Dark Angel: Season 1
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"Dark Angel: The Complete First Season" has a couple of plot lines that make Max both the hunter and the hunted. Max is always on the lookout for her "siblings," the other kids who escaped from Manticore, while Lydecker (John Savage), the head of the secret program is trying to find both them and Max to return them to government service. Meanwhile, Max's days as a cat burglar are over when she tries to rob Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly), a rich kid who is the secret cyber-journalist known as "Eyes Only," who enlists her into his idealistic crusade to clean up corruption in Seattle. Of course, the two are made for each other, but we have to wait for them to catch out to this rather obvious fact. What really makes "Dark Angel" work is the extent to which this futuristic dystopia has been worked out. This is not so much a series where the mythology emerges over time, as it is one where the premises are so strong that they sustain multiple episodes and provide compelling sub-text for the rest.Read more ›
As an Amazon addict, I read countless reviews before deciding whether or not to buy movies and TV shows I haven't seen before. I'm fairly busy, I'm a writer/director and I run a production company in Los Angeles, and usually don't have the time to post my own thoughts. But I feel Dark Angel merits a post to hopefully get more folks to give this show a shot.
After reading a ton of reviews on various DVD sites and here on Amazon, I purchased the set. Based on the comments online, all seeming to either love the show or loathe it, I really wasn't sure what to expect. The set arrived and it sat on my desk for a week or two before I even popped it in. Some free time came up and in a very short perod of time I watched the whole series, mostly late at night on my PC.Read more ›
Much to my surprise and enjoyment, Dark Angel was nothing like what I expected it to be. While many of the characters had a rough beginning in the first season, all of the actors grew into their roles very well. The dialogue is (mostly) very natural and doesn't shy away from slang and street-talk like most television shows do. The mythology developed around Manticore in the second season is splendid and quite interesting and, putting my expectations to shame, the show did an excellent job exploring the reactions and repercussions of genetically engineered humans coexisting with us.
The season finale - which turned out to be the series finale - is, in my opinion, one of the best ways that Dark Angel could have ended. A happy ending, tying up all the loose ends, would have been detrimental to a show that explored dark and complex themes which other shows have avoided. In spite of the many plot threads that would no doubt have been developed in a third season, the triumphant but open ending is one of the strongest points of the series and allows the viewer to speculate about the future none of us can know with certainty.
Let us all hope Fox decides to release this series on DVD. So many people did not give this show the trial it deserved, saying, like me, that is was just going to be another bad show with a good premise - and even we deserve a second chance.
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Alba's preformance and the SFX are awkwardly crude and the plots are painfully one-dimensional, but Weatherly and some of the supporting actors carry the show. Read morePublished 1 day ago by S.K.Roark
Awesome show. Loved it! Fun to see a kick-ass girl in a great role. Loved the Logan-Max interaction too.Published 6 months ago by Rachel Sanyal
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