Dark Angel

Season 2 Episode 10

Brainiac

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Aired Unknown Jan 11, 2002 on FOX
8.8
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Brainiac
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When Asha's militant group comes under fire, Max figures that it's all because of a Manticore-engineered military strategist, another transgenic called Brain. Brain sets out to protect Max as best he can, after he's called upon to discover who really betrayed the group.

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  • he's the man

    10
    to bad Brain didn't survive, he would be very handy for SG1 and Logan.
  • Very entertaining episode!

    10
    I'm re watching all the Dark Angel eps as I recently got the DVDs. Since I first saw it air on Channel 5 in the UK one episode really did stick with me, it was this one.



    Firstly from a sci-fi perspective it's so interesting how complex mathematics can predict the future. That's all Brain did all in his head.



    The actual story was one of the best of the season too because it shows how nice of a woman Max is. Brain had a crush on her growing up and he reveals this to Max when they are looking through photos. Rather than be disgusted by it, or ignoring it, Max just acts cool and sweet about it. The ending especially was poignant, Brain decides to save Max's life going against all his genetic programming and living on emotions. That is the very opposite of cold, hard, mathematical calculations. Logan's showing of Brain on eyes only and Max's reaction topped off a very emotional episode.



    The episode perfectly illustrates how Max, despite her beauty doesn't care about what people look like in order to care for them. It's the same with Joshua. What others may find frightening or repulsive Max is fine with.moreless
  • max meets a magnifacent guy

    10
    i loved this episode. brain was so sweet, and his crush on max seemed more based on her personality than her beuty, which on the whole was just nice, i felt so bad for him though cuz no one noticed him, he would just stand out in the middle of the whole thing and they just run right past him. poor guy he was talking to his neabor and she didnt even notice, the begining when he helped the kid was cool, when he was on the moter cycle with max was just halrious. i was happy when she described him as magnifacant cuz he really was, even alec thought so, i was sad whe he died, but im glad he was put on tv at the end. alec's comment about what do they see in logan was just too funny, one of the best lines ever. the rest of the story wasnt to memerable, but it was still good.moreless
  • Fun episode...although every guy falling from Max does get kind of old.

    5.9
    Brain was just a very weird and yet superb. The explanation of what he was designed for was great. I love his obsessment with snacks and his ability to uncover who "Eyes Only" was. He wasn't a high power killing machine like so many others. He was all mind and chemical affect...it was tight.
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Max Guevara "X5-452"

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Logan Cale/Eyes Only

J.C. MacKenzie

J.C. MacKenzie

Reagan 'Normal' Ronald

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles

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

Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott

Asha Barlowe (Season 2)

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • TRIVIA: The Manticore PsyOps Division did more than reprogram transgenics; they also created transgenics with Psychological abilities. Brain is an I.T. Concentrate, a battle processor.

    • When Max and Brain are hiding behind a desk in the 12th precinct, there's a book on the desk. After the flashback sequence with Brain, he reaches over and picks up the book. There are several cuts to close-ups after he picks up the book. The 4th time the camera cuts to Max, the book is back on the desk, even though in the next shot Brain is still holding it.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Brain: Max, I don't mind if no one else ever saw me. I just wanted to be seen by you.

    • Brain: How do I look?
      Max: What do you mean?
      Brain: How do I look?
      Max: Is there something you're not telling me, something that's gonna happen? (pause) Well...I...never actually noticed before but...you're kind of...magnificent.

    • Brain: What's the point of knowing everything, but doing nothing about it?

    • Brain: Maybe people don't see me because there's nothing to see.

    • Normal (about Max): Maybe we got ourselves an S1W type right underneath our noses. Huh? She fits the profile. Zero respect for authority, erratic behavior, lots of unexplained absences. Plus, I think she's got a lot of underlying hostility.

    • Vid Kid: You know, I can't actually remember what he looked like. You kind of don't notice him.
      Alec (holding up huge sweater): You don't notice him?
      Vid Kid: It's hard to explain.

    • Max: We're all clear ahead.
      Alec: Yeah, except for the police cruisers.

    • Max (searching computer records for S1W's informant): On this next one, could you be a little more – what was it – heuristic?
      Brain (about Asha's picture): Oooo! Yeah, she's gonna be a lot heavier than I am when she's 30. Ninety-three percent certainty.

    • Max: What I really need you to do is tell me who the informant is, okay?
      Brain: Oh.
      Max: What?
      Brain: There was a .05% chance that you were gonna lean over and kiss me right then. I was just...hoping.

    • (Logan is on the phone with Asha)
      Asha: I'm off to the frozen north. I don't know who to trust. I'm not happy about this, Logan.
      Logan: Well, I'm not happy about it, either.
      Alec: Well, if she's no happy, and you're not happy, then I'm not happy. Max, are you happy?
      Logan (to Alec): Shut up! (then to Asha) Oh, not you.

    • Max: Watch the hands.
      Brain: I'm just tryin' to hang on here.
      Max: Hang on a little lower. … Not that low.

    • Alec (to Logan): What in the world do they see in you?

    • Max: What are you?
      Brain: What am I?
      Alec: Yeah, she means you don't exactly look like a soldier there, big guy.
      Brain: Oh, and you two do? I'm an I.T. Concentrate. A battle processor. I'm basically a general, his staff, two database groups and five logistical support teams all rolled into one stealth package.
      Alec: Stealth? Yeah.
      Brain: People look away. They don't remember me. There are you happy?
      Alec: Yeah. That still doesn't explain your psychic ability.
      Brain: Psychic? Please. I combine near absolute data knowledge with fast Fourier neural nets for heuristics.
      Alec: Heuristics?
      Brain: Predictions using probability algorithms that are stored in my--Look, are you sure you want to hear this?

    • Alec: Okay, question...have you ever pretended to write down a guy's phone number?

    • (Max is carrying Brain down the hall. She is struggling under his weight)
      Brain: Anyways, that's why I turned myself in.
      Max: You what? I'm dying because you turned yourself in on purpose?
      Brain: Well, I thought you were supposed to be strong.
      Max: I'm not Superwoman!

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