Coming into The Flight Attendant’s “Arrivals and Departures,” we weren’t sure how they were going to tie this hot damn up. Everything was all over the place, loose ends were everywhere, and we were almost sure that one of our favs would die because it’s the season finale after all. And like it’s done from the beginning, The Flight Attendant surprised, delighted, and left us wanting for more.
The success of The Flight Attendant has to go to the writers, directors, producers, and all the staff behind the scenes of this HBO Max gem. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. They helped bring this baby to life and we’re forever grateful. A part of that success and what has left us wanting for a season two of The Flight Attendant also has to do with our leading lady.
Kaley Cuoco is our Flight Attendant. She is our star, our hot mess, and our character to cheer on as she spiraled out of control to eventually rise up from the ashes of it all. And we are so incredibly grateful and proud to have this opportunity to see Cuoco put The Big Bang Theory wayyyyy behind her and explore new facets of herself as an actress.
Watching Cassie grow throughout this season has been an astounding journey. She started everything off as a hot mess; someone who ran her from problems but on an epic scale. And as the show progressed and started peeling layers back of her past and identity, we came to love Cassie. Warts and all.
It could’ve been easy for The Flight Attendant’s “Arrivals and Departures” to throw away her past for a new Cassie. But they didn’t. They took everything that had happened to her during this season and made it part of who she is. Being an alcoholic isn’t an easy fix and everything’s not suddenly perfect because she’s stopped.
Then there’s the vodka lineup moment. Can we PLEASEEEE talk about how much of a power move that was?! With each bottle that she lined up, she set herself for her future and made a commitment to never run from her problems again. Or at least, never again in the manner that she’s been running from things her entire life. Because this is her life, her moment, to make actionable change for herself, her family, and her friends.
And that matters so much.
We’re proud of The Flight Attendant and Kaley Cuoco for giving us a character who fucked up, big time, but who had so much heart at the same time. It was fascinating watching her fall in love with Alex and then close off that part of her life because she only needed herself anymore. And it was interesting watching how each friendship in Cassie’s life changed her for the better, no matter if it was a small one like the one between her and Miranda..
These are the kind of female characters in general that we’d love to see more of, today, tomorrow, and for the rest of time. Because often enough we get told that characters like that aren’t likeable or something we desire. They are. We’re here, ready and willing to see every single character on The Flight Attendant in a second or third season. We’re proof that nuance is needed, wanted, and ready to be consumed by viewers.
So, why not give us another helping of The Flight Attendant? Your move, HBO Max.
All episodes of The Flight Attendant are available on HBO Max.