I asked the question:- 'On the bridge to the Lexx, the following small piece of dialogue took place after Thodin had shot Kai:
Young Rebel: "He's inorganic."
Thodin: "He's been de-carbonised."
Now, did you take this to mean:
A. "He's inorganic.", "Yes, he's been de-carbonised."
Or, B) "He's inorganic." , "No, just de-carbonised."'
I'd go for A) unless........
c) they were making completely reactionary statements to the event not 'discussing' it!!!
Tribs. ['Bolt' in LexxFolk]
De-carbonised - a nice handy bit of pseudoscience. I think it's "Yes, he's been decarbonised". In other words, the pincer-guns disintegrate carbon-based material (including, it would appear, doors - carbon steel?). Of course, decarbonisation would be one hell of a task, since carbon is, besides water, THE main component of a human body (what do they replace it with? Silicon?). There would be two advantages to this - 1) Immunity to those nasty Heretics' guns, 2) Even given the mystical preservative properties of protoblood (a food manufacturer's dream... shelf-lives of 2000+ years, and the food can also be sent out to kill people), it's possible that a carbon-based lifeform's body might start to decay a bit and Kai would not be quite the heart-throb he is if bits of flesh kept dropping off at every sudden movement..........
SadGeezer. ['Jester' in LexxFolk]
I reckon it's definitely A. In sci fi terms I've herd it said that carbon based lifeforms are organic. I think the statement that Kai is inorganic was re-affirmed by Thodin when he added that Kai as de-carbonised.
Carbon is a root material for so many facets of an organism that I'd find it hard to imagine an organic lifeform that wasn't carbon based. Thodin was trying to shoot Kai at the time with a laser. The laser would burn or cause some sort of heat based damage to Kai if he was organic. The statement by Thodin seemed to state that Kai could not be hurt if you burned him (presumably it'd be like firing a laser at a metallic substance or a silicon substance)
This whole concept however seems implausible if you consider the concept of protoblood. It has the ability to revive dead organic material (Ie. Yottskry as well as inorganic material (such as Kai).
Hope that helps (but I doubt it :-)
Binks. ['Jaguar' in LexxFolk.]
I think the answer to the 'Kai' question is option A.......I get the impression that the rebel wasn't TOO shocked to learn that Kai was inorganic......maybe in the Lexx universe(s) this is not too uncommon........and that Thodin was merely 'nodding' his agreement and adding his thoughts to the scene.........for example,in our world,a similar statement might well be......:
First person (Looking at the chunk of uranium)-'Its not radioactive!'
Second person -'Its half-life has long since expired'.
Although it is rare to come across un-radioactive uranium, it is nevertheless
possible.....perhaps inorganic people are quite rare in Lexx,but one
explanation would be to de-carbonise them??
Anyhow,thats my tuppence worth.........:-)
Burntime ['Beacon' in LexxFolk - see also The Darkzone.]
I reckon it should be (B)
Latest (Jan 2 99):
I've had another email from Tribs:-
"Just been reading the poll on decarbonisation... Just thought I'd add a few
Technically, something, be it a lifeform or just a molecule, is considered organic if it contains carbon. Hence organic chemistry, the study of carbon-based chemistry.
Regarding Sad's comments, having the carbon replaced in your body won't be that great a problem if you're a walking corpse already. All of Kai's body functions would be either obsolete (e.g. kidneys, digestion) or replaced by a protoblood equivalent (thinking, moving) - basically, Kai isn't alive in the normal sense and so doesn't have the same requirements as regular humans when it comes to carbon-based chemistry.
Binks' comments... It would appear that Binks doesn't really understand radioactivity. A half-life of an element is the time it takes to become half as radioactive. Uranium that's no longer radioactive is no longer uranium (I forget what it decays into, I think it's lead)."
And this from Newkate:
As a former biologist-to-be I'm greatly interested in this decarbonization debate... Being not a Brit Lexxian, I had no chance to take a part in it, but anyway!
Hey, you hadn't introduced yourself then! Anyone's welcome to join in!
Human body consists mostly of water and protein molecules. Atoms of carbon form some kind of skeleton of any protein molecule. So I see three ways to decarbonize a human...
[Newkate looks around for a human to try to decarbonize]
[Newkate throws away biocholar's knife and comes from practice to theory]
I liked Tribs's comment about cyber-modifications made on Kai. In IWHS Kai acts a
little like a being with computer-based brain. When he is about to kill
Zev and Stan and hears Predesessors screaming, looks like he
"calculated" - to defend Predesessors is priority #1, and this minor
heretics are not a serious threat, they can wait... But to kill them
both wouldn't take more than two seconds! No alive man would leave this
little job undone, because later he wouldn't have to chase them around
10 km of LEXX! But as an asassin, of course, Kai was not supposed to be
And Tribs is right, Kai's suit really CAN be bonded to his skin! I have been worrying about that for a long time. Look, we have already seen naked Zev, Xev, even naked Stan! Yes, I know, "The dead do not take a shower", as Kai would say, but still...
Is Kai dead or alive? His body is not dead nor alive in the literary sense, it's... well... operational. His mind and soul are no more dead than after a registered clinical death. He can be destroyed, though it's not so easy, so he can die again. I think he can be considered as alive. Hell, he has far too much of sex-appeal to be considered as a ghoul or a zombie! But the main problem is that he thinks he is dead, and no one can persuade him that things are not so bad... If Zev can not do this...
[Flare nods - who could?]
Many, many thanks to all who answered, and thank you for taking the time to explain your thinking! It just goes to show that Lexxians are a particularly intelligent and perceptive bunch of people who really care about their sci-fi......
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