Project Blue Book Season 2: Premiere Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot, News

‘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.

However, while the show manages to bring some of the research and case studies to life through its procedural story telling and brilliant commentary, it also does get unnecessarily entangled with the storyline it tries to create alongside the investigations. This preoccupation with its own plot mars some of the show’s potential, which otherwise provides quite insightful investigations into the mysterious phenomena of UFO sightings, over 700 of which remain unsolved to this day.

In terms of reception, the show did not manage to do great for itself in the first season. Season 1 received an average score of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, however, were more generous, and gave the show a decent rating of 7.8/10 on IMDb. With Season 2 coming up, History will surely want to make an impact on television critics to further ensure the show’s popularity and acceptance.

Project Blue Book Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

Making the announcement on February 10, 2019, History’s head of programming Eli Lehrer said in a statement, “We are believers in Project Blue Book, and so is our audience who has sparked a conversation about the hundreds of unsolved cases and our nation’s military response to UFOs that have remained relatively secret until now. [Robert] Zemeckis, A+E Studios, and our extraordinary creative team have shaped a compelling narrative that is the perfect blend of historical authenticity and entertainment that inspires curiosity in our viewers to learn more. We’ve touched on a very relevant topic and look forward to a second season.”

Now that History has announced Season 2, work on it is expected to begin shortly, if it has not already begun. While it’s difficult to predict a release date for Season 2 as of now, we sure hope it doesn’t take the amount of time it took History to make Season 1. We will be keeping an eye out for news pertaining to the release of Season 2, and will update this section with the relevant information. So, do keep a check to know when the next volume of UFO hunting investigations will be hitting your screens.

Project Blue Book Season 1 Trailer:

While we await news about Season 2 of ‘Project Blue Book’, here’s the trailer of Season 1, giving a glimpse into the intriguing world of UFO investigations in Cold War era America.

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