I’m Baaack

Well, folks, it’s been a while. Three years and one coast. I last wrote in 2017. During the break, I moved across the country, back to the East Coast, where I am from. Then covid hit and I found myself lost as to what to watch. And then I remembered that writing the blog kept me up to date on what was happening in movies and on TV.

This is a good, fulfilling activity for me to get back to. I do have one request though. Can you let me know you’re there? Just like the post or reply. Just so I know I’m not living the covid nightmare, alone in my head, in my computer and away from it all.

Shall I reintroduce myself? I may have switched coasts, but I still hate spoilers. I’m going to highlight a TV show or movie, and critique a couple of reviews and give you the spoiler-free version of them. This time around, I’m going to see the movies/shows first, so that I don’t screw up my own enjoyment of them when I stumble upon spoilers.

The Flight Attendant

Rosie Perez and Kaley Cuoco

How to watch: Season one is 8 episodes on HBO Max

Plot: The morning after a one night stand, flight attendant Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) wakes up next to her murdered date. She was so drunk that she had blacked out and can’t remember much from the night. She spends the eight episodes trying to clear both her name and her memories: As she tries to remember what happened that night, memories from her traumatic childhood crop up.

The Flight Attendant is an adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s novel of the same name.

The New Yorker

Review By Doreen St. Felix, December 28, 2020

Bottom Line: The series is good. It mixes different styles with interesting artistic choices. For example, split screen scenes represent Cassie’s “fractured state of mind” while pushing the action forward.

Best line:

Much of the fun of “The Flight Attendant” lies in watching her stumble into capability, as she becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to clear her name. 

Spoilers Skimmable? No, St. Felix wants to back up her opinions with as many facts as she can. Then again, all New Yorker reviews are boobytrapped with spoilers.

Vulture

Review by Kathryn VanArendonk

Bottom Line: The plot is confusing but it’s a fun romp that has effective “emotional insight.” Cassie is played by Kaley Cuoco, who was one of the stars of the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory. She adeptly pulls off keeping the tone as light as a caper while dipping into serious memories from her childhood.

Spoilers Skimmable? Yes. There are some, but you can skip over them.

RogerEbert.com

Review by Allison Shoemaker

Bottom Line: Kaley Cuoco pulls off a “career-best performance” in this “genre-melding” story. Cassie is a sitcom character in a show that is a caper.

Best line:

It’s as though Cassie herself is playing a role, but in the wrong genre, and she knows it’s not working but can’t bring herself to throw in the towel.

Furthermore: It is truly a fascinating character study, although there are brilliant turns by supporting actors, including TR Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) and Rosie Perez (Do the Right Thing). If it wasn’t solely focused on the flight attendant, it would have been a good ensemble cast.

Huh? I don’t really get it. The supporting cast was good, but doesn’t rise above supporting status, I guess.

Spoilers Skimmable? Yes. Jolly good show!

Not an ensemble