Thursday, September 29, 2011

ABC's Pan Am: Period glamour, deceptive face of a troubling period of history, but glory days for an airline

Jack Orman’s new series “Pan Am” for ABC, harkens back to the “good old days” when the airlines were a highly regulated but smoothly running industry.

With Sci-fi and police dramas not always doing so well now, ABC has elected period drama for late Sunday nights with this series about what used to be the world’s biggest transcontinental airline. This takes place in 1963.

The world was a more modern place than we think then. But people still typed theses on manual typewriters, and air travel was a bit of a luxury. So passengers were pampered.

The show focuses on the stringent standards expected of “stewardesses”, with Maggie (Christina Ricci) unable to pass “inspection” for her uniform because of her girdle. And there’s the issue of not having the right stockings. But it turns out she’s needed anyway.

Kate (Kelli Garner) is approached by the CIA to eavesdrop on certain travelers, and the import of the Cold War is explained. This Pilot episode is supposed to take place shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis (Oct. 1962), and the politics of Cuba works into the script.

You can watch already aired episodes here on ABC.

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