Dark Angel

Season 2 Episode 12

Borrowed Time

Aired Unknown Feb 01, 2002 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Borrowed Time
When Max and Logan finally find a cure for their genetically engineered virus, it turns out to be only temporary. Their time together is limited and to make matters worse they have to stop a strange Manticore creation that is on the loose in Seattle and preying on people.moreless

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  • Couldn't Max or Logan get another $20K to buy another 12 hours?

    I liked this episode though I felt it was a little uneven what with the romantic storyline with Max and Logan and the comedic-like storyline with the Gossamer. One minute we are laughing and the next feeling sorry for Max and Logan. Well, actually I never have really felt sorry for them. I mean, come on Logan! Stop thinking all the time and take some action! This is why I prefer Alec to Logan. One thing that troubled me though was why couldn't Max or Logan come up with another 20K to buy themselves another 12 hours together. Granted it isn't a permanent solution, but something is better than nothing if you are really in love, right?moreless
  • max finds a temporary cure

    this episode was ok, the max and logan thing was just so beutiful, and when joshua came in she should have just said too bad, but no. she had to go out and waste her time on something that could have waited a few hours, but actually to do what they wanted to do wouldnt have taken to long any way. not only did that suck, but the thing attacking poeple looked so stupid and fake, which brought down my score, but other than the stupid looking monster, it would really good.

    logan told max he loved her, to bad she didnt say it back to him so he could hear it!! alec was extreamly funny in this one.moreless
  • I would have rated this episode higher had it not been for the ridiculous secondary story!

    Borrowed Time had such great potential! First, there's the excitement that Max finally finds a cure for the virus. After convincing Alec to help her steal in order to get the money she needs, she pays the technician who injects her with immunoglobin that will prevent the virus from replicating. Yeah! One problem though... the virus mutates and begins dissolving the protein coat, so the cure will be temporary. Okay, stop right there! Providing a temporary cure so Max and Logan could be together would have been the perfect solution. It would have given the fans a little bit of Max/Logan romance, but it would have returned them to their agonizing separation for the next episode. Thus, keeping the show's two main characters from hooking up (which we all know is ultimately death to a good show!)

    But, no... the writers had to go and include the stupid storyline involving another Manticore monster (and the most hideous and sci-fi creature revealed so far) to keep Max and Logan from being together during their limited time of virus immunity. So, instead of some cute, romantic interaction, we've got Max traipsing through the sewer with Alec after some creature that throws slime at its victims!

    The funniest part of this episode is when Joshua comes to Logan's to tell Max about the Gossamer. When he sees Max and Logan (who've been slow-dancing), he averts his eyes and yells, "Stop getting busy, please!" But the ending of this episode was heart-breaking! With their time nearly up, Max and Logan sit side-by-side in a junkyard car, where Logan tells Max what it was like for him when he thought she was dead and how he feels the same way now. He wishes they would have done things differently last year when they were too afraid to admit their feelings. As the beeper goes off, he leans in to give Max a passionate kiss, then climbs out of the car. He looks back at her and says, I love you, Max. As he walks away, Max says, I love you, too. The episode ends as a tear falls down her face.

    So disappointing, such great potential, such a good opportunity wasted...moreless
  • For a terrible simile, Borrowed Time is like a cake with meat - two usually great tastes that set your stomach in motion when mixed. To be fair, it's not as bad as you'd think, but the touching moments are interrupted and lessened by pure cheese.moreless

    Much is made of the plot point introduced at the beginning of the second season that results in Max and Logan unable to touch. This is the first episode where it is brought to the forefront, as a temporary cure is found. That the two are not able to put this time to as good use as intended is no surprise - it would be emotionally fulfilling given much that has come before, but not particularly interesting. Thus, we have the actual plot of the episode that involves a bizarre Manticore-bred search-and-retrieve creature that has been abducting people.

    First off, given the distinctive impotence of the creature it is a bit of a stretch that Max and Logan are willing to forsake a chance to consumate their relationship to save a number of people that really are in no rush to be saved - the only danger they're in is of starving to death, since the creature does nothing beyond trapping them at the junkyard.

    Second, much of the emotional impact of this 'chance' the two leads are getting is lost due to the design department and special effects team. Credit should be given where credit is due in stretching a low budget, but this monster is beyond B-grade bad in both design and execution. I'm not sure if it's a kid hunched over in a suit or bad CG or bad stop-motion, but the thing is absolutely terrible. This is not to speak of the poorly articulated mouth that supposedly spits sticky goo at people to immobilize them during close-ups. Wow. Just wow.

    So on one hand you have a touching story element with Max and Logan - at long last - able to touch, but unable to touch because both are selfless enough to assist the general populace. They do share a nice moment near the end of the episode in the back seat of a car (though it's not what it sounds like) that makes up for some of the toying.

    On the other hand, impact could have been had with a more effective villian. Even if it was a person doing the kidnapping instead of a poorly designed toy dinosaur the episode would have had far more resonance and we might actually understand why effort was made to go after him. Slight consolation comes from the fact that the creature is so bad it's funny to watch, especially when it gets in a kick or two while fighting Max. Hooray for cheese!moreless
  • Max and Logan get a temporary cure for the virus

    Max and Alex steal a copy of Star Wars:Episode 7. Max needs the money to pay a former Manticore scientist who thinks he's found a cure for the virus that's keeping Logan on Ma appart. After a good start, Max finds that she's only going to be safe for Logan to touch for 12 hours.

    Just when Logan and Max are going to finally comsumate their relationship, Joshua burst in, insisting Max help him stop, yet another deadly Manicore creation. when Max finally defeats the creature, her time is up. She and Logan share a last kiss.moreless
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Max Guevara "X5-452"

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Logan Cale/Eyes Only

Richard Gunn

Richard Gunn

Calvin 'Sketchy' Theodore

Valarie Rae Miller

Valarie Rae Miller

Cynthia 'Original Cindy' McEachin (Season 1-2)

Kevin Durand

Kevin Durand

Joshua (Season 2)

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles

Alec "X5-494"/Ben (Season 2)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Since it's been shown that Max's virus becomes innoffensive for some hours, and then mutates and becomes harmful again, if Max and Logan touch, the innoffensive virus is still able to get into Logan. It might remain innoffensive, but it's still supposed to become harmful at the end of countdown, which means Logan should get sick afterwards, which isn't the case.

    • When the junkyard owner is using a press to flatten cans, you see him flattening a silver can. When he hears something and moves his hands away from the press, the shot then changes to the dog and when it switches back and you see him reaching for the gun, the can is now red.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Joshua: (to Max and Logan) Stop getting busy, please.

    • Alec (to Max and Logan): Whoa, whoa, whoa, call me slow on the uptake, but am I getting the distinct impression that this virus thing is still hanging around?
      Logan: Shut up.

    • Alec: And to think I thought my night was gonna end up in a sewer. I wish.

    • Joshua: Sorry for painting over your virus papers, Max.
      Max: It's okay. I can still make out most of it. It's just this function that's screwing me up. What is that?
      Joshua: It's a squiggle.

    • Lab Tech: You never told me where this virus came from. Do you mind my asking?
      Max: A secret government agency gave it to me hoping I'd give it to a friend of mine they were looking to kill.
      Lab Tech: Okay, fine, you don't wanna tell me, don't tell me.

    • Alec: Max, are you asking me to steal something with you?
      Max: It's a two-man job.
      Alec: I'm shocked. I…I…I don't do that kind of stuff anymore, Max. I mean, you yourself showed me the error of my ways.
      Max: Did I mention your take was twenty grand?
      Alec: What time do I pick you up?

    • Alec: Hey, wanna know what I'm doing with my share of the money?
      Max: No.
      Alec: Fine. Rude, but fine. What are you gonna do with yours?
      Max: Donate it to charity.
      Alec: Yeah right, I'm thinking, what, new motorcycle? New apartment? New boyfriend? New DNA markers for current boyfriend?

    • Max: Supposing, just supposing, I found a temporary cure for the virus.
      Logan: Is there such a thing?
      Max: That's where the supposing part comes in.
      Logan: Okay, um, hypothetically, how long would this temporary cure last?
      Max: Ten hours and fifty minutes.

    • Alec (about Max and Logan): Have they ever even once said "I love you"? No. Max...Max would choke on the words. Logan, eh, he'd say it...in an e-mail!

    • Gordie (about the Gossamer): So what is he, anyway?
      Alec: Uh, well, like I already explained to the other fellows, he's, um... a Tasmanian ant-eating aardvark. An 'antvark'.

    • Alec: Not to worry, not to worry. There is a logical explanation for everything that happened here tonight, alright? Just give me a minute...

    • Max: Not that this is any of your business, but with me and Logan it was just never the right time.
      Alec: Oh yeah, yeah, sure, I could see how the right time might elude you....for a year!

    • Logan: Eight hours to be with the girl of my dreams and I'm at the dentist's office...

    • Logan: OK. Hypothetically, how long would this temporary cure last?
      Max (looking at timer): 10 hours and 50 minutes.
      Logan: You're serious.... so we can touch... and nothing will happen?
      Max (looks sheepish, voice faltering) I don't know about ...nothing... you won't die.

    • Original Cindy: Where are you gonna get the money?
      Max (sighs): I'm gonna sell my soul...
      Original Cindy (nods towards Alec): There's the devil.

    • Max: Just gimme my papers!
      Lab Tech: OK, hold on, hold on, your numbers were off a little bit but th.. the theory behind them is viable.
      Max: Which part?
      Lab Tech: Well, the whole luring the virus into a protein dead end part... Pretty cool -- it has a kind of Pied Piper-ness to it, you know, with a little Chuck Heston thrown in there: 'Take that you damn, dirty virus!' Heh heh heh.

    • Max: Come on. Come on. That's right. Nasty-ass mutant son of a ...

    • Max: Can my life suck any harder?

    • Max: I don't... I can't believe I'm going to be all girly on you, but... I don't want to blow this on a quickie. It should be... perfect.
      Logan (nodding agreement) Perfect... how about a perfect quickie?

    • Max: Hey, people have the right to see this stuff. It shouldn't be locked up in a vault.
      Alec: Oh, of course, yeah. That Murdoch's one evil fiend.

    • Max: Got word from this fence I know. There's a collector willing to pay top dollar for Star Wars: Episode VII. After the Pulse, they shut down production. Apparently this is the only footage that exists.
      Alec: Is that the one where Captain Kirk dies?

    • Max: I just want to know I'm not gonna kill the guy if, say, I touch his hand by accident.
      Original Cindy: Or if, say, you spend a long weekend making hot monkey love to the man...by accident.

    • Max: I could have killed you over a stupid game of pool.
      Logan: I thought it was a very satisfying game of pool, actually. Want to get a drink?

    • Alec: Why consumate two years of unbridled passion, when we can have pasta?

    • Alec: I can't believe, I've been stuck in this closet, for over an hour, to facilitate you two having sex. That's what I've been reduced to. I'm a pimp.

    • Max: (referring to Logan's good shot) You gotta admit, it was wicked cool.
      Orginal Cindy: Silly boys, playing with their sticks and balls. I may vomit.

    • Alec: We're living on borrowed time. If you don't put your heart out there on the line then you're never really living at all.

    • Logan: I love you, Max.
      (Logan walks away)
      Max (whispers, as a tear streams down her cheek): I love you, too.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Gossamer is an animated cartoon character that was created in 1946 by Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. The Warner Brothers' Gossamer is a large red hairy monster that wears giant white tennis shoes.

    • Max: Hey, people have the right to see this stuff. It shouldn't be locked up in a vault.
      Alec: Oh, of course, yeah. That Murdoch's one evil fiend.
      They are referring to stealing a copy of the only footage of Star Wars, Episode 7, from a vault at "the Fox building". Not only was this a Fox series, and Star Wars a Fox property, but, of course, Rupert Murdoch is the head of Fox.

    • Lab Technician: ...it has a kind of Pied Piper-ness to it with a little Chuck Heston thrown in there: 'Take that you damn, dirty virus!'
      Charlton Heston's long career enjoyed a semi-renaissance in the 60s and 70s as a post-apocalyptic b-grade action hero in such films as Planet of the Apes, The Omega Man, and Soylent Green. Each of these films wound up with some Hestonish tagline(s) associated with it, -- "Damn you! Damn you all to hell!" or "Get your hands off me you damned dirty ape!", and "Soylent Green is peeeeeople!!!". The Omega Man was about a world devastated by a man-made virus that left him as one of the few remaining humans, all others being horribly mutated. His tagline in it was something to the effect of "Take THAT you damned dirty mutant!!" with his characteristic, biblical, just-short-of over-the-top delivery Note the similarity between this one and the "dirty ape" comment.

    • Max: I need your help to steal Star Wars: Episode 7.
      Alec: Is that the one where Captain Kirk dies?
      Star Wars and Star Trek are two very popular Sci-Fi series from movies and television. There were at the time that this aired 6 Star Wars movies, and there are 10 Star Trek movies as well as 6 TV series.