Night Sky has a bit of a bizarre premise which I didn’t actually look into before watching the opener, so it made for interesting viewing.
Kicking off with a brief scene where, as teenagers, Irene (Lily Cardone, who looks so much like Sissy Spacek when she was in Carrie), having gone to a bar with a friend, chasing boys, catches the eye of Franklin (Lowrey Brown), a man with red hair – same as her’s, and before long, they meet…
Move on to the present day, they’re long-since married, he’s played by JK Simmons (The Tomorrow War), while she’s Sissy Spacek (Badlands). She loves stargazing, but it’s not just a case of stepping outside, since they have what looked to be a very flash observation deck. However, as per the billing, during their time in their house, they chanced upon a chambed in their backyard, which for unexplained reasons, is the portal to an uninhabited planet. It’s a nice place to check out, but while Franklin’s less enamoured with this pursuit, he’s sensing a change in her.
All that said, they’ve seen the planet’s sky countless times (well, he knows it’s 856, so far), and it’s had quite an effect on them over time, but they still don’t want to tell anyone else about it. In fact, over time, they’ve never yet ventured onto the planet’s surface, and while I’d love to know what’s out there, it does look pretty inhospitable.
But if they were to move house, things would change. How could you give it up that view?
After the first episode, this series gave a feeling of being sweet, but a bit plotless; yet even then, you can enjoy the time spent in their company… although I also sense a development coming that could ramp things up a gear.
And since watching the second episode, that one introduces some new characters including a mother and daughter living in Argentina, leaving me wondering how they’ll fit into the story, but I’ll leave that for you to discover. In fact, based on that one, I can see this series is going to drip-feed plot points as it goes.
As such, there’s not a lot else I can say about it AND avoid spoilers, because it’s like a road trip where you want to see how it progresses and, as such, I’d just be describing what happens along that road, and you’re best finding out for yourself… and I like otherworldly-type shows, along with the fact that it’s always good to see both Ms Spacek and Vern Schillinger from Oz, so that’s two good reasons to check this out.
Thanks to our friends at Prime Video for the screener prior to release.
Night Sky sees the entire series released on Friday May 20th on Prime Video. It’s not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Series Directors: Philip Martin, Shari Springer Berman, Juan José Campanella, Jessica Lowrey, Robert Pulcini
Producer: Thomas J Whelan
Writer/Creator: Holden Miller
Music: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Irene York: Sissy Spacek
Franklin: JK Simmons
Jude: Chai Hansen
Byron: Adam Bartley
Jeanine Albemarle: Cass Buggé
Young Franklin: Lowrey Brown
Young Irene: Lily Cardone
Actor: Piotr Adamczyk
Paul: Ian Owens
Chandra: Beth Lacke
Michael: Angus O’Brien
Katie: Paulina Olszynski
Nick: Stephen Louis Grush
Cliff: Connor McNamara
Dale: Phil Tyler
Denise: Kiah McKirnan
Dr. Mareese: Sandra Marquez
Sadie: Pat Vern Harris
Lee: Brenna DiStasio
Randy: Jared Sheldon
Tom: Vic Kuligoski
Nurse Nell: Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert
Secretary: Madelyn DePorter
Grocery Clerk: Neala Barron
Man in Line: Ty Jackson Dunn
AAA Man: Miguel Armando Rivera
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