Hynek visits the set of the film 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'

Synopsis: Hynek visits the set of the film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ while he reflects on his various experiences dealing with the Robertson Panel and a peculiar extraterrestrial contactee whom he willing to risk everything for.

Review: I remember going to see ‘Close Encounters of a Third Kind’ in 1977. So this episode felt a little nostalgic for me, but also made very clever use of the movie as a device for Hynek to tell his story.

The Story

Professor Hynek and his wife Mimi are on the set of the movie ‘Close Encounters of a Third Kind’ while filming is going on. While there they are both interviewed for the media about their role in Project Blue Book where they talk in particular about the Robertson Panel, which was an attempt by the CIA to discredit the Airforces findings of UFO phenomena. They also share how a man named David helped them keep Blue Book going by giving his Testimony after they had been betrayed by CIA Agent Daniel Banks.

The Acting

Bronson Pinchot puts in a very charismatic performance as David Banks and leaves enough wiggle room for you to wonder if he really has seen UFO’s or is just a con man. That said Hynek does claim he was a con man at the end of the episode, but would that have been a line for media consumption? We’ll likely never know. Also playing a blinder was Jerod Haynes Daniel Banks. The moment where he gives his views about Blue Book to the Robertson Panel is absolutely brilliant and has set up what I am sure is going to be a fantastic rivalry between the CIA and Airforce for future episodes.

As ever the two principal actors were fantastic with Michael Malarkey standing out for his speech about Blue Book, which he makes as his closing argument to the Robertson Panel.


This was a fantastic episode, which made clever use of Stephen Spielbergs classic 1977 movie ‘Close Encounters of a Third Kind’, which the real-life Dr. Hynek was a consultant on during the making of the film. I thought the aging make-up was pretty good for the scenes set in the 1970s and it was also fun seeing Hynek talking about things in past tenths. As opposed to seeing him in the moment of investigating.

PROJECT BLUE BOOK: SEASON 2 – Close Encounters
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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