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05 July 2008 @ 06:07 pm
Dark Angel: Pilot - Flushed  
So, originally I was going to sit down to watch the Farscape series finale that I've been putting off. or continue to watch the handful of Smallville eps I've missed over the years. Instead, I decided to start Dark Angel.

My thoughts...


Not a bad way to open up the series. I was really interested in the children that were genetically bread and I liked the Jam Pony atmosphere. I like all the characters that were introduced in this, and they seem like their own people so far. The intro of Logan was a little cliche, but actually worked better than I expected to go. I had no idea he could walk in the pilot. And I have to admit of them have really good chemistry. Honestly, I was expecting to hate his character but I'm rather enjoying it.

Oddly, I have no problem believing in these people have enhanced abilities because of their DNA, but have a bit of a problem believing the US would just break down after the Pulse caused by terrorists. It's an interesting concept and in our day and age not something to take lightly, but I don't feel like they really sold me on the believablity that could happen the way they set it up. And as I watched the next two eps, I still didn't quite by it.

But the premiere as a solid one and I found myself engaged with it more so than not.


I was expecting to hate this episode. Actually, this episode is one of those that made me both curious and wary when it first aired. I remember the commericals coming out for it, and I thought about watching it, but I thought it would be disaster. She goes into "heat?" Come on. (In fact, my first episode I watched was the second one that dealt with this issue and it turned me off the series. But that was years ago now. Maybe I'll view it differently now.)

Anyway, I'm glad the heat issue was only the first few minutes of the episode and then they dove right into the meat of the story. I loved how they revisted the woman that initially helped her and how Max, despite being a born and bred soldier, wants to know about her mother. I'm huge on "family" focused stories and I'm kind of kicking myself now that I didn't give this show a chance when it first aired. For whatever reason, I was under the impression it was just some post-apocalyptic cyberpunk show without substance. Most of you know I can't stand apocalyptic stuff, but I didn't realize this went beyond that.

I really enjoyed this episode, though. It was done, had a sense of urgency, and really speaks to the apsect of the show I like the most.


I'm glad they had an episode devoted to the genetic flaw issue. I write stories similiar to this so I like seeing how other people tackle the same kind of plotlines I write about.

I liked how Kendra and Original Cindy misinterpreted her actions as drug taking, though I am not sure how they wouldn't have stumbled upon any of this before. Lydecker continues to interest me. He doesn't say much, but his facial expressions tell me there are a lot of conflicting thoughts going on beneath the surface. I liked how Logan blackmailed the cop in this one, and how Original Cindy had an active part in the plot. I like her.

I like how we keep seeing more and more into Sam's past and how she came to be the person she is today.

I probably could say more and I know I'm missing stuff, but so far I've really enjoying it. I'm aware that the tone and content changes completly in S2, and that's a bummer. But I am looking forward to watching S2 for Jensen Ackles. I'm just pleased that at least so far the story isn't all about ship (and I'm a romantic at heart - just prefer good story) and that it has an intriguing premise. I hope the next episodes are pretty good as well. :)
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on July 5th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
In fact, my first episode I watched was the second one that dealt with this issue and it turned me off the series.
I'm so sorry! I doubt I would have continued watching after that!

But that was years ago now. Maybe I'll view it differently now.
Or not! I saw them all in order, and I wouldn't watch that one again.

I really liked season 1 of DA. Season two had a few good episodes, and Jensen Ackles really impressed me, with the two different characters he did on the show, but I didn't like a lot of things about s2.

Glad you're enjoying s1, though!
Working for the Mandroid: Corporalmoonshayde on July 6th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Aw, is season 2 really that bad? I know I am biased because I'm really enjoying Jensen Ackles' other work and I'm dying to see what he brings to Dark Angel, (I was impressed with his S1 appearance - I've seen that one before.) I guess I'm just trying to stay optimistic. I've enjoyed bad TV before ;)

But I'm really enjoying S1. Especially the ones that have Lydecker and a lot of the gentic stuff and/or her past. Those captivate me the most.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on July 7th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I found season 2 disappointing. A lot of the elements I liked about season one are decreased or missing--and I'm afraid some you like, too. And they have one of the worst season-long plot twists in the history of SF, I swear. I don't want to give too much away, because I don't know how much of s2 you've already seen.

There are some really good moments and some really good eps, and Jensen Ackles shines even in the poorer eps.
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: dean in lightsuperbadgirl on July 6th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, S1 and S2 might as well be different TV shows. S2 still has some high notes *cough*JensenAckles*cough*, but it also has some really low notes.

Working for the Mandroid: Deanmoonshayde on July 6th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
I can't wait for JA *is a pathetic person* I am really curious to see his character in S2, but everyone keeps saying how bad that season is, so I'm also anxious.

Thank you, run-on sentence!

I guess I'll see. I'm enjoying it so far, though.
Spiletta42spiletta42 on July 6th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
I can sum up the issue of season two thusly:

Kenneth Biller

As for the Pulse, I bought it. We're not given an in depth explanation of how the Pulse worked, since Max was a kid at the time and doesn't know the details, so we can assume the terrorists were organized and skilled enough to really make sure the situation went as badly as necessary, without knowing how they did it. There are some pulse-issues that get fleshed out in the novels, so that sort of helps too.

The heat thing has such potential for tackiness, yet was handled well. And I like that Max suffers consequences from the genetic tampering, and not just benefits, when it comes to the physical aspect of being a genetic mutant. It's really an essential element to the whole super-powers thing. There has to be a price.

And I love every single character to ever appear on this show. They're all very real.

*goes off to watch Dark Angel while Who downloads at a snail's pace*
Working for the Mandroid: Driftmoonshayde on July 6th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Pulse thing just isn't working for me. Maybe back in 2000 it worked better. I don't know. But I do like the genetic soldier thing.

It's good. I'm really enjoying it so far. I could even see getting fannish over it, but that's the last thing I need.

Who is Kenneth Biller?
Spiletta42spiletta42 on July 6th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Kenneth Biller is the writer/producer from hockey sticks. IMDB him, see the list of great shows he's worked on, start to be impressed, and then notice the exact episodes . . .

Heavy-handed angst at the expense of consistent characterization is his specialty. I'm holding a grudge for several specific episodes of several different shows, actually.