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Dark Angel:S1

Jessica Alba , Michael Weatherly , David Nutter    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
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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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grippng story, heroine, hero & villain. Jan. 28 2003
My first exposure to Dark Angel was the episode entitled Blah, Blah, Woof Woof. From then on, Dark Angel night was a must with no interruptions allowed. The premise of this show, creating genetically altered human beings, is a controversial topic. The illegally diverted government funds that paid for the experiment added to the story's vitality. The characters were complex and dynamic: a heroine in search of her humanity and how she fit into a society that was not ready for her altered state; a hero driven to confront and expose the injustices of a "third-world" United States and the business corruption that exploited the down-trodden while benefitting from that same corruption; a cold-blooded villain whose dedication to and protection of the genetically enhanced humans made him feared and heralded simultaneously. Both the friends and enemies of these characters kept the action suspenseful and well paced.
The characters dealt with the world we face and its problems. Their motives and actions were as complex as humans can be with no easy answers. The plot and characters interweaved well and kept the audience intrigued. The actors kept getting better as their characters developed. I still miss this show. I'm hoping that a movie or another "series" or "special" will continue the story. The book Before the Dawn, published after cancellation, was a welcome addition to the background story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better then most shows out there June 5 2006
Dark Angel brings you to new levels of understanding of the "what could be out there".

The show is about test tube babies that have mixed DNA in them to be the Superman soldiers of our time BUT 12 of the children escape to find themselves in a world where they know nothing and definitely do not belong.

The show forces on the life of one girl who never knew what it was like to risk her life for anyone but herself but does little by little. This all takes place in a future (in like 20 years) right after a pulse hits and makes the USA the new 3rd world country of the world.

Yes agreed the whole action scenes could have been more Hollywood BUT anyone who understands anything would know that it is placed in a 3rd world country would know there would NOT be all the hype. The show is excellent and worth the 2 seasons that were made and much more. Buffy and Angel (no worries much love for these shows) were on the air much longer and the main idea of the show was fight this and save the world yet again. Darn shame I say. Dark Angel is worth the money and the time of watch each and every episode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Owner of Both box sets Season I and II June 18 2003
I never got around to watch Dark Angel on TV because of lack of time and the way the series was not marketed properly in the UK, so by the time I started to watch them, it was well into the first series and I had never seen the pilot episode.
I was glad when the DVD came out so I bought and immediately got hooked. It's one of the best TV series on current TV and makes Buffy the Vampire slayer look like pre-teen pap or a cheap horror version of Dawson's creek. As soon as I finished watching the first box set I went out and bought the next one. I thought that I would be disappointed at first but I was wrong, it only got better.
Both series are fantastic! But I like the way the plot becomes darker in Series II. The Character development is brilliant in Series I, it is also there in Series II but some of the characters have been neglected like Logan. It's nice to see Jessica growing up as an actor, her performance gets much better in Series II as she becomes more comfortable in the role of MAX.
In the last episode of Series II we get a glimpse of the beginning of another chapter in Max's journey as a Manticore transgenic. But we won't see it because THEY'VE CANCELLED THE THIRD SERIES!! I was gutted by the news! Why do they always cancel the best series on TV? The good series that remain survive because they become "mainstream" or get "simplified" to reach a larger audience like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Dark Angel was too sophisticated for your average person, so they've probably decided that there wasn't enough money to make out of it. The world is not ready for Dark Angel yet and the fans have to suffer for it.
Anyway, if you haven't seen Dark Angel yet, I would advise you to buy both box sets. It's definitely something to watch over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 1 Jan. 23 2003
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One in a very, very small list of shows that showed some originality and stamina based on its own merits. Besides an intricate ongoing plot based on issues starting to face our world even today, the show was not afraid to push the envelope.
The real tragedy is not that the show was cancelled but that it represented a new breed of programming that did not patronize its mostly youth audience. Youth reality is rarely treated in any kind of genuine manner but instead insults with condescension and preaching. With the cancellation of the show, a signal was sent out across the Network spectrum that TV is simply not ready for youth to think for themselves.
Evidenced by Fox's decision to dull the edges of Season 2 after September 11th, Dark Angel fell into a confused entanglement of tangents which led only to happy places. Of course, the show failed. Youth shown an open door in Season 1 were not ready to shut it so fast in Season 2 and so suffer again with mainstream sensationalism promising empty fullfillment.
Keep the dream alive! Buy Season 1 because you like it but if you really want to support the show further, you could always buy season 2 when it comes out although make sure you've watched it first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great fantasy post-disaster series. Jessica Alba is the cutest thing ever. Good action sequences and a fun plot line.
Published 1 month ago by Glenbucket
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Angel s1
The DVDs got here BEFORE the time it was estimated to get here.

All the dvds work. They are in good condition, and I'm very happy with the purchase.Dark Angel:S1
Published on Aug. 21 2011 by Rush
4.0 out of 5 stars great service!
very pleased with service!!! got the item in 6 days/2 days before the earliest estimated arrival date. the discs appear to be in very good condition (no scratches, etc. Read more
Published on April 12 2011 by SEB
2.0 out of 5 stars Yo! King baby
This series proved conclusively that James Cameron is NOT the king of the world. He's not even the King of Kensington! Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2004 by D. Marois
5.0 out of 5 stars simply superb
i love dark angel. This is the worse of the two seasons but is still really really good. I think it is an amazing story and goes way ahead of buffy and angel and especially of... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by V. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show !!!
I really, really enjoyed the first season of Dark Angel; I never watched the shows while they were on tv, instead, I got the entire season on DVD, and watched them as a whole; I am... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Buy It Now!
This is a start to an awesome show that got cancelled way before its time. I started watching this show right when it aired, and I never missed an episode in 2 years. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by heather
2.0 out of 5 stars This ain't "Alias"
Having becomed addicted to "Alias" after viewing the first 2 DVD sets, I decided to try this. What a disappointment. Read more
Published on April 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Angel Spread Your Wings
This is the 1st season of a series that sadly only lasted 2 years..The thought of how far they could've taken it.. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by "dawnpatrolrockermark"
4.0 out of 5 stars Very inventive, too bad they had to mess it up.
If you're on a limited budget the first season of Dark Angel is the one to get because the writing and plots are so much better. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by A. Burchfield
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