REVIEW: ‘The Flight Attendant’ Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2

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The Flight Attendant

Kaley Cuoco returns to HBO Max in the smash-hit original series, The Flight Attendant. Season 2 dropped the first two episodes this past week, and I was thrilled to dive back into the chaos of Cassie Bowden’s world of a flight attendant who moonlights as a CIA asset, or is it the other way around?

Based on the novel by Christopher A. Bohjalian and developed for TV by Steve Yockey, the series follows the particularly messy life of a flight attendant called Cassie Bowden. The first season was so chaotically entertaining as you witness the first-hand perspective of Cassie, a functioning alcoholic who slowly spirals into a state of questioning her reality while entangled in a criminal investigation. It was a nail-biting watch, but damn, it was so much fun.

In Season 2, we find our protagonist in a much better place. Cassie is now working with the CIA as a secret observational asset, attending alcoholics anonymous (one year sober!), and is in a steady relationship while living in L.A. permanently. Everything seems to be on the up until it isn’t. After a trip to Berlin while on assignment with the CIA, Cassie gets too close to an asset and his operation. As a result, she witnesses more than she should, including a suspect who looks exactly like her. Things get even more complicated when she finds herself in her mind palace after getting caught in the blowback of a car bombing, surrounded by the last people she expected to see.

Season 1 was such an incredibly brilliant watch, and I found myself a little worried entering into the next story, wondering if the cast and crew could capture that same spellbinding story that had me obsessing over this show in the first place. The series needs to work on two levels. It needs to create a captivating mystery that grabs your attention. And sadly, it needs to put Cassie in a state of distress where her mental state compartmentalizes as a coping mechanism. Episodes 1 and 2 succeed in this element, but it’ll be interesting to see if the series as whole is able to create a mystery as compelling as what we saw during the first season.

Cuoco takes charge of this role, creating a character you can’t take your eyes off. Cassie is a walking contradiction, and when we find her in Season 2, it’s fantastic to see her taking firm control of her life. Yet, it’s not long before her self-destructive internal drive compels her to dive further into the case in the search for anwers. She may have given up drinking, but she replaces one addiction with another. Cuoco creates a version of a character that is relatable because she’s the least inconspicuous person.

The energy in the episodes follows the same tone from the prior season, and it’s a welcome return. The cinematography is lively and dynamic and reinforces the frantic and energetic tone that the show thrives on. This is paired with some brilliant modern music that only adds to the seductive plot as all members of the series bring their A-game.

The Flight Attendant Episodes 1 and 2 kick off the second season with a bang, as the story finds a fresh new mystery to put Cassie right in the middle of. This compelling whodunit creates a unique perspective as Kaley Cuoco kicks it up a gear as the protagonist who’s constantly found questioning the reality around her. It’s a vibrant, frenzied, and out-of-control story that will have you glued to your screen.

The Flight Attendant Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2 are available now exclusively on HBO Max, with a new episode coming next week.


The Flight Attendant Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2
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    Rating - 8.5/10
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TL;DR

The Flight Attendant Episodes 1 and 2 kick off the second season with a bang, as the story finds a fresh new mystery to put Cassie right in the middle of. This compelling whodunit creates a unique perspective as Kaley Cuoco kicks it up a gear as the protagonist who’s constantly found questioning the reality around her. It’s a vibrant, frenzied, and out-of-control story that will have you glued to your screen.