'Project Blue Book' Is a New Series Based on Real US Air Force UFO Investigations
Dramas about alien encounters are hit and miss, but most fall into the miss column. The X-Files set the bar pretty high, and many shows that followed have felt like they are trying too hard to mimic the writing and structure of that iconic series. A new series premiering on History Channel on January 8 called Project Blue Book looks to set itself apart from the pack by finding inspiration in very unique source material: actual top-secret investigations conducted by the United States Air Force into sightings of unidentified flying objects between 1952 and 1969.
Back in July of 2018, History Channel gave San Diego Comic Con attendees a preview of the series via a Cold War bunker activation where anyone could report their run-ins with extraterrestrials to actors dressed as government officials and even send messages to visitors from outer space. The first-look trailer introduced Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefinger in Game of Thrones) as the character Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a college professor who is recruited by the Air Force to lead the Project Blue Book initiative alongside Air Force Captain Michael Quinn, played by Michael Malarkey. The show's synopsis explains that "when some encounters cannot be explained away and cases remain open, Hynek begins to suspect that he has been duped by the government into a larger conspiracy to cover up the truth." It's a scripted drama, so audiences can expect the spectacle of it all to be on a different level compared to what the real government program was like, but Project Blue Book's nonfiction roots may still be enough for sci-fi fans and conspiracy theorists alike to find it interesting.
Over the course of 17 years, there were over 12,000 sightings reported and investigated, which gives the show a lot to work with. It is unclear how many of those reports have been written into the series, but History Channel has included an interactive map of "some of the most fascinating cases" online so that fans can see exactly where a dog had a fight with a mysterious white orb, where a Scoutmaster noticed a "sinister saucer" over a palmetto grove while driving his troop, and where a couple named Betty and Barney Hill were allegedly abducted, only to wake up two hours later and 35 miles away.
Project Blue Book premieres tomorrow on History Channel.
Oh, and before you ask: no, the "alien interview" that was supposedly shot during the Project Blue Book years was NOT real.