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Viewers in need of a fun and stylish murder mystery should head on over to HBO Max to watch The Flight Attendant, starring Kaley Cuoco and Zosia Mamet. Executive producer/showrunner Steve Yockey has taken the Hitchcockian premise of Chris Bohjalian’s novel and spun it into a pulpy eight-part drama.  

A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. When questioned by FBI agents and still unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.

Here are 5 reasons why you should watch The Flight Attendant on HBO MAX: 

5) Kaley Cuoco!

As the titled protagonist, the role of Cassie Bowden demands Kaley Cuoco to be comedic, dramatic, damaged, traumatized, relatable, and unsympathetic. Cuoco is able to juggle this wide range of emotions integrated into each scene. She turns this dynamical arc into an endlessly watchable and compelling performance. 

4) Zosia Mamet! 

Zosia Mamet steps it up with the witty dialogue as Cassie’s best friend/lawyer, Annie Mouradian. Cuoco and Mamet share such kinetic energy when they end up in the same scene together. I love this character so much, that I really hope Annie Mouradian gets her own spinoff. 

3) Rosie Perez!

Rosie Perez is such a delight to watch as the perky and sneaky Megan Briscoe. Perez adds a flair of mystery to an extroverted character. Perez has now worked with Harley Quinn twice; one with Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey) and Cuoco voiced the animated version. 

2) The Splits!

The hyperactive editing, especially by Anthony Miller, really punches the pulpiness up a notch. The narrative basks in using split-screens as a gimmicky technique, which they are while applying the editing trick as part of its visual language. That is why the split-screens feel different than your typical Brian De Palma movies, such as Snake Eyes or Carrie

1) There’s More!

In a recent interview with TV Line, Mamet teased that with the ending, “you’re going to be happy, and hopefully you’re going to want more.”

The eighth installment of The Flight Attendant airs December 17th, 2020 on HBO Max. 

By Jorge Solis