Sci-Fi aficionados amongst you will remember “Dark Skies”. If you don’t, then you’re in for a treat. Dark Skies was NBC’s mid 1990s answer to The X Files, and was set in the 1960s, telling the story of a young congressional aide (Without A Trace’s Eric Close) discovering a huge government conspiracy, Majestic 12, (led by the late and excellent JT Walsh) set up by Harry Truman to fight (and cover up) an alien invasion. The lovely Jeri Ryan (Seven from Voyager) becomes a cast regular late in the series.
Cancelled after a single season (A war crime by TV standards), what made Dark Skies so appealing was its use of real historical characters, from Truman to JFK to Ronald Reagan to Colin Powell and Charles Manson, and events, from the assassination of JFK (Shot because he was about to reveal the secret to the public) to the beginning of Vietnam, all in the context of the invasion.
The one disappointment is that it ended on a cliffhanger, never to be resolved, although rumour has it that there is a writer’s bible out there somewhere that has the whole plot-line….