Susie (Ksenia Solo) hatches a plan to rid herself of her associate
Just as he is about to quit Project Blue Book, Dr. Hynek is taken hostage (along with Quinn and his secretary) by a man who claims to have been abducted by aliens. Thomas Mann and his wife Valerie (played by Malcolm Goodwin and Khalilah Joi) are from New Hampshire, just like Betty and Barney Hill, the first widely publicized alien abductees whose close encounter happened in September 1961. Thomas gets Valerie to dig an implant out of his neck (an implant that he knows he has only after Hynek hypnotizes him). Shortly after that, Quinn saves Mr. Mann from certain death by knocking him out of the way of a sniper’s bullet, something one might have expected Hynek to do. Quinn’s rescue of Mann could indicate that he developed genuine sympathy for Mann’s plight, or (more likely) that all of Quinn’s actions during the hostage situation were designed to persuade Hynek not to quit the project. Continue reading →
Susie Miller (Ksenia Solo) preparing to remove all traces of Donna from her associate’s car
The show seems to be getting a bit off-topic. Hynek and Quinn are called in by The Generals to investigate what turns out to be an experiment conducted by the American government and designed to expose a platoon of rangers in Missouri to a chemical agent without their knowledge. (To be fair, it did sort of look like a bunch of UFOs at the start, and The Generals were unaware of the experiment. The pattern created by the shells that were fired that contained the chemical agent looked a lot like what Hynek saw at the nuclear testing range in “The Green Fireballs“. It seems possible that Hynek was exposed to psychotropic drugs of some sort there. Continue reading →
David O’Leary tweeted: “To test the impact effects of an atomic blast on populated areas, military technicians built entire fake towns in remote areas complete with houses, shops, and even mannequin families. These settlements got the ominous nickname ‘doom towns'”
The countdown to a nuclear test inexplicably starts too soon, and stops seconds before detonation. Shortly thereafter, the fake town designed to study the effects of the blast is buzzed by several bright green UFOs. Hynek and Quinn are sent to investigate. Unknown to Quinn, Hynek has gone over the heads of the Generals (to the Secretary of Defense?) and gotten his camera-matrix project approved. He arrives well equipped to photograph whatever flies by.
Green Fireballs are a type of UFO that, after Roswell, began to habitually appear in high-security areas. It seems possible that these are reconaissance probes that are less vulnerable to being shot down than their parent craft.
In 2010, U.S. Air Force Captain Robert Salas told The London Telegraph that he witnessed such an event first-hand on 16 March 1967 at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana (which at that time housed Minuteman nuclear missiles). “I was on duty when an object came over and hovered directly over the site,” he said. “The missiles shut down – 10 Minuteman missiles. And the same thing happened at another site a week later. There’s a strong interest in our missiles by these objects, wherever they come from.”Continue reading →