Dark Angel (TV series)
|Creator:||James Cameron, Charles H. Eglee|
|Date(s):||October 3, 2000 – May 3, 2002|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
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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 (Michael Weatherly) 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. There was a small slash fandom, with the main slash pairing appearing to be Logan/Alec (A/L).
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.
Common Tropes in Fanworks
- 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.
- Post-canon: because the show was cancelled after it's second season, and many storylines were not wrapped up, there is quite a bit of post-canon fic, continuing the story or giving it a satisfying ending
- Crossovers: usually with other scf-fi/fantasy fandoms, the most popular being Supernatural, because of Jensen Ackles appearing on both shows. There is also some crossovers with NCIS, again because some DA fans followed Michael Weatherly there.
- Original characters: were often found, they were usually fellow Manticore escapees that had encounters with Max, Alec or Logan
In 2015 fans created a petition to bring back DA With the possibility of a Movie, the petition can be seen here
- '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
- Dark Angel (TV) tag at Archive of Our Own
- Dark Angel at FanFiction.net
- Raising Hell (2007-present)
- The Broken World (defunct, 2004-2009)
- The Dark Angel Fan Fiction Archive (DAFF) (inactive, 2000-2003)
- The Dark Angel Shrine of Fanfiction (defunct)
- Subhuman, Superhuman (defunct, 2001-2002)
- Dark Angel's Hot Seattle (defunct)
- Dark Angel: Eyes Only Net (inactive)
- Logan Fic (defunct)
- Angel Eyes, fanlisting (defunct)
- Dark Angel Online (Dark Angel site created 2000) (defunct)
- Dark Angel Online (Dark Angel site created 2009) (defunct)
- DarkAngelTV.com (defunct)
- Dark Cherubs, a fansite featuring the child characters (defunct)
- Eyes Only (Dark Angel site) (defunct)
- Eyes Only Streaming Freedom Video (defunct)
- Your Eyes Only, fandom index (defunct)
- Nuns with Pens - Jensen Ackles centric fic and discussion. Slash and RPF unwelcome.
- Dark Angel Network - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Dark Angel Fanfic Slash
- Dark Angel Chat And Fic
- Dark Angel Slash
- Dark Angel Fanfic Mailing List Dark Angel Fanfic Mailing List; archive link Description: archived by The Dark Angel Fan Fiction Archive. "Dark Angel Fanfic (DAF), is the automated companion mailing list for the Dark Angel Fan Fiction Archive. Original works which are based on popular media and written by fans are considered fan fiction. This mailing list facilitates the distribution of fan fiction based on the television series "Dark Angel.""
- Max Wants Cindy
- Eyes <-> <-> Only - transcripts and other resources (defunct, archive link)
- Eyes Only Online - content in German with some English
- Dark Angel fandom overview at Crack Van (same as smallfandomfest overview) (archive link)
- Dark Angel pimp post for Small Fandoms Fest (same as crack-van overview) (archive link)
- Newbieguide to Dark Angel Fandom on LJ (defunct, archive link)
- X5-494 Genetically Empowered - Alec-centric. Includes maps and building layouts, some content from tie-in books. (defunct, archive link)
- Alec aka X5-494 - (Better than) all right essay on Alec at Idol Reflection (archive link)
- Dark Angel entry on Wikipedia (Canon Resource)