The second season of The Flight Attendant does not take off | TV/Streaming

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Benjamin Berry (Mo McRae) is Cassie’s manager and continually advises her to stick to his guidelines, but Cassie – and here’s the kicker – has a new addiction: hazard! Megan is hiding in a secret but comfortable place: record player, wool sweaters, fireplace, cozy furniture. For reasons initially unknown, an unnamed woman (Margaret Cho) comes to see her every day. Mae Martin plays Grace, a new fellow flight attendant who may or may not have a secret life.

Mamet’s Ani struggles with being an indecisive Debbie Downer; most of her dialogue, in conversations with her chipper boyfriend Max is comprised of “uh” and “uh” and “Okay, but, like.” She’s an actress who stood out in “Mad Men” and was the only fun part of “Girls.” The number of regressive tropes attributed to Ani’s storyline becomes unbearable. “The Flight Attendant” also squanders the considerable talent of Griffin Matthews, whose job as fellow flight attendant and CIA asset Shane is the series’ most restrained, and perhaps of necessity underrated, performance. .

The massive success of the first season bought writers who offered a new approach to self-examination: Cassie experiences visions in the style of the main character in Disney’s “It’s So Raven.” The camera zooms in on Cassie’s eyes and she walks into an empty hotel lobby, where she converses with three Cassies: a teenage version, the Season 1 version in that sequin dress, and a Cassie we haven’t met, dressed in black. Issa Rae used a simplified version of this trope on “Insecure” for five seasons and killed it every time. But on “The Flight Attendant,” there’s no such attention to detail, or use of Cuoco’s considerable charm. HBO’s money can buy chic draped coats and red leather gloves for its stars, but it shouldn’t be used to examine inner conflicts in innovative ways. That same money can’t buy a decent edit, as each frame of “The Flight Attendant” is cut into two or more squares or rectangles, as it means the show is fashionable and stylish. He can’t buy decent music either, because every frame of “The Flight Attendant” is backed by what sounds like a “Catch Me If You Can”/John Williams tribute band, complete with, inexplicably, beatboxing. While the series could benefit from the removal of background music altogether, it lingers on, diluting the impact of its most important scenes.

Addiction is a disease, not a choice. The actions of an addict affect their psyche, their body, their soul, but they also affect the lives of their loved ones, and sometimes the reservoir of empathy on the loved ones of an addict flashes “empty”. There’s more emotional violence and brutal blasts of honesty in the sixth episode of “The Flight Attendant” than entire seasons of other shows. The chic tracking shots are exchanged for portable cameras that follow each enraged exhalation, each tear that falls. I could almost forgive the inert storytelling of the previous five episodes. But I can’t, because it’s an insult to Cuoco, in particular, for the writing to relegate her to cartoonish awkward blonde territory for five hours, and to save the raw devastation of Cassie’s interiority for his last moments. “The Flight Attendant” will no doubt be renewed for a third season, but now I know which scenes to look for and which to skip.

Six episodes screened for review. The first two episodes of the second season of “The Flight Attendant” will air today, April 21.

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