I really expected to hate this.
The TV promos were uniformly awful, setting it up as a cynical — if not campy — send-up of a wonderful era when America was still open, fear-free, and prosperous.
And when Pan Am was the Apple of airlines and its stewardesses really were special women.
So I was very surprised to find myself liking this a lot.
Especially when this was dropped in:
My fears that this would be a bubbleheaded Love Boat type series were totally unfounded.
This is actually interesting!
They don’t capture the era by a long shot, though. The faces are wrong, the hairstyles are wrong (especially on all of the men!), the dialogue is all wrong. And the 1960s were never as No Smoking as portrayed here (you really have to look hard to find a cigarette!).
What they lack in capturing the spirit in those ways, they make up for with some stunning CGI. This must have a Star Wars-like budget for CGI! I didn’t expect as much as they had here.
So, yeah. Although I’m not hooked yet, I’m going to keep watching and actually look forward to the second episode. That will begin to show if the series is worth it.
Give it a shot.