Simmons and Spacek go interdimensional sightseeing

Watch first episode of Night sky and you’ll find your new favorite show. Go on seven more times and you’ll wish you stopped a lot sooner.

Spanning so thinly over eight hours, Amazon’s new sci-fi series is only occasionally excellent — largely a missed opportunity for a beautiful indie film. Disappointingly, it has every chance to break out while it’s ahead, with the final second reveal in the pilot episode causing the story to swing in a direction it really shouldn’t have to go. Before that, it was just a lovely drama about a sweet couple growing old together (which happened to have a portal to another planet in the barn in their garden…)

JK Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man: There’s no way home) and Sissy Spacek (Carrie, Go home) are Franklin and Irene York – living after retirement in quiet harmony in a small Illinois neighborhood. He quarrels with the neighbors, and her health is not very good, but whenever things get too much for the Yorks, they grab a pot of tea, put on slippers, and go down to the barn to take a look. scene. They don’t know where their secret portal came from, and they can’t do anything but stargaze from the galactic viewing platform, but jumping into the stars every night is what keeps the Yorks young.

Directed by Juan José Campanella (2009 Oscar-winning director) Secret in their eyes), the pilot sets up a slow-paced and fuzzy drama – sparkling with sunset magic and Spielbergian warmth. Better still, Simmons and Spacek haven’t had such a generous script in years and both deliver stunning performances here in a series with the confidence that carries them all the time. and the space they deserve.

Hardly sci-fi, even if the story starts to get silly, Night skyIts strength lies in its ability to hold back – the shadow of a family tragedy in the past that haunts Franklin and Irene far outweighs the mysteries of the universe all around them. But it didn’t last. The arrival of fugitive Jude (Chai Hansen) begins to shuffle the plot into the larger, messier shape it holds for the rest of the season, and it’s not long before half of the show follows. Julieta Zylberberg and Rocío Hernández’s mother-child relationship through a separate Argentinian side story, as well as throwing in annoying neighbors, over-concerned nieces and an alien criminal organization .

The old feel is as graceful as its two perfect leads, and deftly transforms an original sci-fi idea into a sweet melancholy love story, Night sky uncomfortably close to greatness. There’s still a lot to love about the entire series in many places, but turn it off about 10 seconds before the end of the first episode and you won’t find yourself throwing your remote at the TV.

‘Night Sky’ is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video

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Emma James

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