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Wait, a one-night stand isn't supposed to end like this

Kaley Cuoco gives an incredible performance in the humorous and thrilling series The Flight Attendant – which is everything The Loft thought it was
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Because I have a tendency of revisiting things that I have already watched, I can tell you, on instinct, about the movies I have only seen once. The Loft is one of them.

If your opinion is influenced by Twitter takes, it is allegedly a fantastic flick. Beneath a rather shoddy but star-studded surface is a thriller about a night of passion gone wrong when a dead woman is found the next morning handcuffed to the bed in a lavish bachelor pad.

As a big fan of the whodunit, what constitutes a great execution of this plot device, for me, is the seamless balance between the thrill and humoUr of the scenario (see: Knives Out). That said, The Loft crawled so that HBO Max's The Flight Attendant could run.

Let me set the scene: you are in Thailand after a night of sex, drugs and passion. You wake up in the morning in a lavish hotel room. The room is spinning (of course) and you notice a cut with blood on your palm. As you turn to ask this beautiful man what the hell you guys did last night, you realiSe that you just woke up next to his bloodied corpse. Who-tf-dunit?!

In classic whodunit fashion, we then go back and try to piece the puzzle together. The series is carried by Cassie (Kaley Cuoco), who you might recognise as Penny from The Big Bang Theory.

The flight attendant who is a single, hot, party girl (city girls worldwide) whenever she travels finds herself in this very wild situation after joining the mile-high club with one of the passengers on board. Their chemistry is explosive and you might catch yourself blushing through this encounter alone. What extends to a rendezvous between the two ends in shock, horror and tears.

I'd also like to add that outside of her roles in sitcoms which we are accustomed to, this is undoubtedly Cuoco's best performance.

Because this is, in fact, a thriller, performing the trauma of waking up next to a dead body while also still being comical was excellent – unlike the movie I just dragged a few sentences up.

The other thing that I think adds to the intrigue of this series is that the plot isn't necessarily fixated on the crime, but on Cassie. We are going THROUGH it with her. The confusion, the panic and the terror feels like this is something that could actually happen in real life because of how well she plays the role. It almost feels as though I am seeing her as an actress I have never seen before and perhaps this was a way to add to her repertoire.

The same can be said for her best friend and lawyer Annie (Zosia Mamet) – you'll recognise her as Shoshanna from HBO's Girls. After knowing her for being quirky and aloof for so long, seeing her play a very serious role is both humorous and impressive.

More than that, and in the spirit of gassing women for just doing everything with more finesse, it is once again not just a story about the murder with a drawn-out plot that makes men look as smart and mysterious as they believe themselves to be.

It is a story about addiction, about her truth and about her lifestyle. How much are we willing to believe her when historically she has proven to be erratic and chaotic?

We are in her mind and inadvertently trying to prove her innocence (if so) with her. So, flight attendants, please be seated. HBO Max has turned on the fasten seatbelt sign. As we cross into a zone of turbulence, buckle up.

  • The Flight Attendant is on M-Net (DStv 101), Mondays at 9.30pm. It's also available on Catch Up as a boxset. 
  • Click here to read up on another whodunit, but with a much darker, more suspenseful twist

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