Dark Angel (television series)

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Name: Dark Angel
Abbreviation(s): DA
Creator: James Cameron Charles H. Eglee
Date(s): October 3, 2000 – May 3, 2002
Medium: Television series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: wikipedia
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Dark Angel is a TV series that ran for two seasons and starred Jessica Alba as a genetically engineered supersoldier called Max who escaped from a secret government facility when she was a child. It is set in a dystopic future in Seattle. Max works with an activist called Logan Cale (played by Michael Weatherly, currently playing Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS, where some DA fans followed him) to help people who suffer under the current regime of corrupt politicians and policemen and organised crime. In season two (which also starred Jensen Ackles as Alec, another gengineered supersoldier) the main focus shifts to the transgenics (other genetically engineered beings) and their struggle for a life in the human society.

Dark Angel Fandom

The fanfiction written for Dark Angel is mostly het and focuses either on the pairing Max/Logan (M/L) or on Max/Alec (M/A). In the first season, Max/Zack was the alternate het 'ship to Max/Logan, although it never reached the popularity of Max/Alec. Some of this may have been due to fakecest, since Max regarded Zack as her older brother. Although the series did feature an openly gay character, Original Cindy, there is not a lot of femslash in the fandom, though that number is growing, and OC/Max/Alec and Alec/Max/Logan threesome stories have begun cropping up from time to time.

Heat fic is a common story trope in the fandom, similar to Star Trek's Pon Farr stories, inspired by the overt sensuality of Max' heat cycles in canon.

The popularity of Supernatural, co-starring the actor who played Alec, has led to the slash crossover pairing of Alec/Sam being fairly common. More rarely, fanworks feature Alec/Dean, a same-actor crossover pairing.

In 2015 was created a petition to bring back DA With the possibility of a Movie, everyone can find it in change.org https://www.change.org/p/james-cameron-fox-charles-h-eglee-new-dark-angel-petition-for-a-movie?recruiter=56760814&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Terms Specific to Dark Angel Fandom

'09er (oh niner)
any of the twelve X5s from Max' unit who escaped Manticore in late February 2009
barcode
All transgenics except Joshua have a unique twelve digit Manticore serial number imprinted in their DNA to display on the back of the neck as a barcode.
designation
usually the final three digits of a transgenic's barcode number, often prepended by their series. eg: X5-452 for Max
heat
period of elevated sexual desire experienced by Max two or three times a year, and lasting a couple of days
nomalie, nomlie
childhood name among the X5s of Max' unit for monster, usually applied to transhumans, sometimes to X series soldiers with serious flaws
Pulse, The
At 00:05 PDT, June 1, 2009 a high-atmosphere nuclear burst emitted a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse that wiped out much of the computer data storage in the continental United States, particularly west of the Rockies. The country plummeted into economic depression which persists into the 2020s.
pre-Pulse
old, vintage, traditional, sometimes with connotations of higher quality or halcyon days
Red
south african ex-con soldier modified for high adrenal activity by a neural implant in the brainstem
transgenic
a person genetically designed by Manticore, or having to do with such a person
transhuman
n. and adj. for the subset of transgenics appearing other-than-human

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