Still "Pan Am" gives me very little to work with, especially following (and perhaps especially because it follows) a "Breaking Bad" finale that would make the most hardened of television detractors weep with joy for the resurrection of the medium. I have tried to defend the show in the past two weeks as finding its legs, being sugar-coated but that's ok!, and succumbing, even through my rage at the Jonah Lotan recasting, to pandering to those who might be obsessed with it based solely on style. But I can't go on! I'm tired! I'm beat! I was spoiled by "The Good Wife" into thinking that a one-hour drama on a Sunday night meant great things, even if it was a network drama!
If I jump ship next week in favor of, perhaps, "The Good Wife" (TBD) there's still a good chance I'll continue giving "Pan Am" a look-in. Mostly because I need something to watch while I eat lunch on slow Wednesday afternoons, but also in the hope that it may get better. Last night's episode was a start, though if I was revising the unaired scripts I would suggest the following:
— Lose The Spy Plot: It's not interesting, it's very low stakes and it barely makes sense. And I'm being generous with that last bit.
— Make the Show About Colette: Really, does anyone care about any of the other characters? Colette has the deepest story lines, the more interesting history, is well-acted and has the general countenance of someone you would want to be friends with. She is the star!
— Figure Out What You Want From Maggie: Is she a Joan-from-"Mad Men"-wannabe? Or a liberated liberal woman from Greenwich Village? Is she supposed to be likable? Or does Christina Ricci really play up the Crazy Eyes? Figure it out, and give her less to do until then.
— Don't Make Laura a Mary Sue
— While You're At It, Give Dean and Ted Personalities: Dean is so vanilla I feel like I've overdosed (fun fact: Googling "vanilla overdose" doesn't turn up any interesting results. Apparently you can't overdose on vanilla - don't tell the showrunners!)
— Don't Make This "Grey's Anatomy" of the Skies: We might be too late on this one.
Am I being too harsh? "Pan Am" is not a bad show, but I was expecting more. The downplaying of the cheesy music this week helped. The randomness of the non-linear storyline to start the series that wasn't revisited or did anything for the plot didn't.
So what's the verdict, dear readers? Are you sticking with "Pan Am"? Should I?
Musings and Miscellanea:
— I wondered how they were going to play the JFK meeting. A wave from the shadows was perfect.
— Mike from the Village Voice marks yet another impossibly young/beautiful addition to the cast. What is this, the CW??
— I actually liked the France versus Germany subplot. It gave some depth and interest, and broached a subject that we don't often think of. Namely, "issues between countries other than our own."
— "Ted, you look like Gene Kelly!" And Laura, you look like Grace - now kiss! I may approve of Ted and Laura, but certainly not yet. Dean and Colette is too obvious, but I will probably get behind it, too.
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