Project Blue Book (TV series)

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Project Blue Book
Genre
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
Running time42–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkHistory
Original releaseJanuary 8, 2019 –
present
External links
Official website

Project Blue Book is an American historical drama television series that premiered on History on January 8, 2019.[1] The main role of Dr. J. Allen Hynek is played by Aidan Gillen, and the first season consisted of ten episodes.[2][3] The series is based on the real-life Project Blue Book, a series of studies on unidentified flying objects. On February 10, 2019, History renewed the series for a 10-episode second season.[4]

Premise[edit]

The series revolves around secret U.S. Air Force investigations into supposed UFO encounters and unexplained phenomena, undertaken by astrophysics professor—and eventual ufologist—Dr. J. Allen Hynek in the 1950s and 1960s.[2][3] As he and his partner, Air Force Captain Michael Quinn, investigate sightings across the U.S., Dr. Hynek discovers that not everything can be explained by science.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Robert John Burke as William Fairchild, Secretary of Defense[9]
  • Ian Tracey as "The Fixer", a mysterious man Allen Hynek meets
  • Matt O'Leary as Lieutenant Henry Fuller, a pilot whom Hynek and Quinn meet on their first case. Commits suicide at the end of Season 1 Episode 5.
  • Nicholas Holmes as Joel Hynek, Mimi and Allen's son
  • Currie Graham as Susie Miller's husband. Revealed to be a KGB agent. Shot by Susie Miller at the end of Season 1 Episode 9
  • Jill Morrison as Faye, Captain Quinn's secretary at Project Blue Book

Historical figures depicted in the series[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Fuller Dogfight"Robert StrombergDavid O'LearyJanuary 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)2.27[10]
2"The Flatwoods Monster"Robert StrombergSean JablonskiJanuary 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)1.88[11]
3"The Lubbock Lights"Pete TravisHarley PeytonJanuary 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)1.95[12]
4"Operation Paperclip"Pete TravisDavid O'Leary & Thania St. JohnJanuary 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)1.71[13]
5"Foo Fighters"Norma BaileyDavid O'Leary & Emily BrochinFebruary 5, 2019 (2019-02-05)1.39[14]
6"The Green Fireballs"Norma BaileyHarley PeytonFebruary 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)1.66[15]
7"The Scoutmaster"Thomas CarterAaron Rapke & Stewart KayeFebruary 19, 2019 (2019-02-19)1.31[16]
8"War Games"Thomas CarterThania St. JohnFebruary 26, 2019 (2019-02-26)1.45[17]
9"Abduction"Alex GravesSean JablonskiMarch 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)1.51[18]
10"The Washington Merry-Go Round"Alex GravesDavid O'LearyMarch 12, 2019 (2019-03-12)1.55[19]

Production[edit]

The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was co-produced by the History Channel and A&E Studios.[20] Filming on the second season began on July 15, 2019, and is expected to conclude on November 13, 2019.[21]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

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."[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 56 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23]

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."[24]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Fuller Dogfight" January 8, 2019 0.4 2.27[10] 0.4 1.61 0.8 3.88[25]
2 "The Flatwoods Monster" January 15, 2019 0.3 1.88[11] 0.4 1.82 0.7 3.70[26]
3 "The Lubbock Lights" January 22, 2019 0.4 1.95[12] 0.4 1.85 0.8 3.79[27]
4 "Operation Paperclip" January 29, 2019 0.3 1.71[13] 0.4 1.77 0.7 3.48[28]
5 "Foo Fighters" February 5, 2019 0.3 1.39[14] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "The Green Fireballs" February 12, 2019 0.3 1.66[15] 0.4 1.55 0.7 3.21[29]
7 "The Scoutmaster" February 19, 2019 0.3 1.31[16] 0.3 1.54 0.6 2.84[30]
8 "War Games" February 26, 2019 0.3 1.45[17] 0.3 1.39 0.6 2.84[31]
9 "Abduction" March 5, 2019 0.3 1.51[18] 0.3 1.27 0.6 2.78[32]
10 "The Washington Merry-Go Round" March 12, 2019 0.3 1.55[19] 0.3 1.32 0.6 2.87[33]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Aidan Gillen to Star in Robert Zemeckis UFO Series Blue Book". Den of Geek!. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
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  4. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (February 10, 2019). "History Renews Project Blue Book, Sets Knightfall Season 2 Premiere Date". TVLine. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
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