from the People's Choice Award<--------
from the Dark Angel Premiere<--------
- 2000: Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
- Jessica Alba in Dark Angel
- 2001: People's Choice
Award for Favorite
Television New Dramatic Series
- 2001: TV Guide Award for Breakout Star of the Year - Jessica
Alba in Dark
- 2001: Tenn Choice Award
for Choice Actress - Jessica
Alba in Dark Angel
- 2001: Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography
in a TV Series
TV GUIDE - Matt Roush 9/8-14/01
"Max is a great heroine."
USA TODAY - Gary Levin 8/24/01
"FOX's DARK ANGEL seems to have sparked a trend in TV drama this season:
the empowered young female hero..."
TIGER BEAT - Sept. 2001
"The beautiful, butt-kicking Max and her could-be boyfriend Logan continue
the fight against corrupt government agents."
NEW YORK POST - David Zurawik 8/4/01
"Jessica Alba enters her second season kicking butt and taking names on
FOX's DARK ANGEL."
BALTIMORE SUN - David Zurawik 7/29/01
Max is "One of the hottest new characters of last season."
"Jessica Alba plays a genetically engineered woman with attitude."
TV GUIDE - J. Max Robins May 5-11, 2001
"FOX's first bona fide sci-fi hit since The X-Files."
TEEN PEOPLE - May 2001
Jessica Alba chosen as one of the 25 Hottest Stars Under 25
JUMP - Spring 2001
"We can only dream that our future will be this fun."
ASSOCIATED PRESS - David Bauder 4/10/01
"Dark Angel made Jessica Alba a star."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - Alan Johnson 3/23/01
The character of Max included as one of the 10 best characters of the 2000-01
"She's Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a mean streak"
"...a sarcastic, slick and sexy attitude that is the sassiest on TV."
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - Benjamin Svetkey 3/16/01
Jessica Alba is "Sci-fi's siren for the next generation."
"With a potent one-two punch of futuristic fisticuffs and good
old-fashioned sexiness, Dark Angel's Jessica Alba is giving FOX its greatest
sci-fi success since The X-Files."
"FOX's most successful sci-fi show since The X-Files."
"Dark Angel is one of most sociologically diverse shows ever to integrate
the airwaves, with a character for virtually every demographic."
DREAMWATCH - March 2001
"Meet Jessica Alba - television's hottest new action star."
"Cameron has done it by mixing the sober feminism of his Terminator and
Aliens characters with the sexed-up Girl Power of a Britney Spears
GLAMOUR - Feb. 2001
"No doubt about it - this angel's career has wings."
“The escape was not my idea. I
mean, escape to what? We didn't know there was anything else ...”
With these sentences begins one of
the best and most outstanding Science Fiction series of the past years, which
brought within only two seasons a high level that one has rarely seen up to
Responsible for the extremely high
quality and the success of the series are, first of all, two persons: Creator
and producer James Cameron and the great Jessica Alba, who has immediately
conquered the heart of millions of fans with her wonderful performance of
In the pilot's film, which David
Nutter ("Disturbing Behavior") produced, the spectator is perfectly
introduced to the world of “Dark Angel”. The America of the future is characterized by a
terrorist notice of chaos, corruption and violence, where each one tries to
somehow struggle on its own and find its luck. Max, who was bred in the gene
laboratory "Manticore" and escaped ten years ago with her brothers and
sister, works now at the bicycle courier service “Jam Pony” and tries, besides,
to find them because she doesn’t have any contact with them anymore. Chased by
Colonel Lydecker which would absolutely like to catch his "kids"
again, she tries to lead a normal life and shake off the shades of her past.
When Max wants to steal a valuable statue during the night, something
completely unexpected happens. She meets the idealist Logan Cale who will
change her life in a way that she didn't consider possible up to now...
Already, right at
the beginning of the series, the enormous potential becomes clear which still
hides itself behind the story. Also, the characters of Max and Logan have been
written extremely well and have been developed, so that the identification
factor is rather high. What makes these characters so "real” is the
individual pain which drives them, their moral sense of responsibility and
their suppressed longing for love and affection.
In addition, there
are outstanding and emphasized dialogues, a unique atmosphere, luxurious
backgrounds, imaginative action and the two sympathetic actors Michael
Weatherly and Jessica Alba between which the chemistry is correct from the
A quite special
highlight is also the scenes on the Space Needle when Max tries to process the
events and to win lucidity for herself.
These scenes were
done with a very emotional music which pulls out a mixture of pain, hope and
melancholy immediately in their spell, and which returns very successfully to
the basic mood of the series.
Angel" is still something quite special in the television landscape and
luxurious, carrying away and sensitively produced stories which will definitely
inspire one quite often. And they will probably remain unforgotten for good...
on." - Max
Articel by John C. Snider
Starring Jessica Alba as Max, Michael
Weatherly as Logan "Eyes Only", John Savage as Lydecker
Last year, FOX TV's Dark Angel introduced us to Max, a young
woman working as a bicycle delivery person in a post-apocalyptic
Seattle. She's a genetically-engineered soldier on the
run from a secret government program called Manticore. Aided
by Logan, an anti-corruption crusader known as "Eyes Only,"
Max finds a handful of her "siblings" who are also
in hiding, all the while evading capture by a Manticore-operative
named Lydecker. Toward the end of Season One, Lydecker
becomes an uneasy ally to the fugitives, even helping them stage
an assault against Manticore and its new leader, the mysterious
Madame X. During the assault, Max is fatally wounded in
the heart. At the last minute her "brother"
Zack shoots himself in the head, sacrificing himself so his
heart can be transplanted into Max.
"Designate This," Season Two's first episode, opens
some time later, with Max now a prisoner of Manticore, resisting
their attempts at re-indoctrination and plotting her escape.
No one in the outside world (including Logan) has any reason
to believe she's still alive.
Meanwhile, Logan continues his quest to expose government/corporate
corruption, and especially to destroy Manticore. Unfortunately,
Manticore has made a connection between Lydecker and "Eyes
Only," but they don't yet know that "Eyes Only"
is Logan. Manticore offers Lydecker a chance to redeem
himself, but for reasons of his own, Lydecker foils the attempted
assassination, in the process unwittingly compromising Logan's
Back at Manticore, Max is horrified to learn that Zack (or
what's left of him) is being kept on life support for god-knows-what
purposes. And while doing a midnight reconnaissance in
advance of her break-out, Max discovers an underground "Island
of Dr. Moreau" containing imprisoned human-animal hybrids
that are the result of Manticore's earliest experiments. Among
them is Joshua, a human-canine who befriends Max and helps her
Max returns, much to Logan's surprise, at the very moment
Logan has publicly leaked Manticore's location to the public.
When Max finds Logan, she quickly discovers that she has
been infected by Madame X with a customized retrovirus designed
specifically to kill Logan. Risking re-capture, Max rushes
back to Manticore to confront Madame X and retrieve the antidote
(if there is one).
When Madame X learns of Logan's news leak, she initiates
a pre-planned destruction to cover-up Manticore. In the
ensuing chaos, Max barely manages to retrieve the antidote and
save Logan. And at the last minute, Joshua and some of
his fellow hybrids escape, along with a number of "X-7's,"
the latest line of super-soldiers who are easily a match for
Whew! It seems to me that "Designate This"
squeezes enough into one episode to fill a whole season! I'm
not sure why Dark Angel's writers chose to cram so much into
such a tight space. Certainly any of the multitude of
plotlines - Max's interment, the discovery of the hybrids, Logan's
despair over the loss of Max, Lydecker's situation - could have
been explored over several episodes. As it stands, the
episode is entertaining, but seems a bit rushed. Still,
there are plenty of unanswered questions to fill Season Two.
How can Max be sure she won't infect Logan again? What
really happened to Zack? Is Madame X alive? How
many X-7's escaped? How many of Joshua's hybrids? What
about Lydecker? Now that Manticore knows who Logan is
(and where is lives) what will happen?
Tune in on Friday nights and find out! Dark Angel is
still one of the best SF shows on TV.
Visitor takes new role as an ‘evil’ Madame X
By IAN SPELLING
New York Times Special Features (April 2001)
Sometimes, something seems simply meant to be.
“A bizarre thing happened,” said Nana Visitor, Deep Space Nine’s
Major Kira Nerys, who returns to the genre with a recurring role as
Madame X on Dark Angel. “My children were watching Cartoon Network the
night Rene Echeverria (former DS9 and current Dark Angel co-executive
producer) called and said, `We’d like to put you on tape for this
“That night, after I put the children to sleep, I turned the
television on and the credits for Dark Angel came up,” she said. “I
didn’t know much about the show and didn’t know what time or day it was
on, but what was really strange to me was that the kids had been
watching Cartoon Network, not Fox. “So the television kind of said, ‘Here, you’re going to watch this
show,’ ” she said. “I got to see it and know what everybody’s been
Visitor will debut as Madame X on April 24 in an episode titled
“Pollo Loco.” The character’s arrival has been teased in recent weeks,
as people around Lydecker (John Savage) repeatedly mentioned Madame X’s
displeasure that Max (Jessica Alba) and the other Manticore escapees
are still on the loose.
“Deck is worried about the way things are going, and all of a sudden
the doors open and I appear,” Visitor said in a phone call from the
apartment she shares with her children and husband, DS9 co-star
Alexander Siddig. “I say, `Hello, Deck,’ and I don’t think he’s too
thrilled to see me, but I don’t notice that. I sit right in his chair
behind his desk and give him hell.
“Madame X is involved with Manticore,” she said, “but I can’t tell
you yet whom I actually work for because, evidently, there’s a lot more
to Madame X than meets the eye. “I’m not being coy,” Visitor said. “That’s all I’ve been told.
Technically, Madame X is Lydecker’s boss, but beyond that there’s a lot
of gray area. She does call him ‘Deck,’ so I’d guess they’ve got some
sort of history, but I don’t know what that is.”
Visitor signed for five episodes of Dark Angel and, if the show
returns next year and if her character works out, she’ll be back for a
second season. “My whole career I’ve wanted to be in my 40s playing a character
named Madame X,” Visitor said. “I can’t tell you how much I love that.
“She’s e-v-i-l-l-l,” she said. “She’s bad. Think a more
sophisticated, politically savvy Intendent (Kira’s malevolent DS9 alter
ego) and you’ve got an idea of what Madame X is like. “Madame X has no redeeming qualities, and I’m going to have fun with that.”
Turning to the past, Visitor says that she misses DS9. But, on the other hand, seven years was a long time.
“I’ll always love the character and the people, but I got a big
drink of Kira,” Visitor said. Since the end of DS9, Visitor has kept
busy on the home front, raising her two sons. On the professional
front, she has provided Kira’s voice for the DS9 CD-ROM game, The
Fallen. Visitor said she enjoyed The Fallen, returning her Kira mode
quickly and easily. But when asked if she thinks she donned Kira’s
uniform for the last time in the DS9 finale, she initially says nothing.
“I don’t think about that a lot,” Visitor finally said, “but when
you put it to me that way, my reaction is no, I haven’t played her for
the last time. I don’t know why, but I don’t think I’ve played Kira for
the last time.”