By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Certain people felt the 1st week of Pan Am lacked substance. I, for one, saw this as a bonus and knew full well that the characters would draw us in more as the weeks progressed. Week 2 did that with a vengeance.
This week’s Pan Am gave us a smorgasbord board of juicy intrigue and satisfaction, voyeuristically peering into the lives of the scandalous sixties’ stewardesses with hearts of gold.
We got runaway brides being confronted by their mothers, using hot would-be husbands as bait to lure said daughter away from the uber glam life of a Pan Am stewardess to return to the mundane death sentence of being a 22-year-old wife gearing up to be a procreating puppy farm. We got sisterly bonding. We got a little espionage meeting Bridgette the mysterious super stewardess who allegedly abandoned the friendly skies in order to throw it all away for that thing called love and marriage (which may go together like a horse and carriage, although my guy and me have our eye on a new Fiat- thanks, J-Lo!). Can’t wait to see how Bridget’s C.I.A. storyline plays out. Not to mention further development for my favorite French whore, Colette. Most importantly, Maggie, portrayed by Christina Ricci, (one of my main reasons for tuning in in the 1st place) gets some teeth this week. Christina is one of those actresses who always draws you into anything she does, and it’s never as good as it is when she is on screen. My two favorite scenes this episode were Ricci centric. The first when she went head-to-head with the snooty lady in charge of weighing all of the girls and making sure they mind their p’s and girdles- telling her to hop on the scale as she and the rest of the girls would love to know where she stands and how much of an impact on the gravity of the planet said stand makes. My other fave moment is when an unruly 1st class passenger makes advances towards Maggie. After keeping her head and trying to handle the situation in a professional manner that follows protocol, she promptly stabs him with a fork! Apparently, 1st class doesn’t get 1st ass. (Let’s see the Jet Blue Diva muster that kind of moxie!)
Still amazingly gorgeous and beautifully shot, while the show certainly beefed up the characterization and intrigue, it still lacked enough substance to satisfy my Deeply Superficial sensibilities.
Next week, the gals may or may not meet JFK, and I am all ready getting my smoked almonds and half a can of Diet Coke ready for the extravaganza. Book me a seat in business, as I still love shows.
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!