Dark Angel

Season 2 Episode 21

Freak Nation

Aired Unknown May 03, 2002 on FOX
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Freak Nation
Max and Alec are forced to expose their true identity to the world when they are caught in a hostage situation at Jam Pony.

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  • After Max and other transgenics are trapped by police in Jam Pony, White brings in a special team sent by the breeding cult, intending to kill Max and the others.

    A Dark Angel episode to remember! Suspenseful, action filled, exciting and with all the usual added humor, this finale should leave you very pleased. Sadly there was no third season, but this episode seemed to wrap up, and you can assume what happens. I found myself shaking my head at the "ordinaries" in this episode, when they were showing them on the news, expressing their uneducated opinions on transgenics. I was proud of Joshua though. After Annie's death he has been depressed, so it was nice to see him get some closure by beating White, but doing the right thing and not killing him. I also thought it was hilarious the way they all escaped from Jam Pony, I was in hysterics the whole time. It was also good to see that even in such a serious episode, the humor still remained. Mostly due to the very lovable Sketchy and Alec.

    Thats what I love about this show. It's got action, drama and comedy! I'm really going to miss it.moreless
  • When Joshua and Mole are forced to take refuge from the sector police at Jam Pony, Max and Alec are exposed as Transgenics to their work colleagues. Meanwhile, Ames White and his special task force surround the building ready to make their move.moreless

    Although this season has been fairly hit and miss, the show\'s co-creator James Cameron makes sure it goes out with a bang by not only coming up with the story but by directing it too, for the first (and sadly last) time. It\'s a good job this final episode runs longer than the others (clocking in at just over the hour) because, unless it was split into a two part finale, it would feel too rushed for a standard 45 minute episode. It was unclear at the time of filming whether or not this would be the season or series finale, and so instead of packing in all the answers to long running questions (which may have been attempted if it was known to be the final episode), what we get here is a perfect summation of the show. The series strong suit has always been it\'s theme of discrimination and prejudice within the city, and so in the final episode we see things finally come to a head as Max and Alec are found out at Jam Pony leading to them joining their fellow Transgenics in Terminal City. No longer are they running and hiding but instead resolve to take their stand as one. united group. It may not provide absolute closure, the type that a series with so many unanswered questions such as this needs, but it is a satisfactory ending, one filled with hope for the futuremoreless
  • one of the best episode of the entire series.this was a very good season finale..shame on fox..this show could have gotton a season 3....

    this was by far the best good episode i have seen by the writers of dark angel.

    joshua and other trangenics end up at jam pony b/c they were trying to get this x5 to there place so she can have her baby in peace but on their way there.the car broke down and humans saw them and went on the attack.they where force to go to jam pony.joshua called max to help and max came to help them get out safely.

    1.jessica alba acting was so on point she was amazing.her acting ability have really grown since season 1.

    2.seeing max and her kind trying to stand up for themselves for there own rights was moving and very sad.

    3.seeing all the poeple on tv talked about max and others like her remind me of racism in this country.a woman said on tv that people like max dont need to have human rights since they arent even human.she even said ''animals dont have souls but they suppose to be here but this things arent not suppose to be.they are an abomtion to god''i could feel max pain as she saw this on tv with joshua.a very sad moment.

    4.white the guy thats been trying to captured max and others made the situation worse when they took over the capture from the cops.

    5.we also learn that max was design to defend something but we dont know what.she is suppose to be the chosen one that will defend earth or something to the effect.she learns of this b/c all this strange markings appear on her body and logan translate them.

    6.the action was very good.jessica did a good job at her stunts and i found this episode very moving.my favorite part is when max is telling her brothers and sisters and others like her not to give up that they want be throwen away like garbage.this people made them and now they will deal with them.she also said they were born in america and there not going anywhere.

    the show was suppose to be heading to a season 3 but it didnt.fox ddint want to spend no more money on this show when they could have just lower the budget.the ratings were decent.this would have been a 10 but the questions were unanswered bout max being chosen and stuff.if u watch freak nation dvd commentary you will have the answers bout the marking and max being chosen and more information about the familiars that white hired to take down max and others like her...moreless
  • Seasons Finale

    Well, i hope the director would make some result of what happened after they put a flag..... ??? conclusion?? I Hope it would be back and create some more Season. I hope it would extend upt 6 season, like Smallville it has now 8 seasons. Me from the philippines love thi Dark Angel Series, Ive bought the DVD copy and it superb and amazing. Please make another season. We are waiting for the season to come out, its not late, its 2008 and we need to know what happened to the Series. Thanks and more power.moreless
  • not supposed to be the finale but perhaps the best DA episode ever made & a hint of what was to come...

    Listen to the commentary for this episode on the DVD set to get the idea of how season 3 would have continued what they were doing here. Season 2 is not so bad IMHO as some make it out to be. Started off great & ended great, just had a lousy middle. The virus & breeding cult were lame ideas. But I did like the plight of the Transgenics & their fight for freedom & acceptance. Alot like the story of the X-Men (& if you're a fan of the comics, those X-Men movies barely scratch the surface of what they are all about-this is actually closer to it). I was so happy that Max's ID is finally exposed & we can drop all those Jam Pony scenes that added nothing to the show's plot. Nice that Max has friends & a place to go outside her adventures but after Normal threatens to fire her for the 100th time it gets old fast. Seems that Sketchy & Cindy (& maybe Normal) would be allies in Season 3. The episode is a rip off of Dog Day Afternoon (they used that title earlier in the season but this would have been more appropriate). James Cameron delivers the goods the way most of the show's directors couldn't (helps that he probabbly got a bigger budget & time for this one). Great action & drama. Finally Logan gets to kick butt too. The Max/Lita fight was cool as was Joshua losing it. The pregnant woman giving birth in a crisis is cliche as they come but wouldn't want to miss the mom sucker punching at the final push for anything. A pretty good show overall, not a classic but watchable. One more season would have been nice but be glad we at least got this the way Fox works.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

Amy Dumas

Amy Dumas


Guest Star

Brian Jensen

Brian Jensen


Guest Star

Erin Karpluk

Erin Karpluk


Guest Star

Darcy Laurie

Darcy Laurie


Recurring Role

Fred Ewanuick

Fred Ewanuick


Recurring Role

Craig Veroni

Craig Veroni


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: If you listen to the commentary on the DVD set for this episode, they state that there was a plan for a third season to tie up some of the open ended issues. The commentary answers a lot of questions that are left unaddressed from this season that were supposed to be dealt with in the third season.

    • TRIVIA: Fox promoted that James Cameron was directing this episode but left out the fact that the WWF superstar, Lita was in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: WWF superstar Lita, a professional wrestler, did most of her signature moves on Max.

    • TRIVIA: During filming, Lita was involved in an accident in which she suffered severe neck injuries after being dropped on her head trying to perform a signature move.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Alec: Normal, what's the good word buddy?
      Normal (singing): For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good felloow...
      Alec: The man's finally lost it.

    • Joshua: Alec! I'm so glad to see you!
      Alec: Uh-huh
      Joshua: This is Gem. She's having a baby.
      Alec: Oh, so naturally you thought of stopping by Jam Pony in broad daylight.

    • Max: You heard the man.
      Mole: Well this sucks.
      Alec: I fought the law and the law won.

    • Normal: (to Max) I always knew you were a wrong number. You never had me fooled for a second there, miss.
      Sketchy: Yeah, whatever. Transgenic central right here under your nose.
      Normal: Shut up.

    • Sketchy: Hey, Max. I was hoping you might possibly be interested in having me interview you about your life as a hot transgenic female on the run in post-pulse America?
      Max: No!

    • Logan: That's a good idea – start shooting people. 'Cause that's what White wants. Then you can prove you're the monster people think you are.
      Mole: Shut up! You're not one of us!
      Logan: No, I'm not, but I'm standing right here with you, aren't I?

    • Max: This is all my fault. I let these people loose in the world, but there's no place for us out here. There's no place anywhere.
      Logan: You gave them freedom, Max. And the thing about freedom, it's never free.

    • Clemente: Special Agent-in-Charge White. (White mutters) What? The transgenics taped you up and took your uniforms? (White shouts, muffled by tape) No, way! And you want me to go after them? That's a good idea. (leaves, without untying or untaping White)

    • Max: (to crowd of trangenics) Where are we gonna go? I can't stop anyone from leaving, but I'm through running and hiding and being afraid. I'm not going to live my life like that anymore. Aren't you tired of living in darkness? Don't you want to feel the sun on your face, to have a place of your own where you can walk down the street without being afraid? They made us, and they trained us to be soldiers, to defend this country. It's time for them to face us and take responsibility instead of trying to sweep us away like garbage. We were made in America, and we're not going anywhere. So they call us freaks, who cares? Today, I'm proud to be a freak. And today we're gonna make a stand right here. Who's with me?

    • Reporter: Tell us about your captors. What are these creatures like? Is it true you delivered a transgenic baby?
      Normal: Yes, I did indeed. And a beautiful, bouncing baby girl she is.
      Reporter: So you're saying they're not all monsters, then?
      Normal: Monsters? No. No more than you and me.

    • Logan (to Alec): Just for the record, that chick was kicking your ass.

    • Max: Bring around your muscle queens anytime. I'll be happy to kick their ass.
      White: We are not finished.
      Max: Fe'nos tol, bitch.

    • Joshua: He deserves to die! He killed Annie!
      Max: No. He deserves to die, a lot. But if you kill him now, the only thing people will remember about today is how some transgenic killed a human being in cold blood...and then they'll never stop hunting us.

    • Normal (to Gem): Okay. Okay, you're fully dilated. You're in a late second stage. It's not going to be long now. I want you to breathe from your diaphragm, okay?
      Original Cindy: And you know this how?
      Normal: Dad was a dairy farmer. I know my way around the inside of a heifer better than you do.

    • Max: What's that?
      Alec: It's a hole in my body made by a bullet.
      Max: Been there, done that.

    • Normal: My golden boy's a mutant.
      Alec: We prefer "genetically empowered."
      Normal: Take me, Jesus.
      Mole: Careful what you wish for.

    • Normal: Jumpin' George W.

    • Alec: (as Mole pulls him into Jam Pony) Oh, this should be interesting.

    • Mole: I'll say one thing for ordinaries--they know when to run.
      Joshua: Maybe we should run, too.
      Mole: We don't run, we fall back.

    • Other Driver: Hey! Punk-ass! Look what you did to my truck!
      Joshua: Uh-oh.
      Mole: Punk-ass?
      Joshua: Uh-oh.

    • Alec: It's not my birthday.
      Normal: Yeah, it's right there in black and white on your application form.
      Alec: Oh yeah, yeah. Boy, nothing gets by you, does it, Normal?

    • Second Guy on TV: Yeah, get out of town, you egg-sucking freaks!
      Dix: Well? You heard him, boys. Looks like it's back to Manticore.

    • Mole: Hey, Max. How'd it go?
      Max: Ever notice how drug dealers have no sense of humor when it comes to money?

    • Max: Two million years of human evolution and this is what we get. You morons.

    • Sketchy: CeCe is one of them too. Cool.

    • Normal: It's okay. You're safe now.
      (Alec does a reverse arm breaker on Normal)
      Alec: No. I'm safe now.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Re: Max tells Lita's character to "just bring It".

      That's a reference to the video game "WWF's Smackdown: Just Bring It" and is also known as one of the WWF superstar, The Rock's catchphrases.