Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dark Angel

So you guys already know that I've been rewatching a crapton of 90s/early 2000s TV shows. And about a month ago, I finished one that was aired here over the summer when I was just finishing high school.
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That's right, it's Dark Angel time! In case you never saw Dark Angel, the premise is this: a mysterious government agency was creating genetically enhanced children to be super-soldiers. Twelve of them broke out, and ended up scattered across the US. Then, in 2009, an electromagnetic pulse went off, and knocked out all electronic equipment, throwing the US back into the dark ages. Ten years later, Max - one of the escaped children - is working as a bike courier in Seattle, and all kinds of shit goes down.

Luckily for all of you, I didn't have NEARLY as many thoughts about it as I did about The X-Files, and unlike Dawson's Creek, it only ran for two seasons, so in comparison to my past spiels, this one's going to be short.

  • Max is a badass, and Jessica Alba is PERFECT in the role.
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  • It's really weird seeing Michael Weatherly as anything but Tony DiNozzo now.
  • Logan has really stupid glasses and irritating hair.
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  • I find it hilarious that the Pulse happened in 2009, but all the technology is 1999-esque. I wouldn't have a problem if they inserted something like "It sure does suck that the only technology that wasn't affected was the stuff that was ten years old when the Pulse hit". But nope. Massive computer monitors, floppy discs, and pagers abound! 
  • I love how the spot where Max goes to think is the top of the Space Needle.
  • JENSEN ACKLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Original Cindy is fantastic.
  • It's almost enough to redeem James Cameron for the snorefest that is Titanic.
  • I'm kind of curious about why they suddenly got rid of Lydecker's character.
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  • Logan rapidly becomes a holier-than-thou irritation. No single person is THAT good that much of the time.
  • The end of season 1 is kind of heartbreaking. Because ZACK, WHYYYYYYYY???
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  • Max's boss, Normal, deserves to be punched in the head at least once in every episode.
  • Madame X is a pain in the arse, as is her irritating voiceover during the credits in season 2. 
  • As weird as the addition of all the other Manticore escapees is in season 2, Joshua is hilarious.
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  • While the genetically engineered virus may SEEM like a good idea for maintaining the sexual tension between Max and Logan for the whole of the second season, it really pisses me off. They should have just had them be in a relationship for five minutes, then realise that nope, not actually that interested after all, and then she could have hooked up with Alec and Logan could have hooked up with Asha, and everything would have been fiiiiiiiiine!! 
  • I LOVE the episode titles. They're fantastic. 
  • BLUE TOWEL.
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  • I love that Alec makes fun of Max for having a pager instead of a mobile phone.
  • I honestly don't know what to make of the ending. I feel like it was kind of kludged together because the show got cancelled, because I feel like I skipped at least half a dozen episodes. But I didn't.
  • How is it that shows like Dark Angel and Firefly get cancelled well before their time, but tripe like Australia's Got Talent and The X-Factor are still on the air??? *sigh*
  • Basassery on motorbikes.
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So. There you have it. Did you watch Dark Angel? Were you bummed when it was cancelled? Do you wish it had lasted longer than two years?? 

K xx

14 comments:

  1. *Weeps with a decade's worth of pent up anger and sadness*

    Blue towel! Jessica Alba's hot bod! Badassery! Chinchilla hair! Joshua's paintings! Alec as an art agent! The baseball! Breeding partners! The virus! Normal's Monty Cora fetish! OC is a total BAMF! Sketchy has no brain cells left!

    Basically, ALL the hilarious.

    For reals, the ending is so weird because they thought they were getting another season, they even got picked up. But then FOX, like the bunch of doucheturds that they are, retracted the decision and piked up...

    ...Yep, that's right. FIREFLY was the show that got DA cancelled.

    It took me nine years to build a bridge and get over that one. I finally watched Firefly for the first time last year.

    It's okay, there's always fanfic.

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    1. JFC. I can't even with Fox any more. Can they do ANYTHING right?!?! Don't hold it against Firefly though. It's the fault of the network, not the show. And Firefly got even MORE royally screwed than DA did!

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  2. How have I never seen or heard of this show? Especially when I see those wonderful picture of shirtless men? I mean... really.

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    1. Wait. You've never even HEARD of Dark Angel?!?! Crazy. Although I guess you were probably like 12 when it was on TV...

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  3. I liked this post because of shirtless Jensen Ackles. So thanks.

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    1. You are very welcome. It would be rude to keep it all to myself.

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  4. I never saw Dark Angel. How old was I when it came out? Fetus? ;)

    Anyhow, I read that brief recap of the premise and went WHAT?? Then BLUE TOWEL! so you know. Cool.

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    1. Yeah, you were probably a foetus when it aired way back in 2000. Or if not a foetus, too young to be watching it. The recap of the premise sounds pretty bonkers, I know. It's billed as cyber-punk, which I didn't even know was a THING. But apparently it is. And you should watch it. BECAUSE OF REASONS, LOR.

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  5. OMG, now I want to rewatch Dark Angel. I watched it when it came out and had no idea Logan was Tony DiNozo! I would have started watching NCIS much earlier than I did, if I'd known..

    You should watch Dollhouse next. No motorbikes though...

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    1. Dollhouse is in my Quickflix queue at the moment! They're sending me Alias though, because there's a long wait for Dollhouse. It's not Joss Whedon, but it'll do for now!

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    2. I gave Dollhouse the three eps rule (if you're not taken in three episodes, then give up) and it failed. But It's one of those shows where if you stick with it then it's worth it.

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  6. Yes, I totally watched it, and Jessica Alba never looked better than on this show.

    Jensen Ackles is PHWOAAAARRRRRR. That towel gif? ::plonk::

    (I forget just how brutally sexy he really is. They kind of made him bland in Dawson's. I really must watch Supernatural from start to...present.)

    Did you know that Alba and Weatherly were dating then engaged during the show's run?

    xx

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    1. I did! It's kind of hilarious to think how different their careers have been since DA finished. And yes, you DEFINITELY need to watch Supernatural. Because of this, if nothing else: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Fz_egtEgc
      xx

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    2. Part of the reason it was canned. Weatherly didn't want a love triangle with Log/Max/Alec so the network decided they couldn't be bothered negotiating and chucked it.

      Yeah, an exec. producer used to feed the fandom information back then. It was kinda awesome, but also a little depressing O_o

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