Dark Skies had the misfortune to run during the time The X-Files was at its peak. As a result, X-Files fans ignored it and others feared it was a rip-off of the Chris Carter series. Instead, it was first [and sadly only] season of a five-year arc that put an unusual twist on history – from the famed Roswell crash through the Gary Powers spy plane incident and the arrival of The Beatles – even further, through the assassination of JFK and even The Summer of Love, Dark Skies treated us to alternate history that had depth, weight and emotional resonance.
Dark Skies is one of those programs that reached for the skies [literally] but didn’t quite catch the public’s attention in spite of being a very high quality production. An intelligent, frequently thrilling alien invasion show, Dark Skies is but one of many one-season wonders that I wish had been given the time to tell their story. Unlike most of them, however, Dark Skies is getting an impressive DVD release – Shout!Factory is making Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series available on January 18th.
Follow the jump to the press release; a clip of the moment when Congressional aide John Loengard’s [Eric Close] world is changed forever, plus links to several more clips.