Achieving our collective dreams of too one day own a comfortable retirement home which just so happens to feature an extra-dimensional portal to a distant world, Amazon announced this week that it was canceling its recent sci-fi drama night sky after just one season. As Deadline Remarksthe series starred JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek as an elderly couple whose lives get complicated, first through the aforementioned portal (which they find under their shed, as one does), then by the mysterious young man who appears near her one day.
The cancellation news will be disappointing on many levels, most directly because, hey, you can’t get too many chances to see Simmons and Spacek go head-to-head like this. But also: night sky is really a puzzle box show that has only revealed parts of its puzzle (very slowly), and now anyone who’s invested themselves in the York family story is going to have to come to terms with that mystery.
Besides Spacek and Simmons, the series (created by Holden Miller and Daniel C. Connolly) co-starring Chai Hansen, Adam Bartley, Julietta Zylberberg, and more, all wrapped up in the plot surrounding York’s magical space hole. Here is an excerpt from Lauren Chval’s review of the series for us since its debut in May:
The good news: night sky is meticulously plotted, with every character and every detail intertwined. Little things – a white lie, a forgotten business card – that seem insignificant in the moment become hugely important episodes later. The show is a bit like watching someone do a puzzle from the outside in; when an urgent question is answered, a new question appears in its place.
Mediocre news: the mysteries at its center are what make night sky equally compelling and a bit boring. We always want to know more, and the tension is often exquisitely rendered, but sometimes information is withheld for what doesn’t seem like a reason, and other plot points depend almost ridiculously on a coincidence. If that sounds vague to you, know that the list of spoilers not to be revealed for this show’s review is a mile long.