'Project Blue Book': Abduction, misinterpretation, and a blow to dignity sums up penultimate episode of Robert Zemeckis-produced show
While Quinn and Hynek get into a brawl over truth and lie, Susie makes an inappropriate move towards Mimi.
'Project Blue Book' has been continuing its legacy of bringing back all the confidential files that reported apparent sightings of "unidentified flying objects," but with Episode 9, titled 'Abduction,' it takes a larger leap.
Coming from executive producer Robert Zemeckis, the History Channel show is on its penultimate episode, and let's just say, trauma takes the form of contusion in this tale about abduction, betrayal, and undignified relations.
Starring Aidan Gillen (Dr J. Allen Hynek), Michael Malarkey (Captain Michael Quinn), Laura Mennell (Mimi Hynek) and Ksenia Solo (Susie Miller), episode 9 will see the characters reaching their nadir when it comes to taking a moral stance.
The episode relies considerably on the absurd case of Betty and Barney Hill, the famous couple whose tale of alien abduction was widely publicized in the late '50s, but whose story comes with a little twist on the show.
Unlike the real-life inter-racial couple, the couple on the show are of African origin, and instead of taking account of the couple's abduction, it focuses on the man who arrives at the Blue Book headquarters claiming that he would either make them believe in the truth or kill them all.
This point onward, it almost seems the characters -- be it Mimi, Hynek, Quinn, or even Susie -- are about to reach a point of no return.
While Hynek and Quinn struggle to make the man come back to his senses, somewhere the dynamic between these two characters begins to falter. For a very long time, Quinn has maintained his distance from Hynek and although the orders compel him to make Hynek spin out rational explanation for the sightings, this time both of them are reluctant to serve the US Air Force.
As they try to find a reasonble explanantion for the sightings seen by the man, and the map that he drew without any prior knowledge of any constellation, Quinn and Hynek are unbearable together. Their, otherwise calm and composed, relation takes a violent turn and the two mates immediately turn against each other. Quite surprisingly, Hynek turns out to be quite a strong man -- much to Quinn's shock.
While Hynek and Quinn, willingly hurt each other, things get very complicated between Susie and Mimi. Things finally do heat up between the only two women characters on the show, and let's say, it is not very comfortable. In an instance of drunken celebration, Susie approaches an unconscious Mimi.
Susie takes the chance to finally get physicaly intimate with Susie, but it is obviously not consensual. This is the point where 'Project Blue Book' proves just how sophisticated it has been in the depiction of futile human endeavours. Susie loves Mimi and since the beginning of their strange friendship she has been looking for ways to get intimate with her.
However, her compulsion as a Russian spy has left her only as a spectator of Mimi's life. In this episode, she finally pushes open all doors and lets herself in, but is she allowed? She doesn't wait for an answer, and makes her way into Mimi's life right when Mimi is in no position to object.
This leaves us wondering just how genuine are Susie's feelings for Mimi? Is she genuine enough to not consider any rules, and in a way takes up the responsibility of Mimi's welfare, unasked? Probably. However, the fact that Susie did all of it without Mimi's consent immediately makes her emotion similar to that of a predator, whereas Mimi is barely left a victim.
Susie ultimately does kill off the only man who has been tormenting her but it is only a matter of time before Mimi realizes what had happened on that fateful afternoon. What then?
'Project Blue Book' episode 9, 'Abduction' is set to air tonight at 9 pm, and we can tell you things will not remain the same. At least not for Mimi.