Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7 Review: The Scoutmaster

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Captain Quinn needs to open his eyes!!

Quinn got taken for a major ride on Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7, but it seems he's still under Harding's hypnotic spell.

Why, Quinn, why?!

A True Patriot - Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7

There have to be a million thoughts racing through Quinn's mind, but Harding dangling promises of better appointments ahead is blinding our favorite Air Force captain.

Quinn was pumped to be questioning what he thought was a Russian spy about a missing "sensitive" object stolen from the Air Force base.

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He thought this was a step up from hunting down and discrediting flying saucer cases, but he was in for a big surprise.

The scenes between Quinn and Rizzuto were some of the best of the series so far. Quinn wasn't playing around, and if he had the chance, he would have shot Rizzuto just for being a traitor to his country.

General Bastard - Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7

But he quickly realized something was seriously wrong when Rizzuto started shouting in the air. It was too hard for him to believe, but (and I called it in my Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 6 Review) Rizzuto was a double agent.

Not only was he working both sides, but Harding was using him to find out if Quinn had stolen the object himself. Talk about a slap in the face to Quinn!

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Yet as pissed as Quinn was about the revelation, he quickly softened when Harding stroked his ego and made more promises.

Questioning the Enemy - Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7

Harding is a bastard who knows how Quinn works, but when will Quinn realize that Harding is full of crap and just leading him along?

One of us needs to jump into our TV sets and slap Quinn around a bit to help him see the light!

And he needs to stop being suspicious of Hynek -- even if Hynek unknowingly came into possession of the sensitive object.

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What I don't get is if Harding is so anti-Hynek, why not just kick him off Project Blue Book? Why try to create a rift between Quinn and Hynek?

I don't think that Harding knows that the two found the alien at the base they were at, but I don't remember which base that was, and if it's the one Harding claims, the object got stolen.

Double Agent - Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7

If it is the same base, then there's a possibility that Harding knows Hynek and Quinn know about the alien, and he's just waiting to see what they do.

I also have to wonder if Harding knows about Susie and her husband. There's a strong possibility that Rizzuto might have told them there are agents spying on Hynek, but I'm not clear on what Harding would gain from that information, and why he wouldn't act on it immediately.

General Hardass - Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7

I will seriously die if it turns out Susie is a double agent, and her whole purpose is to see if Hynek is a Communist. That doesn't make any sense either.

If the government or Air Force thought the Hyneks were Communists, they could take care of the situation themselves without a third party.

I guess the reason Harding isn't canning Hynek is because of the Secretary of Defense who appears to be on Hynek's side. Serious questions would get raised if Harding got rid of Hynek now, so the general just might be playing it cool.

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Hynek is in a whole lot of trouble if Quinn finds out that he does indeed have the object, and I'm guessing that the object Hynek has is the one in question.

I don't know what he hopes to accomplish hiding it in his trunk because that thing is dangerous. It activated the minute he closed the trunk which was weird, so I wonder if the Men in the Black Hats have something to do with it or if it's something that is being traced by the Air Force.

Line of Fire - Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7

Was there even that kind of tracing technology available back then?

Hynek was in his element in Bowling Green. He wants to believe, and yet he'll do whatever is necessary to disprove a sighting.

Even after seeing the mysterious symbol in the cave, he was erring on the side of the hoax when it came to the scoutmaster's story.

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Project Blue Book took some liberties with the scoutmaster's real-life encounter in regards to the Choctaw burial ground and sacred skull (I couldn't find any evidence of it), but it didn't make the story any less enjoyable. 

The real scoutmaster got accused of manufacturing the hoax, but what he saw and claimed remains a mystery because of singed grass that couldn't be explained.

Investigating a Skull - Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7

But in our fictional world, Hynek was like a little kid on Christmas when he called out Emmett and everyone else who was involved with the hoax. 

I was glad Quinn was there to witness Hynek's diligence, but not too thrilled about how quickly he's turning against Hynek.

They need to be working as a team to find out the truth, but it's getting difficult for Hynek to be honest with Quinn because Quinn continues to be hypnotized by Harding and his lies.

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If only Quinn would open his eyes to what's staring right in front of him, but his desire to shed himself of investigating flying saucers is what's blinding him at the moment.

Maybe the Men in Black Hats need to pay him a visit?

Project Blue Book gets better each week. Everything about this show is top notch, and I can't wait to see what's next!

Over to you!

How did you like "The Scoutmaster"? 

When will Quinn realize he's getting played? Will Hynek share what he knows?

What exactly is the object he has in his possession?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

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The Scoutmaster Review

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Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Rizzuto: First rule of interrogation: get them to trust you.

It looks like a controlled burn. Very precise.

Hynek