The Flight Attendant is a stylish thriller dramedy that is about addiction, trauma and espionage.
This post for The Flight Attendant Season 1 is spoiler-free.
The Flight Attendant (2020, created by Steve Yockey) follows Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco), a flight attendant for Imperial Atlantic, who gets stuck in a messy situation after waking up next to a very dead Alex Sokolov (Michiel Huisman) in a hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand. The drama also explores Cassie’s addiction and haunting childhood trauma, as she investigates the incriminating situation that she has got herself into.
Based on the novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian, The Flight Attendant is Cuoco’s best work to date. Sadly, apart from her work as Penny in the highly-watched sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, I am unfamiliar with most of her filmography. Her role as Cassie in The Flight Attendant is nuanced and tonally challenging. With an effortlessly put together hairdo, she displays a stellar emotional performance in every episode, thus putting her in the spotlight as one of Hollywood’s top television performer.
Cassie is a selfish and often haphazard personality—everyone in her life gets dragged down in her mess. Her on-screen bestie Annie (Zosia Mamet), who is a lawyer, has a somewhat superficial friendship with Cassie in which its origins was never well explained. Annie’s character development is build heavily on Cassie’s problems, thus the most interesting thing about Annie that doesn’t involve Cassie, is probably the open shower in her loft apartment. At work, Cassie’s best friend is Megan (Rosie Perez), who impresses audiences with her trilingualism and has a deep dark secret. There are more to go on for Annie and Megan’s story, but that can’t be shared without spoiling the series.
Michelle Gomez also stars in this HBO Max series as Miranda Croft, an enigmatic assassin, who has a secret agenda. Gomez is strikingly cool as a mysterious character and it’s only up till the later half of the season (this series has eight episodes) that audiences find out her purpose. Even though Huisman plays the dead character Alex, there are an abundant of opportunities where he and Cuoco’s Cassie are seen interacting, and their on-screen interactions are some of the best scenes in this show.
The most unique thing about this series is its direction and depiction of events. From piecing montage of varied camera shots together with a riveting score, The Flight Attendant never fails to deliver creatively crafted episodes that keeps audiences in suspense.
The Flight Attendant was renewed for a Season 2 a day after its finale premiered. Cassie’s story is definitely not over yet—her alcohol addiction and whirlwind relationships are definitely topics of interest for the next season, and I certainly hope Gomez will return as well.