Project Blue Book Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: David O’Leary
Stars: Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Laura Mennell
Review: When this was announced, I was very excited especially with the fact that Robert Zemeckis was involved, and that it would be an actual series based on true events that looked to have great potential with its production quality. After watching the fantastic first thoroughly ENGROSSING episode, I can confirm that imo this is indeed already the best show we’ve gotten for UFO/Alien subject matter since the timeless early seasons of The X files. While it is heavily influenced from The X files in its structure, tone, and overall delivery, it stands on its own quite well enough to sustain its own identity.
The acting is tremendous so far especially from Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey, and you really do become enamored with Dr. Hynek’s fascinatingly brilliant character. Overall they did a terrific job portraying the true story it was based on with an extremely captivating first episode full of great twists, turns and solid mystery that keeps you wanting another episode immediately. The production quality is excellent with outstanding camerawork, vast settings, and accurate ambience and atmosphere to fit the late 40’s/50’s timeframe. A series thats definitely worthy of your time more so than most tv series.
The most surprising thing about “Project Blue Book” is that, in the first place, it took so long to become a television program. As you will tell yourself at the top of each episode, History’s new story-scripted drama is “based on real events,” or at least the recorded instances of possible UFO sightings and subsequent Air Force investigations during the Years 50 and 60. Each week, a new case triggers a new intrigue, both about the potential of alien life and about the government’s conspiracy to cover it up. Meanwhile, the Cold War looms unsettlingly, instilling in everyone a deep restlessness and paranoia that they can not shake, no matter how hard they try to avoid it.
In this way, “Project Blue Book” becomes a piece of the “X Files” era, a reliable formula that would be difficult to fully explore. That inspiration extends more obviously to the unlikely pair that anchors the series. Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) recruits astrophysicist Dr. Josef Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen from “Game of Thrones”) to join him in investigating UFO activity reports across the country, but the concert comes with a huge and omnipresent asterisk.
The superiors of Quinn’s government, Generals Harding and Valentine (played respectively by the efficient players Neal McDonough and Michael Harney), do not want them to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life. Instead, they insist that Quinn and Hynek use their deductive reasoning skills to cover up any hint of extraterrestrial mysticism, however, at any cost. This is fine for Quinn, who wants to prove his worth as a reliable infantryman to advance his own career. But Hynek, an “eccentric” who professes himself, can not resist the charm of finally discovering the unknown, and therefore opposes Quinn’s instinct to ignore his most fantastic encounters with everything he has.
His dynamic “nerd meet macho” does not coincide is a classic, until Quinn smiles with an arrogant smile and calls Hynek “doc” in his most precious moments. But at least in the first episodes, the chemistry of Malarkey and Gillen is not powerful enough to be as memorable as David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who immediately launched “The X Files.” Still, Quinn and Hynek’s UFO cases in the week are a solid marriage of procedural drama structure, science fiction intrigue and even some class commentary when their travels inevitably take them to the rural working-class environment where it seems to occur Most of the sightings.
But it is not long before the “Blue Book Project” gets caught up in its own narrative weeds. Generals Valentine and Harding appear sporadically to smile and remind us that things are not what they seem, guarding a “Raiders of the Lost Ark” style secrets room to prove their sinister bail. Meanwhile, Hynek’s tame wife, Mimi (Laura Mennell), descends more and more into her own worry and paranoia when the bomb shelters begin to emerge in her suburban neighborhood, and she still does not realize that her new and glamorous Friend Susie (a lovely but wasted Ksenia Solo) has more in her mind than friendship. These general plot lines work hard to set up a show outside of Quinn and Hynek’s research; none is convincing enough to achieve that goal.
In total, however, the “Blue Book Project” still represents a step in the right direction for the dramatic ambitions of history. He enters a specific and perhaps forgotten part of the story, gives it life and has fun while doing it. Even if the program has trouble finding its sea legs, it’s a perfectly fun distraction that could find an admirable rhythm if it is willing to step back and make some calculated adjustments.
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