Season 4 Episode 18

The Game

Aired Unknown Mar 15, 2002 on Space
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Episode Summary

The Game
About to be destroyed, Prince requests Kai complete their game of chess, but this time with real stakes. Should the undead assassin win, he'll get his life-essence back. Should he lose, Stan and Xev's lives are forfeit.

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  • This episode is about Kai facing prince in a chess game with the stakes been if Kai wins he gets the chance to come back to life if Prince wins he gets the lives of Xev and Stanley.moreless

    The Game is the last episode of Lexx I watched I thought the episode had a good point to it and when the headed chess pieces of the past and present Lexx Characters get axed.The actual terms of the episode were great the fact that Kai come back to life makes the stakes of the chess game more interesting and the fact that Xev and Stanleys lives are at risk makes the episode more tense. The episode is very exciting because you know if Kai wins he could have the chance to come back to life this makes me more interested in the episode. For me one of the better episodes especially due to the stakes in the episode.moreless
  • All the cast members as chess pieces and seeing them get killed how do you not love it?

    This is one of my all time favorite episodes of the series not just because it had the cast members being killed in it. This was a very interesting and original episode that I watched over and over. It might be the only time I found chess to be exciting, but however they did it they made it fun to watch. Kai is playing chess with Prince and if Kai wins Prince promises to give Kai life, but if Prince wins then Stan and Xev's lives belong to Prince. It seems that Kai is really getting beaten badly but in the end he is able to beat Prince and wrap up a very odd chess match. But when Kai tells Prince to make good on his promise Prince vanishes. Will Prince fulfill his promise? If you watch the series finale Yo Way Yo then you will find out for yourself.

    All in all just about the best episode I've seen from any show in some time.

Nigel Bennett

Nigel Bennett

Prince / White King

Guest Star

Patricia Zentilli

Patricia Zentilli

White Queen

Guest Star

Rolf Kanies

Rolf Kanies

White Knight

Recurring Role

Minna Aaltonen

Minna Aaltonen

White Bishop

Recurring Role

Anna Cameron

Anna Cameron

Time Prophet / Black Bishop

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Normally in chess when the opponent's king is in check mate the game ends there but when Prince's king has been put in check mate his king moves once and then is taken by Kai's piece.

    • During this episode you will see that the terrain that Kai and Prince are playing on starts turning either white or black depending on who has the upper hand. And when Kai wins the area is completely black.

    • All of the pieces on the chess board are played by past or current characters on the show.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Kai: I want to continue the game.
      Xev: What do you mean, want? Kai, what's wrong with you?
      Stan: I thought the dead didn't have wants.
      Kai: Just one.
      Xev: And what's that?
      Kai: The dead want to be dead.

    • (Xev and Stan are slowly disappearing)
      Xev: Well maybe Kai will win.
      Stan: Xev, look at us.

    • Prince: This game mirrors the larger game which you and I have been playing since we met. Don't you think?
      Kai: It does not mirror the larger game, it is the final battle. If I lose, Stan and Xev forfeit their lives to you.

    • First White Knight: In the game of chess you are either going forward or backward, it's much like the real world in that regard. If you go backward, you tend to lose. To win, you must attack. You, are not attacking."
      Second White Knight: Which means you're not winning!
      White King: You're coming in second.
      First White Knight: And there are only two players!

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