Science Fiction Film & Television

Sound warrior

Voice, music and power in Dark Angel

Science Fiction Film & Television (2012), 5, (2), 179–199.

Abstract

Dark Angel, a high-budget, American cyberpunk serial set in a near-future, post-apocalyptic and dystopic Seattle, has been grouped with a number of late 1990s and early 2000s television programmes as featuring powerful female heroes. Several academics have noted this significant wave in programmes that include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess and La Femme Nikita. While analysis has focused predominantly on narrative and visual cues, the role of sound and music in constructing these ‘feminine’ warriors has been largely unexplored. This article analyses the Dark Angel series to illuminate how sound elements, including voice-over and music soundtrack, interplay with the visual to suggest gendered meanings in the text.

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Butkus, Clarice