April 20, 2022

Buckle Up for “The Flight Attendant” Season Two (Review)

Back in 2020, HBO Max still had a long way to go in proving themselves to be a worthwhile streamer. On top of all their shared content with HBO and Warner Bros, they introduced numerous original series and films, beginning the journey in becoming the best streaming service out there.

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One of its premier series was The Flight Attendant, a comedy/thriller starring Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden, the titular flight attendant who finds herself involved in an international conspiracy scandal. Just in case it didn’t get picked up for a second season, the first tied a neat bow on the story and our main characters, ensuring that it could work well as a limited series. It also happened to be one of the most engaging series I’d ever seen, proving that — once again — HBO (Max) doesn’t miss, and has always been reliably consistent in producing excellent content.

You can imagine my happiness when I found out that not only was The Flight Attendant getting a Season Two, but almost the entire main cast was set to return for an all-new mystery. I’m even happier to report that it continues its streak of being addictingly good television in its sophomore season, delivering all of the twists, turns and humorously morose character moments that made Season One special.

Granted, It’s always difficult to capture lightning in a bottle more than once, and The Flight Attendant did it so well in its first outing that there was no way Season Two could possibly live up to it. While it’s not as fast-paced or hyper as its first season, The Flight Attendant has a much better mystery in Season Two. This time, Cassie is at the forefront instead of being an unknowing spectator: after a long flight, she becomes swept up in another complicated machination as an unknown woman begins to commit murders while masquerading as our protagonist. Cassie becomes more involved with the CIA (following up on a plot thread from last season) and discovers that this new conspiracy may stretch deeper than she initially believed.

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The Flight Attendant isn’t just a straight thriller this season, either. Cuoco continues to knock it out of the park as Cassie’s mistakes from the previous season begin to have genuine impact. Season Two also continues her journey toward sobriety, and the inherent struggle that comes along with it. Any and all temptation is appropriately portrayed as a huge deal, and even though everything seems great in Cassie’s life in the season opener, you know there’s no way the bliss can last. The lines between Cassie’s mind and reality begin to blur, and as she gets further and further down various rabbit holes, she retreats into her mind palace, frequently used as a crutch in stressful situations. In lieu of her deceased lover from Season One, her mind palace is this time populated by different Cassies, each of them representative of a different aspect of her struggle. I certainly didn’t expect The Flight Attendant to become even more of a character study, but it’s an excellent change, and one that I hope is here to stay.

Suffice to say, the second season of The Flight Attendant immediately drew me in. The series continues to be kinetic and wild, with an energetic score, perfect blend of new and returning characters, visually striking editing choices, and just the kind of dry humor that will almost always make me laugh. There’s a strong sense of adrenaline, even in quieter scenes, and you can tell that this is a show that’s very aware of its identity, especially when everything in Cassie’s world begins to spiral and fall apart. I can’t wait to see more.

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The second season of The Flight Attendant premieres April 21 on HBO Max.

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