In 1947, an alien spaceship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. The US Army recovered four alien bodies and has been keeping them a secret ever since. Almost twenty years later, young couple John Loengard and Kimberly Sayers move to Washington DC. And while investigating military budgets, John uncovers a terrifying secret. There are aliens among us. And they’re not peaceful. And the covert organization known as Majestic is keeping it a secret from the rest of the world.
This science fiction show from 1996 stars Eric Close as John Loengard and Megan Ward as Kimberly Sayers. The two have a fantastic chemistry that makes this show worthwhile. The series follows the two across the country in their search for answers and to protect humanity from the alien Hive. Taking place in the sixties, we are shown a history many historic events were influenced by the Hive and Majestic – from Kennedy’s assassination to the Beatles and the Civil Rights Movement. John and Kimberly’s mission and relationship are certainly the highlight of the show. And the few episodes near the end where Kimberly becomes replaced with Jeri Ryan’s character (Juliet), is where the series jumped the shark for me. While Juliet is passionate, there was no chemistry with John. Thankfully, the majority of the series revolved around John and Kimberly. J.T. Walsh also stars as Capt. Frank Bach, head of Majestic as a man with strong (though sometimes misplaced) convictions who will do anything to stop the Hive – as long as he doesn’t have to give up control.
The series has a distinct feel of X-Files meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The special effects are, of course, very out-of-date and comical at times. But the storylines, strong characters, and suspense are enough to make this series still completely enjoyable today. Creepy aliens, intrigue, danger, cleverly written alternative history, and plenty of heart – Dark Skies is a truly impressive series that I certainly recommend for any science fiction fan.
Bonus Features Include:
– International Pilot
– Signal to Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies – a look back at the series
– The Dark Skies Glossary
– Original Sales Presentation
– Electronic Press Kit
– Network Promos
– Never-before-seen proposal for Season 2