DATELINE: Actors in Hats
Best Actor in a Hat!
In the penultimate episode of season 2, the Blue Bookshow began to grab onto whatever past history fiction provided, rather than the “based on Hyneck’s true events.”
We presume the series has enough oomph to return, but it isn’t taking any chances with its increasingly shrill plots.
With Captain Quinn (Mike Malarkey) on a bender after being stripped of his role for cavorting (unwittingly) with a Soviet agent, he is holed up in his FBI ransacked apartment in a T-shirt, sipping colas.
Hynek (Aiden Gillen) comes to his rescue with one last sunset ride. It appears a UFO has abducted an airplane in British Columbia. And, Mike Malarkey gets to wear another swell hat and fly a seaplane into the logging camps of Canada.
Two mysterious pilots talk like they’re from Jackson Heights and cannot control their plane as it shows a radar collison with a UFO.
Continuing to be able to find needles in haystacks, Gillen and Malarkey show up in the woods, hike a bit, and can locate a crash site before the RAF. The two survivors turn out to be Soviet plants—and when discovered, they develop accents like extras from Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.
Dr. Hynek has to disarm a nuclear bomb with a screwdriver, which is fairly impressive. And, they turn out to be Canadian heroes.
Back in the office, they find that Senator John F. Kennedy (not yet President and a nobody in 1953) seems to be a powerhouse in the UFO community, giving them a new mission for the season finale.