Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series
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On July 2, 1947, a spacecraft of unknown origin crashed in the New Mexico desert outside Roswell Army Air Base. Four bodies, known as the Grays, were recovered. From that moment on, everything you think to be true about American history has been influenced by that event. On February 17, 1962, another event occurred, related to the first, but one that has, until now, been kept completely suppressed. You are being trusted with that secret.
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.
The X-Files told us, "The truth is out there." Dark Skies, the ambitious and audacious NBC series that lasted just one season, warned us we couldn't handle the truth. It created an incredible alternate universe in which 20th-century history as we know it is reinterpreted through the framework of a conspiracy to cover up an alien invasion. Francis Powers? He wasn't spying on Russia. He was involved in an aerial dogfight with a UFO. The assassination of President Kennedy? The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show? The disappearance of three civil rights workers in Mississippi? The Vietnam War? Pollution? Each is revealed to be a pivotal event in the secret war being raged on members of the alien Hive who first arrived at Roswell. "They're here, they're hostile, and powerful people don't want you to know," as the Emmy-winning opening credit sequence informs us. But John Loengard (Eric Close), an idealistic congressional aide, stumbles onto the conspiracy, and together with his girlfriend Kim Sayers (Megan Ward) becomes embroiled in the alien-quashing campaign being waged by Majestic, "the most secret organization you've never heard of." John is one of those "the public has a right to know" kind of guys, but Captain Bach (the late, great J.T. Walsh) will stop at nothing to ensure that doesn't happen. Dark Skies has a more accessible mythology than The X-Files, and it's a kick to see such 1960s icons as Jim Morrison, Timothy Leary, and John Lennon figure (unwittingly or not) in the action. The series also benefits from its meticulous period re-creation (it's Mad Men for the Close Encounters set) and above-average special effects. For a short-lived series, this six-disc set includes an impressive lineup of bonus features that will thrill the show's devoted following, including an excellent three-part series retrospective featuring the show's creators, Bryce Zabel and Brent V. Friedman, as well as Close and Ward; the international version of the impressive feature-length pilot directed by Tobe Hooper; original NBC promos; the electronic press kit used to promote the show; and a what-might-have-been proposal for a second season. --Donald Liebenson
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
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The actors did a professional and very talented job bringing to life what the writers put on paper. If you follow facts from history of an extraterrestrial viewpoint, then you will find yourself drawn in with this show. I am so glad J.T. Walsh played Bach in this series before he passed away in real life. He was an asset to this effort as was Eric Close, Megan Ward, & Jeri Ryan and others. I dare you to purchase this astounding tv series. It rates like "The Invaders" with Roy Thinnes (fiction), "Disappearance of Flight 412" with Glen Ford, "Hanger 18" (fiction), and "Project UFO", a series produced by Jack Webb.
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. It is true to UFO/alien lore, and presents it all in a respectably well-done format of fiction. It comes in a great collector's case presented like a TOP SECRET package declassified for the first time. It even includes a booklet written by Bryce Zabel, co-creator of Dark Skies, made up to look like the information presented in the series is fact but presented as a work of fiction in order to avoid government intervention. Very cool for the fans!
As others have pointed out, there are no subtitles on this release. While unfortunate, it should not stop people from buying this. It includes tons of great bonus features, including an all-new 3-part documentary on the making of the series which includes interviews with Eric Close and Megan Ward, the two main stars of the series, as well as the international version of the pilot episode!
They really pulled out all the stops to make this a great release for the fans who have been waiting so long for it, so I highly recommend it!
The whole time I've been watching this I've been waiting for a voice to say "a Quinn Martin Production." It borrows a lot from the great 60's show, the Invaders. That isn't surprising considering that they wanted to recapture of that Cold War paranoia...who is the commie among us? The earlier series, War of the Worlds did the same, but the technique has bwcome out of date. I'm keeping this for my collection, but Invasion (2005 I believe) did it much better by looking at an old and dated plot technique from a different perspective.
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I remember seeing the first episode on tv, and, then I never saw anymore shows after the that.Read more