Project Blue Book (2019–2020)
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Close Encounters 

While reminiscing on the set of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", Hynek recounts his experiences with the famous Robertson Panel and the eccentric alien contactee for whom he put everything on the line.


Wendey Stanzler


David O'Leary (created by), Linda Burstyn | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Aidan Gillen ... Dr. J. Allen Hynek
Michael Malarkey ... Captain Michael Quinn
Laura Mennell ... Mimi Hynek
Ksenia Solo ... Susie Miller
Michael Harney ... General Hugh Valentine (as Michael J. Harney)
Neal McDonough ... General James Harding (credit only)
Jerod Haynes ... Daniel Banks
Bronson Pinchot ... David Dubrovsky
Michael Imperioli ... Master Sergeant Edward Rizzuto
Catherine Lough Haggquist ... Reporter
Nicholas Holmes Nicholas Holmes ... Joel Hynek
Dan Zukovic ... Dr. Lloyd Stenzler
Yumi Ogawa ... Stacy
Caitlin Mitchell-Markovitch ... Female P.A.


It's 1976, and Allen and Mimi are on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which is based on Allen's work, and on which he is acting as a technical advisor. Much of what Allen ends up talking about in a prearranged interview with a reporter is the 1953 Robertson Panel set up by the CIA, the unofficial mission of the Panel being for the CIA to take over the work of Blue Book by discrediting the work Allen and Quinn had done up to that point. The one thing going for Allen and Quinn in defending their work was that the Panel was comprised of scientists rather than CIA bureaucrats. Although he should have been against them in working for the CIA himself, Banks did whatever he could to support Allen and Quinn going into the Panel. On the flip side, Valentine wanted Allen in particular to close his statement to the Panel with a very definitive opinion about the non-existence of UFOs regardless of the evidence, such a statement which could have saved Blue Book. Part of ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


As stated in the episode "Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)", was based on the work of J. Allen Hynek, named after his classification system, and he served as technical advisor on the film as well as having a cameo role. See more »


Susie Miller tells Edward Rizzuto to reach out to his contact in Saint Petersburg. While this was the original name of the Russian City, from 1924 until 1991 it was known as Leningrad. Thus when the events are taking place the city was still known as Leningrad. See more »


Master Sergeant Edward Rizzuto: This business is tricky, and truth is, I waver all the time. But the one thing I'm clear on... I don't wanna be looking over my shoulder the rest of my life, wondering who might be coming to kill me.
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29 February 2020 | by burtonjackSee all my reviews

Just a beautifully executed episode. My favorite thus far.

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25 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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