Pan Am Review: Goodbye, 1963

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Ringing in "1964" together was the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of our Pan Am crew, one we may never get to see. But if we use our imaginations, we can make dreams come true.

Ted and Laura and What May Never Be
I love how Ted tried to compare his impending marriage to that of Jack and Jackie Kennedy to try to make himself feel better. Well, theirs wasn't a conventional marriage, so surely he can have a union with pre-approved infidelity.

His warning system needed to start clanging a little louder. When he looked at Laura after talking about the perfect woman, it wasn't difficult to see the admiration in his eyes.

Amanda turned out to be a bigger idiot than I thought. She had the gall to ask Laura to be Ted's mistress. She was so caught up in what is right in the eyes of society she couldn't see what she was asking was something of which society most definitely did not approve. When Ted called off the wedding and told Laura he was in love with her, I should have known better than to expect a happy ending.

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Amanda told Ted she was pregnant. I don't believe her. Will he be savvy enough to find out for himself prior to marrying her? Or will she use him, fake a pregnancy and miscarry so he is trapped with a lesbian for a wife, one who seems not to understand the marriage will make them both as miserable as she thinks her own life is destined to be? She should really have more confidence in herself than to put them both through such torture.

Kate the Wonder Spy
When Richard was shot, it was most likely someone on the inside. Whoever asks about him will be outed as the double agent. Kate gets in the most sticky spots in this spy world of hers. Since the only other agent we know is Anderson, it wasn't hard to make the leap that he would be the double agent. Or Richard himself. It is a spy world, after all. Either way, she was played by someone. She kicked ass and brought down Anderson with very little assistance. I was so proud!

Richard made Kate an offer that will surely cause her a lot of deep thought. The CIA wants to make her a real agent. Training at Langley, leaving Pan Am. While she loves flying, she will be going around the world with the CIA regardless.

Colette Got More Than She Bargained For
Omar was literally sweeping Colette off of her feet. When Dean hurt her, she was there for the sweeping. Unfortunately for him, he felt she was the perfect woman for him. But, honestly, if someone was flying in my favorite chef from Paris, offering me an entire wing in their palace and an unlimited clothing allowance? It would be hard to not be in the least bit intrigued.

The background check conducted by Omar provided so many surprises for Colette. Her life has been a lie. Her parents were Jewish and died in Dachau. Somehow, in such a short period, they even dug up a family photo, proving she had a younger brother who survived.

It ended her courtship with Omar, but opened up the possibility of finding her family It could be a soulful journey of love for her to spend time at every destination searching for her sibling, especially with Dean promising to help for six months.

Who Has Maggie Become?
Maggie's involvement with Broyles smuggling ring was like something out of a comic book. I don't know why she got caught up with him in the first place, and he's such a stooge. She's sharing an apartment with Laura, who was hanging out with the likes of Andy Warhol. When we first met Maggie, I imagined that might be her crowd. Maggie made a lot of changes this season, but she hardly found her footing as of yet. Will we get the chance to see where she lands?

We Say Goodbye to 1963
The ending, watching the ball drop to ring in 1964, brought tears to my eyes. Dean, Colette, Maggie, Laura, Kate and Ted all watched as the ball dropped in New York City. The odds are that is the last we will ever see of these characters I have grown to love. Another great character study with a small chance of survival. I hope it receives a reprieve from execution, and that we can all continue our discussions sometime down the road.

In the meantime, buckle up, adventure calls!


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Why is Pan Am not airing on sunday!They are giving a premiere of another show! What happend, I enjoyed Pan Am!!!!


You *know* that Ted & Laura will be together because here's what happens...
A distraught Laura tells Maggie that Ted will marry Amanda because she's pregnant, Maggie will tell Kate, Kate will use her spy skills to find out if Amanda is really pregnant, and because she is not, Ted will dump Amanda once and for all. The real kicker is if Laura be able to stay with Pan Am. I think stewardesses had to be single. Once they were married, they had to leave.


Great show, lite and fun and like able and watchable characters. Just what TV watching needs! I really hope the show comes back. More than that I wish Airlines now could be more like Pan Am with good food good service and more seating space like it was back in the 60s whether you flew Pan Am or any airlines.


I can't believe so many people like this show. The idea of using a cultural icon like Pan Am and set against the backdrop of the 1960 and its myriad of social change, the show had much potential. But instead it reverted to the present-day Hollywood mind set: the show is first and foremost about the sex. Beyond that is comic book plotlines and an ensemble that couldn't act its way out of an aluminum tube. How wonderful it would be if someone picked up the show and remade into something that does the initial permise proud.


Like a lot of other people, I watched the pilot episode of Pan Am due to the hype of network television getting in on the 1960's nostalgia programming that started with Mad Men. In the end, I found ABC's offering to be pretty good and stuck with it watching every episode. Most of the characters have grown to be quite likable, and Colette has easily become my favorite since the 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner' episode. It's a shame the show will probably be canceled now, but at least we were able to experience these past 14 episodes. Some were better than others, but in the end I enjoyed my entire flight with Pan Am.


I liked Maggie's storyline. Her involvement with Broyles the stooge I didn't like. Broyles isn't all bad since he helped Dean though. Kate taking down Anderson was good. Amanada was dumb to ask Laura to be Ted's mistress and her pregnancy announcement screamed desperation but might be true. To the dustbin of television Pan-Am!


I also heard the Mike Vogel picked up another TV series, however, he did say that is second on his list after Pan Am. So, if it is picked up again, then he will leave the other show and come back. I love this show!!!


I know it's just wishful thinking, but ABC was about to cancel Castle after a 12 episode first season. Grey's Anatomy was on the block after a short first season too. Dare we hope?


Looking at the ratings from last night, I don't think ABC will spare the ax. I love this show and its connection with history. Maybe it will win some Emmies, although the cable pay networks seem to nab the glory with shows few people actually watch. Celebrity Apprentice had pretty good ratings and since it aims for the lowest common denominator, it gets an audience. Hope Pan Am comes back for a second season on another night.


Mike Vogel got cast in a pilot but as far as I know the pilot hasn't gotten picked up yet. It's too early for those decisions.

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Pan Am Season 1 Episode 14 Quotes

Laura: And this one is my favorite.
Ted: I look like a goof ball!
Laura: I like the man in that picture.

Colette: I feel like I'm floating on air.
Maggie: We all are. We're at 30,000 feet.