'Project Blue Book' Season 1: The aliens may be piquing your interest, but there is a lot going on with Hynek, Quinn, Mimi, and the woman in red
With Hynek and Quinn looking at the investigation differently and Mimi's encounter, the characters of the Robert Zemeckis-produced show are just as convoluted as the plot
Nothing is as it seems to be in History Channel's latest show, 'Project Blue Book'. Starring Aiden Gillen ('Game of Thrones') as Dr. Allen Hynek and Michael Malarkey ('The Vampire Diaries') as Captain Michael Quinn, the series is bringing back the highly classified incidents that led to the formation of the controversial Project Blue Book in 1952 but collapsed in 1969 when evidence failed to turn in the favor of what scientists were expecting to be UFO interventions. However, other than the looming presence of aliens and the government's sinister approach to the issue, 'Project Blue Book' has a lot more to offer.
While chiefly pulling the strings of faith and skepticism that formed the mood for a debate around the issue, the characters of the Robert Zemeckis-produced show are just as convoluted as the plot.
On one hand, we have the rational-minded yet loyal Dr. Allen J Hynek, a renowned scientist who is called upon by the US Air Force to come up with a suitable explanation for the unidentified objects. On the other, we have Captain Quinn, a loyal servant of the country whose virtue lies in his duty and faith in what he sees. The two come together in the very first episode of the series when Quinn is asked to get himself a partner, none other than Hynek.
The two are initially on the same page as neither is very convinced about the civilian pilot's claim of being attacked by a spaceship, but that soon changes.
As they begin to investigate deeper into the matter, Hynek soon realizes that it is not something that should be dismissed without research. However, Quinn remains adamant about closing the case since that is what the order demands. This is exactly where the two men split. Hynek, in spite of being a docile man who probably never went to war, refused to abide by the government's order of closing a potential case of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects, the term the doctor uses in order to address the unnatural phenomenon).
However, for Quinn who has been serving in the Air Force for over 10 years, the order is everything that he stands for. Quinn's character at this point becomes a little more interesting than Hynek since clearly here is a character who has a mind of his own but is bound not to follow it. When Hynek decides to conceal from Quinn his bizarre encounter with the man in the hat, Quinn is immediately intrigued to know if there is more to the case, but he has to refrain himself from doing so. They both see the same things, probably even perceive them similarly, but their partnership is just as risky as Hynek's own relationship with his wife, Mimi (played by Laura Mennell).
Mimi came across a rather blue-blooded woman when she went shopping. The two soon bonded and there seemed to be a kind of romantic note lurking in their gazes. However, over the course of the episode, it was revealed that the woman who almost flirted with Mimi might be a potential spy. She was seen hiding around the doctor's house, clicking his pictures. So who can she be? An associate of the mysterious man in a hat? Or is she somebody the government recruited to make sure that Hynek does not reveal things outside the Air Force? 'Project Blue Book' premieres on January 8 at 10/9c on History Channel.