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The Best Episodes of Dark Angel

Every episode of Dark Angel ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Dark Angel!

Super soldier Max Guevera tries to live a normal life in post-apocalyptic Seattle while eluding capture by government agents from the covert biotech facility she escaped from as a child and searching for her genetically-enhanced brothers and sisters who have dispersed after escape.

Genres:Action & AdventureDrama

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The best episode of "Dark Angel" is "Freak Nation", rated 8.5/10 from 520 user votes. It was directed by James Cameron and written by René Echevarria, Ira Steven Behr. "Freak Nation" aired on 5/3/2002 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Meow".

  • Freak Nation
    8.5/10 520 votes

    #1 - Freak Nation

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2002-05-03

    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.

    Director: James Cameron

    Writer: René Echevarria, Ira Steven Behr

  • Meow
    8.2/10 371 votes

    #2 - Meow

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2001-05-15

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

    Director: D. J. Caruso

    Writer: David Zabel

  • Designate This
    8.1/10 391 votes

    #3 - Designate This

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2001-09-28

    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.

    Director: Jeff Woolnough

    Writer: Moira Kirland

  • The Berrisford Agenda
    8.0/10 412 votes

    #4 - The Berrisford Agenda

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2002-01-18

    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.

    Director: Thomas J. Wright

    Writer: Moira Kirland

  • Shorties in Love
    7.9/10 412 votes

    #5 - Shorties in Love

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2001-04-17

    When Diamond, an old girlfriend of Original Cindy's mysteriously reappears to rekindle their relationship, Max finds her anonymity dangerously comprised by a stranger with a deadly secret. Max becomes suspicious of Diamond's presence when Max is attacked by strangers. Logan investigates the identity of the attackers. Meanwhile, Max carries out a heist at the request of Logan. Unbeknownst to her, Max is followed on the heist by Diamond. Diamond accidentally trips an alarm and Max is caught. Diamond got away with the goods from the heist and convinces Cindy to leave town with her to start a new life. While Max is in jail, Hazmat-suited soldiers drug her and take her to a laboratory. Max escapes after she learns her captors plan to kill her because she won't reveal the whereabouts of Diamond. With the help of Logan, Max discovers Diamond is wanted because she was injected with a deadly biological poison which was given to her by a genetics corporation. The corporation is trying to cover

    Director: Paul Shapiro

    Writer: Adisa Iwa

  • Art Attack
    7.8/10 328 votes

    #6 - Art Attack

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2001-02-06

    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

    Director: James A. Contner

    Writer: Doris Egan

  • Brainiac
    7.8/10 343 votes

    #7 - Brainiac

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2002-01-11

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Fuhgeddaboudit
    7.7/10 338 votes

    #8 - Fuhgeddaboudit

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2002-03-15

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Julie Hess

  • Hello, Goodbye
    7.7/10 342 votes

    #9 - Hello, Goodbye

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 2002-04-05

    After a near-fatal incident with Logan, Max decides to end their relationship for good. A murder committed by Alec's Manticore twin, Ben, puts him under suspicion and places all of the transgenics in jeopardy...thanks to White and his leakage to the media. Meanwhile, Joshua finds the perfect woman, but can't find the courage to confess his secret.

    Director: Jeff Woolnough

    Writer: N/A

  • She Ain't Heavy
    7.7/10 330 votes

    #10 - She Ain't Heavy

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2002-04-19

    Max's life is placed in more danger than ever before when she is hunted by the one person who knows her better than anyone -- her clone. Though even the existence of this exact replica is news to Max, she quickly realizes the imminent danger from an individual who can get inside her head and infiltrate her life like no one else. Dealing not only with this new threat but also the disintegration of her relationship with Logan and Joshua's disillusionment over not being able to go out in public, Max must race against time to figure out how to stop this deadly enemy before it's too late.

    Director: Allan Kroeker

    Writer: Robert Doherty, Michael Angeli

  • Love Among the Runes
    7.7/10 323 votes

    #11 - Love Among the Runes

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2002-04-26

    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.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Moira Kirland

  • Pilot
    7.6/10 425 votes

    #12 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2000-10-03

    As a child, Max was part of a highly classified genetic enhancement project. She and several other children were trained in a deeply secluded compound to use their superhuman powers. At a young age, Max and several others escaped the compound and made their way in the world. Now a beautiful young bike messenger and thief, Max is trying to find her lost ""siblings"" from the project, but at the same time, Max is trying to dodge capture from her former handlers led by Lydecker, and is aided in her quest by Logan Cale, an idealistic cyber-journalist.

    Director: David Nutter

    Writer: James Cameron, Charles H. Eglee

  • 411 on the DL
    7.6/10 358 votes

    #13 - 411 on the DL

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2000-11-14

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Doris Egan

  • Prodigy
    7.6/10 342 votes

    #14 - Prodigy

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2000-11-21

    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.

    Director: David Jackson

    Writer: Patrick Harbinson

  • I and I Am a Camera
    7.6/10 318 votes

    #15 - I and I Am a Camera

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2001-05-01

    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.

    Director: Jeff Woolnough

    Writer: David Simkins

  • Hit a Sista Back
    7.6/10 327 votes

    #16 - Hit a Sista Back

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2001-05-08

    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.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Moira Kirland

  • Proof of Purchase
    7.6/10 347 votes

    #17 - Proof of Purchase

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2001-10-12

    Max and Logan look for Joshua, who is wandering Seattle looking for ""Father"", the man who created him. Meanwhile, Alec fights ordinary people in an underground club but when later caught by White, he must strike a bargain to kill three transgenics to save his life.

    Director: Thomas J. Wright

    Writer: Tommy Thompson

  • Dawg Day Afternoon
    7.6/10 325 votes

    #18 - Dawg Day Afternoon

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2002-04-12

    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.

    Director: Kenneth Biller

    Writer: Robert Doherty

  • Heat
    7.5/10 382 votes

    #19 - Heat

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2000-10-10

    Max is lured further into Logan's realm when he promises her more information about her past. He tells her about the woman who picked her up roadside as a child - a woman named Hannah. Max heads out to find Hannah, and ultimately gets more clues about her biological mother. But Hannah is forced to reveal Max's whereabouts to Lydecker. Max manages yet another daring escape from Lydecker. Also, Max's feline DNA puts her in heat and she relentlessly pursues a man, Eric. They never really hook up, but Eric is left with a huge crush on Max and gets unsuspectingly sucked into her adventure. Elsewhere, the private eye, Vogelsang, double-crosses Max and sells information about her to Lydecker.

    Director: Michael Katleman

    Writer: Patrick Harbinson

  • Cold Comfort
    7.5/10 350 votes

    #20 - Cold Comfort

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2000-11-28

    Zack reappears and tells Max Lydecker has captured Brin, one of their Manticore sisters, and plans to do her harm. Max decides they must kidnap Lydecker and force him to reveal Brin's whereabouts. When Max and Zack discover that Lydecker was not behind Brin's disappearance, they have no choice but to team up with Lydecker to find their lost sister.

    Director: Jefery Levy

    Writer: Jose Molina

  • Red
    7.5/10 330 votes

    #21 - Red

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2001-01-16

    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.

    Director: Michael Katleman

    Writer: David Zabel

  • And Jesus Brought a Casserole
    7.5/10 4 votes

    #22 - And Jesus Brought a Casserole

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2001-05-22

    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

    Director: Joe Ann Fogle

    Writer: Charles H. Eglee, René Echevarria

  • Bag 'Em
    7.5/10 354 votes

    #23 - Bag 'Em

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2001-10-05

    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.

    Director: Vern Gillum

    Writer: Marjorie David

  • C.R.E.A.M.
    7.4/10 361 votes

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

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2000-10-31

    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.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: David Zabel

  • Out
    7.4/10 336 votes

    #25 - Out

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2001-01-09

    Tired of Logan's ""all business"" approach to their relationship, Max refuses to help with his latest case involving a medical supply smuggler. But when Logan gets double-crossed by his target, Max goes undercover as ""Eyes Only"" to rescue him from a certain death. Meanwhile, Normal is smitten with a woman with a secret.

    Director: Sarah Pia Anderson

    Writer: David Zabel