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Pam Am: Week 5 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: A better episode than last week’s debacle, but “Pan Am” doesn’t really seem to be taking advantage of the sights and sounds it represents, especially in this past week’s Episode 5. Other than a few exterior shots of hotels that could very well be Hyatts and glamorous interiors that could use some more elaboration, I don’t really get the sense of “Pan Am”‘s visuals beyond the blue uniforms. London and Monte Carlo: Two cities that define mid-century aesthetics and luxury that leave much to be desired in terms of its spaces on the show. Every set looks matted and stream-lined, and I’m not talking about the aircraft. The costumes, however, were nothing less than magnificent, and Kate’s confidence was a very welcome addition to the cast. Laura, Maggie, Collette, and Kate flew with Dean and Ted across another ocean, into another flashback, onto another continent that just looked like another avenue in California.

JESSICA BADER: There was much less of a focus on the destination than in previous episodes, and it felt like a conscious effort to pull back on that to make room for character development. Continue reading

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Pan Am: Week 4 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: Though ABC’s “Pan Am” has proven to be so visually superb and ambitious, I have this gut-wrenching sense that it might slowly become more of a sorority drama than a show about the people involved in the glamour of air-travel. Episode Four took place mostly in Burma, where sibling rivalry subplots butt heads with Kate’s increasingly imprecise job as a CIA agent which gets tangled in the power struggle between Ted and Dean. It would be unfair of me to say that I’m getting increasingly bored by the show, because that is absolutely far from true. I guess I’m just tired of Kate and Laura’s bickering. I guess the script didn’t hold up as well during this episode as it did in the past three. I guess I just really want to punch Maggie in the face.

JESSICA BADER: This episode wasn’t as weighty as the previous installment in Berlin, and I think that fits the show just fine. One of the challenges that a period piece faces is that references to actual historical events often come across as heavy-handed, and the Kennedy-speech aspect of the Berlin episode definitely tilted in that direction. (Don’t even get me started on Christina Ricci’s uncomfortably manic portrayal of Maggie’s quest to meet Kennedy.) This time, the historical allusions were less specific, leaving more breathing room for character development. Continue reading

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