The UFO Phenomenon
'Project Blue Book' TV show has been canceled
May 9, 2020 | 6 comments
Actors Neal McDonough and Aiden Gillen. Image Credit: YouTube / Good Morning America
Despite maintaining high ratings and an enthusiastic following, the UFO-themed series will not be renewed.
The science-fiction series, which aired on 'History' (formerly 'The History Channel'), was the latest attempt to combine a TV drama with real-life events relating to the UFO phenomenon.
It starred Aiden Gillen ( Petyr Baelish in Game of Thrones ) as J. Allen Hynek - the astronomer and UFO researcher who originated the 'Close Encounter' UFO classification system and a scientific advisor to three US Air Force UFO studies including Project Blue Book.
In the series, Hynek joins Air Force officials to investigate UFO reports but quickly comes to the realization that his quest for the truth conflicts with efforts to cover up the phenomenon.
Now however, despite a successful two-season run, History
has decided not to renew the show for a third season - effectively ending things on a cliffhanger with no apparent resolution.
It is unclear exactly why the channel has made this decision, however the coronavirus lockdown (and its effects on production) could have something to do with it.
The actual Project Blue Book was an in-depth study of unidentified flying objects carried out by the US Air Force in the 1950s and 1960s. Its goal was to determine whether or not UFOs were a threat to the United States while also scientifically analyzing all known data about the phenomenon.
By the time the project had ended, it had collected an archive of some 12,618 UFO reports. While most of these were deemed to have conventional explanations, a small percentage of the sightings remained 'unexplained' even after being subjected to stringent analysis.
Officially, it was concluded that none of the UFO sightings investigated by the Air Force posed a risk to the United States and nor did they represent evidence of alien visitors or advanced technology.
Not everyone however is convinced that things were quite that straight forward.
Source: Den of Geek
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