"Dark Skies," premiering this fall on the NBC network in Saturday evening prime time (8-9 p.m. ET), is the latest entry in a growing field of programs that paint a picture of alien invasion. Unlike such programs as "Babylon 5" or "Space: Above and Beyond," where the action is far from earth and clearly imaginary, the scenario of "Dark Skies" stays very close to home and mirrors the bleakest images of the UFO conspiracy mind-set.
NBC clearly has high ambitions for this show -- they're already hinting at episodes all the way out to the turn of the century. According to the network's current hype, "Dark Skies" is "an epic science fiction-adventure series, combining 40 years of history and a world of speculative fiction into its first five seasons... on the way to a final showdown between humans and aliens on the eve of the millennium, a struggle the likes of which television audiences have never seen."
ISCNI*Flash wants to know: Is someone trying to tell us something? Or is alien invasion just the entertainment media's flavor of the month?
In case you're interested, here's some further detail on the plot:
"In 1961, two idealistic college graduates, John Loengard and girlfriend Kimberly Sayers, went to Washington to be part of John F. Kennedy's New Frontier. They set off to change the world. They never imagined they would lead the battle to save it.
"The adventure begins when Loengard studies the Air Force investigation into UFOs. He soon stumbles into Project Majestic, the government's ultrasecret program to fight a covert invasion of the planet by a mysterious extraterrestrial intelligence. Loengard finds himself both a victim and a warrior at the front-lines of a secret war that will shape the course of human history.
"Hunted by both Project Majestic and the aliens, John and Kimberly go underground in a desperate struggle to warn humanity, a fight that will ultimately involve them, their children and millions more in a resistance movement known as 'Dark Skies.' It's a battle that involves them with many of the historical events of the late 20th century, including John F. Kennedy's assassination, the New York blackout of 1965 and the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger."
"Dark Skies" stars Eric Close, Megan Ward, J. T. Walsh. Executive Producer and writer Bryce Zabel's previous credits include M.A.N.T.I.S, Lois & Clark, Life Goes On, and L.A. Law.
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