PROJECT BLUE BOOK – Season 2 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
Susie (Ksenia Solo) and Mimi (Laura Mennell) in what looks like a classic confrontation between East and West with the Generals between in the background.
NATO’s fleet in the North Atlantic is plagued with UFO sightings which the fleet commander attributes to the Russians, causing him to set a course dangerously close to Soviet waters. Hynek and Quinn must prove the extraterrestrial (or at least non-Soviet) nature of these craft to prevent World War III. The first question that comes to mind is: What are these ETs thinking? Having observed human military activities throughout World War II, they must be aware of how people will respond to their sudden and uncommunicative appearance in such a situation. Are they trying to start a war? Continue reading →
Mimi (Laura Mennell) talks to Susie (Ksenia Solo) through a bathroom door that symbolizes the barriers between them that must be overcome.
Quinn and Hynek return to the Project Blue Book offices after the events in Washington at the end of Season One, and someone named John (Daryl Sabara) surprises them with a visit. “Hangar 18,” he says. “That’s what they call it but it’s not really a hangar. It looks like a storage building. The real lab is six floors below. That’s where I work; I’m a mechanical engineer. When the Air Force hired me they told me I was working for something called the Technical Air Intelligence Unit. I was supposed to be analyzing, breaking down, and reverse engineering Soviet technology. but the craft we’ve been working on, it’s not Russian.” Hynek asks if he believes it’s of extraterrestrial origin, and John says, “The technology of these things, it’s beyond our capabilities. Way beyond.” John asks them to meet him off base and gives them evidence of his sincerity: a metallic disk just like the one that was found in the neck of Thomas Mann in “Abduction” (Episode 1.9). John is caught trying to smuggle classified materials off the base and Quinn and Hynek are called on the carpet for trying to meet with him. Continue reading →
Hynek and Quinn head to Utah to investigate an incident at a fictionalized version of the Skinwalker Ranch, which in real life has been the site of many and varied reports of paranormal events including UFO’s, cattle mutilations, invisible magnetic anomalies, and sightings of creatures that look like skinwalkers. UFO researcher and billionaire Robert Bigelow bought the ranch in late 1996 for $200,000, and set up continuous surveillance there, but reported finding nothing. In 2016, Bigelow sold the Ranch to a shell corporation called Adamantium Holdings for $4.5 million. Adamantium has since secured the ranch with guards and barbed wire and all roads leading there have been blocked.
The first X-file, which according to Mulder was created in 1946, dealt with skinwalkers, but Mulder didn’t investigate it until that show’s 19th episode. Titled “Shapes”, the story was (for unknown reasons) set in Montana. Here, Mulder surprises Scully with a piece of skin shed by a skinwalker.
The owners of the fictitious ranch are Rex and Laura Chapman (Jesse Hutch and Spencer Grammer), and since moving to the 488-acre property, their son Billy (Liam Hughes) has taken to sleepwalking. As they followed Billy on one of his nocturnal wanderings, they spotted the alien that let to Project Blue Book’s involvement. When Quinn and Hynek arrive, they discover a skeleton wrapped in animal skins hanging from a tree, which is probably what the Chapmans mistook for an alien. A creepy neighbour (Christopher Heyerdahl) is responsible for the hanging figure, and there are more of them. He says they are wards against skinwalkers, but if they are, they are noticeably ineffective. As Quinn put it after they find little Billy cowering in a cabinet hiding from “the alien”: “Blue lights in the woods, could be ball lightning. Effigy hanging from a tree. But boy in the cupboard?”Continue reading →