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  • Summary: 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 investigateCollege 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. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense, Science Fiction, Science
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 8, 2019
    70
    Even if it’s less nuanced than The Americans and a bit cornier than The X-Files, Project Blue Book has a pulpy energy that carries it over its rougher patches. Whether it has legitimately grand truths to uncover remains to be seen, but for now, it recognizes that concrete answers aren’t nearly as entertaining as mankind’s enduring (and tantalizing) quest to comprehend the great unknown.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 7, 2019
    67
    Too often “Project Blue Book’s” approach makes “Dora the Explorer” look like a work of subtlety. Government coverup? Check. Conspiracy? Sure. Shadowy men wearing fedoras? Why not? The truth may be out there, but is it here? With a series like this, it’s best to indulge your own inner Scully.
  3. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 8, 2019
    60
    Even if the show has trouble finding its sea legs, it’s a perfectly fun bit of distraction that could find an admirable groove if it proves willing to take a step back and make some calculated adjustments.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 3, 2019
    50
    There's little surprise or suspense in these by-the-book anecdotes of weird phenomena in the skies and sinister cover-ups on the ground. [7-20 Jan 2019, p.11]
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jan 8, 2019
    50
    Project Blue Book feels like “X-Files” Lite, only with a whole lot of indistinguishable men--and all the women are stuck on the sideline.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 7, 2019
    50
    In all, the six episodes of Project Blue Book did just enough to keep me moving forward in the hopes that everything will click. Even if the storytelling comes together at some point, I'm not sure what can be done to make Hynek and Quinn a better duo. As it stands, the show is interesting without ever being as fascinating or involving as it ought to be.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 4, 2019
    40
    Potentially intriguing moments feel entirely manufactured, and the plots in between are paint-by-number plain with sometimes painfully bad dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 9, 2019
    10
    Wow!, love this! So it's seems so far like X files meets the Americans... BUT REAL! Love that at the end of each episode, they break down theWow!, love this! So it's seems so far like X files meets the Americans... BUT REAL! Love that at the end of each episode, they break down the facts of what actually happened to piece together this well put together drama! Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2019
    10
    I got to see the first two episodes and I am really excited to see where they take the season. The casting is brilliant - you can't go wrongI got to see the first two episodes and I am really excited to see where they take the season. The casting is brilliant - you can't go wrong with Aidan Gillen - and the script is believable and witty without being too much or silly. The cinematography is gorgeous as well and really on point. It seems like they budgeted everything well too because there is a nice balance of realistic props and set, which give it a genuine feel for the 50's without being too much, and also believable CGI. Very well done for a tv series. All the little extra plots and twists have me on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting next Tuesday! Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2019
    6
    I like PBB but have real concerns it can sustain itself despite hundreds of unsolved UFO cases to choose from. The structural flaw is somewhatI like PBB but have real concerns it can sustain itself despite hundreds of unsolved UFO cases to choose from. The structural flaw is somewhat like the X-Files. We ALL wanted to believe but there could never be a definitive episode of the series would effectively be over. Expand
  4. Jan 9, 2019
    6
    Project Blue Book is History Channel’s latest offering; its first premiere of 2019, dealing with UFOs and other unexplained reports thatProject Blue Book is History Channel’s latest offering; its first premiere of 2019, dealing with UFOs and other unexplained reports that prevailed during the 1950s, and the Air Force’s attempt to deal with those reports. The show stars Aiden Gillan of HBO’s Game of Thrones fame, Michael Malarkey (Vampire Diaries), and Neal McDonough, who played the excellent Robert Quarles in FX’s Justified, amongst other roles.
    When a pilot breaks down after a mid-air altercation with a strange flying light, the duo is sent to Fargo, North Dakota, to explore the claim. Of course, before that, Captain Quinn needs to convince Dr. Hynek to be a part of this tag-team, and he does so in the quickest manner possible: by bruising the man’s ego. Not a bad way to start things off, if you ask me. Dr. Hynek still gets to keep his job, choosing to moonlight as a secret operative, hoping the extra cash can help with his work, and hoping to get recognition for the work he does with UFOs.
    The show manages to be engaging, even if it does follow the same, well-beaten path of other shows that have come before it. The dialogue and characterisation needs improvement, with the lines bordering on corny and the characters not doing much to stand out;something that needs to change over the next couple episodes. The women of the episode are neglected as well, with one being a predictable element from the moment of her appearance, and the other reduced to a dull housewife of a character. Now, to be fair, it is set in the 50s, and the women then weren’t allowed to do much more than that, but I do hope to see real depth to these women, which has been lacking so far.My main issue with the episode is with the audio and how badly it has been balanced. The ambient and special effects are far louder than they should be, and are not accommodating towards the dialogue, making for a poor aural experience that I, once again, hope improves in the coming episodes.
    In terms of content, I’m glad to see the show actually exploring the supernatural, rather than serving as a true-to-history debunking series. This allows for more entertaining stories, even if it does stretch, bend, and warp the truth.
    All in all, Project Blue Book shows some promise, if not a lot, and could make for interesting viewing, if for no reason other than to watch Aiden Gillan on screen again.
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  5. Jan 13, 2019
    4
    I was looking forward to this one, but boy, does it feel like a re-treat of much better, much more interesting, and funnier fare. Even theI was looking forward to this one, but boy, does it feel like a re-treat of much better, much more interesting, and funnier fare. Even the woman who is tracking the scientists's wife (from Lost Girl) is a tired trope. But the scientist's wife (from Alphas) is a winner. It's almost worth watching another episode or two to see what she does. She was great in Haven, too. Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2019
    0
    I really love this show. The actual Project Blue Book was published when I was in High School, but watching the events dramatized is so muchI really love this show. The actual Project Blue Book was published when I was in High School, but watching the events dramatized is so much better. My only criticism is that many of us who are over 50 have hearing problems (maybe we attended too many concerts or were on too many firing ranges), but either way, the background music overwhelms the show and makes it difficult to even hear the dialogue -- which totally ruins it for me. Tone down the music so we can hear what is being said! Expand

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