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Project Blue Book

Season 1


Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 1] The Fuller Dogfight
Shown 08 Jan 19

This is set in the early 1950s. General James Harding (Neal McDonough - Arrow: Season 4 ) is head of Project Blue Book. He wants to cover up all alleged alien encounters, in order to avoid a national panic. This ignores the fact that the USA was already in a Cold War Panic. Is he part of an alien conspiracy, like Cancer Man ( X-Files ), or is he leading the resistance like Captain Frank Bach ( Dark Skies )?

The General has delegated the field-work to Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey - Vampire Diaries ). In order to give the cover-up some scientific credibility, they recruit Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen - Game Of Thrones ) as Quinn's partner. In the Twenty-First Century it would be a mixed male-female team, but this is the Mad Men era so it is two caucasian males.

Quinn and Hynek go to Fargo, North Dakota, where a USAF pilot claims to have seen a UFO. The official story is that it is a weather balloon.

Meanwhile, the scientist's wife Mimi Hynek ( Laura Mennell ) makes a new friend - Susie Miller ( Ksenia Solo ).

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 2] The Flatwoods Monster
Shown 15 Jan 19

Flatwoods, West Virginia. A woman ( Brooke Smith ) and her children see a monster near a forest fire. The locals, a mob of drunken gun-toting yokels, blame her for causing a panic.

Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen - Game Of Thrones ) discovers he is still being stalked by the mysterious Man In Black (Ian Tracey - ).

Meanwhile, the scientist's wife Mimi Hynek ( Laura Mennell ) hangs out with her new friend - Susie Miller ( Ksenia Solo ). But What she does not know is that Susie has her own agenda.

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 3] The Lubbock Lights
Shown 22 Jan 19

Lubbock, Texas. A V-shaped set of lights is seen overflying the town. Donald Keogh, a famous Ufologist, gets a tip-off about it. General James Harding (Neal McDonough - Arrow: Season 4 ) has to cover it up.

Quinn (Michael Malarkey - Vampire Diaries ) and Hynek run into trouble with the locals. Just like the West Virginians, the Texans seem to be a stereoypical torch-weilding mob.

Meanwhile, the scientist's wife Mimi Hynek ( Laura Mennell ) becomes interested in getting a bomb shelter. The neighbours have bought a cheap flat-pack wooden one. Yes, it is basically a garden shed - and in no way capable of protecting them from a nuke. She has something else to be paranoid about. Someone seems to be stalking her.

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 4] Operation Paperclip
Shown 29 Jan 19

Gurley, Alabama. Quinn (Michael Malarkey - Vampire Diaries ) and Hynek investigate another report of a UFO. It turns out to be linked to a local USAF base where Werner Von Braun (Thomas Kretschmann - Stendahl Syndrome ) is building the American Space program.

Quinn is resentful towards the US Military Police who guard the base. They are only doing their duty to the USAF, as Quinn himself does, but he does not approve of people who are only obeying orders. He also suspects that Von Braun's rockets are secretly intended for use in air-defence systems and ICBMs. Similarly, Hynek is cynical about Von Braun - and accuses the great scientist of only caring about politics.

Meanwhile, the scientist's wife Mimi Hynek ( Laura Mennell ) leans on her friend, Susie Miller ( Ksenia Solo ), for support. Susie uses this opportunity to further her secret agenda.

We discover a bit more about the secret agenda of General James Harding (Neal McDonough - Arrow: Season 4 ). The flying saucer recovered in Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 2] The Flatwoods Monster makes a re-appearance.

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 5] Foo Fighters
Shown 05 Feb 19

Terra Haute, Indiana. The UFO survivor from Episode One breaks into a radio broadcast tower. He thinks that the aliens are communicating with him via radio waves. When the local cops try to stop him, he tells them a special series of numbers - 3, 42, 11, 76, 79. This brings back memories of the TV show Lost .

Hynek (Aidan Gillen - Game Of Thrones ) investigates the numbers, and tracks down a mysterious numbers-broadcasting station. It points him to other UFO survivors.

Meanwhile, the scientist's wife Mimi Hynek ( Laura Mennell ) gets a security guard courtesy of General James Harding (Neal McDonough - Arrow: Season 4 ). Quinn (Michael Malarkey - Vampire Diaries ) tries to debrief Susie Miller ( Ksenia Solo ) about the events of the previous episode.

Hynek and Quinn go to Missouri, and discover a group of abductees. Finally Hynek shows his partner what the MIB led him to in Episode One.

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 6] The Green Fireballs
Shown 12 Feb 19

White Forest Missile Test Range, Nevada. Presumably this is a reference to the White Sands range in New Mexico, but renamed because it is filmed in Canada where there are forests instead of deserts.

Hynek (Aidan Gillen - Game Of Thrones ) investigates the incident. He has become obsessed, and is sleep-deprived thanks to visions of the man who burned himself. He also meets the mysterious Man In Black (Ian Tracey - ).

Quinn (Michael Malarkey - Vampire Diaries ) catches a suspicious-looking individual. Is this a Russian spy plot?

Meanwhile, the scientist's wife Mimi Hynek ( Laura Mennell ) leans more than ever on her friend, Susie Miller ( Ksenia Solo ). For some strange reason, Susie and her husband do their secret spy-talk in a public place instead of the privacy of their home. Even worse, Susie speaks Russian when she might be overheard.

General James Harding (Neal McDonough - Arrow: Season 4 ) has discovered that the scientist has started freelancing, and taken a camera project to Fairchild. He threatens to close the unit altogether.

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 7] The Scoutmaster
Shown 19 Feb 19

Bowling Green, Ohio. Some boy-scouts are out camping when they fall victim to an unusual meteor shower. The scout-master is abducted. Hynek (Aidan Gillen - Game Of Thrones ) investigates the incident by himself.

The local Native American tribe, the Choctaw, has a secret cave filled with all-paintings of the mysterious Sky People. Just like the one in Smallville , but the paintings include the triangle symbol from the MIB's files. Graham Greene ( Defiance ) is around to give exposition on the Choctaw culture.

General James Harding (Neal McDonough - Arrow: Season 4 ) has a different mission for Quinn (Michael Malarkey - Vampire Diaries ). He has to interrogate the Russian spy he caught in the previous episode.

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 8] War Games
Shown 26 Feb 19

Hynek (Aidan Gillen - Game Of Thrones ) and Quinn (Michael Malarkey - Vampire Diaries ) are called in to investigate a group of US Army Rangers who claim to have been in combat against a UFO.

Meanwhile, the scientist's wife Mimi Hynek ( Laura Mennell ) learns her nosy neighbour has gone missing. She wants to buy a gun, and asks Susie Miller ( Ksenia Solo ) to teach her how to shoot in a Thelma And Louise way.

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 9] Abduction
Shown 05 Mar 19

Hynek (Aidan Gillen - Game Of Thrones ) wants to resign. Quinn (Michael Malarkey - Vampire Diaries ) does not care, but draws the line at letting Hynek take the files. Regardless of who typed them, they are still Air Force property. After being chewed out by the General a few weeks ago, Hynek should have learned the definition of paid employment.

A military veteran (Malcolm Goodwin - iZombie ) holds the office hostage, making this the Desperate Hours episode. The hostage-taker claims to have been abducted by aliens, which allows Hynek to invent the term Close Encounters of the Third Kind . We get all the cliches, including hypnotic regression and alien implants.

Meanwhile, Susie Miller ( Ksenia Solo ) is ordered to seduce the scientist's wife Mimi Hynek ( Laura Mennell ). Since the previous episode was reminiscent of Thelma And Louise, it is obvious how this storyline will proceed. This show is typically devoid of surprises or original twists, and consists of a massive collection of cliches.

The mysterious Man In Black (Ian Tracey - ) makes another appearance. So does Hynek's pre-teen son, who has been absent from the show for so long that this reviewer forgot the Hyneks were parents!

Project Blue Book Project Blue Book [Season 1, Episode 10] The Washington Merry-Go-Round
Shown 12 Mar 19

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