Lexx 3.05 Gondola
(written by Paul Donovan, Lex Gigeroff)
(Five moths are flying through a dark cloudy sky. Duke and
Fifi are in the first moth)
FIFI: Is it always like this up
DUKE: Only at double dusk, when the storm reaches all the way down to
the surface. Not the best time to make a crossing
FIFI: Yeah, I believe
(In the moth behind - Xev, Stan and Bunny, with Kai and Kai2
leaning out of the doors)
steers the moth backwards, so they can attack the other moths from behind. Kai2
shoots an arrow into one. Kai uses his brace to snap the joystick of one moth,
and cut the wings off another. A crossbow bolt hits Xev's moth. Kai makes
another moth explode)
KAI: I have destroyed them all, except for the
one in front of us
KAI2: Which is the most important one - so let's go get
XEV: The moth's not responding
KAI: It has been struck by several
crossbow darts. I suspect that it is injured
STAN: Injured? We're all gonna
XEV: What do we do?
KAI: Stanley is right. The moth will crash and
you will all - die
STAN: Then Xev, do something
XEV: It doesn't respond
anymore Stan, it's dead. Any ideas?
KAI2: Yes - just one
FIFI: I can't
see them anymore
FIFI: I can't see anything ahead either, can
(Their moth chirrups, then ploughs into a sand
FIFI: What happened?
DUKE: I think we landed
know. Where are we?
DUKE: Somewhere on the surface of planet Fire
know that, I can feel the heat. I mean, any idea where?
(They start brushing sand off themselves)
Well, I think I can take the heat, at least until the storm clears. Huh - maybe
it worked out after all. There's no way dead man could have followed us in
(Duke tries the moth's controls)
(The others are all dangling from
their moth, hanging onto Kai's brace)
XEV: Can you see
KAI2: Not yet - there, ahead
XEV: I can't see anything
All right, quick now - lower us down
XEV: Do it!
(They fall to the
sand. The moth flies a little further, then crashes)
XEV: Good thing
we didn't stay in the moth
STAN: Yes, yes I am OK, thank you all very much
XEV: Thanks (to Kai2) Thanks. That was a good idea. You
saved us all
STAN: Boy, this is hot
KAI: I believe that is in part why
they call this planet Fire
STAN: Oh great, so we go from the frying pan into
the fire, right? This what happens to us?
XEV: It is hot
STAN: No, Xev -
this is really, really hot - and what happens when the storm clears up and the
sun comes out, what about then, Mister Bright Ideas?
KAI2: We'll come up with
(He takes Xev by the hand and they start walking. Stan
follows, then Kai, who is giving Bunny a piggyback)
STAN: We'll come
up with something? We'll come up with something. Great
(The sun comes
up. Duke and Fifi are standing beside their moth)
FIFI: Where's our
moths? It's been so long. Why aren't they picking us up?
DUKE: I don't
FIFI: Hey, you don't think the dead guy could've brought them all down,
DUKE: Perhaps he did
FIFI: Nah. OK, well let's just say that he
did - then what happens?
DUKE: Then we die
FIFI: Look, there's a city over
there, why don't we just go there?
(laughs) That city is called Girltown. It's the only city on this
planet where they might not kill us, but I don't think you would be very happy
FIFI: What choice have we got? I say we just start walking, before it
gets any hotter
FIFI: Why not?
DUKE: There's no point
What do you mean?
DUKE: To get there from here, we would have to cross the
red hot sea
FIFI: What's the red hot sea?
DUKE: It's a sea of boiling
rock, which is so hot that it glows red. If we'd landed there instead of here,
we'd have been consumed in seconds. Anyway, the heat's gonna kill us in an hour
FIFI: There must be something we can do, besides staying here and
getting cooked. Come on, dying isn't real high on my agenda for today
Death's not such a bad thing - for me anyway. But then, I'm me, and you are you,
and only you can suffer your fate. And for you - death will be bad
are you talking about?
DUKE: I'm talking about the fact that your true
suffering will begin shortly - immediately after the heat from this planet kills
the body which currently contains your miserable life
FIFI: Ah, whatever.
Look - there must be something we can do
(The Lexx crew come across
the remains of their moth)
STAN: Well, I guess our moth's flying
days are over
(He points at something in the
(They find a skeleton with a
crossbow bolt through it, and a grounded balloon nearby. Stan checks the balloon
XEV: Do you think we'll be able to make it fly?
There is still some fuel remaining
STAN: And I don't see any
FIFI: I don't know which is hotter - the sun or the ground
The ground is hotter
FIFI: How do you know all this stuff? I mean about what
happens to me when I die?
DUKE: Because I have died many times
DUKE: Death is not the end - merely a transition to another
FIFI: I certainly hope you're right
DUKE: You shouldn't
DUKE: Because your next life may not be so pleasant
FIFI: I'm not
having much of a pleasant life right now
DUKE: I promise you, the next one
will be more unpleasant. You'll look back on this life with longing - except
that you won't remember it
FIFI: I don't believe any of this
you'll get lucky again
FIFI: Lucky? How?
DUKE: You're not like the others
from your planet
FIFI: Not a bit
DUKE: Sometimes mistakes get made. An
error occurred, and you ended up on Water where you did not belong - in a city
you did not deserve to be
FIFI: A place I didn't want to be
DUKE: And you
found me, and we will die together, and you will be mine forever
(A balloon is heading towards them)
STAN: Uh oh -
we're going down. We need more heat
(Kai2 adjusts the
STAN: Better, OK, we're going back up again
we're burning too much fuel
XEV: At least the wind is blowing in the right
direction. Do you think we have enough fuel to make it?
KAI2: Not if we keep
burning it at this rate
XEV: So what do we do?
KAI: We lose
KAI2: He's right. If we have less weight, we'll burn less
STAN: Hey - what's that red stuff up ahead?
XEV: Looks hot
He's right - this balloon is carrying too much weight for all of us to make it.
I will meet you at the city. Farewell
(Kai throws himself over the
side, and lands in the sand)
(Bunny waves. Kai waves back, then starts walking. Xev looks
STAN: It's all right, Xev. He's all right. He's doing the
XEV: It's much cooler up here
(Xev watches Kai2,
who walks over to her)
XEV: So - explain. Why do you look exactly
KAI2: Explain why he looks like me
STAN: Oh no, wait, wait, wait
- look, we know that he is Kai, and we can see that you look like him, you know,
but - who are you?
KAI2: Who do I look like?
XEV: Kai, last of the Brunnen
XEV: But how can the both of you be one person?
(laughs) I'm not exactly sure that we are. He is dead, so, he is not
the same as me, as I am quite alive
(He sits down beside
FIFI: Hey, hey, down here! Woo, up there, look - we're down
STAN: It's a trick
KAI2: I wouldn't rule out that
(He gets up to look down at them)
we're down here!
XEV: Who is it?
KAI2: Let's go down and find out
Bad idea. There's nothing we can do for them, it'd just be extra weight
So you're saying we should just leave them out there in the desert to
STAN: No, that's not what I'm saying, I'm just saying - just leave them
down there to fend for themselves and, so they don't get a chance to pull one on
XEV: I think we should at least see who they
FIFI: I can't tell you how happy we are to see you. I thought we were
STAN: What do you want?
FIFI: A lift, of course. You can drop us off
over there in Girltown. That'll be fine, if it's OK with you
XEV: You were in
one of the moths, weren't you?
FIFI: Oh - that was against our will. We had
nothing to do with those guys. No, we were, we were escaping when we crashed in
the storm, that's what happened
BUNNY: Hi Fifi!
FIFI: Oh - hi, hi
BUNNY: He's Fifi - the one who stole your moths
STAN: OK, OK, that's
all I need to hear. Look, they attacked Boomtown, they can just stay out here in
the desert and fry
FIFI: You can't just leave us out here to die in the
XEV: Well, maybe it was against their will, how do we know? What do
you think, Bunny?
BUNNY: Fifi was - well, he didn't really - fit in
Look - it doesn't matter. They're just extra weight, so we can't do anything for
them anyway. OK, look, hey guys - really sorry about you being stuck down there
and all that, but, er, you see, we're running low on fuel and we just, we can't
take on any extra weight so, we can't help you, sorry
FIFI: Look, mister, you
can't just leave us out here in the desert to die
STAN: When we get to the
city over there we'll let them know that you're out here, and we'll get them to
send somebody out to get you
FIFI: No, no, you can't do that. We'll be dead
by then. Come on. Look, Bunny, Bunny, Bunny come on, tell them they can't do
this Bunny? Bunny, come on, it's me, we're friends
STAN: Look - more heat -
the sooner we get away from these guys the better
XEV: I don't feel right
about this Stan
STAN: Look Xev, I'm finding it a bit difficult myself, but
just don't go getting crazy on me, OK? There just isn't enough fuel, that's all.
I mean, look, they're as good as dead, and we can't do anything about it, except
(Kai2 starts bringing the balloon down)
What are you doing?
KAI2: The right thing
(The gondola scrapes the
top of a sand dune. A net is lowered for Fifi to climb on board. Kai2 gives Duke
a hand, and Duke recognises him)
(Duke doesn't look happy, but gets onboard, and Stan hauls the net
FIFI: Hey, thanks
(He hugs Kai2)
mean it, sincerely. You're looking - better, guy
(Then he hugs
FIFI: Thanks Bunny. You guys saved our lives
not for long, because now we don't have enough fuel to make it, thanks to
(The balloon rises. There is a tense silence)
You know, it's amazing how much it cools off once you're up in the air
(Kai2 stands up with his bow)
FIFI: So you don't
think we have enough fuel to make it? Anybody got any bright
(Duke stands up and holds his arms out at his
STAN: Yes. We go back down and we drop you two off
Ha ha. I mean, other than that
(Kai2 shoots an arrow into Duke, who
looks at him)
DUKE: There will be a next time
KAI2: There always
(Duke falls over the side. Kai watches from the
KAI2: He led the attack. He was our enemy
Yeah, that's good. He, you know, he had total control over me too. So there's
less weight now, so we can make it, right?
KAI2: There's still too
(He gets another arrow ready, but then puts it
STAN: One down, one to go, huh?
(Fifi clings onto
(Kai is walking on the red hot sea. He sees what's left of
Duke's body, pulls out the smouldering arrow, and blows it
FIFI: I have a question. What happens after you die?
Well, that's a good question, since we're all gonna die soon
STAN: Well, I don't know. I mean, you die, and that's it
Well, I believe that, if you live a good life, then something nice will happen
FIFI: You would think that, Bunny. Er - I mean yeah, I hope you're
right Bunny, I really do
FIFI: Well, I don't know, it's just
that, er, you know Duke, before he did the big drop, he, er, he was going on
about how this wasn't the first time I was alive, and that there was something
coming after, you know, like, for me anyway
STAN: Something good?
don't know. Not exactly, I don't think
KAI2: And did you believe
FIFI: No, not really. The way I see it is simple. You wake up one day,
and there you are. Life begins. You can't remember anything before that, so that
means that it wasn't. And then when you die, you just aren't anymore
What do you mean, one day you just woke up?
FIFI: Well, just what I
XEV: You mean, when you were born?
FIFI: What's born?
- when you were born, when your mother had you
STAN: Oh boy
- Bunny, you're a woman, explain it to him
BUNNY: Explain what?
can't believe I'm asking this - explain to him what being born is, you know,
where children come from, how life begins for all of us, you know
just woke up one day and I was there, just like everyone else
STAN: There's something really weird about you two, and these whole two
XEV: See, where we come from, people start out small, as babies about
this size, and they grow inside women
BUNNY: I've always been the same
FIFI: Yeah, me too
(They laugh. Kai2 sits beside them, with
one leg leaning on the edge of the gondola. Bunny looks
FIFI: I don't know, maybe you're right. Maybe I was once
small. I just don't remember
XEV: We're going down again
(Kai2 goes back to the controls)
KAI2: It's at
FIFI: It's the red hot sea. If we don't get more flame, we're
gonna crash and burn
KAI2: That's all there is
STAN: OK, then we have to
lose weight now
KAI2: So - who's going to volunteer to die?
FIFI: I volunteer you
STAN: It's our balloon. We picked you
up, and you got some extra free life, so come on Fifi, do the right thing, come
on, over the side, come on
FIFI: How is that the right thing?
no point in all of us dying if only one person has to
I'll do it. I'll jump over the side
STAN: No you won't. He stole the moths
and he attacked Boomtown
FIFI: Against my will!
STAN: He's going over and
FIFI: I'm not going over and that's it. Bunny volunteered, let her
KAI2: We all agree - somebody has to die, yes?
KAI2: We can have a vote
STAN: OK - I vote for him, vote for Fifi -
FIFI: I vote for Bunny
BUNNY: Bunny. I vote for
XEV: Kai, you have to decide
FIFI: Why? Bunny said she wants to do
it. Let her have what she wants
STAN: No, she doesn't wanna do it, she's just
being a nice person, not like Fifi here
(Kai2 takes hold of Bunny's
shoulder and she stands up nervously)
KAI2: I think that of all the
people on this sip, one person deserves to live least
(He sits down
next to Fifi - )
KAI2: I vote for - Fifi
(- and grabs
STAN: OK, come on Fifi - you lost the vote,
take it easy
FIFI: No, no, you jump
STAN: I'm not gonna jump
STAN: Come on - if you're not gonna jump we'll just have to throw
FIFI: Forget it!
(Kai2 and Stan pull Fifi to
FIFI: No, please, I'm begging you. You can't just kill me,
snuff out my life like it was nothing. Hey - and if Duke's right, and there is
another life, you all might have to pay for this wrong
KAI2: I thought you
didn't believe him
STAN: We don't have a choice, Fifi, come on
Killing is wrong - there's gotta be a way. OK, so we don't think there's enough
fuel. Well, maybe the wind'll change direction or something. You can't just take
away a man's precious life because there isn't enough wind!
STAN: Come on
Fifi, let go
(He tries to prise Fifi's hands of the net. Fifi bites
XEV: We are going to throw
you over. We have to, you deserve it
FIFI: I don't wanna die!
you're right, Fifi, and there is nothing after this, then you have nothing to be
FIFI: I still don't wanna die!
STAN: Look - this is as hard for
us as it is for you
FIFI: Then you jump! No!
(Bunny is very
distressed by all this. She walks to the other side of the gondola, and starts
to climb over the edge)
(He pulls her
BUNNY: Let me do it - I can't take it anymore!
- don't you remember what he did to all your friends?
for the safety harness and buckles himself in)
BUNNY: I forgive
STAN: Oh, Bunny
(Xev looks at Fifi)
XEV: I don't
know. I don't know if I can throw him over the side either
STAN: You're going
crazy on me again, Xev. Look, just be practical for once. What good is it gonna
do if we all crash and burn? Look, come on Kai, gimmee a hand here
if killing someone is wrong, then it's wrong
XEV: I don't
think we're going down anymore anyway
KAI2: The sun is going behind Water.
That will make it cooler - for now
(Fifi kisses Xev's hand - and
STAN: You had the right instinct, Bunny - but he's the wrong
(Kai is still walking across the red hot sea. Night
KAI2: We don't know what's ahead - we should try to get some
STAN: I'm not tired
BUNNY: I am
FIFI: I'll make myself useful,
you know, do my bit. I volunteer to keep watch
STAN: we don't trust
KAI2: I'll keep watch
XEV: I think he's right, Stanley. We don't know
what's ahead of us, and I'm very tired, so maybe we should try and get some
STAN: Yeah, OK
(Xev goes to lie down)
Promise you won't take your eyes off of him
KAI2: I promise
Bunny - come and lie down with me, hmm?
XEV: Sleep well, Stan
(Bunny snuggles up with Stan)
STAN: Yeah, I'll
(The gondola flies through the night. When everyone else is
asleep, Fifi unbuckles the safety harness and goes over to
FIFI: I can't sleep
(Kai2 says nothing - just
drinks some water from a glass phial)
FIFI: Thanks - you know, for
not throwing me over before. Look, I know all you guys, you all thought I
deserved to die the most, so, er, I just wanna say thanks
FIFI: She's pretty cute - and it's entirely obvious that
she's got the hots for you - oh yeah. So why don't you go and lie down next to
KAI2: I'm keeping watch
FIFI: So, let me take a turn. Like I said, I
can't sleep. Come on, what are you worried about? What, am I gonna steal the
balloon? There's nothing I can do. Besides, we could all be dead in a couple of
hours. You should have a good time while you can - and there's a good time lying
down there waiting for ya
KAI2: (laughs) When did you hook up with
FIFI: Duke, huh? Well - ever since I woke up, I was on Gametown - you
know, the city where all they do is play sports all day? It was OK, it just
wasn't me. Then the dead guy - who looks a lot like you - he comes along. So I
take his moths and I leave. I figured I might do better on this planet. So I
land on what looked like the biggest city. Duke was the big cheese there, so he
became my boss - until you put an arrow through him. I saw something when you
shot that arrow
KAI2: What did you see?
FIFI: Something between you - you
know, like there was something going on
FIFI: I dunno what -
KAI2: You only ever look out for yourself, right Fifi?
not sure what you're getting at
KAI2: Tell the truth for once in your life.
It could be the most important thing you ever say
FIFI: Well - I consider
myself a practical guy. I do what's practical
KAI2: Only when it benefits
you, and only you - right?
(Kai2 leans his chin on Fifi's shoulder,
and looks at him)
FIFI: Er - OK, right
KAI2: And you also take
pleasure in the suffering of others
FIFI: Only when it's
(Kai 2 laughs)
FIFI: Is that the right
KAI2: It was a bad answer, but a very practical one, for you. I would
like to make you a deal
FIFI: Oh yeah?
KAI2: Will you make a deal with
FIFI: I love deals
(They both laugh)
(Later. Kai2 leans
over the sleeping Xev)
XEV: How is
KAI2: Everything's OK, I just wanted to be close to you for a
moment. Is that OK?
XEV: Yes. Are you - are you really alive?
XEV: All of you?
(Kai2 takes her hand and
lowers it so she can feel how alive he is)
KAI2: All of me. We may
never have another chance
(He kisses her neck)
can't help feeling like - I know you. Maybe I do, from another
(He has a very devious look on his face - but Xev doesn't see
KAI2: Do you want me?
KAI2: Then I am
XEV: And I am yours
(They start to kiss and Xev takes Kai2's
tunic off, but they are interrupted)
(Fifi watches her go splat! into the red hot sea. Stan rushes over,
Xev and Kai2 get dressed)
FIFI: Bunny. She sacrificed herself, for
STAN: I don't think so
KAI2: I should have stayed up on watch
She didn't throw herself over. She was a really nice person and you pushed her
over, didn't you?
FIFI: Get outta here
STAN: What happened?
don't know, exactly
STAN: What do you mean, you don't know exactly? - you
were on watch
KAI2: I was distracted
STAN: You what?
XEV: By me. I
distracted him. It was our only chance to - be together
Come on, it's not her fault. Bunny threw herself over for the rest of us. It's
something she wanted to do for a while now, make herself feel good or something
like that, I dunno
KAI2: It was my fault. If I had stayed on watch I could
have stopped her
FIFI: Well - no more weight problem, right? Thanks to
(Fifi leans over the side)
FIFI: Thanks Bunny! Hope
you're somewhere nice now! So, when do we get there?
XEV: We're passing
KAI2: The wind has changed direction
(Kai is still walking. The sun is coming up. On the
gondola, Fifi pedals while Stan pumps)
XEV: Pedal faster! We're even
FIFI: I'm pedalling as fast as I can
XEV: Turn this
(Kai2 turns the rudder)
FIFI: What is it?
More cities - lots of them
FIFI: Can I take a rest, or what?
XEV: No, they
are very far away. We'll be very lucky to make it. The wind is still
FIFI: I can't keep this up much longer
XEV: It won't take much
(The balloon nears the city - and is met by a hail of
XEV: The balloon's been hit. We need more flame
There isn't any more
XEV: We are going down again then
FIFI: We'll burn
STAN: We're almost there - Oh!
(An arrow just misses
XEV: The other way, full rudder
STAN: Xev, what are you
XEV: What I have to do
(The balloon heads towards the city
XEV: Watch out!
(The gondola is impaled on one of
the large metal thorns sticking out of the city)
(She jumps out onto the thorn, followed by Kai2 and Fifi. Stan
just makes it out before the gondola crashes to the ground, snapping the tip of
the thorn off as it goes)
FIFI: So, what now?
XEV: We climb
FIFI: You can climb up
XEV: I will
STAN: No, Xev
XEV: No what? If
we go down, we'll burn up in the heat, if we go up, who knows?
STAN: No, no,
no, we should wait till nightfall
XEV: I don't know. Maybe whoever's here
will have found us by then, and I'm not sure we want that
KAI2: I'll go with
you - it's too hot. Wait until it's a little cooler
XEV: The heat doesn't
bother me too much
FIFI: How can it not bother you? I'm burning up
XEV: Maybe I'm from a hotter place - at least, part of me, that
(She starts climbing up the wall. Stan starts to crawl along the
thorn towards the others)
KAI2: If you wait, I'll go with
XEV: No, it's OK. You stay down there with Stan, he won't want to be left
alone with Fifi
STAN: You got that right! It's OK guys, just let her go, she
likes to explore
(Kai2 sits down next to Fifi by the wall. Stan
STAN: So, are you really Kai?
you know, why do you look like him?
KAI2: I look like Kai, because I want
STAN: What do you mean, you want to?
FIFI: It was a good way for him to
STAN: I am not talking to you, why are you answering for
FIFI: Because I want to
he looks like the dead guy because he wants to look like the dead guy
You can't just look like somebody because you wanna look like somebody, it's
just not that easy
FIFI: It is for him - after he dies,
(Fifi and Kai2 laugh)
STAN: What? Are you two guys
on the same side now?
FIFI: You finally figured it out! Yeah, me and Kai
here, we're playing on the same team now - only, like he said, he's not
STAN: Who are you?
STAN: Prince who?
Prince. You know me. We've met before
(Kai2 drinks some more water
from his phial, and offers some to Fifi)
FIFI: He's my new
STAN: You did it, didn't you? You threw Bunny over the side
STAN: So, OK, fellas - what's the plan?
FIFI: Well, Stanley
(Fifi gets up)
FIFI: The plan is that it's your turn to
take a swan dive over the edge
STAN: Hey, well, come on, what's the real
plan? We're all stuck up here together and we just gotta help each other out, no
matter who you are
KAI2: You're going to suffer for your sins,
(Kai2 stands up, and gets an arrow ready. Stan backs
STAN: Now come on guys, if we co-operate here, we can come out
of this alive
FIFI: It won't hurt, Stan. You're gonna hit the ground so hard
you won't feel a thing
(Kai2 shoots at Stan)
KAI2: But the real pain will come after death
STAN: What do
KAI2: You'll see. I'm good with pain
FIFI: I know how you feel,
Stanley. This is what you were gonna do to me, till you wimped out. There'll be
no wimping out this time. You know why? - because throwing you over the side is
gonna be a feelgood experience for me, pal
(Stan has run out of
thorn, and is lying on his back. Fifi grabs his legs, and Kai2 pokes him in the
chest with his bow)
STAN: Oh come on now guys, we can make a deal,
any deal you want
KAI2: I already made a deal with you, and you didn't keep
STAN: I tried!
KAI2: And for that, you will suffer
STAN: Ah! No, no,
no, no, no, no, you can't no, don't!
(Xev hears him, and starts back
FIFI: Bye bye, Stanley Tweedle
STAN: No, no!
KAI2: Time to die
(Xev in her Cluster lizard form drops
down onto the thorn. She knocks Kai off, but he manages to grab hold of the
FIFI: Hey - you didn't have enough time to come down
XEV: Correct, if I was only a human being
FIFI: You're not a human
XEV: Not completely
STAN: She's only half human
FIFI: What's the
XEV: Cluster lizard
(She screams, which distracts Fifi -
so Stanley kicks him over the edge)
STAN: And Kai's not
Kai - he's Prince, pretending to be Kai
KAI2: Don't believe him, Xev
I do believe him!
(She kicks him off the thorn)
real Kai woulda been a better kisser!
STAN: Thank you. Oh thank you Xev.
(Xev gives him a hand getting up)
you thank you thank you. I thank you like I've never thanked you before.
XEV: Are you the real Stan?
(She holds his face and looks at
STAN: What? You wanna kiss me and find out?
(Xev gives him a peck on the cheek, and nods)
XEV: Let's go
STAN: Oh darn
(They walk along
the thorn, to the tower. In the desert, Kai is also walking to the
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