Dark Angel

Season 2 Episode 16


Aired Unknown Mar 22, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Max and Logan track Ames' kidnapped son, Ray, to a small town where the breeding cult known as the Familiars, are readying Manticore's youngest creations for a mysterious ceremony. Meanwhile, Alec and Original Cindy become concerned when Sketchy gets a job at a local tabloid dedicated to exposing transgenics.moreless

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  • I was disappointed with this episode...

    After watching the previous two episodes that did nothing to move the seasonal storyline along, I was looking forward to this episode as it dealt with what I have felt was the best thing to come out of season 2 - the cult of which Agent White is a part of. This was our first real glimpse of the cult in action and I guess I was expecting more than monk robes and snakes. Monk robes and snakes? Could it be any less original or cliche?! And Max getting captured every episode and in need of a rescue is getting a little old.moreless
  • max and logan find whites son.

    this was a pretty good episode. they find whites son. they go tho the small town and i liked it at the hotel when max blew their cover. the whole cult thing was a little freaky, but entertaining, if i was a kid i'd be scared out of my wits. that phyco boy with the powers was weird, i liked how max ditraced him tho. im glad they saved his son, and it was just a very weird episode, but good.moreless
  • This episode has it's place in the grand scheme of things, but all-in-all-- it's just plain weird!

    There are two main storyline in this episode-- the first is described by the episode title. Max is worried about exposure once Sketchy gets a job as a freelance photographer and goes on the hunt for pictures of mutants. The second, and significally more weird, storyline involves Max and Logan's continued hunt for Ray, the son of Ames White. Logan gets a tip about the whereabouts of Ray, who's been missing since Episode #9. It turns out he's at this "boarding school" which is actually a front for this bizarre cult. Max goes into the school to break Ray out and ends up witnessing Ray's involvement in a ceremony involving snake blood and the receiving of a brand on the forearm. The ceremony is actually the beginning of an initiation that Ray may not survive. In the end, Max gets branded as well, but she's able to escape the school with Ray in tow. Logan helps Ray escape the cult into the custody of Ray's aunt; hopefully, Ray will be kept from his father's bizarre lifestyle.

    Meanwhile, Sketchy's on the lookout for mutants to capture on film. He gets a tip that a mutant has been spotted and goes hunting through the sewers. Unfortunately, White's mutant hunters must have received the same tip because they end up capturing the mutant. Sketchy catches the whole thing on film, including the takedown. He's spotted by White's crew and tracked down. He plays dumb while they're interrogating him, so they let him go. His pictures are no good because Original Cindy exposes the film while it's still in the camera.

    Mostly, this episode provides groundwork that will be built on as the end of the season approaches. The mystery surrounding White is becoming more clear, but many questions still remain...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)

Martin Cummins

Martin Cummins

Ames White (Season 2)

J.C. MacKenzie

J.C. MacKenzie

Reagan 'Normal' Ronald

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Sheriff Lamar

Guest Star

Garwin Sanford

Garwin Sanford


Guest Star

Malcolm Stewart

Malcolm Stewart

Director Paul Simms

Guest Star

Mark Lukyn

Mark Lukyn

Operative 1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Alec: Quality, not quantity, Max.
      Original Cindy: What all men tell themselves. Helps them sleep better at night.

    • Normal: Max is sick again?
      Original Cindy: Up all night. I couldn't get her out of that bathroom. I think it's cholera.
      Alec: Or diphtheria.
      Normal: Awww. Or maybe bubonic plague.
      Alec: I hear that's going around.

    • Logan (to Max): I said watch and learn, not watch and tip the guy off.

    • Logan: If you're not out of there in an hour, I'm coming in after you.
      Max: Damn right you are!

    • Sketchy: My life's not that interesting, Alec. I'm a bike messenger.
      Alec: We're all bike messengers.
      Sketchy: Yeah, but with you and Max and O.C., it's like that's not all you are. If the mutant stories were true, then life would be more interesting, and as a reporter bringing that story to the world, then I would be more interesting. But I am what I am. I'm a bike messenger.
      Original Cindy: That's not true, Sketchy.
      Sketchy: Well, it feels true.

    • Sketchy: Then I started thinking.
      Alec: Thinking?
      Original Cindy: What do you mean, thinking?

    • Sketchy: The truth is out there, people. The mutants exist, and I'm gonna prove it. (He leaves.)
      Alec: Well, that didn't go as well as I'd hoped.
      Original Cindy: No, it did not.
      Alec: Of course, the important question is, who gets to tell Max?

    • Boy: Want me to put you down?
      Max: Depends. If you hold me up here long enough, will your head explode?

    • Otto: We're looking for one of your messengers. Male, early twenties, long hair, ratty clothes.
      Normal: Uh, tragically, sir, you've just described every young man in my employ.

    • Max: What are you doing with Ray?
      Priestess: What is necessary.
      Max: Could you be a little more specific? 'Cause I left my copy of Wacky Cult Rituals for Dummies at home.

    • Max: I watch, I learn, I steal sodas.

    • Alec: What are the chances he stumbles across an actual Manticore alum that's stupid enough to let him snap a shot?
      Sketchy: Hey, guys. (snaps a picture of them on his way out.)
      Max (to Alec): You were saying?

    • Max: Sweet dreams, bitch.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Sketchy: The truth is out there, people.
      This is a reference to the TV series The X-Files which explored supernatural events and government conspiracies. "The truth is out there" was often used as a slogan for the show and appeared in the opening credits.

    • re: Sketchy's real name is Calvin Simon Theodore.

      This is a reference to cartoon characters The Chipmunks, individually known as Alvin, Simon and Theodore.