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“I Can’t Lose Pan Am.”: The Truth About Maggie

pan am 6 ad8By Michael Fitzgerald Troy


Put your trays in the upright position and prepare for landing. Although it hasn’t been exactly smooth sailing for ABC’s nighttime soap about Barbies in the sky, it has gotten better with each episode, and this week proves to be no exception, as we finally delve into the background of my favorite stewardess, Maggie (portrayed by the always fabulous Christina Ricci).

As much as I cared for the feisty, pint-sized pixie with a bit of a mouth on her, there seemed to be something a little manufactured and forced about the character and now we know why. It seems Maggie doesn’t officially meet up to Pan Am’s strict policies of Stepford perfection. She’s a fraud. A fake. She doesn’t even speak Portuguese for the love of Cuban Pete! She learned it from her tyrannical Portuguese boss as- gasp! A waitress! Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I come from a long line of proud hash slingers.

A sucker for under dogs, I was moved by her proclamation that no one ever expected her to be anything, and she faked it at the risk of breaking it to become an ideal. Being a Pan Am stewardess was prestigious. An ideal of perfection. Something to aspire to. I think Pan Am is gaining altitude as they flesh out the characters more and more each week. I am looking forward to next week’s departure. I wanna be a Pan Am stewardess when I grow up!

Pan Am airs Sundays on ABC.






For more Pan Am reviews by Michael Fitzgerald Troy, visit!  (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5 are already available.)




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 ( 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 (, A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (, and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at 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!!!





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