The flight attendant: fee the (early and free!) Premiere

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The flight attendant landed early (and for free!) Before its official Thanksgiving premiere on HBO Max. Does the dramedic thriller offer a first-class change?

Based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian, the series follows Cassie Bowden (in a breathtaking performance by Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory), a flight attendant for an international airline who takes full advantage of her exotic travel options. Cassie is both a mess and in complete control of her life. She heads to Bangkok, Thailand to party before returning to New York with her brother (Grey’s Anatomy’s TR Knight) and nieces.

A tall, dark stranger | In the air, Cassie gets along with Seat 3C aka Alex Sokolov (Michiel Huisman from Game of Thrones). After a fun romp in the first-class bathroom, Alex asks her out on a real date. The two explore the sights of the city before settling in Alex’s hotel room for the night. That perfect date, however, experiences some unexpected turbulence when Cassie wakes up with a huge hangover … and Alex’s dead, bloody body next to her.

Cassie immediately rushes to the phone to report Alex’s death. A panic attack and a short phone conversation with her friend Annie (Girls’ Zosia Mamet) about the Amanda Knox case convince her of something else. She cleans up the scene and sets off for her next flight, which will take her to Seoul, South Korea.

NEWS TRAVEL FAST | Back in Thailand, a mysterious woman (Chilling Adventures by Sabrinas Michelle Gomez) calls the hotel to ask her to check on Alex. Room service finds the body and alerts local officials, who then notify the State Department and the FBI. By the time Cassie landed in Seoul, the news had already spread over the internet, causing her even more panic after her awkward interactions with the air marshal and flight attendant Megan (Rosie Perez of Rise).

At the hotel in Seoul, Cassie’s memory comes back to her – along with some pictures of her, which, as a child, were supposed to stand over a dead deer. After realizing that she has lost her ID, her mind “transports” back here to the hotel room in Bangkok, where she tries to piece the night together with her subconscious version of Alex. However, this only leaves them with more questions.

WELCOME TO NEW YORK | Cassie finally ends the third leg of her journey and lands in New York City. But her dreams of leaving it all behind are dashed when the FBI brings in the flight crew for questioning. Cassie tries unsuccessfully to escape from the airport, which raises suspicions of agents Kim Hammond (Merle Dandridge from Greenleaf) and Van White (Nolan Gerard Funk of the other person). During the interrogation, Cassie is again “transported” to the hotel room and remembers that another person was with her and Alex the night before his death. Who was it, what do you know about Alex’s death?

What do you think of The Flight Attendant’s first leg? Episodes 2 and 3 are out on HBO Max on Thursday, followed by weekly releases.

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