'Project Blue Book' episode 7: 'The Scoutmaster' could feature the influence of communism in the hunt for aliens
It isn't a surprise, since the time period of the show, the 1950s-60s, saw an emergence of several theories which suggested communism can only be established by alien intervention
We were introduced to Michael Imperioli's character Edward Rizzuto in Episode 6, titled 'The Green Fireballs' in History Channel's, 'Project Blue Book'. Coming from producer Robert Zemeckis, the show follows the real accounts of UFO sightings that were being investigated by Dr. J Allen Hynek (played by Aidan Gillen) and Captain Michael Quinn (played by Michael Malarkey) under the command of the U.S. Air Force. The show has brought in several characters who are dubious in nature, and Edward is no different.
He initially posed as a man determined to seek revenge on the woman who had broken his heart, but it is soon revealed Edward is actually a soldier at the White Sands Missile Base, who was basically trying to watch over the work being carried out by Hynek and Quinn. Nothing much was revealed about this character in the episode, but it seems that the character will have an interesting story to tell in Episode 7.
Titled 'The Scoutmaster', the promo trailer of the episode reveals an interaction between Quinn and Edward. We already saw them get into a heated argument about Edward's intrusion into Hynek and Quinn's work in the previous episode, but Episode 7 will see Edward giving a piece of information to Quinn that might alter the entire course of their research.
The promo trailer reveals Edward claiming to Quinn, "Communism is the future." Edward's claim can actually hold a very big clue for the next episode, and it seems that 'The Scoutmaster', besides looking into the accounts of the sightings by a group of scouts and their trainer, will also pull in references from an uncanny historical reference - the connection between Communists and aliens.
It isn't quite a surprise since the period that the show is based in, the 1950s-60s, saw an emergence of several theories which suggested communism can only be established by alien intervention. While several of these theories have never been proven to be authentic, it was the Posadists who had developed the idea that communists would be utilizing the UFOs as probable political allies.
The Posadists are named after their founder Juan Posadas – an Argentinian Trotskyist who postulated that a communist movement established under the guidance of alien comrades was the prerequisite for revolution on Earth. This obscure movement was brought under the limelight by Guillermo Almeyra, who is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Sorbonne and the former leader of the Trotskyist party in Argentina.
During an interview with Vice, Almeyra stated, "The logic goes as follows: Since there are billions of galaxies with billions of planets in them, there is bound to be human existence elsewhere. These 'alien' people are communists and want to communicate with more advanced communists – the Posadists."
He further elaborated, after noting that he has distanced himself from the movement since 1962: "According to this theory, it is only under socialist conditions that the technology for interplanetary travel can be developed. So, the emergence of signs of alien life is connected to the existence of socialism on a different planet. The aliens will plan the revolution on Earth based on their experiences of communism in their planet. This is the absurdity that some of us resisted – some less educated individuals accepted it."
Maybe Posadas' ideas were too fantastical to make any sense, but the founder was a believer till the end. In his 1968 essay, titled 'Flying saucers, the process of matter and energy, science, the revolutionary and working-class struggle and the socialist future of mankind', he had stated aliens aren't necessarily aggressive.
"They only come to observe. We must appeal to the beings on other planets, when they come here, to intervene and collaborate with Earth’s inhabitants in suppressing poverty. We must unite with them, they who seem more powerful than human beings, such that they will come and help us resolve Earth’s problems."
Posadas' take on aliens was more about forming an alliance with beings from other worlds, and it was completely different than what other contemporary organizations such as the Aetherius Society were doing back then - considering the otherworldly beings as spiritual entities.
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So, does that mean 'Project Blue Book' will take us deep into the communist theories of aliens? We will find out, when episode 7, 'The Scoutmaster,' airs February 19 on the History Channel. Watch the promo trailer below.