Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series
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In 1996, television audiences were introduced to John Loengard (Eric Close) and Kimberly Sayers (Megan Ward), two heroic freedom fighters charged with the unearthly task of protecting humanity against an alien infestation known as the Hive while showing us, through their own experiences and actions, the truth behind our own recent past. Call it alternative history or call it the unthinkable truth. Either way, call it Dark Skies.
Cast & creator commentaries
Signal To Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies
An intimate three-part look back with creators Bryce Zabel & Brent V. Friedman and stars, Eric Close & Megan Ward
The Dark Skies glossary
Bryce Zabel & Brent V. Friedman define the important terms of Dark Skies and UFO lore
Original sales presentation
A never-before-seen proposal for season 2
Top Customer Reviews
The series was seen through the eyes of a Majestic-12 agent named John Loengard who, in just the first season, goes from being a naive congressional aide to a jaded government secret-keeper. He and his girlfriend Kimberly Sayers are involved with JFK's assassination and end up on the run, and that's just in the pilot.
The opening credits (which won the Emmy) begin with a voice-over that includes, "They're here...they're hostile... and powerful people don't want you to know. History is a lie." How's that for subversion, being on NBC, a mainstream TV network and all?
The acting was great -- both the leads Eric Close and Megan Ward as well as the late J.T. Walsh and even a pre Seven-of-Nine Jeri Ryan.
I'm biased, of course, because along with Brent V. Friedman, I created the series. I hope you'll give it a shot. It's really worth it, and the care that Shout! Factory has taken to make this DVD release perfect really shows. They've added an originally produced documentary, hours of audio commentaries, promotional videos, sales presentations, network promos and even a few Easter eggs that really drive home the conspiratorial nature of the series.
Trust me, those of you who have never seen the series, the producers really did their homework and incorporated all of the well-known lore and conspiracy theories regarding UFOs. Beginning with the Roswell, NM "saucer crash" in 1947 and working its way logically up to the early 1960s, the series ably matched established UFO history with actual recorded history to create a believable fictionalized chronology. You don't have to be a "believer" to enjoy this, but if you are you will truly appreciate the way this series "gets it right". Believers and non-believers alike will enjoy the many appearances by historical personalities in nearly every episode.
Another thing, X-FILES was all over the map with its conspiracies and paranormal phenomena, whereas DARK SKIES wisely concentrates exclusively on UFO lore and its attendant conspiracies. This makes the whole series much more coherent when viewed as a whole. The overall impression is that X-FILES, which I really enjoyed when it started, became a victim of its own success, with on-again/off-again subplots that ultimately never hung together. It's as if the producers, once the show went beyond their initial premise, were just throwing stuff against the wall to see what would stick.
DARK SKIES, on the other hand, despite its mere 18 episodes (plus the initial 2-hour pilot), really hangs together well in retrospect. It's too bad this couldn't have continued another season or two, to more fully flesh-out the concept, but what we got is quite satisfying in itself. I am looking forward to watching this again after far too long a wait.
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Dark Skies was a series that only lasted one season about government cover-ups of various incidences related to the UFO/alien phenomenon. It aired on Saturdays at 8 PM on NBC, which was generally a time-slot for family-friendly programs and did not help Dark Skies' chances of staying on the air. Not only that, but it was endlessly (and unfairly) compared to The X-Files, which was very popular at the time.
Admittedly, while the two series had some things in common, they were really much more different than they were alike. While The X-Files had an overall alien conspiracy story-arc, it was also a show that dealt with ghosts, monsters, time travel, the occult, government conspiracies NOT related to aliens, etc. Dark Skies never focused on those things. It was also a 9 year journey of Agents Mulder and Scully searching for "the truth."
With Dark Skies, the series started out with both the main characters as well as the audience knowing EXACTLY what "the truth" was from the very beginning. Aliens were here, they were hostile, and powerful people didn't want us to know. It was a story that started in the 1960s and was initially planned to bring us up to the present, going through all sorts of well-known historical events (like the JFK assassination) and tying each and every one of them to a government conspiracy to keep the truth about alien visitations on this planet a secret.
It was very much a different show than The X-Files, and anyone who wrote off the show as just a cheap imitation should give it a second chance now that it is readily available on DVD at quite an affordable price.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very unique, and well done series that had a disclaimer as part of its intro.
Enjoyed how they incorporated moments in history to tie some of their stories together. Read more
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