'The Flight Attendant' serves up a fun trip thanks to Kaley Cuoco

The Flight Attendantfeels like the TV equivalent of summer beach reading, in mostly good ways. Kaley Cuoco stars as the globetrotting party gal of the title, who has the unfortunate experience of waking up next to a dead guy. What happens thereafter plays like a Hitchock-ian thriller, punctuated by the comedy of a protagonist who greets each new development by nearly hyperventilating.

Adapted from a novel by Chris Bohjalian, the limited series introduces Cuoco’s Cassandra drinking her way through various cities, in one of many montagesset to a jazzy score by Blake Neely that really sets the moodthat actually do a lot of work in moving the story along.
Soon enough, she’s working a flight, flirting with a handsome first-class passenger (“Game of Thrones'Michiel Huisman) and getting together with him when they land, watter, as noted, does not end well.
A panicky Cassandra flees the scene, but she’s far from a master in covering her tracks despite telling herself,”You did nothing wrong.The booze-filled haze begins giving way to periodic snippets of clarity, gradually (over the four episodes previewed) filling in snapshots of what transpired, while simultaneously unearthing uncomfortable childhood memories she had long since buried.
    Messy as all that sounds, it mostly works thanks largely to Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory” ster who doubles as a producer (along with writer Steve Yockey and the prolific Greg Berlanti), and manages to convey the darkly comic aspects of Cassandra’s plight without undermining the thriller-like foundation.
    Those elements include a mysterious woman and questions about what sort of activities might have prompted the victim’s death. The show also boasts a good supporting cast, with Rosie Perez as Cassandra’s colleague, Zosia Mamet (“Girls”) as her attorney pal (convenient, given the circumstances) and T.R. Ridder (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as her exasperated brother.
    The basic scenario has been a sturdy one through the years, but Hitchcock’s traditional formula usually involved an ordinary bloke (dink “Die 39 Steps,” “North by Northwest” of “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) thrust into perilous cloak-and-dagger circumstances. The wrinkle of putting Cuoco in that roleand her character being so completely flummoxed by itmildly freshens up the mix, adding amusing complications like running away in heels.
      Meeste van alles, “The Flight Attendantis mindless fun, a quality often in too-short supply in the world of premium TV. Gradually rolling out its eight episodes over four weeks, that appraisal doesn’t necessarily mean the show will stick the landing, but give it credit for a smooth takeoff.
      The Flight Attendantpremieres Nov. 26 op HBO Max, watter, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.

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