Pan Am, ABC Review

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Paul Kalis

“Come fly with me; let’s fly, let’s fly away.” Pan Am, which was one of the world’s largest airlines, welcomes viewers to fly away to 1963 and join its crew as they travel across the world during the jet age.

Kate Cameron (Kelli Garner), who ditched the ordinary life and escaped the shadows of her younger sister to see the world, has been tapped by the CIA to become an international agent during the height on the Cold War. Who would suspect a beautiful airline stewardess whose job it is to travel the world? The Clipper Majestic embarks on its first flight with Captain Dean Lowrey (Mike Vogel), a new pilot, and First Officer and Co-Pilot Ted Vanderway (Michael Mosley), a former Navy test pilot. Laura Cameron (Margot Robbie) abandoned her wedding to follow in her sister’s footsteps. Colette (Karine Vanasse) has a great understanding of international affairs, both newsworthy and sexually. Maggie Ryan (Christina Ricci) has climbed her way up to a better life.

First and foremost, the CGI (computer-generated imagery) is spectacular. Its visual appeal really transports you back to the 1960’s. You really get nostalgic when events, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion, are front and center. Within minutes, Kate is given her first espionage assignment. No time is wasted getting to the root of the episode. The characters have very little interaction time together as a group. They each have their own problems and tasks that are fulfilled by themselves with some help or encouragement from another. Each crew member has obstacles to tackle. It will certainly be a journey to see how they overcome them. Adventure calls, as Pan Am takes off with an A.

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