'Project Blue Book' episode 6 review: 'The Green Fireballs' sees Dr J Allen Hynek take a stand, as Mimi gets involved
For the longest time, both husband and wife have been staying out of each other's way, it's about time Allen and Mimi Hynek team up
Season 1 of History Channel's 'Project Blue Book' is gradually drawing to an end with only four episodes remaining. As the show mentions in the opening credits, each episode is based on a true incident investigated by the U.S. Air Force run Project Blue Book. Starring Aidan Gillen as Dr. J Allen Hynek, Michael Malarkey as Captain Michael Quinn, Laura Mennell as Mimi Hynek, and Ksenia Solo as Susie Miller, the show saw the unusual partnership of Hynek and Quinn develop with every investigation they get into.
The two are equally intrigued by what they are investigating, but while Quinn is going by the book to ascertain his promotion in the Air Force, Hynek, the self-professed "eccentric", is deeply rooted in what the investigations indicate - the possibility of existence of extraterrestrial beings.
Episode 6, titled 'The Green Fireballs', sees Hynek, for the first time, going out of his way to prove himself right. Until the fifth episode, Hynek was more or less abiding by the Air Force's rule to conceal all the findings of the investigations from the public in order to avoid mass hysteria, but what he finally witnessed in this episode, changed him.
Hynek watched Fuller burn himself to death out of shame. Fuller, whose report on the sighting of the UFOs had instigated the formation of Project Blue Book, had been trying to convince the Air Force of what he witnessed when he was flying an aircraft. However, the Air Force refused to believe him and subjected him to heavy electrocution.
In the process, Fuller gradually went into depression and lost his mind which led him to burn himself to death as Hynek watched. Hynek could never get over the scene, and, as it stuck in his head, he began to take every opportunity to prove the Air Force was wrong in their treatment of the case.
Episode 6 saw Hynek take the front seat as he secretly organizes a search in the sensitive research and military installations in Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratory. As Hynek begins his investigation, he once again comes across the mysterious man in the hat, who has been a looming presence on the show since the first episode.
Although we still do not know much about this character, other than his motive to leak information about UFOs, he has now and then provided Hynek with clues such as pictures, videos, and drawings, all of which have suggested the existence of extraterrestrial beings.
In his brief encounter with the man in the hat, Hynek discovers a hidden treasure which could be the key to all his questions. This is the point where the show once again falters from reality and completely merges into fiction. Hynek's treasure appears to be some kind of an ancient key that contains magical powers in it.
Whether the true Allen Hynek actually received such a piece of evidence is a matter of dispute, but the character on the show was completely satisfied with this finding. He even shows the key to Mimi, who has been quite worried about her husband. Mimi has never intervened in Hynek's work before but this episode sees the otherwise balmy couple get into their first fight.
Unable to bear the sudden change in the behavior of her husband, Mimi, encouraged by Susie, begins to go through his things and finds out Hynek had actually witnessed someone die in front of him. As she confronts the finding to Hynek, he confesses almost everything to her and shows her the key which he was given by the man in the hat. With this moment, for the first time, we see Hynek and his wife getting together on the same track but not without prying eyes. Susie's sights on Mimi has been fixed since the day the two met. While casually flirting with her, Susie is pulling Mimi into her trap to find out more about Project Blue Book.
However, her intentions behind doing so, continue to remain bleak. We do not know what her true motives are, but Episode 6 made it clear Susie fears of an impending nuclear war breaking out. Once she learns about Hynek's visit to White Forest, Susie is immediately interested to know if his visit will have anything to do with nuclear weapons.
Susie probably imagines that Hynek has been working with the government to develop nuclear power weapons, and her gaze upon Mimi draws nearer with every episode, as she becomes even more suspicious.