'Project Blue Book' will look into Dr. J Allen Hynek's obsession with UFOs and his fall 'down the rabbit hole'
Dr. Hynek's journey from a skeptic to a believer eventually culminated to an obsession that resembled going 'down the rabbit hole,' as cast member Michael Malarkey recently shared and it is up to the new show to portray that in details.
History channel's upcoming show, 'Project Blue Book,' has taken up the task of digging deeper into the titular real-life hush hush project, which the US government had carried out back in the '50s after a sudden surge in 'alien' and 'UFO' sightings in the Washington DC area. While the new show about to premiere in a day might come across as another thriller in a genre that has been overly done already, the refreshing aspect about this show is paticular is how it follows Dr. J Allen Hnek's (Aidan Gillen) involvement in the project and divulges more about the reallity of it. But Dr. Hynek's journey from a skeptic to a believer eventually culminated to an obsession that resembled going 'down the rabbit hole,' as cast member Michael Malarkey recently shared and it is up to the new show to portray that in details.
Ever since the trailer for 'Project Blue Book' was released, fans all over social media have taken time out to express how excited they are about this new 'The X-Files' reminiscent show. However, what sets the new show apart from the '90s Fox sensation is that the plot is based on real-life truth. To tell the truth of Project Blue Book and Dr. Hynek's involvement with the investigation, Michael Malarkey's character - Michael Quinn - was introduced to the story. He also adds an element of contrast between his strictly non-believer schitck and the quirky, eccentric personality that Dr. Hynek exhibits. Quinn's character is said to be an amalgamation of all the US Air Force officers involved in the real-life project, and as evident from the initial stages of the show that his job pretty much comprises of is managing Dr. Hynek.
The Air Force recorded thousands of UFO encounters. Those stories sparked a government investigation and HISTORY'S new drama series. @HISTORYBlueBook premieres tomorrow at 10/9c. pic.twitter.com/zY2Z51eqy7— HISTORY (@HISTORY) January 7, 2019
History says that Dr. Hyek - a family man, college professor, and an astrophysicist - 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. But Dr. Hynek wasn't always a believer. He initially began discussing these reported mysterious sightings with the U.S. Air Force in 1948 - back when he was a skeptic. But further extensive investigation lead him towards a spiral of sorts which led him to understand that out there could be more truth underlying in these sightings that neither the government was revealing, nor was in his power to explain.
This obsession with finding out the truth is also said to have impacted his relationship with his second wife, Mimi (Laura Mennell), something that the show is expected to unfold in its upcoming debut season. However, as Malarkey has revealed, the documents - as cited by history - are bound to send anybody directly involved with investigating the truth behind them, to this spiral. "Well, I mean it's hands down a real phenomenon and a real cover-up that’s going on," Malarkey shared with Den of Geek.
“I don't know if it's ‘aliens’ or not,” Malarkey remarked, adding: “But I definitely feel like whatever these objects are in our skies - and I've seen a lot of footage, you have to comb through a lot of the fake stuff out there at the moment, and people are really good at doctoring things up - but there's enough legit stuff out there to see that there are intelligent objects moving throughout our skies.” As contrasting as Malarkey's character might be from Dr. Hynek, these words by the actor do a pretty neat job of summing up what Dr. Hynek himself must have deduced from his involvement in the project.
For the longest time in its duration, the U.S. Air Force officers involved in the project continued to dismiss these sightings with explanations they considered were logical, and also eventually shut down the project in 1969, due to an apparent lack of reports supporting any moiety of truth. But turns out, much like Dr. Hynek's concluding faith in these sightings being real is a belief shared by both Malarkey, and the team of writers involved with the upcoming show, 'Project Blue Book.' Add to that what Malarkey calls 'artistic license' and we have a new side to the tale that has been told before. In that, the show's writers took the freedom to call in a few assumptions and dramatize some of the real life events and reports of these sightings.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EARTHLINGS. See you on your screens in 2019. 🛸 Project Blue Book premieres JANUARY 8th at 10/9c on @history #projectbluebook #michaelmalarkey #aidangillen #michaelharney #nealmcdonough #CAPTIONTHIS pic.twitter.com/Shh1UoCBXm— michael malarkey (@mkmalarkey) December 31, 2018
At the same time, the show also tries its best to not show the authorities involved in a villainous light; if anything, the show intends to trigger an essence of curiosity and intrigue in the masses that could drive them towards seeking the truth regarding incidents like these, with spurred enthusiasm. “I hope that it will stimulate a new found interest especially in people who just kind of sweep these things under the rug,” says Malarkey. “Yes, it's changed my mind. I've seen too much for me to discredit this entire thing and, regardless of your opinion on the matter, I think that the facts show there have definitely been strange and unexplained phenomena in the skies whatever that may be. And there's definitely been an ongoing government cover-up about it.”
But this dramatization also focuses on Dr. Hynek's journey through the project - especially in his beliefs about the government hiding some deeper, darker truth, using the investigation as a farce, or simply, a cover-up. And hopefully this will make for quite the joyride once the show releases on Tuesday, January 8, 10/9c, only on History.