‘Project Blue Book’ is a science fiction and historical period drama series that’ll tingle the sensibilities of history geeks and alien conspiracy theorists. The series is based on the real series of systematic investigations into unidentified flying objects (UFOs) by the United States Air Force for a period of 17 years from 1952 to 1969.
Created by David O’Leary from A+E Studios and aired on the History network, the first season of ‘Project Blue Book’ was announced on May 25, 2017, becoming the fourth original script to join the History network. After over two years of production, wholly done in Vancouver, British Columbia, the show finally aired on January 8, 2019. Upon its release, ‘Project Blue Book’ received mixed reviews, but that did not stop History from announcing a second 10-episode Season on February 10, 2019. Now, the question is when Season 2 will air.
Project Blue Book Cast: Who’s in it?
While ‘Project Blue Book’ has an extensive list of cast members owing to its extensive number of minor characters, the main cast of the show is headed by the well-known Game of Thrones actor, Aidan Gillen, who plays the role of protagonist Dr J Allen Hynek. Meanwhile, Michael Malarkey plays the role of Dr Hynek’s partner, Captain Michael Quinn. Laura Menell slips into the shoes of Dr Hynek’s wife, Mimi Hynek, while Ksenia Solo plays the role of Susie Miller. Other notable co-stars include Neal McDonough as General James Harding and Michael Harney as General Hugh Valentine.
Owing to all the aforementioned characters being central to the show’s plot, all the aforementioned cast members are expected to make a comeback in Season 2.
Project Blue Book Plot: What is it about?
‘Project Blue Book’, as mentioned earlier, is inspired by real events in American history that were kept under wraps for decades. The show follows the (real life) character of astrophysicist and ufologist Dr J Allen Hynek. In the show, Hynek is recruited by the United States Air Force to spearhead systematic studies into UFOs and UFO sightings. Dr Hynek is aided by Air Force Captain Michael Quinn, as he tracks sightings across the US and studies hundreds of reported sightings to try and unravel the mystery around UFOs.
Each episode in the show focuses on one new case that sparks intrigue, and the entire series of investigations take place in the backdrop of increasing international tensions resultant of the ongoing Cold War. The show, of course, tries to dramatically recreate these studies in tandem with the politics of the times. As Dr Hynek and Quinn investigate UFO sightings and try to understand them, they are constantly badgered by their superiors – General Harding and General Valentine – to use their reasoning skills to cover up any hint of extra-terrestrial life. While Quinn agrees to the Generals’ approach, Dr Hynek, being a scientist, is shown to be more open to discovering the actual truth about the existence of extra-terrestrial life. This becomes a central point of contention and we often see Dr Hynek and Quinn clash, in a typical nerd vs macho match of wits.