The Flight Attendant is a comedy slash homicide thriller thriller collection that aired final fall on HBO Max. It’s that uncommon combine of significant and humorous that manages to do each effectively, the present is genuinely suspenseful (and genuinely humorous). I made a decision to binge this present as a result of certainly one of my favourite thriller novelists, Jessica Knoll, talked about how a lot she beloved it on Instagram. She was proper. Not solely is Kaley Cuoco hilarious as the primary character, however I obtained fully sucked in from the primary episode and spent final weekend lovingly binging the whole present.
The present relies on the book of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and follows Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco), an alcoholic flight attendant with arrested growth, after she wakes up in Bangkok after an evening of consuming subsequent to the lifeless physique of a outstanding businessman who she met on her flight the day earlier than. Freaked out, Cassie calls her good friend who’s a lawyer who advises her that getting arrested for homicide in Bangkok isn’t one thing she desires to do. Cassie cleans up the crime scene and manages to return to New York Metropolis, however beneath the watchful eye of the FBI. Cassie tries to unravel the homicide of the businessman, evade the FBI, evade the precise killer who’s attempting to wash up free ends, and hold her life from falling aside. That’s rather a lot for a lady who couldn’t even present up for work on time!
I feel Kaley Cuoco simply makes this present. She is so enjoyable to observe and her character is completely written. At one level Cassie says a kind of most relatable strains of all time, “I’m ruining my life one individual at a time.”
The remainder of the solid can also be superior, Zosia Mamet wants her personal spinoff as Cassie’s finest good friend and badass mafia lawyer Annie Mouradian (Zosia’s character on Mad Men additionally wants a derivative, I’ll take each Zosia character spinoff present please). Rosie Perez as Megan Briscoe is one other actually attention-grabbing facet character. And T.R. Knight at all times impresses me along with his vary since I’m used to seeing him because the passive George character on Gray’s Anatomy, he’s additionally unbelievable within the adaptation of Stephen King’s 11.22.63, FYI.
I additionally love that this collection doesn’t go regardless of the Bechdel test for males is. The lads on this present are there to help and assist the ladies. Annie’s “he’s not my boyfriend” boyfriend Max is a genius laptop hacker (and a SNACK), who principally exists as a form of gender bent Mary Sue to assist the ladies out after they’re caught on a clue. The FBI brokers investigating Cassie are led by a lady named Kim Hammond whose male associate, Van White, is much less clever, much less expert, and just about only a legal responsibility to the investigation. Even lead character Alex Sokolov is lifeless more often than not and exists principally as a personality-less avatar in Cassie’s reminiscence. Generally, I’d like to see all the characters absolutely flushed out, however centering ladies on this collection made it really feel enjoyable and lightweight, regardless that it’s a homicide thriller. Cassie’s homosexual coworker Shane will get the distinction of being the lone male character offered as sane, clever, and likable (he’s one other contender for who ought to get a derivative). It’s good to see, for as soon as, a collection the place the ladies are deep and clever and nuanced and the boys are intercourse objects and love objects and objects to be offered for disposal rather than our damsel in misery.
The Flight Attendant was renewed for a second season which can air subsequent spring. One plot level of the present was established on the finish of season one (spoiler alert) when Cassie was instructed the CIA is perhaps focused on recruiting her as an asset. Kaley Cuoco has mentioned she desires to see Cassie’s emotional growth proceed in season 2, and we’ll possible see extra of her struggles with habit. Cuoco has additionally mentioned that Alex Sokolov will most likely not seem within the subsequent season, because the telling of that story is full.
The Flight Attendant is streaming on HBO Max.