The Flight Attendant Season 2 Review: Strong Performances Marred by a Turbulent Plot

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The Flight Attendant got off the ground running in 2020, taking viewers on a wild ride that featured thrills, jokes, and everything you'd expect from a comedy-drama about a flight attendant caught up in a murder.

The renewal for The Flight Attendant Season 2 came as a huge surprise, primarily because of the self-contained nature of The Flight Attendant Season 1.

Fast-forward almost two years, and The Flight Attendant Season 2 is almost ready for take-off.

Two Cassies, One Mind Space - The Flight Attendant

Six episodes were screened for critics in advance of the premiere, and while I can't deny there are more twists than before, they water it down to the point that the narrative feels muddled instead of compelling.

When we pick up with Cassie, she's moonlighting as a CIA agent while still working as a flight attendant, which in theory, should raise the stakes considerably.

Unfortunately, the plot moves in many bizarre directions that make it extremely difficult to connect with our heroine.

Cassie at the Hotel Bar - The Flight Attendant

Suspending disbelief for a show of this caliber is par for the course, but Cassie's plot goes from beat to beat without taking much of a breather, making it even more challenging to understand our lead's machinations.

Kaley Cuoco returns in a blaze of glory, taking on the roles of different iterations of Cassie. It's a lofty task, but Cuoco is on the top of her game here.

The Mind Palace was a key component of cracking the case on The Flight Attendant Season 1, but here, it comes across as a more contrived gimmick that doesn't belong in this story.

The series suffers from an identity crisis because it can't decide whether it wants to be a comedy-drama, a full-fledged comedy, or even a thriller.

Contemplating Her Next Move - The Flight Attendant

The CIA element doesn't work as well as it should, either. A flight attendant moonlighting as a CIA agent is believable because both professions allow for a wealth of travel.

But the action also has to be believable to pull off such a swing in the storytelling department. Maybe the show would have been better keeping Cassie as a flight attendant full-time.

Allowing the character to be caught up in another mystery without the CIA element would have probably flowed much better.

Zosia Mamet and Deniz Akdeniz return as Annie and Max, and they're working with the best material.

Questioning Their Future - The Flight Attendant

The evolution of those characters feels like an organic progression from where we left them on The Flight Attendant Season 1.

New additions to the cast include Callie Hernandez and Joseph Julian Soria as a perilous couple who are involved in the big mystery of the season.

Mae Martin, Margaret Cho, and Mo McRae get some great material that I won't delve into because I want to avoid spoilers.

While the series has some good moments on its second outing, it raises several questions about the long-term viability and whether it was a good idea to order a new season after such a stellar first outing.

A Connection? - The Flight Attendant

Some shows are only designed to have a short shelf-life, and The Flight Attendant worked much better as an eight-episode limited series.

The Flight Attendant Season 2 premieres Thursday, April 21, with two episodes.

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The Flight Attendant Quotes

Cassie: Oh, fuck. Who are you?
Ethan: I'm Ethan from last night.
Cassie: How did you get in here?
Ethan: We met at the bar.
Cassie: Yes, but you're in my apartment.
Ethan: You texted me right here, you told me to use the key above the door thing, the door frame. We were supposed to meet here at 2.
Cassie: Ethan, oh my god. OK, I'm starting to remember, I was very, very drunk. That's on me. OK, I'm sorry, I remember you now.

Cassie: Davey, hi, I really can't talk. I'm going to miss my flight.
Davey: Oh, yeah, I just wanted to check in about the New York trip real quick, cause, you know, Rick's getting nervous.
Cassie: Nervous? What are you talking about, and it's like weeks away. Isn't it?
Davey: Yeah, yes, it's four days away.
Cassie: Oh, shit, really?
Davey: Yeah, and the girls are excited to see their aunt Cassie, but they're beginning to realize she's a terrible planner.
Cassie: OK, put those knives away right now. That is not fair.