This show only came onto my radar when the first trailer was dropped, it has Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn) as the lead and Michiel Huisman (GoT, Wild) in an interesting role. The show was developed by Steve Yockey, not a name that I’m familiar with, he’s worked on Supernatural, Scream, and Awkward which to me pretty much encapsulates this miniseries.
Chris Bohjalian wrote “The Flight Attendant” book this show is based on, and rounding out the cast is Zosia Mamet (Tales of the City, Girls), T.R. Knight (11.22.63), Michelle Gomez (CAOS), Colin Woodell (The Call of the Wild), Merle Dandridge (Star-Crossed), Griffin Matthews (Dear White People), Nolan Gerard Funk (Arrow), and Rosie Perez (Birds of Prey).
Premise: Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant with a “slight” drinking problem. During a layover in Bangkok, Thailand she wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. Still unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.
Review: What a strange little show, when I saw the trailer, I wasn’t sure about the tone but the cast was enough for me to check it out. I stayed because this show is addicting. It has this weird quality of being a train wreck that you can’t stop watching. I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s captivating.
Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) is the luckiest bih I know, at some point one character even says “Seriously, how are you not dead yet?” my feelings exactly. But I was rooting for her the whole time. She made bad decisions after bad decisions keeping me tense and engaged in the story. The only time where I wasn’t “in” was for that one episode (the 6th) where I felt it was the odd one out, the filler, the useless one. Beside that I loved that Cassie’s issues with alcohol weren’t watered down, she was a full on functioning alcoholic but they never made it “fun” or okay. In fact, her drinking caused quite a bit of trouble for her. As fun and humorous as this show can be, it doesn’t downplay how denial and substance abuse affect lives.
Cassie’s entourage, well the people she has in her life, are as intriguing as she is. One them has a completely separate thing going on, as interesting as that was, I wondered what was the point. It’s only made clear in the finale. By the way, I totally figured out who the killer was before it was revealed.
Anyway The Flight Attendant has a unique flair that will captivate most who’ll give it a chance, the tone is a bit unusual but it kind of works – or you’ll get use to it. This sinister mystery-thriller with a campy comedic bend is highly enjoyable. to think that I thought this was a paranormal show.
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