Television Series #7:
“The Flight Attendant” (2020) written by Chris Bohjalian and Ryan Jennifer (based on Bohjalian’s novel of the same name), is HBO Max’s deliciously fun new series that follows a reckless and flirty young flight attendant whose life is flipped upside down when one of her typical escapades results in disaster leaving her at the center of a murder mystery.
Kaley Cuoco (most known for her spots on “Big Bang Theory” and “8 Simple Rules”) plays Cassandra “Cassie” Bowden, the titular flight attendant who spends her international travel downing vodka shooters and having one night stands. One particular evening in Bangkok, Cassie meets with one of her passengers, the handsome Alex Sokolov (Michiel Huisman), for a night of heavy drinking. When she wakes up the next morning, instead of merely facing a brutal hangover, she finds herself laying next to his brutally slaughtered dead body and no memory of what happened. Frantic and distressed, she thoughtlessly cleans up and flees the crime scene, leaving breadcrumbs along the way.
Traumatized and confused, Cassie sets out on her own journey to put the pieces together of what was lost in her blacked out state, attempting to find the killer and clear her own name. She enlists the help of her lawyer best friend, Annie (Zosia Mamet), avoids the prying questions of her boss (Rosie Perez), and distracts herself with new beau (Colin Woodell). However, her avoidant behavior only sustains itself until the next drink, and her long oppressed darker past starts bubbling to the surface.
Kaley Cuoco masters the hot mess and this stylized pulp fiction is sharply written, though, like most in this genre, it is best enjoyed all at once. Like a fast page turner, it loses it’s gumption when left alone for too long. It can sometimes get away from itself, and the spiraling antics can be nauseating after a while, but all in all, “The Flight Attendant” is a frivolous treat, mindless and addictive. A trashy thriller one can binge in a weekend, and walk away from after it ends.