Parents' Guide to

Dark Angel

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Post-apocalyptic action drama features tough, smart heroine.

TV Syfy Drama 2000
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

DARK ANGEL creator James Cameron offers a richly imagined view of a post-apocalyptic near future where the world has been thrown into chaos thanks to a terrorist bomb. Alba's character Max, who has been genetically enhanced by shady governent agents to become a superior fighting machine shows real development over the course of the series, growing into a better friend and more moral person. As more information about Max's enhancements roll out, viewers are treated to a richer portrait of the main character, learning exactly how and why she acts as she does. While definitely part of the "girls kick ass" school of TV dramas (see Alias and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Max's sensitive, introspective side also emerges as the series progresses.

While the dialogue sometimes falls flat, overall the show is well-scripted and well acted, and Alba does an excellent job of carrying the series. Dark Angel isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it is compelling television that teen sci-fi fans will enjoy. Younger kids, especially those who are particularly concerned about real-life terrorism, may find the series unsettling.

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