The History Channel's hotly-anticipated series, "Project Blue Book," premiered this week to an impressive 3.1 million viewers (making it one of the network's top premiers ever) and a pretty positive, if not cool reception online. Some viewers became instant fans, while others were underwhelmed or even took issue with the series being a work of fiction, versus a documentary. However, most the reviews and comments online were hopeful about the next episode.
FBI.gov currently houses a number of intriguing UFO files (many formerly top-secret) that reveal the US Air Force's nonfiction interest and investigations into the UFO phenomenon. Project Blue Book was one of these investigative groups, and in fact, it was preceded by the top-secret Project Sign and Project Grudge. As recently as December 2017, the New York Times revealed that the Pentagon followed in the footsteps of Project Blue Book, and still considers UFOs to be real, and a potentially real, extraterrestrial threat.
The History Channel series focuses on the cases from the 50s and 60s that Project Blue Book founder, and so-called "father of ufology" J. Allen Hynek would have been close to, like the "Lubbock Lights," but reportedly has plenty of fantasy mixed in. Hynek is the main character in the show, and he's played by Aidan Glenn, famous for playing "Littlefinger" in "Game of Thrones." As with any good scifi drama, the UFO and alien-pursuing Hynek needs a skeptical foil. Enter Captain Michael Quinn, played by Michael Malarkey from "The Vampire Diaries."
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