As a crime-fighter, the genetically enhanced Alba gets the job done. I don't foresee an Oscar acceptance speech in her near future but one can't dispute her charm and on-screen charisma. As Max, she gets the chance to jump, kick, spin, punch, whop, sock and wallop a bunch of thugs and bad guys and does it all with a cute smirk on her face. Definitely any guy's raunchy fantasy, it's pretty easy to get used to seeing her prance around in a really tight black suit, especially when she hops on her motorcycle and breaks a hundred. She also gets to act opposite real-life fiancÚ Michael Weatherly, who stars as Logan Cale, a bored rich kid who takes to activism against the wiseguys running the town and broadcasts anonymous news reports inciting rebellion against the nasties. He's also a good fit and manages to achieve a good blend of seriousness, romance and humor. Naturally, since he also managed to get into Alba's pants-- it's hard to knock him on anything.
The rest of the cast is also well-rounded with Savage appearing as a government badass who'll stop at nothing to retrieve his experiment, a sleazy private eye trying to help Max find her kindred mutants and a bunch of oddballs who work with Max at a bike courier outfit (don't worry, the job actually fits quite well into the series). Another important aspect is the success the producers had in making the post-pulse surroundings look realistic (sci-fi guru/writer/director James Cameron is one of the executive producers of this show). It goes a long way in setting the correct ambiance for the show and even though some of the effects obviously look made-for-TV at times, you can still appreciate the underlying story behind the show with their help. Having said that, if none of the above works for you, you can always just watch the little black suit with the cute girl in it.
For starters, you get to take your pick between three featurettes:
Dark Angel: Genesis (20 minutes): This features, among others, series creators Charles H. Eglee and James Cameron discussing the...well...genesis of the idea for the series as well as some of the background to the story. A bunch of others also chime in including writers, directors and stars. I must say that it goes into a fair amount of detail and if you're a big fan of the series, then it may be quite interesting to listen to.
Seattle Ain't What it Used to Be (6 minutes): This short featurette explains some of the tricks used to turn squeaky-clean Vancouver into dirty, grimy post-cataclysm Seattle. The crew go into explanations regarding props and set tricks as well as visual and CG effects. Short and sweet.
Creating an X-5 (6 minutes): This quickie explains the origin of the X-5, the model number of the genetic experiment that results into Max. She's the fifth generation of her sort and the first to demonstrate true potential. It's a good summary of the series' premise for someone who wants to take a crash course.
Audition Tapes to Final Scenes Comparison (12 minutes): A pretty neat feature in which you get to see characters audition while the finished scene they audition to is played in a small picture in the corner of the screen. Many of the main cast members appear here and while Jessica Alba appears opposite them in their auditions-- her own isn't part of the package.
Bloopers (6 minutes): No surprises here as you get to see footage of what is mainly flubbed lines or people cracking up on set. Nobody gets hurt, nobody bleeds and the kids all keep it clean...except for that one quickie when Jessica accidentally sets fire to herself.
"James Cameron's Dark Angel" Video Game Preview: Pretty self-explanatory, wouldn't you say? I don't know enough about video games to tell you whether or not it looks good though. Sorry.
(1): Commentary by co-creator and writer Charles Eglee & director David Nutter (2): Commentary by co-creator and writer Charles Eglee and writer RenÚ Echevarria (3): Commentary by co-creator and writer Charles Eglee, writer RenÚ Echevarria, and director Charles Woolnaugh (4): Commentary by stars Michael Weatherly and Jessica Alba