Big Bang Theory was in no way, shape, or form “our thing.” We couldn’t stand half the stereotypical nerds who get the hot girl just because. And that made it so we’ve never really spent time admiring the acting skills or talent of Kaley Cuoco. The Flight Attendant’s “In Case of Emergency” fixed that, showed me the way, and revealed to us the simple truth that this actress is talented AF, versatile, and the kind of act that you can’t help but watch the entire way through.
Cuoco’s character Cassie is an unapologetic wild child who knows what she wants and goes after it. So what if it’s making out with Seat 3C aka Alex and then meeting up with him for a date that lasts all night long. Cassie can and should do whatever the hell she wants without feeling guilty of what she’s doing. And Cuoco plays her so well, making you appreciate the character and want to root for her to figure what the hell happened to Seat 3C.
Because whatever happened with 3C, oh girl, it was bad. Not only has his throat sliced, the weapon was left behind, and Cassie was so drunk that she slept right through it. And even then, there’s no room in my heart for calling her a floozy or looking down upon her because she’s a hot mess. Women get to be messy without apologizing for who they are, who they sleep with, and, in Cassie’s case, who she ends up waking up next to after a night of passion, fun, and adventure.
We do have to admit that it was a delight seeing Michiel Huisman in The Flight Attendant. And it’s not because he was in The Age of Adaline or Game of Thrones. It’s because of his time as Steven Crain in The Haunting of Hill House. He blew us away with that performance and it tickled us that his character Alex didn’t just disappear because he was killed. He haunts Cassie and makes her question what happened and if she’s losing her freaking mind.
Rosie Perez’s Megan is also a welcome surprise. She’s been our dreamboat for as long as we can remember and like a fine wine she just keeps getting better with age. We said what we said. It’s not only men who age like a fine wine. Rosie does too. And they might’ve not revealed her yet, the other woman that was on the date with Cassie and Alex, but I know it’s Michelle Gomez. That woman is like a fine wine come to life and we are more than ready to see what role she plays in The Flight Attendant.
Lastly, even though the mystery is at the forefront of our mind, there are so many elements of Cassie that we’ve barely scratched the surface of. The intro clues us into what kind of past she had and the experiences she’s had; from the running bunnies to the demonic looking deer, absolutely looking for some revenge in those beady red eyes of theirs. Then you have her friendship with Megan, something we did not see coming. And finally her relationship with what we assume is her brother Davy and other best friend Annie.
The Flight Attendant IS a standout that you should totally binge this holiday season. It’s got the laughs, it’s got the drama, and it’s got such an entertaining dark humor to it that you can’t help but want more. And if “In Case of Emergency” is any indication, this show has just started painting a picture of how truly wild, smart, and nail biting this adventure is going to end up being.
The Flight Attendant first 3 episodes are available on HBO Max.