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cover: Dark Angel: 1st Season - d3-4/6

Dark Angel: 1st Season - d3-4/6

Director(s): James Cameron, David Nutter, various

Theatrical Release: 2000-2001

Cast: Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, J.C. MacKenzie, Valarie Rae Miller, Richard Gunn, John Savage

Genre(s): TV, Sci-Fi, Action

Countries: USA


Location in store: Television

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Running Time: 304m.

One of TV's more interesting tough-girl action shows, Dark Angel is a distinctive blend of the personal, the adventurous, and the politically aware. Cocreators James Cameron and Charles Eglee present a complex scenario of biological super-science and social collapse in which their gene-manipulated heroine and hacker-journalist hero can genuinely make a difference. In this first season they also provide an adversary who is a lot more than just a conventional villain. Jessica Alba is impressive as Max, bred and trained as a super-soldier but reclaiming her individual humanity; Michael Weatherly is scruffily attractive as Eyes Only, who sits semi-paralyzed in his eyrie above Seattle uncovering crime, corruption, and other skullduggeries and assigning deadly errands to the woman he hopelessly loves. Jon Savage has real authority as Lydeker, a man who has stretched his conscience to the breaking point, but is not personally corrupt. Some of the best episodes--"Prodigy," for example--are ones in which Lydeker and Max are forced into temporary alliance. Early on, the relationship between Max and the other workers at Jam Pony--the courier firm that provides her with a cover identity--is a little forced, but later on the two parts of Max's life are more successfully integrated: "Shorties in Love," for example, is a genuinely touching tale about Diamond, the doomed criminal ex-lover of Max's lesbian roommate. Dark Angel was never a perfect show, but at its occasional best it manages to be simultaneously funny and dramatic. (Roz Kaveney)

Disc 3 Episodes

08: Blah Blah Woof Woof - Now that Lydecker has seen her face, Max is on a Wanted poster all over town for a murder she didn't commit. The temptation of the big reward leads even her own boss, Normal, to give her up to the police. Zack and Logan help her escape to Logan's cabin located outside of Seattle. However, when Max learns that Logan's condition has worsened and that he's undergoing a very dangerous surgery, she risks her life to come to the hospital. Logan has lost a lot of blood and the blood bank runs out of AB negative blood. Max gives Logan a transfusion as she is a universal donor, something Manticore had given her and the rest of her brothers and sisters. The transfusion works but she is soon captured by authority. Just as all hope seems lost, Zack shows up and takes responsibility for the murder. She is freed but he is taken back to Manticore. (imdb.com)

09: Out - Max invites Logan to a dinner at her place but instead of having a good time together, Logan is set on investigating a suspicious transportation of what he thinks is medical supply. Max begrudging agrees to help him survey the scene. Later, Logan is captured by the very person he is pursuing and kidnapped. He is demanded to give up the identity of Eyes-Only just as Max impersonates him on TV, saving him in the process. Back at Jam Pony, Normal has a date with a woman who is actually a transsexual man. After he finds out, he decides that he doesn't care about her past, only to discover that Louise is a lesbian. (imdb.com)

10: Red - Logan asks Max to keep a vital witness to a case for 24 hours, which turns out to be a very long 24 hours for Max. What they did not know is that this witness is the person Logan is in his wheelchair. Killers are sent in to kill the witness and Max is able to overcome them. However, a second set of killers show up. They are unusually strong and their target is Max. (imdb.com)

Disc 4 Episodes

11: Art Attack - Logan asks Max to be his date for a cousin's wedding where she meets his snobbish uncle and aunt. She also gets to meet Logan's ex-fiancTe. Back at Jam Pony, Normal is taken by the mob when there is a delivery mix-up. Original Cindy and Max decide to help him retrieve the right painting to save their boss' life. (imdb.com)

12: Rising - A group of South African known as the Red Series is after Max's DNA in an attempt to improve their enhanced soldier. They take Original Cindy hostage to lure Max out. The rescue reveals Max's true identity to her best friend. (imdb.com)

13: The Kidz Are Aiight - Zack manages to escape from Manticore and calls Max comes to his rescue. What they do not know is that this is planned by Lydecker in an attempt to find the escaped X5's. Once Max and Zack find this out, they have to find a way to warn their siblings without exposing them. (imdb.com)

14: Female Trouble - Logan Cale's legs are failing him and he secretly contacts an ex-Manticore scientist in an attempt to get back on his feet. He tries to avoid the suspicious Max from knowing. Max's curiosity leads her to follow Logan on one of his trips when she is attacked by Jace, one of her X5's siblings who refused to escape. (imdb.com)
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