Feature-length documentary Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers landed on Netflix last month, narrated by Mickey Rourke and centred on the physicist and conspiracy theorist (or stone-cold truther, depending on your perspective) Bob Lazar.
For those unfamiliar with Lazar's story, the 60-year-old worked as a propulsion specialist at a Nevada test site location during the 1980s, called S-4, which served as a neighbour to the now infamous Area 51. Though the zone was entombed in secrecy and surrounded by whispers and some pretty bizarre speculation ever since, it was Lazar who originally blew the lid off it, effectively announcing its existence to the world.
Whether you buy into his otherworldly recollections is completely subjective, after all, and Lazar has always admitted to having no evidence to support his claims.
But there's more to know about Lazar's alleged experiences, thanks to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. While promoting Area 51 & Flying Saucers on the podcast, director Jeremy Corbell and Lazar elaborate on his whistleblowing crusade as they add even more shocking insights to America's 'extraterrestrial secret'.
Lazar may have only worked at S-4 for six months but this guy's life was irreversibly altered by what he (claims he) was exposed to.
Viewers of the doc will know that Lazar was once given permission to enter the "spacecraft" he was working on but what he didn't mention was the vessel's light-bending exterior. He tells Rogan that if you stood directly underneath it, it disappeared – the human eye being unable to recognise its shape due to a complex manipulation of light. We're getting dizzy just thinking about it.
Meanwhile, the desert hangar in which Lazar was based also housed eight more alien ships of different design and size. He only set eyes on them once – a line of open doors were perfectly positioned to give him full view – but sadly he never got to touch or work on them.
Although he never learned the crash-site locations, he reveals that his laboratory partner Barry once referred to an item being discovered during "an archeological dig". Did these alien visitors crash-land before homo sapiens ever walked the planet? Were the dinosaurs subjected to alien experiments? The mind can't help but boggle.
Area 51 also implemented a strict rota for its spacecraft piloting tests. Lazar mentions that Wednesdays were used because the Nevada skies usually had the lightest air traffic on that particular day of the week.
The administration side of things was pretty eye-opening, too, as Lazar's induction to the programme exposed him to documents identifying the supposed binary star system origin of the saucers: Zeta Reticuli, which is approximately 39.3 light-years from Earth.
However, he admits that his employers could've been "bullshitting him" as a way of unmasking potential whistleblowers.
Check this for some head-spinning horror... Lazar's engineering predecessor was apparently killed within the S-4 walls whilst working on the exact same artefact. Reflecting on how this was said to have happened, Lazar states that a "horrific accident" led to the scientist's death, who was attempting to "cut into" the ship with some sort of plasma ray.
The stuff of science-fiction? Tell us about it.
On a more personal level, Lazar admits that he was scared of renewing interest in his story via the Netflix doc, as of course it's been several decades since the media explosion.
Explaining how the more colourful characters of the conspiracy community deal with him, he notes: "It's no joke, we've had people literally camp out on our front lawn. Most of the correspondents I get are people trying to get hold of me going 'Bob, you gotta listen to me, I'm coming to talk to you, I'm driving from Oklahoma' or whatever.
"But some of them are just f**king batshit crazy. They're frightening," he adds.
Speaking of privacy issues, Lazar goes on to reveal that his home phone-line was tapped during his employment at the base, but this uncovered something of a personal nightmare for the scientist. As it turns out, his bosses allegedly intercepted messages from his wife to another man – a pilot she was supposedly having an affair with at the time.
The systematic erasure of Lazar's working history and educational records must have hit him hard during those early whistleblowing days – he believes the US government did this so people would discredit his claims – but what fans of the doc won't know is that his birth certificate was also apparently destroyed.
*Looks sideways to camera four, raises eyebrow*
But the craftiness of these hush-hush men didn't stop there, as Lazar further points out that Russian scientists were also drafted in to the Nevada camp during his time there. At such a heightened period for the Communist faithful, this is a huge twist in the tale.
Even more interestingly, what transpired in their division was "a major discovery" and the Russians were quickly ushered back to their homeland without any congratulations. Lazar jokes: "In typical American fashion, it was 'Alright this is ours, you guys get the hell out of here'."
It's now been 30 years since Lazar's humanitarian exposé and any solid evidence to back him up still equates to zero (in the public sector, anyway), so whether or not we believe his tall tale is a slippery subject indeed.
Are we alone in the universe, or is the government hiding the biggest discovery in human history? And what do the Stranger Things writers know that we don't?
Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers is available to stream on Netflix.
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