Borrowed Time is the single most uneven episode Dark Angel ever.
On one hand, there’s a poignant and emotionally satisfying storyline with Max and Logan finally coming together for the first time since the season premiere. However, this development is severely tarnished by the worst storyline Dark Angel’s ever done: Gossamer. That creation just might be the dumbest, stupidest, most laughable trash that’s ever existed. The cheap prosthetics, the concept – it’s all so ridiculously embarrassing. In fact, I hate to say it, but it makes you feel like the show deserved to get cancelled when it was churning out tripe like this. Could you really picture Gossamer in season one? Think about that for a moment, and how much the writers tainted the show’s DNA with this horrid abomination. Oy.
Still, it’s worth reiterating just how beautiful the Max-Logan stuff is with the 12 hour virus-free window. The two have experienced so much angst this year, that it’s tremendously refreshing to watch them actually touch and enjoy each other’s company. Yes the writers ruin it and interrupt the lovey-doveyness eventually, but they can’t take away from Weatherly and Alba’s electric chemistry (and it’s all the more satisfying to recall that they were dating/engaged around this time). And the final scene between the couple in the junkyard is one of the show’s finest – brimming with aching regret and tragic nuance. I love how Logan kisses Max even after their time is over, proclaims that he loves her, and she still can’t bring herself to say it until after he’s gone (and a tear streams down her cheek). Woah.
– Was there a hint of love triangle there with the opening pool-game? I guess I spoke too soon.
– Max’s papers are still stuck on Joshua’s painting thanks to his escapades with Alec in Medium Is The Message.
– Max and Alec in the closet is one of my favorite gems from the show. The dialogue is exceptionally witty, and Alec really speaks for the audience when he criticizes Max for waiting a year with Logan.
– I love the musical score when Max and Logan finally touch again. It’s also heartwarming to see them drink wine again together and have a romantic dance (which is conveniently interrupted by dog-boy).
– Although Asha is still the most useless character around, she has a great scene with Alec in Crash who calls her out on wanting Logan for herself. He even invites her home but she falls asleep. Tsk tsk.
– Joshua really doesn’t deserve to go wild on Logan’s fridge after interrupting the most epic love story of all time.
– Alba tries her best with the material, but it’s embarrassing to watch her in the episode’s “climactic” fight scene. How did that sequence even go on the air? And then she just traps the beast and the parking guy ADOPTS it? What a resolution. I have no words. Really.
– Seriously what were the writers smoking when they cooked this episode up?
Barbs & Barcodes
Cindy: Silly boys playing with their sticks and balls. I may vomit.
Tech: You never told me where this virus, uh, came from. Do you mind my asking?
Max: A secret government agency gave it to me, hoping I’d give it to a friend of mine they were looking to kill.
Tech: Okay, fine. You don’t want to tell me, don’t tell me.
Cindy: How you gonna get the money?
Max: I’m gonna sell my soul.
Cindy: (towards Alec) There’s the devil.
Max: Got word from this fence I know. There’s a collector willing to pay top dollar for Star Wars: Episode VII. After the Pulse, they shut down production. Apparently this is the only footage that exists.
Alec: Is that the one where Captain Kirk dies?
Max: I guess.
Alec: Max, are you asking me to steal something with you?
Max: It’s a two-man job.
Alec: I’m shocked. I don’t do that kind of stuff anymore, Max. I mean, you yourself showed me the error of my ways.
Max: Did I mention your take is twenty grand?
Alec: What time do I pick you up?
Alec: (to Max) Does this qualify as stealing from a bad guy, or do you have a new handy excuse for swiping something that doesn’t belong to you?
Alec: Hey, wanna know what I’m doing with my share of the money?
Alec: Fine. Rude, but fine. What are you gonna do with yours?
Max: Donate it to charity.
Alec: Yeah, right. I’m thinking, what? New motorcycle? New apartment? New boyfriend? New DNA markers for current boyfriend.
Max: He’s not my boyfriend.
Alec: Argh! I can’t believe this. I’ve been stuck in this closet for over an hour to facilitate you having sex! That’s what I’ve been reduced to. I’m a pimp.
Max: It’s not even like that.
Alec: Yeah, yeah. Tell me that he’s worth all this trouble, Max. I mean, tell me how he rocks your world. Something. (Max says nothing.) Maxie. Hey. You and Logan have done it, right? I mean, before the whole virus thing, you knew each other for like, what, a year? Max? (Max still says nothing.) Oh, could you two be more lame?
Max: Not that this is any of your business, but…with me and Logan, it was just never the right time.
Alec: Oh yeah, yeah, sure. I can see how the right time might elude you…for a year.
Max: I can’t believe I’m gonna go girly on you, but I don’t want to blow this on a quickie. It should be perfect.
Logan: Perfect. How about a perfect quickie?
Alec: Yeah, that sounds like them. I mean, why consummate two years of unbridled passion when we can have pasta?
Alec: Have they ever even once said “I love you”? No. No. Max…Max would choke on the words. Logan…eh, he’d say it, in an email. (Mocking Max) “He’s not my boyfriend. We were never even like that. It was never the right time.” No, Logan is a repressed WASP and Max is a…a broken toy. The two of them will never work out together.
Borrowed Time is the perfect showcase of the best and worst that Dark Angel has to offer.