Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jessica Alba | Produced by: Charles H. Eglee, James Cameron
Usually OK—While this show might exhibit some questionable morals, overall its characters tend to work very hard for each other and for strangers. The majority of the show is about helping people who can't help themselves. The characters are just people dealing with extraordinary circumstances against them. If you enjoy this kind of sci-fi show then I would recommend this. Also there is no California sun in the show, it is filmed in Canada.
Usually OK—I don't think this show is so bad it should be avoided at all costs. There are some adult situations, but that is not the main focus of the show and there are usually no offensive things except for some violence and words. The underlying plot is good, though.
Avoid—I was horrified to learn that this show trivializes relationships, promotes sexuality in dating and included scenes of homosexual exploration during dating scenes.
Avoid—First off, what is a DARK Angel? Doesn't really seem to have a GOOD title. One night when I was flipping through the channels, Dark Angel was on and there was an exorcism being performed. There is also correlation between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dark Angel. Definitely on my NOT TO WATCH LIST!
Questionable—What I find troubling about this show is how Jessica Alba (which is Max, the main character) lives her private life. To me, it's not just about the show but who you are in real life as well. Jessica Alba (who used to be a Christian) had apparently left because there were "too many rules". Now [in her personal life] she's
living with someone who is 35 years old. Personally I don't like tv shows whose actors become poor role models for teenagers. I wouldn't want my little sister thinking it's okay to walk away from God…
Questionable—From the way Lester defines cyberpunk, I doubt he has read anything by William Gibson (“Neuromancer” and "Count Zero") or Bruce Sterling (“Mirrorshades”); or if he has seen "Johnny Mnenomic" or "The Matrix". Silly teenager. Read a book before you refer to its concepts. "Dark Angel" is NOT cyberpunk, it is steampunk—a term for science fiction that has a retro-cum-industrial-revolution-era setting, which is exactly what you will see in "Dark Angel". As a mature Christian, I watch "Dark Angel" for the same reason I read cyberpunk or go to films like "12 Monkeys". I like science fiction because it blends hard science with the big question, "What If?" The hard science issues in "Dark Angel" have to do with our dependency on electronic communications; genetic engineering; and environmental destruction. Max (Jessica Alba), the protagonist in the story, is a genetically-engineered woman who was conceived and raised as "the perfect soldier." Some of questions come into play here about the ethics of genetic engineering: Max is stronger, faster and smarter than average humans, but at what price? She never had a loving family and has an amoral sense of ethics, which her counterpart, Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly) is helping her to develop. (This is not a sexual or even romantic relationship; they collaborate to help the weak and the poor.) The science fiction genre includes many characters and ideas far from Christian beliefs. Being homosexual or bisexual, or even having sex with someone outside your species, is part of the "What If?" question, which makes us think. "Dark Angel" also puts some of our personal biases into perspective. The secondary stories center around the bicycle messenger service where Max works. The employees are a Jamaican Rastafarian (Alimi Ballard), a slacker (Richard Gunn) and a black lesbian (Valarie Rae Miller); their boss is Reagan Ronald (J.C. MacKenzie), who is a conservative, white, capitalist Republican. He squabbles with his employees, but when either side is in trouble, they stand up for each other. The series has a fair share of hand-to-hand combat but most of it has the look of well-choreographed Asian martial arts. Far more disturbing are some of the themes and plot elements. By disturbing, I mean that science fiction is a didactic genre (like fairy tales) and does not predict a happy future for humankind. But is this so different from the fictional Apocalyptic future depicted in books like "Left Behind"? On the question of role models, perhaps Max is not what many Christians would consider a "proper role model" but she is actually very chaste, she works hard, she tries to help others in need, and is able to defend herself. And this is, after all, science *fiction.*
Some references to homosexuality as an accepted life option, some cleavage, some violence, some bad language. The show has only been on-air two weeks now and I am very intrigued by the overall concept of plot and setting. The setting is Seattle somewhere around 2020 A.D., a few years after "The Pulse" hit (I believe some kind of nuclear style blast which wiped out most computers and electronic data-base information along with extensive damage to structures). The city is under marshall law and movement is restricted within the city. The star of the show, Max, is a young (probably around 20 years old) genetically engineered 'superhuman' who escaped at age 9 from the place where she and many other kids had been 'developed', educated, trained and indoctrinated. Max has been living 'underground' and has been mostly inconspicuous, but becomes involved in helping people being oppressed/hunted down by the corrupt government. In addition, she is trying to find out if any of the other kids who escaped along with her in 2009 are still alive. I can't begin to do justice to all the plot twists. The cinematography is really great, very unlike most T.V. shows, it has the 'feel' of a movie the way it is shot. So far, I have really enjoyed the show, but I wouldn't mind if they would do away with some of the 'nonsense' at the beginning of the show (where most of the language and other un-related lifestyle issues show up).
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