We all know that I love a good sci-fi show. I love ones set in slightly alternate versions of the past even more. There’s just something so fun about taking a time period that has already happened and tweaking it some with some kind of sci-fi element. In the case of the History Channel’s newest show, Project Blue Book, that’s taking the real-life investigation into UFOs done by the Air Force in the 1950s and 1960s and suggesting that those UFOs might actually be extra-terrestrial and that there’s some kind of government conspiracy to cover them up. It’s basically The X-Files if The X-Files only focused on cases involving potential extraterrestrial sightings and took place in the 1950s and 1960s. So, it’s equal parts immensely enjoyable and really frustrating.
Created by David O’Leary, “Project Blue Book” is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation (Project Blue Book), alongside Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey), that researched thousands of cases, over 700 of which remain unsolved to this day. Each episode will draw from the actual case files blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history. Throughout the season, true to life, documented occurrences will be explored such as the Flatwoods Monster incident that took place in West Virginia, the Gorman Dogfight of Fargo, North Dakota, the Lubbock Lights of Lubbock, Texas and the Chiles-Whitted UFO Incident of Montgomery, Alabama among many others. Delving into themes such as trust, instinct, real news vs. fake news and government cover-up, “Project Blue Book” straddles the world of science and the exploration of the unknown.