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The Flight Attendant’s Second Season Fails to Takeoff | TV/Streaming

Benjamin Berry (Mo McRae) is Cassie’s handler and constantly tells her to stick to her directions, but Cassie – and here’s the thing – has a new addiction: Danger! Megan hides in an unknown but convenient place: a record player, woolen sweaters, a fireplace, cozy furniture. For initially unknown reasons, an unnamed woman (Margaret Cho) visits her every day. May Martin plays Grace, a new fellow flight attendant who may or may not have a secret life.

Ani from Mamet is saddled with an indecisive Debbie Downer; most of her dialogue, in conversations with her boyfriend Max, consists of «um», «uh» and «okay, but sort of.» This is an actress who got her way in Mad Men and was the only funny role in Girls. The number of regressive tropes attributed to Anya’s storyline becomes unbearable. «Stewardess» also squanders the considerable talent of Griffin Matthews, whose work as flight attendant and CIA agent Shane is the show’s most subdued and perhaps necessarily understated role.

The huge success of the first season bought the writers, who came up with a new approach to introspection: Cassie experiences visions in the style of the protagonist of Disney’s «That’s So Raven.» The camera zooms in on Cassie’s eyes and she zooms into an empty hotel lobby where she is talking to three Cassies: a teenage version, a season one version in this sequined dress, and a Cassie we haven’t met dressed in black. Issa Rae used a simplified version of this trope in «Insecure» for five seasons and killed it every time. But The Stewardess doesn’t have that kind of attention to detail, nor the use of Cuoco’s considerable charm. HBO money can buy chic draped coats and red leather gloves for its stars, but it can’t be used for groundbreaking exploration of internal conflicts. That same money can’t buy a decent cut because every frame of The Flight Attendant is cut into two or more squares or rectangles, because that means the show is trendy and stylish. He also can’t buy decent music because every frame of «Flight Attendant» is accompanied by what sounds like a Catch Me If You Can/John Williams tribute band, augmented inexplicably with beatboxing. When the series could benefit from a complete ditching of background music, it persists by diluting the impact of its most important scenes.

Addiction is a disease, not a choice. The addict’s actions affect his psyche, his body, his soul, but they also affect the lives of his loved ones, and sometimes the reservoir of sympathy for the addict’s loved ones blinks «empty». The sixth episode of «Flight Attendant» features more emotional abuse and brutal blows of honesty than all seasons of the other series. Gorgeous follow-up shots are replaced by pocket cameras that follow every furious exhalation, every falling tear. I could almost forgive the inert storytelling of the five episodes prior to this. But I can’t, because that’s an insult to Cuoco, especially for a script that sends her into cartoonish, flighty, clumsy blonde territory for five hours and keeps the raw devastation of Cassie’s inner world until his final moments. Stewardess will no doubt be renewed for a third season, but now I know which scenes to pay attention to and which ones to ignore.

Six episodes are shown for viewing. The first two episodes of the second season of «Stewardess» will premiere today, April 21.


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