Project Blue Book: The History Channel’s New UFO Drama Series

Not since The X-Files has there been a UFO drama series anticipated as much as Project Blue Book, The History Channel’s latest delivery. While the series is fictional, it’s set within a true historical framework.

HISTORY’s upcoming new drama series ‘Project Blue Book’ is based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969. ~The History Channel

Project Blue Book was a US Air Force program that investigated UFOs from 1952 until 1969[1]. While the large majority of the 12,618 UFO reports were explainable, a very small number of them remain unsolved.

Where History Meets Fiction

The History Channel has one other keystone show about aliens & UFOs in its wildly popular Ancient Aliens, but there are lots of problems with that show today. Claiming to run the realm of a non-fiction documentary while ignoring numerous historical facts, the show takes on more of an opinion piece than anything else driving many viewers away[2].

Ancient Aliens has become nothing more than a rotation of the same set of theorists continually spouting the same ideas episode after episode, regardless of the evidence, resulting in a never ending holding pattern where the answer to every question is, “Ancient Astronaut theorists say ‘Yes'”.

This new show however, without the anchor of pretending to be non-fiction, could be so much more. The ability to develop characters and move new faces in and out of the series will help keep things fresh.

Hopefully it takes a page from the first few seasons of The X-Files with the number of characters & personalities. Seriously, go back and watch the first season of The X-Files and look at the sheer number of actors who appeared on that show throughout various episodes.

Perhaps a Return to Good Old TV?

One of the things I really miss about older TV dramas (even those not about aliens) is the use of dialogue between characters.

Take a look at some of today’s most popular shows such as The Walking Dead; an entire season may be comprised of just 10 or 12 episodes. In addition, there’s very little dialogue between characters.

Compare that to The X-Files’ 24-episode seasons where the large majority of the story was told through character conversations. There was more dialogue in a couple episodes of The X-Files than an entire season of The Walking Dead.

But Let’s Not Get Ahead of Ourselves

While I would love for Project Blue Book to become the next X-Files, I have to remember that this is still The History Channel. While The History Channel does lots of great things, they’re not 20th Century Fox.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out. Take a look at the trailer below:


Sources & Additional Reading

Featured Image Source: Pixabay

1. Wikipedia: Project Blue Book

2. Zesty Things: Why I Stopped Watching The History Channel

14 thoughts on “Project Blue Book: The History Channel’s New UFO Drama Series

  • March 9, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    I watched it not too impressed too much other crap for an attempt to reinvent history

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    • March 10, 2019 at 11:12 am
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      I like it. I don’t watch much TV, but it’s a pretty good show especially when you consider what else is out there.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    This show is entertaining but so off from the cases they state they are based on

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    • March 10, 2019 at 11:12 am
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      I think that’s to be expected. I’m not sure if it’s a real genre name, but I’ve always called shows like this, “Historical Fiction”.

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    • March 10, 2019 at 11:37 am
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      Alien UFO Blog it states the stories are based on real cases which is probably true but they stretched it too far, either way it’s entertaining

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  • November 25, 2018 at 9:27 pm
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    I’m excited about this one. I rarely make time to watch TV, but this could be my new exception.

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    • November 25, 2018 at 9:36 pm
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      I’m cautiously optimistic – I have all these ideas in my mind about how great the show could be, but seen too many networks screw up good ideas and ended up disappointed.

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