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Series / Project Blue Book

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Project Blue Book is historical drama series that premiered on History channel in January 2019. The series is based on the real-life Project Blue Book, a series of top secret investigations on UFO's beginning in 1952

The main role of DR. J. Allen Hynek, the underappreciated astrophysics professor recruited by the Air Force, is played by Aidan Gillen, while his counter part Captain Michael Quinn is played by Michael Malarkey.

Not to be confused with Project UFO, also based on the real-life files.

Project Blue Book contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: While Hynek is a real person, Quinn, while borrowing some aspects from original head Edward Ruppelt has been made different to allow for more freedom in character dynamics and layered background.
  • Agent Mulder: Dr. Hynek, though a bit less eccentric. See character page for more detail.
  • Agent Scully: Captain Michael Quinn. See character page for more detail.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: While it's early to say, seems to be playing with this for the Fanservice with both Hynek and Quinn, as well as Hynek's wife Mimi and her new friend Susie.
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  • Femme Fatale Spy: Susie is this with a bit of Sensual Slav coming into play.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Aiden invents the term UFO (Unidentified Flying Object). His partner has no objection, because it saves time typing up reports.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: With the subject matter being aliens, surprisingly Averted!
  • Jurisdiction Friction
  • Men in Black: Both Quinn and Hynek could be seen as this, though there are also the men following Hynek.
  • Mundane Solution: How superiors want most of the cases to be closed, with Hynek’s blessing or not.
  • Mystery of the Week: Each episode takes from a different, real-life Blue Book file.
  • Red Scare: The early Cold War and Atomic Age. Seen in both the Government bodies and the general public's fear. Supposedly the Government is motivated to create Blue Book to help alleviate public fear.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A meeting of army brass are shown watching an upcoming Hollywood movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.
  • Subliminal Messaging: What the pilot from the first episode claims occurred, the song played was an attempt to communicate with him, with something deeper in the melody.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: "Operation Paperclip" features Quinn and Hynek interviewing Wernher von Braun, the former Nazi scientist responsible for the V2 rocket and later instrumental to the Apollo program.

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