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Project Blue Book - Series Premiere Discussion

Project Blue Book

Premise: College professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aiden Gillen) is recruited by the US Air Force to be the Chief Scientific Advisor to a team that includes General James Harding (Neal McDonough), General Hugh Valentine (Michael Harney) and Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) who will investigate cases of UFO phenomena in this series based on the real examinations conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952-1969.

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Stupid dumb crap shows, OMFG

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Aiden Gilen is not a great actor. oef what a let down. Ksenia Solo is fantastic. why she isnt a A Hollywood actor?

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1 point · 2 months ago

he's a big guy

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a dude I know had a comment when we were discussing project blue book... " I moved to Fl when I was 16, my brother in law had been a muckty Muck in the Pentagon, and had retired from the AF. He worked somewhere and would come home and have 5 or 6 martinis, then sleep in his recliner as us kids watched TV. "Hanger 18" was on and me and my nephew were watching it, they showed a "Craft" and my BinL opened his eyes, uttered "that's not what it looked like" and went back to sleep. Never found out if he was trolling us or what. He would never admit that he did it.. Still creeps me out to think about it though. "

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Watched the first episode and loved it BUT how much of it is accurate? Did a pilot really claim to engage in fire with a ufo? Did Hynek get pursued by I guess are the men in black or something similar? It makes for good tv but I get a string vibe a lot of this stuff is great embellished which will in return dampen my interest in the show!watching the trailers for this, I expected it to be a very accurate telling of Hynel and his experiences...

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I noticed there's still no sub for this so I made /r/ProjectBlueBookTV for those interested

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Sherlock1 point · 2 months ago

Thanks so much for creating this sub!

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Thank you! This looks like it'll be fun to discuss the episodes. Happy there's a sub.

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Sherlock2 points · 2 months ago

Still no sub for this series?

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1 point · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

TROPE ALERT Why have a face mask if you aren't going to where it when flying? Why bother having both hands free when flying and talking on the radio?

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Is there any way I can see this from Europe? :\

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I expected Project Blue Book to be fictionalized, of course, but its true awfulness exceeded my expectations. It had about as much to do with the actual people and events as Raiders of the Lost Ark had to do with the scientific expeditions of Roy Chapman Andrews (the purported "model" for Indiana Jones).

But resistance is useless, right? So, perhaps I will try to sell The History (sic) Channel an outline for another new series, this one based on the "files" of the Manhattan Project, but giving free reign to the imagination, not getting bogged down in tiresome physics or engineering, or being in any way constrained by what real people really did. So, then: Episode 1:  General Leslie Groves sends polymath scientist-adventurer "Robbie" Oppenheimer (played by Matthew McConaughey) to parachute into Norway to blow up the Nazi heavy water plant.  Episode 2:  Robbie, visiting the Hanover plutonium production facility, repels a Japanese commando attack, but only with a saving assist from OSS chief "Wild Bill" Donovan.  Episode 3:  Robbie joins forces with Captain America to foil a plot by The Red Skull to disrupt the Manhattan Project timetable . . . Hey, I think I am getting the hang of this.

For anyone out there who might be interested in the real J. Allen Hynek: He was an astronomer of substantial achievements in that field, including direction of the Smithsonian's Optical Tracking Program, a pioneering project that was part of the International Geophysical Year in 1957 -- an ambitious international scientific collaboration.  That story and more, but especially Hynek's long involvement in the study of UFO phenomena, are covered in a decent recent biography of the real man, The Close Encounters Man, by Mark O'Connell (HarperCollins, 2017). 

Regarding Hynek and UFOs, here is an excerpt from a letter by Dr. Hynek that was published ("not without difficulty") in Science, Oct. 21, 1966: "I cannot dismiss the UFO phenomenon with a shrug. The 'hard data' cases contain frequent allusions to recurrent kinematic, geometric, and luminescent characteristics. I have begun to feel that there is a tendency in 20th-century science to forget that there will be a 21st-century science, and indeed, a 30th-century science, from which vantage points our knowledge of the universe may appear quite different. We suffer perhaps, from temporal provincialism, a form of arrogance that has always irritated posterity."

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That's very unfortunate..I loved the first episode but it seems to be much too fictionalized for my tastes..I expected a very authentic reselling of Hyneks experiences but I guess this isn't it..? I'm disappointed as to why they'd embellish so much?

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I enjoyed it. Although the whole Hynek's wife with the department store woman thing went on way too long. I'm sure they're building to something, like a falling out with her new "friend" when she finds out that Hynek is an UFO investigator.

But good production values, good camerawork, good editing. The acting was solid by all parties. And pleasantly surprised that Robert Zmeckis co-produced it.

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I thought the first episode was great, I'm hooked already biggest question is how accurate is the show? It already seems to be bordering more on fiction than reality

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You didn't catch the department store woman taking pictures of Hynek and surveilling him at his house at the end of the episode?

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No, I didn't. I have kids and animals in my house (if you're a parent, you'll understand). I will rewatch the end. Thanks for the tip.

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Pilot vs pilot this is my favorite History scripted show yet, I'm in love already.

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Dr. Pavel, I'm US Air Force

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Sherlock9 points · 2 months ago

I didn't really know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I definitely will keep watching. So far so good.

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I haven't seen the series premiere first episode yet but have already heard of Hynek and Project Blue Book for years through watching many UFO documentaries including Ancient Aliens and Hanger 1 which heavily reported Hynek's work. I hope the show keeps true to Hynek's work as being a skeptic at first and eventually becoming a true UFO believer and researcher. Also his obstacles and hurdles with the government which eventually lead to the project being terminated due to the government not taking any of the UFO reports seriously and looked at it as a joke. I would hate to see this show that does have potential to be a really good "X Files" type of show change direction and become this over the top "Men In Black" type of fiction drama nonsense just to gain ratings. I guess I have to wait and see. Looks promising and will definitely watch.

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Agree..the whole chase scene where Hynek pursues some mysterious figure into the amusement park to then witness a cryptic slide bullshit meter was blowing up..too bad as I wanted an accurate rundown of what happened..I do not want another X-files type show..been there, done that

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