Dark Angel

Season 1 Episode 19

I And I Am A Camera

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Aired Unknown May 01, 2001 on FOX
8.9
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I And I Am A Camera
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While investigating a string of murders of recently paroled convicts, Max and Logan meet a "Fisher King"-like super hero who at first appears harmless and slightly crazy, but ultimately has a profound effect on both their personal lives. Discovering this post-pulse crusade as he follows her around Seattle, Max's original opinion of the "super hero" changes after she sees him actually perform super-human feats.moreless

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  • This was not one of my favorite episodes from season 1,though there were some interesting insights into the series if you listen to the DVD commentary for this episode found on the Season 1 6-disc set.moreless

    7.8
    When you access the audio commentary for this episode on the 6-disc set the writer and director admit that this episode came about by the pressure from FOX due to "sweeps week." Apparently, there was some chatter that the series needed to be funnier, less serious and this episode was their answer to that criticism for sweeps week. It's not a bad episode, but not one of my favorites from season 1, though I did like the angle about the security drones that had been programmed to kill undesirables. The CGI version of the drone was awesome, the model that they used in the final scene when Max destroys it, a little less awesome!



    But back to the audio commentary on the DVD. If you listen you get a real clue and insight as to why Season 2 became so different from Season 1. Remember that Season 1 aired fall 2000 - spring 2001. The start of Season 2 (fall 2001) was around the time of the 911 terrorist attacks. If you recall, Season 1 episodes were all centered around anti-Government, anti-police, anti-establishment. However, after the 911 attacks, Americans weren't feeling much like watching this kind of series (at least in FOX's mind) and thus the dim bulbs at FOX decided that the show must change to something less anti-Government and anti-establishment which is why in Season 2 you see more of a diversion to the mutants that Manticore produced and the show takes on more of a emphasis on the misuse of science. I think this is really key as to why Season 2 evolved into something distinctly quite different than Season 1 and a reason why FOX lost so many viewers from Season 1 to Season 2, which along with the show's huge budget led to its cancellation.moreless
  • Say Cheese.

    7.0
    Apparently, this episode came to fruition due to FOX's insistence that the show needed more bouts of humour. Yes, this episode was funny, but I'm glad that the writers kept some semblance of bleak, as I find it's when the series works best.



    Phil is certainly a different kind of guest-star. Able to mount 10-foot fences, he makes for an interesting side-kick. Alec proved what Max would be like if she turned to the dark side of the force, but Phil stands to show what Max would be like if she had no social skills whatsoever…and was also a psycho.



    Some of the comedy felt forced, especially that bit where they bust into an S&M scene, but Max's reactions to Phil were priceless. Things take a u-turn when Logan's uncle turns out to be connected to the string of murders, and the show continues to rattlle things up. Not only does Logan lose his fortune, but he may have found a plot-device that'll allow him to be mobile again.



    Not quite filler, but it definitely could have been meatier. Max and Logan have a serious talk near the end of the hour and it looks as though Logan's beginning to move passed his fears of Max. Their relationship has become quite complicated. I don't want them to necessarily get together, but I do enjoy their scenes with each other…weird…I know.moreless
  • max meets a superhero

    9.3
    this was a good episode. i like the guy that max meets. he was really funny and cool and so were his legs. they were trying to find out who was killing people and they found out that logans uncle was in on it. so the other guy that made them sends one to kill logan he gets saved, in the end he tells about it on eyes only and so now his money is cut off. he was still scared of max in this one but i think he has now goten over it. and at the very end that superhero guy sent logan his legs so hopefully logan will beable to walk agian.moreless
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Max Guevara "X5-452"

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Logan Cale/Eyes Only

Alimi Ballard

Alimi Ballard

Herbal Thought (Season 1)

Richard Gunn

Richard Gunn

Calvin 'Sketchy' Theodore

Valarie Rae Miller

Valarie Rae Miller

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

John Savage

John Savage

Colonel Donald Michael Lydecker (Season 1)

Troy Turi

Troy Turi

Thug

Guest Star

Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty

Gilbert Neal

Guest Star

Victor Flavin

Victor Flavin

Pedro (uncredited)

Guest Star

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Madam X

Recurring Role

Peter Bryant

Peter Bryant

Bling

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: This is the final appearance of Peter Bryant (Bling) for the rest of the series.

    • TRIVIA: Max reveals that Eva was 9 when she was killed.

    • Max calls Logan on a pay phone to get the address of a parolee. As she drives off she is clearly in her black leathers, but when she speeds down an alley, she's wearing a red turtleneck, then in the next shot, she's back to the cat burglar suit.

    • Phil leaves a photo of Max with big black writing on the back on Max's bike but when Max shows them to O.C. back at home she's got two photos and neither has the writing on the back.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Original Cindy: Break it down for Original Cindy 'cause you ain't right.
      Max: There's this freak.
      Original Cindy: You want to be a little more specific?
      Max: He's been following me around, taking pictures.
      Original Cindy: You need me to put the smack down on his ass you know I will.

    • Max (referring to Logan's uncle Jonas): I thought he was one of the right-wing support-your-local-sector-police, neo-Republican idiots.
      Logan: He is... but he cares deeply about money and if there's even a hint of scandal involving one of his products it could hurt his sales.

    • Kid with red hat: Dead guy under there.
      Kid with black baseball cap: We know. He's the foul line.

    • (After Sketchy has thrown up)
      Sketchy: You're a true friend, Max.
      Max: Just don't get it on my shoes.
      Man: Hand over your wallets and no one gets hurt.
      (Sketchy gets up from the trash can.)
      Sketchy: I'll handle this. Piss off.
      Man: Oh, you wanna die tonight, skidmark?
      Sketchy: Uh, that'd be a negative. Here. (Handing the thug his wallet then he get knocked out. Max takes her hat and flips it around)
      Max: See now, you shouldn't have done that 'cause even though he's a drunken idiot he happens to be a friend and I gotta kick your ass.

    • Sketchy: Hey, guys, check it, (Sketchy takes out his lighter, lights it, takes a sip of his drink and spits it into the flame creating a bigger flame.)
      Max: I'm going to get you out of here before you incinerate someone.
      Sketchy: Let me finish my worm.
      Max: You're done.

    • Original Cindy: Another thing you got to learn about men is they never stop acting like little boys.
      Max: You know what, girl? Sometimes it sounds like you can almost switch teams.
      Original Cindy: Let's not get gross.

    • Max: You know, only a bored, rich, liberal, white guy would piss away a fortune to prove he wasn't a bored, rich, liberal, white guy.

    • Jonas: Junior, you watched too many X-Files when you were a boy.

    • Jonas: Logan...you're up early. I thought you Bohemian types only ventured out when the sun had set.

    • Phil: Not to be an alarmist here, but can we be certain that these drones aren't being deployed from some other dimension?
      Logan: I don't think we're dealing with anything quite so esoteric.

    • (Phil unzips his pants, turns around and opens his long coat)
      Max: Wow.
      Logan: I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking at here.

    • Phil: (to Logan) So, what's the chair do? I mean... (imitates shooting) Or are your powers mostly mental?
      Logan: Mostly mental, yeah.
      Phil: You're the brains. She's the brawn. What happened? You get bit by a spider? Struck by lightning?
      Max: Not that I remember.
      Phil: So, what, you're a mutant?
      Max: Guess you could say that.

    • Phil: Aw...damn, got a screw loose.
      Max: No argument there.

    • Mystery Man: Max . . . is that short for Maximum?
      Max: Maximum?
      Mystery Man: As in maximum force? Ooh! Maximum girl? Woman. I meant maximum woman.

    • (the guard doesn't take the bait)
      Max: Great, how'd I get the smart one?

    • Sketchy: ...And we're jumped by a pack of local hard bodies. I throw a few punishers to defend our girl's honor, but these dudes are large and numerous. I go down . . . eventually.

    • Phil: I can see your future.
      Max: Then you must of seen my back turned, 'cause you're a wack-job.

    • Normal: Yes, you kids could learn something from that man's example.
      Sketchy (coughing): Bite me.
      Max: Bless ya.

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Phil: What's the chair do? (he imitates shooting) Or are your powers mostly mental?

      This is a slight reference to Marvel Comic's "X-Men" character Professor Charles Xavier, a powerful telepath confined to a wheelchair, who leads the X-Men and serves as their mentor.

      Phil: You get bit by a spider?

      This is a reference to another Marvel Comics character, Spider-Man. As a young man, Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider (or genetically enhanced spider, according to movie canon) which gave him powers and abilities including superhuman strength and agility, much akin to Max's abilities.

    • When Max smashes the hoverdrone she calls it 'Hal'. This is a reference to the large computer in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey".

    • Logan: ...the past is prologue.

      "Past Prologue" was the name of a "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" episode also co-starring actress, Nana Visitor, but is more commonly known as a quote from William Shakespeare.

    • Jonas: Junior, you watched too many X-Files when you were a boy.
      Jonas is suggesting that Junior is being too paranoid by referencing the Fox TV series The X-Files, a series that focused on horror and governmental conspiracies.

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