The “Terminator” franchise isn’t owned by Disney (yet), but “Terminator: Dark Fate” (2019) – if you take away Sarah Connor’s potty mouth — is what a Disney “Terminator” would be like. The filmmaking is slick and the action is impressive, and we get callbacks to the classic installments (notably Linda Hamilton returning for the first time since 1991’s “T2”). But the story/screenplay by six writers offers nothing new.
Ihad forgotten – or maybe not even fully realized – how good “Dark Angel” Season 1 (2000-01, Fox) is. When it aired, it was overshadowed by genre rivals like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” that were doing notably special work. “Dark Angel” treads more familiar ground, creating a mythology out of the old sci-fi concept of genetically engineered people – namely titular heroine Max (Jessica Alba) — who want to live normal lives. But boy does it ever create post-Pulse 2019 Seattle in convincing fashion.
“Dark Angel” Season 2 (2001-02, Fox), episodes 1-4 — “Mutant X” has been using “Dark Angel’s” Season 1 storyline, and in an ironic turnabout, Fox’s “Dark Angel” has been stealing from “X-Men” this season. Having Max (Jessica Alba) contract a virus so she can’t touch Logan (Michael Weatherly) was obviously inspired by “X-Men’s” Rogue-Gambit relationship, while the idea of monstrous-looking mutants being persecuted is the central theme of “X-Men.” Oddly, by splitting up Logan and Max, “Dark Angel” has essentially thrown away the only thing that kept the show watchable last year.
— John Hansen, “Is this the season of the rip-off?,” NDSU Spectrum, Nov. 2, 2001
ndsu spectrum: TV Review
‘Dark Angel’ isn’t in same league as ‘Buffy’ or ‘Angel’ yet
By JOHN HANSEN
Jan. 26, 2001
I was looking forward to “Dark Angel” more than any other new show last fall. Then, after seeing a few episodes, I was looking forward to ripping into it in my mid-season TV review. But alas, in the last five episodes, it has gotten consistently better and I have to admit that this initially-boring show is now a lot of fun.