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. 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.
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