“PROJECT BLUE BOOK” ON HISTORY CHANNEL
The History Channel has decided to tap into the zeitgeist of the early 1950’s fascination with UFO sightings and the possibility of abductions by little green men from outer space.
The 10-episode “Project Blue Book” may be compared to the paranoia stoked by “The X-Files” series, but Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are fictional characters. This new series is loosely based on the U.S. Government’s actual top-secret alien research with the help of an astrophysicist.
While “The X-Files” had the tagline “The truth is out there,” it should be more appropriate for “Project Blue Book” because the lead character, Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aiden Gillen), was recruited by the Air Force to investigate alien life.
Dr. Hynek teams up with Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) to travel the country to study reported UFO encounters, beginning with an Air Force pilot’s alleged aerial dogfight with a mysterious, fast-moving craft that resembled a brightly illuminated sphere.
After engaging the unexplained flying object, Air Force pilot Fuller (Matt O’Leary) is fortunate to survive a crash landing.
He’s utterly convinced that this encounter was something otherworldly. When pressed by Dr. Hynek for details, Fuller tries to unravel the mystery, and then comes up short by concluding that “logic can’t begin to explain what we are dealing with here.” This fairly well sums up the conundrum that faces Dr. Hynek’s mission.
Captain Quinn is more than eager to wrap every case with a tidy report to debunk any alien activity.
He’s pushed in this direction by hardnosed General Harding (Neal McDonough) and General Valentine (Michael Harney).
On the other hand, such as in the episode about the Flatwoods Monster (based on what happened in a small town in West Virginia), Dr. Hynek shows more openness to those who believed they stumbled upon an alien.
Shades of conspiracies abound. Shadowy men in fedoras lurk about. A mystery woman conducts surveillance on Hynek and his family. “Project Blue Book” delves into the paranormal with a relish that proves eminently watchable.