REVIEW: 'Unidentified' a fine first step in mainstreaming UFOs



The To The Stars team has been clandestinely filming and planning big investigations ever since Tom DeLonge took a video camera with him to the White House years ago before To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science was even a thing. To take a line from a song DeLonge wrote (“Anthem” by blink-182) “good things come to those who wait,” and while many in the UFO community grew tired and impatient awaiting To The Stars announcements, there was a reason things were taking time.

Enter the History Channel and “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation,” which debuts at 10 p.m. (Eastern) on May 31. The documentary series will focus on the work To The Stars is up to investigating sightings, cases and alleged evidence.

For those following, the first episode in the mini-series should be familiar, as it primarily focuses on an introduction to Luis Elizondo and crew. It also digs into the Pentagon UFO story, and a detailed report on the Nimitiz encounter, which reveals first-time eyewitness testimony from another pilot from the Nimitiz incident. Interesting note the Nimitiz was nuclear powered, which pairs with past military sightings of USO and UFOs in relation to nuclear activity.

Elizondo’s professionalism and meticulousness really shine through in his interviewing, and approach to the witnesses and importance of the case. While this site is no stranger to DeLonge’s background having interviewed and met him in the past, first-time viewers will get a glimpse into his mind and passion, and the forming of the TTS team. Some of the footage used here is from the original “Sekret Machines” planned documentary that likely got absorbed into “Unidentified.”The episode does include some revelations ( as promised) that won’t be spoiled here.

What “Unidentified” ultimately aims to do appears to be the same goal as To The Stars as a whole hopes for, which is to bring a serious presentation of the UFO subject to a mainstream community. This explains why the TTS team is stacked with individuals with official titles attached to their names, and previous careers in the highest positions of government, science, and innovation/ business. The approach could also be why TTS is selective in choosing predominantly major media organizations as a sole press outlets at the moment.

Supporters of TTS efforts will likely enjoy the pilot episode, some naysayers may be swayed while others will remain negative, and new viewers will be impressed with the presentation. Overall, “Unidentified” is a fine launch to legitimize the study of UFOs to prime time, and a home-run for History Channel.