'Project Blue Book': Fans consider upcoming show a flashback to 'The X-Files'
Much like Mulder and Scully's inherent faith in some truth to these alien sightings, Hynek in 'Project Blue Book' believes the government is hiding some deeper, darker truth
Ever since History channel announced its upcoming show, 'Project Blue Book,' social media has erupted into a buzz about a potential 'The X-Files'-esque rendition. Following the story of astrophysicist, Dr. J Allen Hynek, and his involvement with the titular real-life initiative taken by the US Air Force back in the 50s to investigate the mysterious 'alien' and 'UFO' sightings in the Washington DC Area, the show from David O'Leary features 'Game of Thrones' actor Aidan Gillen as Hynek.
As reminiscent of the Fox thriller as 'Project Blue Book' sounds there will obviously be certain elements of difference between the two shows. First of all, 'The X-Files' was purely fictional throughout its run between 1993 to 2018, while 'Project Blue Book' is based on a real-life phenomenon. And, of course, there won't be the prospect of a budding romance between the lead characters of the show, although that doesn't devoid the upcoming show of any drama at all.
The plot of the upcoming show reveals, Dr. Hynek - a family man, college professor, and an astrophysicist - reportedly devoted his career to all things extraterrestrial. Charged with the title of being the only civilian involved in the original Project Blue Book and dedicating his life to explaining the unexplainable, Dr. Hynek managed to leave behind a huge legacy after his death in 1986, and it is now up to the new show to showcase his involvement with the project, which lasted 17 years, from 1952 to 1969.
Adding to the element of drama will be the character of Michel Quinn - played by Michael Malarkey - an Air Force captain in charge of the project, and whose beliefs and faith are a sharp contrast to the character and, in general, the aura of Hynek. Amply portrayed will also be Hynek's relationship with his second wife, Mimi (Laura Mennell) - as Hynek's involvement and obsession with revealing the truth behind over 12,000 alien sightings, managed to strain their marriage.
But what has fans' interest piqued the most is the prospect of aliens, and the fact the show is based on true incidents, has accelerated the anticipation. It has also led to a comparison between the show and the legendary 'The X-Files.' In that, fans believe this upcoming show is going to be everything the '90s Fox thriller was, and more.
In 'The X-Files', "FBI special agents investigate unexplained, mind-bending cases," reveals the plot synopsis. Though the government is convinced the outlandish reports are false, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and realist Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), for most of the series, stop at nothing to prove "the truth is out there."
Much like the lead characters Mulder and Scully's inherent faith in some truth to these alien sightings, Hynek in 'Project Blue Book' believes the government is hiding some deeper, darker truth, using the investigation as a farce, or simply, a cover-up. This has led to a comparison between the two shows, and this is what some of the fans had to say on Twitter:
If you're looking to get that X-Files vibe once again, I'm going to suggest #ProjectBlueBook. I'm screening the episodes now for a website review and have to say, I am enjoying the heck out of it. Debuts Jan. 8.— John(ConLovin')Baker3.0 (@JbakeR2D2) January 1, 2019
Project blue book. Remind me of the x files dayz. #twinpeaks— Jayne (@captainjayneway) August 3, 2017
Totally going to start reading Project Blue Book. #XFiles— Tess Trueheart (@VonVixen) January 30, 2016
'Project Blue Book' premieres Tuesday, January 8, at 10/9c on History.