I am feeling very very bad, Stanley
STAN: So am I Lexx. Think we all
KAI: Ask what they are doing to him
STAN: What are they doing to you
LEXX: They are eating me, Stan
(She points at
the ceiling. Loads of drones are hovering up there)
explains where they all came from
(The drones are pulling chunks out
of the Lexx, assembling new drones)
KAI: They are using Lexx as raw
material to make new versions of themselves
XEV: How can we stop so
KAI: I do not know
XEV: I think we don't have much
(They all head to the moth platform, get into a moth, and take
KAI: It is Mantrid's plan. He is sending his drones out into
the universe to make new versions of themselves
KAI: It is part
of his insect legacy to want to destroy all humankind. He is using his drones to
pursue that goal
(They fly through the Lexx and come to an orifice,
which is being devoured by drones. Xev steers the moth away, and the drones
follow. Then the moth runs into another group of drones - Xev heads for another
airlock, and the swarm follows)
XEV: Stan, tell Lexx to open this
airlock and close it the instant we're through
STAN: Lexx - open the airlock
and close it the very instant we're through
LEXX: As you command,
(The moth flies through the airlock, which then closes - only
three drones make it through)
STAN: Now what?
(One of the
drones grabs hold of the moth. Kai fires his brace and destroys it - but this
makes a hole in the door. He sticks his thumb into the hole)
cryochamber. 790 has recovered, and is now back to normal)
Xev darling? Xev darling, where are you? Oh Xev, perfect sample of womankind,
please do not be in trouble
790: Yes, you city sized mass of
marginally cognitive insect mush?
LEXX: Stanley asked me to say to you the
words, how can we stop the drones that are Mantrid drones?
790: Tell him he
can stop them by placing them all around his body and commanding them to slash
him into thousands of pieces, but in the slowest and most painful way
(In the moth, Kai uses a piece of - moth skin? - to plug
the hole, while the Lexx relays 790's message)
LEXX: 790 said the
words, tell him he can stop them by placing them around his body and commanding
them to slash him into thousands of little pieces, but in the slowest and most
painful way possible
XEV: It's 790. He's back
(She smiles, looks
at Stan - he's not quite as happy about this as she is)
(In the cryochamber, 790 is listening to the
LEXX: Stanley asked me to tell you that I am with Xev but
since Lexx only responds to me and you only respond to Xev we must communicate
this way, and that only by listening to me can you help Xev
790: Oh, how do I
know that the security guard isn't trying to trick me? Or perhaps you are?
(thinks about this) No, that's not possible
(The moth flies over the
surface of the Lexx)
LEXX: 790 asked me to say, what is this piece
of brain tissue that is connected to his casing?
STAN: Lexx, you can tell 790
that that teensy weensy unimportant insignificant particle of brain tissue is
actually his, and he's had it all along, and he didn't know it
790: My very
own brain tissue?! (laughs) I'm alive! I'm really alive! Tell Stanley
to tell Xev that that explains my perfect human love. A love far superior to
machine love -
LEXX: - a love that a security class 4 could only ever dream
STAN: Lexx, you can tell 790 that he may be alive now but it won't be for
long unless he gets with the programme!
790: The Mantrid drones are a
variation of class 23 Cluster drones, version 2.03. They have limited individual
computational power but can share data, which means the more of them you have,
the more capable they become
STAN: I think I'm beginning to feel depressed
790: The drones, like myself, are largely composed of complex and
precise electronic circuitry, but unlike me - they do not have a love chunk of
human brain! But like all complex and precise electronic devices, are capable of
being damaged by high powered pulses of electromagnetic flux
XEV: What do you
STAN: Lexx, say what do you mean?
LEXX: Stanley asked me to say,
what do you mean?
790: What I mean, is that if the Lexx's main drive were to
be reversed, the resulting collision of highly accelerated particles within the
Lexx itself would produce enough flux to fry every sensitive circuit on
STAN: But wouldn't that kill the Lexx too?
790: I have never
observed anything complex or precise in regard to the Lexx
STAN: Can the Lexx
actually do that? I mean, reverse his drive?
LEXX: 790 said the words
(voice goes wrong) Sorry, Stanley - I am not well. I do not feel good.
I feel very bad, Stanley. I think the Mantrid drone things that fly around are
eating important parts of me. I do not like it
STAN: Lexx, if you want to
feel better, you have to reverse your main drive. You have to shoot your
particles the other way, inside you - can you do that?
LEXX: I think that
would really sting, Stanley
STAN: Yeah. I know it would sting, but Lexx - the
drones are going to keep eating you till you're all gone, do you know what I
STAN: What I mean, Lexx, is that if you don't reverse your
particle drive, you're going to die. And we're going to die a few minutes later,
do you understand that?
LEXX: No, I do not, Stanley, but I don't feel well at
STAN: Lexx, I command you to -
(Xev puts her hand on Stan's
XEV: 790 is an electronic device. Won't he be destroyed
STAN: 790's mini brain is not an electronic circuit and so it shouldn't
be destroyed. Isn't that the part that counts now?
KAI: 790 is a hybrid -
part human, but mostly machine. Any pulse that destroys the drones would
certainly destroy 790
STAN: The Lexx is about to die here, and
we're about to die with it, we can't stop to save a robot head!
XEV: Kai -
STAN: Yeah, well, come on Kai, what do you think?
KAI: I do not think. I
am qualified to make life and death decisions. However, if you ask me to, I will
enter the Lexx and try to retrieve 790, but that is not the quickest solution to
our problem, and time is not on our side
(Xev looks at Stan, who puts
his hands over his face)
(Two drones fly into the
DRONE: You are not a human being
790: I am also not
a flying appliance like you. I have a small but tremendously important nodule of
real human nervous tissue
DRONE: You are not a human being
790: I have
perfect human love
DRONE: You are not a human being
flies back to the Lexx)
STAN: Lexx - is there any drones around the
LEXX: I - do not - feel well, Stanley
STAN: Please Lexx, please -
try to see if there are any drones around the airlock
LEXX: I do not know,
Stanley. I do not feel very good
STAN: Lexx, say to 790 that he's a stupid
robot head and I care for him less than I care for anything in the two
universes, biological, mechanical, or in-between
LEXX: I - Stanley - all I -
STAN: Please Lexx, please, open the airlock Lexx, open the
(No reply from the Lexx)
STAN: Open the airlock!
Open the airlock!
(The moth is heading straight for the
STAN: Stop, Xev, we're gonna get squashed!
Xev isn't stopping. Just in time, the airlock opens)
XEV: How can we
KAI: We, will not land
(Kai jumps out of the moth, swings
down to the floor by his brace, and runs into the cryochamber)
Kai! Where's Xev?
KAI: Outside, in a moth. Waiting
790: I'm so
KAI: Xev did not want you to be destroyed by the electromagnetic pulse,
therefore, I've come to fetch you
790: I would have gladly expired for Xev.
It would have been my perfect end
(Kai disconnects the wires from
790, and his eye screens go blank. He lifts the brain cube out of the jar and
attaches it to 790. The drones return to the cryochamber)
KAI: Where's Mantrid?
DRONE: Are you human?
KAI: Mantrid -
if you can hear me, remember, that like me - you too were once human
You are not human
(Kai takes 790 and leaves. More drones are chasing
the moth, which is trying to get to Kai. Kai fires his brace at the moth, hauls
himself up, and hands 790 over to Xev)
790: Hello Xev
(Xev smiles. Kai gets into the moth)
STAN: OK. We're
outta here. Lexx - as soon as we're outside, reverse your particle drive to make
that electromagnetic pulse like we talked about, OK?
(But the Lexx
does not respond)
STAN: Lexx? Lexx, can you hear me?
XEV: Is he
KAI: I do not know, but I do know we can no longer communicate with him
STAN: Then how can we?
790: The Lexx's primitive main nerve
cluster is primarily centred on the bridge
KAI: Then we must go to the
KAI: We, meaning you, Stanley, as the Lexx only responds
STAN: I'm the winner. Oh, you owe me robot head. I can't begin to tell
you how much you owe me
(The moth lands on the moth platform, with
drones not far behind. Stan and Kai walk onto the bridge - the drones tearing at
the ceiling are still up there)
STAN: Look, they're gonna kill
KAI: Eating the Lexx appears to be their priority. I suspect that your
turn to be the priority is coming - soon
(Stan gets up onto the
STAN: Lexx - we're gonna fly out in a moth. When we get
near the airlock, I want you to open it for an instant, so we can get through.
Then I want you to reverse the polarity on your main accelerator drive. That
should be enough to destroy the drones
LEXX: As you command,
(Stan sighs with relief - then realises that the drones are
circling lower. He crouches down on the pedestal)
(He gets down and stands beside Kai)
KAI: Run, Stanley
STAN: But -
KAI: The pulse should not affect
(Kai starts swinging his brace upwards - bits of drones rain down
onto the bridge. Stan heads back to the moth)
STAN: Go, go, go, he's OK, he'll be all right
(They get into
the moth, which takes off)
STAN: Well, they mean business this time.
They know our plan, now they're really after us
(Sure enough, the
drones are following them)
STAN: They know we're headed for the
XEV: Then we have to get there first. Come on baby!
STAN: A robot
head - I can't believe I came back for a robot head!
(Kai has destroyed all the drones on the bridge. He crosses his
arms, then sits down to wait)
(The drones are gaining on the
STAN: Stop, the airlock is covered with drones!
There's no stopping now, we're going through!
(Stan covers his eyes.
Xev screams as she steers the moth through the drones and out of the
XEV: Woo! (laughs) We made it!
laughs, and kisses 790)
STAN: Oh, I can't believe I just did that.
You're the one that should be kissing me!
790: Don't even fantasise about it,
security guard class 4. I should only be kissing Xev
(Xev blows him a
kiss and laughs. Some drones grab hold of the moth, but Xev manages to shake
them off. Then beams of light start glowing from the tail end of the Lexx. They
race along the body up to the head, frying the drones near the moth. The pulse
sweeps through the bridge, over the Lexx's eyes, and then fizzles out into
space. On the bridge, Kai shakes stray bits of static off his
LEXX: Ouch! That hurt a lot
790: Well done Xev. You make my
day a perfect one
STAN: Yeah, well what about me?
790: Oh, yes. You're
still alive, aren't you Tweedle? I guess the day can't be perfect then after
STAN: Well that's gratitude
790: At least I'm
(Later - everyone's in the cryochamber. Kai is checking
790: I knew it! All that talk of me being just an
appliance. I knew that I was more than a machine. A machine could never feel for
you like I do, Xev
KAI: That is correct
STAN: Don't make too big a deal of
it 790. It's only a tiny little cube of brain. You do not have a whole fully
functioning brain like me, and your fragment seems to contain none of the
790: I have all I need to love Xev
STAN: Oh, I'm going,
(He leaves the cryochamber)
790: Don't you think it's
XEV: I think it's - interesting, anyway
790: I wonder
where it came from? Who I was? What was I like when I was alive? I bet I was
handsome, don't you think Xev?
(Kai hands 790 to
XEV: You are handsome right now, 790 - for a robot, that
(Stan walks onto the bridge, looks around - it's surprisingly
STAN: Lexx - what happened to all the drone parts?
have re-sorbed them, Stanley
STAN: You - you what them?
LEXX: I re-sorbed
them. I need the material if I am to heal properly
STAN: Oh. That's good,
Lexx, that's good
(Stan gets up onto the pedestal. Kai and Xev walk
onto the bridge Suddenly, Mantrid's head appears on the view screen, with a
background of shifting colours)
MANT: Hello, humans
walks closer to the view screen)
KAI: Mantrid. Are you alive,
MANT: I exist. Is there any more to it?
KAI: Yes. We saw the
insect destroyed. We saw you die. And we saw your planet destroyed
the machine you saw was not destroyed. My insect essence fused with my human
essence and entered the machine, which was designed by my human half for keeping
his mind alive past the death of his body
KAI: So you are a machine?
If you like. I function, and I know that I have a purpose
KAI: And what is
MANT: That comes from my insect half. My purpose is to destroy
KAI: But how can you have that purpose, if you are part human as
MANT: I share some programming with humans, but I'm not a human. Did
you enjoy my little game?
(Xev steps forward)
MANT: That was just a game I was playing with you. If I had wanted to
destroy you, you would long ago have been destroyed, But you helped create me,
so I'm saving you for last
KAI: What do you mean, last?
MANT: I will
destroy all humankind. The last to be destroyed will be you. That will be my
thank you. My going away present. Now, I'll go away from you - for a while.
(His image disappears from the view screen)
Oh, this is bad
KAI: For everyone
XEV: What can we do?
KAI: I do not
(Stan gets down from the pedestal)
STAN: Well, I
mean, how can he destroy everyone? O mean, that's not possible, I mean, there
are hundreds and thousands of planets with trillions of people on them. He can't
destroy them, how could he destroy them all?
KAI: I do not know
don't think he really could?
KAI: I do not think we should underestimate him.
He may not be a life form as you know it - but our creation, Mantrid, is a very
dangerous - thing
(Kai walks away. Xev looks at 790, who whimpers.
Stan sits down at the base of the pedestal, in shadow)
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© LEXX - LIGHT ZONE 2005 HELEN & Trulyalyana