Project Blue Book


Project Blue Book Information

Project Blue Book is an American historical drama television series that premiered on History on January 8, 2019. The main role of Dr. J. Allen Hynek is played by Aidan Gillen, and the first season consisted of ten episodes. The series is based on the real-life Project Blue Book, a series of studies on unidentified flying objects conducted by the United States Air Force. On February 10, 2019, History renewed the series for a 10-episode second season which premiered on January 21, 2020.

Premise

The series revolves around the real-life Project Blue Book, a secret series of investigations into supposed UFO encounters and unexplained phenomena undertaken by the United States Air Force with skeptical astrophysics professor"?and eventual ufologist"?Dr. J. Allen Hynek in the 1950"?s and 1960"?s. With his partner, Air Force veteran Captain Michael Quinn, they investigate sightings across the U.S., and Dr. Hynek discovers that not everything can be explained by science.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Aidan Gillen as Dr. J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer, astrophysicist, professor and UFOlogist working on Project Blue Book. Skeptical about the existence of alien life and UFO"?s in the beginning, Hynek attempts to explain the cases using his analytical and scientific mind.
  • Michael Malarkey as Captain Michael Quinn, a decorated veteran who served with the United States Air Force as a pilot during World War II, and working with Dr. Hynek on Project Blue Book. The character is inspired by USAF Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, the first director of the real-life Project Blue Book.
  • Laura Mennell as Mimi Hynek, Allen Hynek's wife.
  • Ksenia Solo as Susie Miller, a friend and neighbour of Mimi Hynek, also a KGB agent.
  • Michael Harney as Major General Hugh Valentine, a high-ranking military official, and founder of Project Blue Book. The character is inspired by USAF Major General Charles P. Cabell, the founder of the real-life Project Blue Book.
  • Neal McDonough as Brigadier General James Harding, a high-ranking military official and a co-founder of Project Blue Book. The character is inspired by USAF Brigadier General William Garland, a member of General Charles P. Cabell staff during the time period of the real-life Project Blue Book.

Recurring/Guest

  • Robert John Burke as William Fairchild, United States Secretary of Defense.
  • Ian Tracey as "The Fixer" a.k.a. "The Man in the Hat", a mysterious man who follows Dr. Hynek.
  • Matt O'Leary as Lieutenant Henry Fuller, a USAF pilot whom Hynek and Quinn meet on their first case. (Episodes 1-5)
  • Nicholas Holmes as Joel Hynek, Mimi and Allen's son.
  • Currie Graham as Susie"?s Associate, also a KGB agent. (Episodes 1-9)
  • Jill Morrison as Faye, a member of the Air Force and Captain Quinn's secretary.
  • Michael Imperioli as Edward Rizzuto, an American/Russian double agent.
  • Sidika Larbes as Carolyn Colson.

Historical Figures

  • Adam Greydon Reid as Donald Keyhoe, an American writer and UFO researcher. Keyhoe was widely regarded as the leader in the field of UFOlogy in the 1950"?s and early to mid-1960"?s. Appears in Season 1 Episode 3.
  • Thomas Kretschmann as Wernher Von Braun, a German-American aerospace engineer. Von Braun was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany. Appears in Season 1 Episode 4.
  • Bob Gunton as President Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States. Appears in Season 1 Episode 10.
  • Robert John Burke as Lieutenant James Forrestal, the 1st United States Secretary of Defense.

Episodes

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Season 1 (2019)

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Season 2 (2020)

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Other episodes of the second season include:

  • "Broken Arrow" written by Linda Burstyn
  • "Curse of the Skinwalker" written by Harley Peyton

Production

The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was co-produced by the History Channel and A&E Studios. Filming on the second season began on July 15, 2019, and is expected to conclude on November 13, 2019.

Reception

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 65% based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 6.65/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Project Blue Book will likely intrigue fans of the paranormal with its loose adaptation of historically unexplained phenomena, but this buttoned-down series lacks the narrative verve to appeal beyond the true believers." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 56 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Paranormal investigator and skeptic Robert Sheaffer, reviewing the first four episodes, points out numerous historical inaccuracies and "falsehoods," some of which he characterizes as "absurd." Concerned over misguiding viewers, he concludes that "...this program references real people by their real names, a real government program, and real incidents. It then mixes in absurd and invented details, while claiming that the show is based on real events."

Ratings

Season 1

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| title3 = The Lubbock Lights | date3 = January 22, 2019 | rs3 = 0.4 | viewers3 = 1.95 | dvr3 = 0.4 | dvrv3 = 1.85 | total3 = 0.8 | totalv3 = 3.79

| title4 = Operation Paperclip | date4 = January 29, 2019 | rs4 = 0.3 | viewers4 = 1.71 | dvr4 = 0.4 | dvrv4 = 1.77 | total4 = 0.7 | totalv4 = 3.48

| title5 = Foo Fighters | date5 = February 5, 2019 | rs5 = 0.3 | viewers5 = 1.39 | dvr5 = n/a | dvrv5 = n/a | total5 = n/a | totalv5 = n/a

| title6 = The Green Fireballs | date6 = February 12, 2019 | rs6 = 0.3 | viewers6 = 1.66 | dvr6 = 0.4 | dvrv6 = 1.55 | total6 = 0.7 | totalv6 = 3.21

| title7 = The Scoutmaster | date7 = February 19, 2019 | rs7 = 0.3 | viewers7 = 1.31 | dvr7 = 0.3 | dvrv7 = 1.54 | total7 = 0.6 | totalv7 = 2.84

| title8 = War Games | date8 = February 26, 2019 | rs8 = 0.3 | viewers8 = 1.45 | dvr8 = 0.3 | dvrv8 = 1.39 | total8 = 0.6 | totalv8 = 2.84

| title9 = Abduction | date9 = March 5, 2019 | rs9 = 0.3 | viewers9 = 1.51 | dvr9 = 0.3 | dvrv9 = 1.27 | total9 = 0.6 | totalv9 = 2.78

| title10 = The Washington Merry-Go Round | date10 = March 12, 2019 | rs10 = 0.3 | viewers10 = 1.55 | dvr10 = 0.3 | dvrv10 = 1.32 | total10 = 0.6 | totalv10 = 2.87 }}

Season 2




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