The BEST Episodes of Dark Angel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2020

Network: FOX

Max is a genetically-enhanced human prototype hunted by her former military handlers through the edgy, underground street life of 21st Century America. Max is aided in her quest - both to avoid capture and reunite with her "siblings" scattered in the aftermath of their escape - by Logan Cale, an idealistic cyber-journalist battling repression and corruption in post-apocalypse..

And Jesus Brought a Casserole

#1 - And Jesus Brought a Casserole

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 22, 2001

Max escapes Manticore and Madame X's clutches with the help of Lydecker. Lydecker and two of his accomplices, knock Max out and chain her to a hotel bed. Lydecker gets drunk while Max sleeps. Max wakes up just as Lydecker is pointing a gun at her and Madam X's people are closing in on them. Lydecker tells her he'll shoot her and then himself and end it all. Max kicks the gun our off his hand, grabs him, and they escape in his Humvee. Meanwhile, the other X5s have gathered with Logan and are trying to come up with a plan to find Max. All are shocked when Max shows up with Lydecker and tells them all she wants them to help her take down Manticore. Though they all mistrust him, eventually, they include Lydecker on the plan -- seeing as he knows the ins and outs of Manticore. Lydecker proves useful when he gouges the eye out of a man who has access to the Manticore labs. Max and Zack use the eye to gain access to the lab. The X5s plant bombs throughout Manticore. Max and Zack plant bo

star 8.45
370 votes
Directors: Joe Ann Fogle
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, René Echevarria
Freak Nation

#2 - Freak Nation

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 3, 2002

Max is forced to expose her true identity to the world, when she must defend her own kind during a potentially deadly hostage situation at Jam Pony, involving Joshua and Alec.

star 8.38
326 votes
Directors: James Cameron
Writers: Ira Steven Behr, René Echevarria
Meow

#3 - Meow

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 15, 2001

Max starts to feel the stress of being controlled by her genetic urges when she goes into her bi-annual feline DNA sexual urges.

star 8.17
431 votes
Directors: D.J. Caruso
Writers: David Zabel
The Kidz are Aiight

#4 - The Kidz are Aiight

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 20, 2001

Re-captured by Lydecker after his helicopter crash, Zack is tortured in an effort to get him to reveal the whereabouts of the other X5 escapees. After a failed escape attempt, Lydecker tortures Zack even more and Zack "dies." In a ingenious plan, Zack survives his burial and escapes from his coffin. He contacts Max. She meets him in a cave on the Manticore property. Unbeknownst to them, Max is wired and Lydecker and company hear all he is saying. He tells Max he's forgotten everything, but she coaches him to try and remember the whereabouts of the other X5 escapees. He does remember a few details which he tells Max. He reveals Tenga is working in a nearby bakery. This is enough information to get Lydecker on her tail. Max and Zack piece together that Lydecker knows the whereabouts of the X5 escapees. Logan sends a warning out to the X5ers through "Eyes Only." All are tipped off, but Tenga alerts Zack that she needs help escaping Lydecker. Zack and Max go to her and help her get awa

star 7.99
442 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, René Echevarria
Designate This

#5 - Designate This

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 28, 2001

After months of being imprisoned at Manticore, Max has resisted powerful attempts at re-programming and breeding and plans her escape from the genetics lab. She is aided in her breakout by the gentle but beast-like Joshua, an early Manticore creation, and together they release all the other Manticore creatures. Max attempts to reunite with Logan, only to discover that he is now number one on Manticore's most wanted list.

star 7.90
533 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Moira Kirland
Gill Girl

#6 - Gill Girl

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 7, 2001

Alec and Max set out to rescue an aquatic transgenic caught at sea from White, but the creature's mate throws a wrench into Max's plans. Meanwhile, Logan has a brush with death after he and Max get a little too close while babysitting his niece.

star 7.90
438 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Marjorie David
Brainiac

#7 - Brainiac

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 11, 2002

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.

star 7.88
380 votes
Writers: Chip Johannessen
Love Among the Runes

#8 - Love Among the Runes

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 26, 2002

Max begins to develop strange markings on her body while leading a transgenic resistance against White, when he attempts to capture one of her "brothers". However, the transgenics are stunned by revealed secrets about their "father" that threaten all that they believe and stir up many more questions. Meanwhile, the Terminal City dwellers mount a campaign to battle the humans hunting them down, and Alec learns why Logan has been keeping his distance from his former friends.

star 7.88
319 votes
Writers: Jose Molina, Moira Kirland
Dawg Day Afternoon

#9 - Dawg Day Afternoon

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 12, 2002

Max must break her vow to avoid Logan after Joshua's friendship with the blind woman makes him a target of a transgenic manhunt in the sewers. Meanwhile, White leaks news of the human-looking X-5s to the media, leading to a wide-scale attack against the so-called "monsters" running amok and to the death of a someone dear to one of the transgenics.

star 7.82
339 votes
Directors: Kenneth Biller
Writers: Robert Doherty
Fuhgeddaboudit

#10 - Fuhgeddaboudit

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 15, 2002

A genetically enhanced hypnotist targets Logan and Max, who reveals her true identity and Logan's secret activities before realizing that she is being manipulated as part of a deadly plan - but luckily she doesn't remember doing it. Meanwhile, the transgenic, Mia, also sets her sights on Alec, raising the stakes, leading him back into the boxing ring to make some money for some not-so-good fellas.

star 7.81
403 votes
Directors: Morgan Beggs
Writers: Julie Hess
Some Assembly Required

#11 - Some Assembly Required

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 16, 2001

Max discovers that Zack is not only alive but apparently benefiting from some cybernetic enhancements to his genetic engineering, however he does have memory problems. Knowing that Zack sacrificed his life for hers, Max puts herself at great risk, attempting to rescue him from his new "owners," a vicious Seattle gang but when an attempt is made on Logan's life, Max is faced with a very painful decision.

star 7.81
382 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Robert Doherty
Rising

#12 - Rising

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 13, 2001

The "transgenic" Reds catch up with Max when her lost pager reveals her whereabouts to them. The Reds are former death row convicts seeking to combine their technology with Max's genetic material. Logan and Max, after a deadly fight with a Red, learn that the transgenics' power is controlled by a special implant placed in their bodies. Meanwhile, the Reds take Original Cindy hostage and used to lure Max into their trap. Max risks it all and inserts the Red's implant into her own neck in hopes of gaining extra power. The implant makes her hyper violent and she kills off the Reds in order to free Original Cindy. Max then has a seizure. Logan learns the only way to save Max's life is to get the chip out of her head, but first he has to electrocute the chip in her neck. He is able to save her. Max then has to reveal to Original Cindy her Manticore secret. Also, Logan begins to regain the use of his legs and stands up.

star 7.79
417 votes
Writers: Doris Egan, Moira Kirkland Dekker, Moira Kirland, Moira Kirland Dekker
Bag 'Em

#13 - Bag 'Em

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 5, 2001

Manticore sends out a signal ordering all the escapees to return to a site where unbeknownst to them, awaits their death. While harboring a group of muddle Manticore escapees, Max is captured by a man who job it is to exterminate the remaining fugitives, leaving only Alec and the X6's to rescue her. Meanwhile, Lydecker contacts Logan when he gains information about Max that could be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands.

star 7.79
487 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Writers: Marjorie David
Art Attack

#14 - Art Attack

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 6, 2001

Normal is kidnapped by a gang of art thieves and the Jam Pony folks realize they have been tricked into transporting stolen paintings. Meanwhile, Logan asks Max to be his date at a family wedding. She is snubbed at the only store that sells gowns. She decides to return to the dress store and steal the dress she has put on hold. When Logan is suspicious of how she got such a nice dress, Max confesses and says she plans on taking it back. Later, Max enlists Logan's help to rescue Normal from the art thieves

star 7.78
396 votes
Writers: Doris Egan
Pollo Loco

#15 - Pollo Loco

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 24, 2001

Logan is tipped off by a friend at the morgue to a murder victim with a bar code tattoo on his neck. He tells Max who then investigates. Max reads the bar code to be that of fellow X5 escapee, Ben. However, the murder victim is not Ben. While she is viewing the body, Lydecker shows up to confiscate the body and close the investigation. Max hides. After another body with the same bar code shows up, Max investigates the crime scene. While at the scene, Max has several flashbacks that make it clear to her that the real Ben is re-enacting a traumatic Manticore training exercise where a prisoner was hunted down and savagely murdered. Max herself participated in the exercise. Max remembers Ben had an obsession with a religious icon after a Manticore janitor gave him a card with her image. It looks to be an image of the Virgin Mary, but the young Manticore soldiers call her the blue lady. Max goes to a local church and a priest befriends her. Later, the priest is abducted by Ben, who tatt

star 7.75
460 votes
Writers: Doris Egan
Blah Blah Woof Woof

#16 - Blah Blah Woof Woof

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 12, 2000

Lydecker gets the local police to post "Wanted" posters of Max throughout the city, charging her with Vogelsang's murder. Zack returns to beg Max to leave town. Logan offers Max and Zack shelter in a countryside retreat. While saying good-bye, their attraction to each other comes to the surface and Logan and Max kiss. Zack tries again to convince Max to run away with him. Just as she's ready to do it, she learns Logan is near death. Max heads back to Seattle to give Logan a blood transfusion. Though she puts her own life at risk, she does save Logan's life. Lydecker and the police close in on finding Max; however, the real murder confesses. It's Zack who turns himself in to police in order to spare Max. The helicopter transporting Zack back to Manticore mysteriously explodes. No one knows if Zack was killed. Meanwhile, Logan discovers the feeling has partially returned to his paralyzed leg. And, Sketchy is put in charge at Jam Pony. He seizes the opportunity to make himself look li

star 7.74
473 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Moira Kirkland Dekker, Moira Kirland, Moira Kirland Dekker
I and I am a Camera

#17 - I and I am a Camera

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 1, 2001

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. Bringing Logan into the mix, they discover the "super hero" is a former NASA janitor who managed to abscond post-pulse with a highly advanced exoskeleton that attached to one's nervous system and provides super-human abilities. Though fascinated by the device, Logan's interest is piqued when the man's ramblings about conspiracy theories and "death from the sky" bear a striking resemblance to Logan's murder investigation. Digging further Logan discovers a secret police plot to equip special hover-drones with weapons that can track and kill any target, especially ex-cons.

star 7.73
369 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: David Simkins
Prodigy

#18 - Prodigy

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 21, 2000

Max attends conference about genetic engineering. She sees Lydecker at the conference, but he doesn't recognize her. Before she can slip away unseen, the conference attendees are taken hostage by a group of anti-genetic engineering terrorists. Max can't use her abilities to escape for fear of being noticed. Logan negotiates to free the women and children in exchange for himself. Max is able to intervene to save Logan from an almost certain death. She takes out Lydecker in the process and stops the terrorists. Meanwhile at Jam Pony, the gang are riveted by the television coverage of the hostage situation and unaware that Max is involved. Herbal insists the terrorist situation is all part of God's plan.

star 7.73
538 votes
Writers: Patrick Harbinson
411 on the DL

#19 - 411 on the DL

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 14, 2000

Max gets called to a secret meeting after seeing a personal ad containing her bar code tattoo number. She leans that Vogelsang claims to know about the remaining children from Manticore. He insists on a large sum of money for the information. Logan questions Vogelsang's motives and his relationship to Lydeker. Mysteriously, Logan's ex-wife reappears after many years of non-contact. Max is suspicious of the ex-wife's motives, but Logan feels drawn to his ex-wife. However, Max discovers the ex-wife has dark motives for returning. Elsewhere, Herbal is fired from the messenger service after using Rastafarian drugs. Cindy and Kendra head up a protest strike.

star 7.71
524 votes
Directors: Joe Ann Fogle
Writers: Doris Egan
Exposure

#20 - Exposure

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 22, 2002

Max and Logan track Ames' kidnapped son, Ray, to a small town where the breeding cult known as the Familiars, are readying their youngest creation for a mysterious ceremony.

star 7.71
395 votes
Writers: Moira Kirland
The Berrisford Agenda

#21 - The Berrisford Agenda

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 18, 2002

While being haunted by music from the past, Alec must revisit one of his Manticore missions that went bad and resulted in the loss of his one true love. Max attempts to put the pieces of Alec's past together and upon discovery of the truth sets out to help him as best she can.

star 7.69
342 votes
Writers: Moira Kirland
C.R.E.A.M.

#22 - C.R.E.A.M.

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 2000

Max comes to Sketchy's rescue after he loses a mobstar's money filled package. Meanwhile, Logan is approached by a young woman who wants him to locate her missing father but has a hidden agenda.

star 7.69
597 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: David Zabel
Harbor Lights

#23 - Harbor Lights

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 8, 2002

After Max is shot and hospitalized, Logan must intercept White and a very curious CDC doctor in order to keep Max's transgenic identity undercover.

star 7.68
371 votes
Directors: Kenneth Biller
Writers: Robert Doherty
Red

#24 - Red

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 16, 2001

Max takes on an army of superhuman soldiers in an episode amped up on action sequences. The trouble starts when Logan recruits his favorite biker chick to protect a Federal witness with vital info on local corruption. But the operation hits a snag after Max realizes that the guy she's guarding is a face from the not-so-distant---and very painful---past, and that those who want him dead may have plans for her as well.

star 7.68
406 votes
Writers: David Zabel, Jose Molina
Hit a Sista Back

#25 - Hit a Sista Back

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 8, 2001

When fellow X5 escapee Tinga returns to town to save the family she left behind, Max, with the help of Zack, once again places herself in danger to battle Manticore, Lydecker, newly turned X5 Bryn, and an increasingly power-hungry Madame X. When Tinga gives up her freedom to ensure her child's safety, she is taken to a secret government lab. Amid the double crossing, we learn Lydecker is no longer in the loop with the real Manticore higher-ups. This means Max is in more danger that she could possible imagine.

star 7.65
370 votes
Writers: Moira Kirkland Dekker, Moira Kirland, Moira Kirland Dekker