Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television program
created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee. Dark Angel premiered in the
United States and Canada on the FOX network on October 3, 2000, and run for two
seasons. The show chronicles the life of Max Guevara (X5-452), a
enhanced super-soldier, portrayed by Jessica Alba as an adult, and Geneva Locke
as a child. The program is set in Seattle, Washington, USA, but was actually
filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Lions Gate Studios.
In the year 2009, a genetically
enhanced, 9-year-old female super-soldier who calls herself Max Guevara (Jessica
Alba), escapes along with eleven others like her from a secret government
institution, codenamed Manticore, where they were born, raised and trained to be
soldiers and assassins. On June 1, 2009, months after Max's escape, terrorists
detonate an electromagnetic pulse weapon in the atmosphere over the U.S., which
destroys the vast majority of computer and communication systems, throwing the
country into utter chaos. With complete lack of instant communication, the
country has almost become an anarchist state.
The first season begins ten years later in 2019, as it follows the life of the
now 19-year-old Max as she struggles to search for her Manticore brothers and
sisters. In a United States which is now barely more than a Third World nation,
she tries to live her life, evade capture, and learn to trust and love. She is
aided by Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly), an underground cyber-journalist with
the alias Eyes Only, Zack, a fellow X-5, her roommate for a time, Kendra
(Jennifer Blanc), and her friends Original Cindy (Valarie Rae Miller), Herbal
Thought (Alimi Ballard) and Sketchy (Richard Gunn) at Jam Pony, a courier
company where she works as a bicycle messenger. Other X-5's are periodically
introduced as well. One or two times a year, Max comes into 'heat' and
experiences wild sexual urges as a result of her feline DNA.
In the second season of the show, the tone changes as Max brings down Manticore
and frees the soldiers. She is helped in her escape by Alec (Jensen Ackles), in
an attempt to facilitate the assassination and capture of Eyes Only and Joshua
(Kevin Durand), a transgenic with canine DNA. She later learns that Joshua was
the first transgenic created by Manticore's founder Sandeman. Max also finds out
that Manticore produced soldiers for speciality
environments such as desert and arctic conditions and consequently look vastly
different from normal humans. A major theme in the second season is the
discovery of an even more deadly enemy in a millennia-old breeding cult similar
in structure to the Illuminati. This has resulted in humans even more formidable
than the Manticore-produced transgenics, and even some with strong telekinetic
powers. Ames White (Martin Cummins), a government agent introduced early in the
second season trying to eliminate the loose transgenics, is revealed to be a
member of the cult. When a strange message written in Max's genetic code makes
an appearance on her skin, it is revealed that Sandeman is a renegate from the
breeding cult. Ames White is Sandeman's son, which makes him related to Max and
her transgenic brethren. However, the series was cancelled before the producers
could play with this dynamic.
first season of the show premiered on Fox on Tuesday, October 3, 2000. The show
aired on Tuesday nights after That '70s Show and Titus during the 2000 - 2001
television season and did well with both critics and audiences, averaging 10.1
million viewers during its first season on the air.
The following season, however, FOX made the bold decision to move Dark Angel to
Friday nights preceding the network's new series Pasadena in order to try and
reverse their string of bad luck with the Friday night death slot curse and to
give the network's new series 24 a better time period during the week. Their
efforts to improve Friday nights were unsuccessful though as Pasadena failed to
find an audience and was canceled before the end of its first season on the
night, while Dark Angel saw its second season audience drop by nearly 4 million
viewers between the first and second seasons, resulting in its inevitable
cancellation as well, despite a strong and vocal fan base and a finale directed
by series creator James Cameron.
Though fans of the show
attribute Dark Angel's decline in ratings to FOX's decision to move the series
to a lower-rated night of the week, many also cite changes in the show's format
and tone during its second season as reasons for the large decrease in
viewership. These changes were said to be a result of budgetary concerns -- any
high-concept television series that heavily utilizes special effects are
expensive to produce -- and the departure of several actors, as John Savage,
Alimi Ballard and Jennifer Blanc had all left the series as regulars and popular
recurring actors William Gregory Lee and Nana Visitor had been written out of
the show prior to its cancellation. The final episode of the series aired on May
After the end of the show's second season, a third season appeared to be close
to getting the green light, but FOX instead canceled the show at the last minute
in order to make room for Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon's new
science fiction series Firefly on the network's schedule. Ironically enough,
Firefly suffered the same fate as Dark Angel and was subsequently canceled the
following season as well.
Though canceled due to sagging ratings in its second season, Dark Angel has high
availability with most on-demand services as the Sci-Fi Channel in the United
States and E4 in the United Kingdom regularly air reruns of both seasons. As of
2003, both seasons of the show are also widely available on DVD.
DARK ANGEL EPISODE LIST
David Nutter October 3, 2000
While delivering a package for Jam Pony Express, Max makes plans to break into
a penthouse apartment to steal a few items to help finance her search for her
Michael Katleman October
In return for Max's help in dealing with a smuggler trafficking in human
cargo, Logan locates a woman who gave Max a ride after her escape from
Manticore ten years earlier.
October 17, 2000
Believing Max is on drugs, Kendra and Original Cindy flush Max's tryptophan
pills down the toilet unaware that without the medication Max will have
seizures that could lead to her death. Max breaks into a hospital to get the
medication she needs, but is arrested.
"Cash Rules Everything Around Men"
October 31, 2000
Max comes to Sketchy's rescue after he loses a mobstar's money filled package.
Meanwhile, Logan is approached by a young woman who wants him to locate her
missing father but has a hidden agenda.
"411 on the DL"
Joe Ann Fogle
November 14, 2000
Max is convinced that the private detective she hired can reunite her with the
leader, escapee, and best friend, Zack, just as Logan is convinced his ex-wife
has suddenly changed her ways.
November 21, 2000
Max, Logan and Lydecker get trapped in a hostage situation together when the
genetic engineering conference they attend is taken over by a group of
anti-genetic engineering terrorists.
November 28, 2000
Max and Zack find themselves teaming up with Lydecker after one of their
fellow X5 "siblings" is captured by a group hoping to sell Manticore
technology to a foreign government.
"Blah Blah Woof Woof"
December 12, 2000
When Lydecker floods the city with wanted posters of Max, Max decides it would
be best for everyone if she left Seattle- but then she learns Logan's medical
condition has worsened.
Sarah Pia Anderson
January 9, 2001
Max and Logan have a falling out when he stands her up for his Eyes Only
work.While the gang at Jam Pony wonders if they should tell Normal his new
love interest is a "he," not a "she," Logan is captured by a smuggler
demanding to know the identity of Eyes Only.
January 16, 2001
After Logan sends Max to protect a man testifying against the Mayor, he
realizes that the hit men Max is protecting the witness from are really Red
Series super-soldiers after her.
February 6, 2001
While attending a wedding with Logan, Max receives a call from Original Cindy
asking for help in straightening out a Jam Pony delivery mix-up which has put
Normal's life on the line.
February 13, 2001
When the Red Series soldiers take Original Cindy hostage, Max risks her own
life in order to save the life of her friend- even though it will force her to
reveal her hidden past.
"The Kidz are Aiight"
February 20, 2001
Recaptured by Lydecker, Zack is drugged in hopes that he'll reveal the
location of the other X5 escapees. Then Zack is set free so he can make
contact with an unsuspecting Max, both unaware he has an implant in his ear
which will relay every word he says back to Lydecker.
March 13, 2001
While investigating a woman doctor who is supposedly helping Logan regain the
use of his legs, Max encounters one of the X5s who chose to remain behind
during the Manticore breakout.
March 27, 2001
An investigation takes Max and Logan to a small town where Max's unexpected
seizures leave the wheelchair-bound Logan to fight off an attack when a bunch
of men try to kill them and a boy that has become close to Max.
"Shorties in Love"
April 17, 2001
Max becomes suspicious when Original Cindy's old girlfriend, Diamond, shows up
after being paroled from prison and wants to rekindle their relationship.
Thomas J. Wright
April 24, 2001
Max searches for a fellow X5 named Ben who has been tattooing his barcode onto
the necks of his victims then ritualistically killing them and puling out
their teeth for the 'blue lady'.
"I and I Am a
May 1, 2001
Max and Logan team up with a crime fighter with super-human abilities(Rainn
Wilson) when they investigate the mysterious deaths of several parolees that
leads them right to Logan's family.
"Hit a Sista Back"
James Whitmore, Jr.
May 8, 2001
Max discovers Lydecker is the least of her worries when she and Zack try to
rescue Tinga, a fellow X5 whose genetic makeup allows her to pass X5 traits on
to her offspring.
May 15, 2001
Finding herself in heat again, Max doesn't dare show up for Logan's special
anniversary dinner. When she finally does decide to tell Logan how she feels,
Zack interrupts with news of Tinga. They go to rescue her, but discover that
they are too late as Lydecker has the facility surrounded.
"…And Jesus Brought
Joe Ann Fogle
May 22, 2001
(Continued from Episode 21) Max holds a dead Tinga in her arms when Donald
Lydecker and his troops storm in. However, Lydecker gets double-crossed after
Madame X's power play and is on the run with Max. Max easily over powers him
and gets his help in destroying the DNA lab at Manticore. During the escape
from Manticore, Max gets shot and Zack get captured. Zack shoots himself in
the head to provide an X5 donor heart for Max.
September 28, 2001
Once again a prisoner of Manticore, Max plans an escape with the help of her
"breeding partner", Alec (Ben's twin), and a human-canine experimental
creature named Joshua.
October 5, 2001
Lydecker warns Logan to keep Max away from Manticore even as Max tracks down
the young recruits who escaped the same night she caused Manticore's
"Proof of Purchase"
Thomas J. Wright
October 12, 2001
As Alec is recaptured by Manticore and Joshua begins hunting for his "father,"
Lydecker seemingly disappears after discovering a secret archaeological dig at
an Indian burial site.
October 26, 2001
The episode starts off with Joshua finding his way to Max with his canine
sense of smell. Asha Barlow says a couple of derogatory things about Max and
the other transgenics. A mutant with a mutilated face and bleeding skin goes
around in China Town, believed to be infecting people. He gets shot while
saving a boy at a motel and, during an autopsy, is believed to be clean of any
infecting agents. Asha gets caught while trying to illegally get through a
sector checkpoint and is rescued by Max. Joshua stays at the Sandman's house
to avoid getting seen in public. The infection is later determined to be an
infection agent deployed through a hand-held fireworks launcher targeted at
specific gene patterns. The plan to deploy an infection agent targeted at
transgenics is foiled by Max and Logan.
November 2, 2001
A night of Halloween trick-or-treating is the perfect cover-up for Joshua, who
is delighted at the opportunity to get out of the house without attracting
attention. Rafer and Max grow closer while encountering transgenetic Manticore
November 9, 2001
Max has her hands full when Alec gets a job at Jam Pony in order to case
potential robbery targets and Joshua's "man-dog" brother begins attacking and
November 16, 2001
Believing Zack killed himself when they were captured by Manticore, Max is
shocked to see him on some security camera footage robbing a store with a
group of Steelheads.
December 7, 2001
Max, Alec and Logan do battle against Manticore clean-up operation head Ames
White after a mysterious girl with gills is pulled out of the sea by a group
"Medium is the Message"
December 14, 2001
Max and Logan discover that genetic breeding has gone on for generations after
being contacted by a woman asking for help in finding her six-year-old son.
January 11, 2002
While investigating the arrest of an S1W cell with the help of a Manticore
escapee able to predict the future, Max begins to suspect Logan has fallen in
love with Asha.
"The Berrisford Agenda"
Thomas J. Wright
January 18, 2002
Alec goes with Max on a Jam Pony run and is stunned when they make a delivery
to a mansion where he went undercover for Manticore- and ended up causing the
death of a girl he loved.
February 1, 2002
While Max is busy stealing footage from a classic sci-fi movie to pay for a
cure that will allow her and Logan to be together, Joshua encounters the
deadly Manticore creation called Gossamer.
February 8, 2002
Ames White closes in on Max after she stumbles into a police shoot-out and
ends up in the hospital where the virus in her blood is detected.
"Love in Vein"
March 8, 2002
While Alec secretly has Joshua deliver his Jam Pony packages, Max encounters a
group of "Bloods" who are under the spell of a transgenic who makes them drink
Morgan James Beggs
March 15, 2002
Max, Alec and Logan begin experiencing strange memory lapses (which are caused
by a Manticore transgenic named Mia) while trying to get a mob accountant for
a crime syndicate to rat on his boss.
March 22, 2002
Max and Logan finally trace Ames White's son to Brookridge Academy only to
find him involved in a mysterious cult ceremony taking place in a temple on
school grounds. At the same time Sketchy gets a job for the mutants magazine
and is on the look out for mutants from Manticore, and Max and Alec are
April 5, 2002
While Joshua befriends a blind girl named Annie, Max struggles to deal with
her overwhelming guilt when Logan nearly dies after unintentionally touching
her. Meanwhile, Alec is arrested for a murder committed by his twin Ben.
"Dawg Day Afternoon"
April 12, 2002
With the television full of news reports about dangerous transgenics, a lonely
Joshua is quickly spotted when he leaves his house in search of his friend
"She Ain't Heavy"
April 19, 2002
White uses Max's clone to track her down as increased tensions force Logan to
flee from his apartment forever, Max to leave Seattle and Joshua to make his
way to a place where transgenics don't have to hide - Terminal City.
"Love Among the Runes"
James Whitmore, Jr.
April 26, 2002
As Logan sets up a new Eyes Only location in Joshua's old house, ancient
writings appear on Max's arm, then quickly spread to cover her whole body.
May 3, 2002
The gang at Jam Pony find out Max and Alec are transgenics after a young X6
and a pregnant X5 take cover inside the building and an angry mob and police
gather outside. The Conclave sends elite warriors the 'Phalanx' after Max This
is the series finale, as the show was cancelled afterwards by FOX and not
renewed for a third season.