Project Blue Book hits the ground running with an action-packed episode that takes Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Captain Michael Quinn back to ground zero at Roswell. We take a look at 5 important discoveries from the Season 2 opener.
Project Blue Book has returned. The second season opener, “The Roswell Incident-Part 1” is definitely full of action and information. Someone is threatening to expose the government cover-up of the 1947 UFO crash and General Harding (Neal McDonough) is dispatched to the town to flesh out the potential whistleblower.
Aiding him in his mission is Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen) and Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) who are tasked with re-opening the Roswell case files. Of course, the expectation is to sign off immediately but everyone knows that isn’t going to happen.
Instead, the pair find themselves at the center of a conspiracy to mislead the American public into thinking that UFOs don’t exist. What they find during the course of their investigation is that we are definitely not alone.
Here are 5 important discoveries from this episode. Some spoilers are ahead so proceed with caution.
Quinn Had an Alien Encounter
In the Season 1 finale of Project Blue Book, “The Washington Merry-Go-Round,” Quinn scrambled with the other fighter pilots to try and overtake the UFOs that were buzzing the nation’s capital. He got too close to the glowing white orbs and found himself and his jet under alien control.
The craft hovered in front of his plane and it is unclear if he was abducted or if the extraterrestrial presence merely “scanned” him. Seeing the UAP phenomenon up close and personal has definitely caused him to re-evaluate his thoughts on the possibility of life existing somewhere else other than Earth.
Harding Initiated the Cover Up of the 1947 Incident
During the course of Hynek and Quinn’s investigation into the events of 1947, some disturbing information comes to light about General Harding’s activities at that time. He bribed Mike Connors, the rancher who found the debris from the alleged UFO crash that drew the attention of the press.
Connors ended up with a huge payout and a new car courtesy of the U.S. military for recanting his initial claim that he saw an extraterrestrial craft. Harding also went around threatening other eyewitnesses and he was responsible for crafting the press conference to dispense the “weather balloon” explanation.
Mimi Hynek Introduces Us to a New Ally, Even William Blake
We find out that Mimi has joined the Ohio Citizens for Saucer Studies which seems to be a precursor to the present day Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). She is doing undercover work for Allen by attending meetings under the assumed identity of “Betty Carpenter.”
Allen asks her to do some research into the Roswell incident for him so she approaches the leader of the group, Even William Blake (Keir O’Donnell). It is clear that they are friends and he trusts her with his detailed case file on the 1947 crash.
However, Even finds out that Mimi is not who she claims to be and confronts her at her house. He isn’t upset that she deceived him, he wants to exchange information so that they can blow the lid off the government conspiracy to hide the fact that we are being visited by extraterrestrials. His notes point Hynek and Quinn in the direction of another Roswell eyewitness, Duncan Booker.
There Was More Than One Crash Site
After Mimi reveals that Duncan Booker could be of some help to Allen, he and Quinn set out to interview him. Booker claims that he and his girlfriend Judy saw the UFO crash land.
He approached the craft and when the hatch opened up, he fled the scene before he could get a look at the occupants. Harding found out that he and Judy had seen the downed craft so he forced them to sign documents recanting their statements. He told Duncan that if he didn’t cooperate, he would take him out to the desert and bury him.
Project Mogul Disclosure and a Dead Alien
Quinn and Hynek decide to confront Harding directly about whether or not he orchestrated the cover up. Surprisingly enough, he admits that he did initiate it but not for the reason that they think.
He claims that the UFO everyone saw was actually the remains of a top-secret project called Mogul. The government was keeping an eye on the Russians and their military activities by deploying large balloons capable of ascending to the tropopause (the zone between the troposphere and stratosphere).
The balloons were equipped with microphones and telemeters that could transmit sounds of nuclear explosions and missiles to strategically placed receivers. Harding states that the weather balloon explanation was to protect our covert operation.
Of course, Quinn and Hynek don’t buy Harding’s story. The pair locate another eyewitness, a soldier named Terry. He was part of the military detail that was assigned to the crash.
Terry reveals that he saw an alien at the site which he shot and killed. Later, he buried the creature’s remains.
It looks as if Project Blue Book is getting closer to the truth. Will Hynek and Quinn search for the alien body? Is this too good to be true or proof that we aren’t alone in the universe?
Tune into Project Blue Book, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on the History Channel.
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