'Project Blue Book': Alien conspiracies, bold female portrayals, and a strange friendship are what you can expect in Episode 1

The story is old and full of facts, which makes it an almost uncomfortable yet compelling watch as it dives deep into alien conspiracies


                            'Project Blue Book': Alien conspiracies, bold female portrayals, and a strange friendship are what you can expect in Episode 1

History Channel's harrowing take on the UFO conspiracies of the late 1950s is set to air on Tuesday, January 8, at 10 pm. Starring Aiden Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Ksenia Solo, Neal McDonough, and Laura Mennell, 'Project Blue Book' will throw light on the incidents which led to large-scale conspiracy theories about the existence of aliens. At the center of it all is Doctor J. Allen Hynek, played by Gillen, who is hired by the US Air Force to work alongside Captain Michael Quinn, played by Malarkey, when a civilian pilot informs the airforce about a strange unearthly incident he encountered while flying his private jet.

Episode One kicks off with this uncanny tale where Hynek and Quinn agree upon a rather tumultuous partnership which will only lead them to discover truths they were never prepared for.

As the show is all set to premiere on History Channel, here are the top three things you can expect from the first episode, named 'The Fuller Dogfight':



 

1. Polarized characters

'Project Blue Book' is based on a true incident which does not leave for it much space to play around with its characters, as a result of which most characters have a straight arc. We are introduced to almost all the main characters in the very first episode, and it is at once established that Hynek and Quinn are acting as the perfect foils to each other.

Hynek is immediately stated as a man of virtue who seeks the truth behind anything he does and at the same time, he depicts the idealistic generation who does not shy away from following the path of honesty and loyalty. On the other hand, Quinn is a man of law. It does not matter to him if he has to cover a fact with lies, only because the authority has ordered him to do so.

Their partnership might lead them to discoveries that they are not ready for. (A+E Networks)
Their partnership might lead them to discoveries that they are not ready for. (A+E Networks)

However, Quinn is also someone who is well aware of the truth and might even consider delving deep into it had it not been for his uniform. That is what Quinn is about, a man in uniform, and Hynek is the exact opposite, as he comes across as a man with a mind.

2. Women ahead of their times

Based in the '50s, a time when women were still considered as the "second" gender, one might not expect a strong presence of any female characters. However, that is not so with 'Project Blue Book'. Played by two enigmatic actresses Mennell and Solo, who play the characters of Mimi Hynek and Susie Miller respectively, the women bring their own share of twists to the story. Although there are chances that this is only an added element of fiction introduced by the creators, Mimi and Susie's relation is just a little more than friendship and a little less than romance.

The women are nothing that their age would expect them to be, and that is the charm. (A+E Networks)
The women are nothing that their age would expect them to be, and that is the charm. (A+E Networks)

The women typically bond upon a shopping spree, but it is soon discovered that unlike two women simply picking up dresses for each other, Mimi and Susie actually begin to develop the first seeds of attraction. However, it might not be what it seems like as towards the end of the episode, one of the two women's real identity comes under question, and the other remains absolutely in denial of it.

3. US Air Force and the Hidden Treasure

'Project Blue Book' is meant to throw light on the government's arrangement to put undercover the probable existence of aliens and their visit to our world. However, instead of depicting the authority as the real bad guys, 'Project Blue Book' tiptoes around their motives to do so. The government comes up with the excuse of an attempt to avoid mass hysteria, but they are immediately confronted with reports where citizens have claimed about seeing disc-like objects, and strange creatures in the woods. The government perceives it as a national threat but decides to keep people away from any such report involving aliens.



 

They might also go to the extent of blaming it all on the Russians, as had truly happened, and later tag the flying disc-like objects to be Russian aircraft. The consistent conflict between the government's interference with the case and Hynek's attempt to look for the truth is what forms the basic storyline of 'Project Blue Book'.

Executive produced by Robert Lee Zemeckis ('Forrest Gump'), 'Project Blue Book' will air on History Channel at 10 pm today, January 8, and it will dig up some uncomfortable truths about our world and the worlds around us.