'Project Blue Book' Season 1: Captain Michael Quinn's naive quest for lost innocence makes him the true hero
Episode 8 of 'Project Blue Book' titled 'War Games' takes paranoia to a whole new level as Dr. J Allen Hynek and Captain Michael Quinn investigate another UFO sighting
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There is nothing more attractive than a man who retains his humanity despite having been in the deadliest of wars. Captain Michael Quinn from 'Project Blue Book' is exactly that. Played by Michael Malarkey, Quinn is a former war-hero who wears his achievements with pride. When he is asked to assist Dr. J Allen Hynek (played by Aiden Gillen), he immediately gets onboard.
Coming from executive producers Robert Zemeckis, David O'Leary, and Sean Jablonski, History Channel's 'Project Blue Book' follows Hynek and Quinn as they travel across the United States to investigate strange sightings in the sky which were a common phenomena during the post-World War II era.
Before we get into what makes Captain Quinn one of the most complex characters on the show, let's consider the fact that 'Project Blue Book' has been focusing a lot state of mind of the army men, most of whom have recently returned from the World War and are paranoid about an impending Cold War.
Each episode of the show focuses on a sighting which was experienced by either civilians or the army. While the civilians are struck with fear, the army men (especially those who have experienced the sighting) start becoming paranoid and attribute it to post-traumatic stress disorder. This made things easier for those who never wanted people to know about the possible existence of extraterrestrial life.
Episode 8 of the show titled 'War Games', which is set to air on February 26 at 9 pm, takes this sense of paranoia to a whole new level. The official synopsis of the episode states, "Hynek and Quinn investigate when a film of an army platoon under UFO attack emerges, and find the soldiers suffering from both physical and psychological effects of war."
But was it really the war? We won't disclose that just yet, but the men, who had experienced what they were not supposed to, return in a disturbed state of mind. It doesn't take much time for them to completely lose their minds and even the least instigation makes them draw their guns on each other.
While Hynek was baffled at the men's sudden hostility, Quinn understood where the illness came from. As already mentioned, Quinn is a decorated war-hero, which means that he has been out on the battlefield since an early age. We get to know about it, when in Episode 4, after rejecting a probable proposal from a young girl, he explains to Hynek that in his early '20s, he was flying fighter jets and demolishing human lives.
Quinn continued his discipline as a soldier even when he came on board to help Hynek with the project, but he also obeys the orders of General Hugh Valentine and General James Harding, who wanted him to spy on Hynek.
However, over the course of the show, we realize that Quinn is a lot more than that. For instance, in Episode 5, when Suzie Miller (played by Ksenia Solo) appears in front of him with her bruised face, Quinn is at once concerned about what happened with her. Although he maintains his poise, one cannot deny his urge to informally ask Suzie more about her well-being.
He also takes care of the fact that Hynek is able to do his research without any kind of interference from the army. While that requires Quinn to break several rules, he does it carefully. In Episode 6, he even helped Hynek set up his cameras in the military base which was an act of disobedience on Quinn's part but he nevertheless does it because he secretly knows that what Hynek is trying to do is a work of merit.
What is Capt. Michael Quinn's first priority, his career or finding the truth? Find out where his loyalties lie on Tuesday's episode of #ProjectBlueBook at 10/9c on @History. pic.twitter.com/TRaEa9zxDI— PROJECT BLUE BOOK (@HistoryBlueBook) February 24, 2019
Unlike Hynek, who is a comparatively simpler character, Quinn is constantly suffering from an internal conflict. He is a man who has witnessed the horrors of war but, at the same time, those very horrific scenes molded him into a much softer human being. He never insults Hynek, only contradicts him, and once his doubt is clear, he does not show admiration but agreement.
Episode eight of 'Project Blue Book' will see Quinn's vulnerable side when he encounters once again the trauma of battlefield and the pain of watching his fellow soldiers lose their sanity. 'War Games' will air on February 26 at 9 pm.