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cover: Dark Angel: 1st Season - d5-6/6

Dark Angel: 1st Season - d5-6/6

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

Theatrical Release: 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: 306m.

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 5 Episodes

15: Haven - Max and Logan are out for a holiday. Unbeknownst to Max, Logan is also planning to investigate an old crime. Once there, Max befriends a small boy with a secret. Stirring his past brings troubles from the town's gangster to Logan and Max. Meanwhile, a powerful seizure takes over Max. (imdb.com)

16: Shorties in Love - Original Cindy reunites with her ex-lover, Diamond, who is recently out of prison. Max is suspicious of Diamond which causes her to have a fight with her best friend. (imdb.com)

17: Pollo Loco - A body with a barcode tattooed at the neck is sent to the morgue. Logan pulls some strings and Max gets to examine the body. Although the barcode matches that of Ben, one of the 12 escapees, the man is not an X5. More bodies with the same tattoo surface and Max is determine to find Ben to find out the truth. (imdb.com)

18: I and I Am a Camera - A suspicious-looking man takes pictures of Max. She follows him and is surprised that he seems to possess super-natural strength. Finding out that he is actually a good guy, the two team up with Logan and investigate the deaths of recently released prisoners. This leads to shocking discoveries about Logan's family business. Logan is left with a dilemma. If Eyes Only goes public about this finding, he would lose his source of income. (imdb.com)

Disc 6 Episodes

19: Hit a Sista Back - Tinga, who escaped to Canada in #1.14 with other X5's, comes back in town to save her husband and son. With Max and Zack's help, the family is reunited, but not before the son is given a deadly pathogen. Lydecker agrees to cure the boy in exchange for Tinga. Unbeknownst to him, Madame X has already arranged for Brin to double cross Lydecker. She captures Tinga, who is able to pass her special traits to her children, to study her. (imdb.com)

20: Meow - Max is in heat again, ready to jump at any men, even Normal! She hates her condition and is ashamed of it. Meanwhile, she is avoiding Logan at all cost and decides to cancel their anniversary dinner. After the day is over, she confronts the still-confused Logan about her condition and the two finally admit their feelings towards each other. Just as they are kissing, Zack interrupts with bad news about Tinga. They must go rescue her from a secret government facility. (imdb.com)

21: ...and Jesus Brought a Casserole - Lydecker realizes that he has lost control over Manticore, as Madame X is now clearly running the show. He would rather see the project destroyed than see it abused by others. He asks Max for help in bringing Manticore down. Together with Zack and other X5's, they storm the facility and destroy the DNA lab. (imdb.com)
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