Dark Skies (1996 series)

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Summary

"History as we know it is a lie." A 1996 UFO conspiracy story taking place in the 1960s through the 1990s, about a an idealistic couple who arrive in 1961 Washington, D.C., to become part of President John F. Kennedy's new frontier, where they soon become entangled in the turbulent historical events of the 1960s which are secretly involved with an alien conspiracy of insidious alien parasites, the Hive, and Majestic-12, the shadowy, ruthless, and highly covert government agency dedicated to protecting Earth from it while keeping this horrifying menace a secret from the public at large at all costs. Soon, the couple are on the run for their lives, pursued by both the ruthless leader of Majestic-12 and the eerie Hive, as they try to snuff out these threats to their secrecy.

Not related to the 2013 alien abduction film of the same name.


Details

  • Release Date: 1996-1997
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery (conspiracy), Thriller
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1-hour commercial television slot)
  • Starring: Eric Close, Megan Ward, J.T. Walsh
  • Director: Tobe Hooper, (various)
  • Writer: Brent V. Friedman & Bryce Zabel, (various)
  • Producer/Production Co: Bryce Zabel Productions, Columbia Pictures Television, NBC
  • View Trailer: (link), (link), (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (would be the equivalent of a TV-PG for Violence, and perhaps mild Profanity and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

There wasn't very much "Lovecraftian" about this series, but still, Dark Skies may provide some nice material for a Delta Green campaign.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Y.Whateley - "Following close on the heels of The X-Files (1993 franchise), this UFO conspiracy series differentiated itself from the leader by setting itself largely in the 1960s among the turbulent events of that era (the Kennedy assassinations, riots, etc.), and by focusing on a UFO conspiracy story entirely (where The X-Files for most of its run largely worked on a "monster-of-the-week" format with a handful of UFO conspiracy stories serving larger plot arcs across seasons). Dark Skies also introduces the idea that its Grey Aliens are themselves the victims of still deeper alien conspiracies, involving parasitic slugs that live in the aliens' mouths, where they attach themselves to the brain. I recall that the characters were likeable, the production values were pretty good, and the stories were at least competent and sometimes creepy, even if not completely innovative. In the end, though perhaps an intriguing idea, Dark Skies failed to attract enough of the X-Files audience to stay afloat in an era full of X-Files clones, and its poor ratings ultimately sank it. There wasn't very much "Lovecraftian" about this series, but still, Dark Skies may provide some nice material for a Delta Green campaign."


Synopsis

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A 1996 UFO conspiracy story taking place in the 1960s and the 1990s, about a an idealistic couple who arrive in 1961 Washington, D.C., to become part of President John F. Kennedy's new frontier, where they soon become entangled in the turbulent historical events of the 1960s which are secretly involved with an alien conspiracy of insidious alien parasites, the Hive, and Majestic-12, the shadowy, ruthless, and highly covert government agency dedicated to protecting Earth from it while keeping this horrifying menace a secret from the public at large at all costs. Soon, the couple are on the run for their lives, pursued by both the ruthless leader of Majestic-12 and the eerie Hive, as they try to snuff out these threats to their secrecy.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • race: Grey Aliens
  • race: "The Hive", AKA "Ganglions" (a parasitic, slug-like race that inserts itself into a victim's brain to control their bodies; infects both the "Greys" and humans
  • race: "Buzz Worms" (a natural predator of "The Hive")
  • organization: Majestic-12


Keeper Notes

  • Delta Green agents discover that "Grey Aliens" are actually puppets for a cult of Great Old One worshiping alien slug-parasites, in spite of interference from Majestic-12....