In 2018, author Chris Bohjalian published a book called, “The Flight Attendant.” The book is about the titular character who wakes up with no memory after a boozy hangover/one-night stand with one of her passengers. She discovers a dead body of the same passenger from last night. Desperate to get out of a predicament, she must put the puzzle pieces together and find out who murdered the man. Prior to the book’s release, Kaley Cuoco and her production company “Yes, Norman Productions” bought the rights to The Flight Attendant by turning it into a mini-series. It was later picked up by WarnerMedia’s then upcoming streaming service HBO Max.
The Flight Attendant streamed on HBO Max around the same time as Doom Patrol’s second season. It received positive reviews from critics and streamers alike. The mini-series has converted itself as a full fledged series with an second season in development. Anyway, The Flight Attendant became an eligible nominee at “The 78th Golden Globe Awards” and the upcoming “27th Screen Actors Guild Awards.”
The aforementioned upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on April 4th. Before it airs, I want to share my thoughts if it’s worth eight episodes of spare time. Reminder, a second season is in development.
This review contains no crucial SPOILERS whatsoever. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
The Entire Season
Pros: Kaley Cuoco did a decent job for her performance. In addition to headlining the series, she also serves as an executive producer.
Other Cast Members such as Rosie Perez, Zosia Mamet (David Mamet’s real life daughter) & Michael Huisman all did a great job for their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Rosie has worked with two actresses who played Harley Quinn. Kaley voiced Harley in animated series on HBO Max. Margot Robbie portrays Harley in the DC Extended Universe or DCEU for short. Rosie was in “Birds Of Prey.” Coincidentally, Margot Robbie’s second movie as Harley Quinn came out the same year as The Flight Attendant.
Speaking of DC Comics, Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse) serves as an executive producer.
The Tone balances between seriousness and black comedy.
We get glimpses of Cassie’s childhood.
Character Development involving Cassie. As the show progresses, she begins to mature.
Cassie’s co-worker Megan has an agenda of her own.
Rabbits play a role in symbolism.
Alex often shows up in Cassie’s head as he represents her conscious.
Primary Themes are Alcoholism & Repressed Memories. Both subjects are handled maturely.
After you watch all eight episodes, it’s worth a rewatch.
Cons: In certain episodes, Cinematography has some Shaky Cam.
One of the episodes features a “we are done” trope. I find this predictable. In most rom-comes and buddy cop films, you know two people will put their differences aside and move on to resume their quest.
Product Placement ( Pee Pee for short) featuring brands such as Apple, Playboy, Kellogg’s, Gatorade & Coca-Cola. I’ll let this con slide, because I couldn’t find any other brand to shove down my throat.
Episode 1 – In Case Of Emergency
High: Episode 1 commences Cassie’s story arc as she’s caught in the middle of a predicament.
Cassie meets Alex. Then all heck breaks loose.
“Dr. Zhivago” is mentioned. It’s an epic romantic World War I novel later made into a film directed by David Lean. Also one of Christopher Nolan’s favorite movies and mentioned it as an influence to “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Low: No flaws were found.
Episode 2 – Rabbits
Yay: Episode 2’s title is named after an animal playing a role in symbolism. Has nothing to do with Elmer Fudd hunting rascally wabbits.
Cassie begins her investigation searching for Alex’s background.
Cassie seeks answers on somebody linked to Alex.
Megan has something up on her sleeve.
Nay: Camera is occasionally shaky.
Episode 3 -Funeralia
Rich: Episode 3’s title is a pun on “Cinderella.”
Cassie attends a funeral to gain intel.
Megan’s involvement with an organization is given more context.
Episode 4 – Conspiracy Theories
Up: Episode 4’s title is obviously named after a pivotal plot element.
Cassie continues her investigation.
Something very important happened. I can’t tell you why, you’re gonna have to see for yourself.
A clue is found.
One scene caught me by surprise.
Down: Camera is occasionally shaky yet again.
Episode 5 – Other People’s Houses
Sober: Cassie enlists help.
Cassie arrives at an important location.
Megan said, “Don’t be stupid.” I can’t help, but to laugh at Peter Griffin’s impression of Rosie Perez on a “Family Guy” titled “Da Boom.”
We learn more about Alex’s “job.”
Drunk: Camera has the ability to hold still.
Episode 6 – After Dark
Clear: Cassie’s childhood expands as the reason on what she has become in the first place.
Megan continues her solo mission.
A mechanical horse is played for laughs.
Cluttered: Ugh! Does anybody know how to film a camera without drinking too much Red Bull?!
Episode 7 – Hitchcock Double
Plus: Cassie encounters an important figure.
Like most mystery-thrillers, The Plot Thickens.
A chase scene ensues.
A flashback reveals Cassie’s past.
Minus: Camera suffers from shakiness. Whoever is in charge of filming, needs to hold the camera still. It’s not rocket science.
Episode 8 – Arrivals & Departures
Flow: Season Finale connects all the puzzle pieces together. Meaning there’s no going back. Every clue discovered changes the entire season.
If you’re done watching all episodes. It’s worth a rewatch.
Another flashback fleshes out further context from Cassie’s past.
A pivotal secret is finally revealed. I can’t tell you every crucial detail. You’re gonna have to see for yourself.
Clogged: No flaws were discovered.
The Final Verdict: B, FOR BEAUTIFUL DAY!
The Flight Attendant is a decent start for Kaley Cuoco’s post-Big Bang Theory stardom capable of balancing between her dramatic and comedic abilities like fellow Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie. Season 2 will be pretty difficult in terms of a cohesive narrative, due to the fact The Flight Attendant never had a sequel in book format. If you’re interested in this show, I highly recommend it. Don’t forget to watch Kaley’s animated Harley Quinn series on HBO Max.