(Image credit: Jeremy Corbell via Vimeo)
Forewarning, there are spoilers ahead.
Here it is, the biggest spoiler: If you plan to watch the documentary, you won’t get that hour and a half back, or your money either.
Granted, I’m dubious when it comes to unsubstantiated claims about anything- whether it’s someone proclaiming “it’s really great pizza, you’ll love pineapple,” “I’ve only had four drinks in the last hour, I’m good to drive,” or “it’s ok, the sharks won’t bother you if you don’t bother them.” So when someone says, “I’ve worked on alien technology at a classified facility in the middle of the desert, but I have no evidence to back up that claim,” I get a little skeptical.
That’s exactly what Robert Lazar said in an interview back in 1989, and again in Jeremy Corbell’s latest documentary- Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers. This latest hour and a half overture focus on the same claims made back in 89- Bob was hired by the Navy to reverse engineer UFO engines and their power source at a secret government installation a few miles from Area 51 known as S-4. While there, Bob studied said vehicles and claims they are powered by element 115 (AKA moscovium), which was theorized about back then but wasn’t synthesized until 2003 by scientists from JINR (Russia) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (US).
Lazar also claims he was shown documents while at S-4 outlining extraterrestrial (Greys) involvement with earth over the last 10,000 years, and even witnessed a few of them being questioned. These claims were described in the first 20-minutes of the documentary, which is edited to look like a pseudo episode of the X-Files. Nothing new was presented here that isn’t in a dozen other documentaries about aliens and UFOs. In fact, you’re better off just watching the 89 interview, as it provides more information than Jeremy’s latest entry in his “Extraordinary Beliefs” series.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s an interesting story, but its wheels have no traction on the pavement of reality. In all honesty, the wheels came off the ride entirely during the last hour and ten minutes of the film, which was spent trying to make Lazar credible in his claims, rehashing his time spent at prestigious academic institutions, including MIT and Caltech, even though they have no record of him, or his tenure at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he may have worked for an outside contractor rather than an employed scientist.
The premise of why there are no records of Lazar also reads like an X-Files episode- “Scientist goes public with classified information on EBE technology, shadow government officials threaten and intimidate him, erase his credentials and work history, leaving him a laughingstock to skeptics.” To put that into perspective, even sailors who are lucky enough to get into SEAL Team 6 have records leading up to that billet, which then becomes redacted while serving in the SOF unit, but there’s evidence they were there.
There are a few sections where Lazar has some paper out, drafting the mechanics of other-worldly engines. It's just circles and squares that he claims are "emitters" or "power sources." That is about a technical as anything gets. Honestly, they could have said anything. Made it sound much more complex. But they chose to be as stale as possible.
The documentary also touches on Lazar’s past troubles with the law, including his arrest for aiding and abetting a prostitution ring (a felony), and violating the Federal Hazardous Substances Act by shipping volatile chemicals over state lines through his United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies business. These tidbits of information were added to the film in what I suspect, is an included effort to make him seem even more credible, as he admits to the crimes, and therefore he isn’t lying about his time at S-4.
After all was said and done, Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers left a smoking crater an hour and a half long in wasted time that could have otherwise been spent doing something more productive, like watching paint dry, or cleaning the dust bunnies from my PC. I’m not even going to bother rating this documentary, don’t waste your time or your money on this disaster.
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