DATELINE: To be or not to be…
It’s Cold out There.
The end of the History Channel non-truth in advertising series may be at hand. Project Blue Book, which has gone off the deep end, goes the distance in the final show of the 2ndseason by dealing with USOs and the Antarctica connection.
Once again, in 1953, Senator John F. Kennedy seems to wield more power than a junior senator might—and he is now giving orders to Project Blue Book personnel, sending Dr. Hyneck and Captain Quinn off to a North Atlantic goose chase.
We have to tie together all the loose ends to make a genuine cliff-hanger and to let the actors all know that, if the series returns, they will be part of it. We suspect all of this is as doubtful as the basis on truth in the episodes this season.
You have paranoiac admirals running military exercises and dumbfounded that such an idea as UFOs is in their crew.
You have the blonde Russian agent asking to see Dr. Hyneck’s wife to renew their lesbian association, in front of the generals yet.
And, of course, we have Hyneck now ready to prevent World War III single-handed when his colleague Mike Malarkey steals a submersible and goes diving to find the glory of underwater space city.
The show ends fittingly with the hint that Captain Quinn has merely been abducted and kidnapped to Antarctica where he no doubt will meet up with the cast of Ancient Aliens and a few Nazis.
Whether this show returns next year is doubtful more than any of this non-compelling story lines.
DATELINE: Hanging Around Hangar 18
Either the series Project Blue Book is headed for some kind of big cliffhanger at Hangar 18, or the show will be dead on arrival for season 3.
We have to admit that it has grown more tawdry and grotesque in its unpleasantness. Whether Quinn and Dr. Hyneck are truly allies, or mistrustful double agents, we know the two General Nuisances are Cold Warriors of the first stripe. They are out after the guy who seems to oppose the McCarthy anti-communists and are dupes of UFOs.
This week a JFK impersonator showed up to prove that the CIA is likely behind a plot that will emerge to assassinate the president. He wants to stay in touch with Hyneck (Aiden Gillen), which is a sure sign we are headed for a big ending in two weeks.
On top of that, all the story arcs came together conveniently with our Russian double agent in stiletto heels who has been playing Hyneck’s wife and Captain Quinn (Michael Malarkey) in the bedroom. She shoots another Soviet agent in Hyneck’s living room and is taken away by police.
If this stuff is based on the true cases of Hyneck, we have missed quite a bit in the history books, or the History Channel is the main purveyor of the truth.
When the CIA is dispensing LSD to Kennedy’s secret aide, we sort of see the writing on the wall, if not the script. Of course, Kennedy was interested in UFOs and was a friend of the suicide Secretary under Truman (fictionalized in this series like so much else).
Caspar Phillipson who played JFK in many films, is here again as the President.
If you want the truth to set you free, you simply head to Wright Patterson and look in the Blue Room, which we presume will be next week.
DATELINE: Blue on Blue
Skeptical Star as Dr. Hyneck
If Project Blue Book knows what it needs to do to be renewed, it is playing a cagey game as we wound down for the season 2.
The latest episode seems to be a throwback to the old chestnut classic movie Invaders from Mars wherein a young boy is terrified by space aliens living under his rustic home. His parents are soon part of the delusional dream. You may recall the old William Cameron Menzies classic movie.
Then, we discover that the Utah setting for the family homestead is related to a new series that will replace Project Blue Bookat the end of the month!
If you watch the History Channel previews, you already know that the timeslot will be taken over, not by zombies, but by a close second: The Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch, produced by the same folks who give you The Curse of Oak Island.
And a mysterious millionaire has purchased the property and is now opening it up for Dr. Travis Taylor. Gee, how do we figure out Marty Lagina is in the picture? Perhaps when he son Alex is part of the new show’s cast.
Yes, Dr. Hyneck and Captain Quinn are learning that the paranormal ranch is where Navajo saw shapeshifter and spirits. Nice segue, if not too obvious.
Yes, the dream sequence is caused by some neural gas being pumped in as part of an Air Force experiment. Well, at least they were not feeding the kid LSD, like the CIA.
On top of that, our two comic generals have discovered Captain Quinn’s Soviet agent girlfriend and they are immediately suspicious whereas Mike Malarkey’s pipsqueak officer is in the dark.