Kaley Cuoco’s HBO Max drama, The Flight Attendant, was simply renewed for a second season. And should you missed its first eight-episode run, cease what you are doing proper now to make amends for all of the chaos that occurs within the mile excessive membership. The Massive Bang Idea alum performs Cassie, a flight attendant whose party-girl methods land her beside a lifeless man after a one-night stand. Now being the FBI’s important suspect with no reminiscence of the evening in query, Cassie units off to seek out the true killer earlier than she’s locked up for against the law she’s 80 % positive she did not commit.
“Cassie is a high-functioning addict who makes probably the most asinine, nonsensical alternative at each crossroads.”
HBO has had a number of buzzy titles this 12 months (reduce to final month’s frenzy over The Undoing‘s finale), however this comedic thriller regrettably flew below the radar, turning into one among this 12 months’s most underrated titles. If North by Northwest and the 1985 movie Clue had a crossover, this miniseries can be the magnum opus. However it’s the protagonist’s intrepid introspection — not the who-done-it plot — that sells the present as a 2020 must-see.
The homicide conspiracy primarily serves as a ploy for Fargo-esque darkish humor, however in its greatest moments, it pivots the narrative to Cassie’s devolving spiral into frighteningly deep alcoholism. Her self-medicated psyche is constantly raveled, forcing a perpetual uneasiness in her reliability because the narrative’s level of entry right into a caper that already appears to far-fetched to be true. The tales of sure facet characters, particularly Cassie’s meek and middle-aged co-worker Megan, are noticeably underdeveloped with out vital ties to the primary premise. However the sacrifice of supporting arcs is justly forgiven by the depth afforded to sculpt the surrealism of Cassie’s psychological state as she dives deeper right into a realm of felony negligence whereas reckoning together with her personal previous that led her right here.
In essence, the present is a grasp class in easy methods to be a practice wreck that no sane individual might look away from, as a result of averting your eyes for even a second might make you marvel if what you noticed was actually even there within the first place. Cassie is a high-functioning addict who makes probably the most asinine, nonsensical alternative at each crossroads. However the identical charisma that mesmerizes her colleagues (and seemingly each man that lays eyes on right here), bleeds by the display screen till you are saturated with a lingering, unfettered perception that she’ll in some way be capable of pull this off. And even when she will be able to’t, you will have a hell of a time watching her attempt.