Have you been watching Pan Am? I have to admit to being hooked by the show. As a fan of Mad Men, I thought it would be fun to have another show that looks at modern day dilemmas through the lens of the 60s (even if you can’t be quite as true to the times on network TV as you can on cable), and I’m glad the show seems to be succeeding on that front (as opposed to The Playboy Club).
But what really drew me in was the cast, specifically the women.
Kelli Garner, Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse
First and foremost, I was excited to hear Kelli Garner would be spending time with me every week. I’ve been smitted with Ms. Garner ever since I first saw her in Thumbsucker.
Kelli, you had me at Twizzler...
I also loved her in Lars and the Real Girl and Taking Woodstock. I tuned in to the short-lived TV show My Generation simply to see her, but if ever a show deserved cancellation for being horrible, that show was it. But now she’s back on TV on a decent show and I’m thrilled!
We got a weekly date...
I’ve just always found her so physically attractive– a distinct look, gorgeous mouth, lovely curves, adorable smile, eyes to die for.
Kelli looks AWESOME in the 60s garb...
I like her character on Pan Am– she plays Kate, a rebellious daughter of wealthy parents who end up being recruited to be a low-level Cold War spy while being a stewardess. It certainly adds an interesting bit of flavor among the more mundane daily dramas that populate the rest of the show.
Margo Robbie as Laura
Margot Robbie plays Kate’s sister Laura. The “good daughter,” she ends up running off with Kate to be a stewardess in the pilot episode. I like her character, and Margot is obviously a lovely woman… but she’s got that “stock” beauty look to her that I can appreciate but doesn’t really linger in my mind once I turn off the TV.
could you pick her out of a lineup of models & actresses?
Then there’s Karine Vanasse as Colette, a stewardess from France.
She’s got a cuteness and Euro beauty about her, but man… I have to admit that French accent just ramps her sexiness into the stratosphere!
The brunettes of Pan Am
Last up is Christina Ricci. In her younger days Ricci had this awesome “va-va-voom” quality that I always found drop-dead sexy– she was this tiny siren that was all eyes and curves. In recent years she’s apparently gotten on a big health kick and has really cut way back on her curviness. She’s still cute.
scheming to meet Jack Kennedy
But I kinda miss her old look:
I like her character on Pan Am– a feisty, independent bohemian who doesn’t appear to let many things stand in her way.
I heard that ratings were falling a bit on Pan Am, but I hope it turns things around. It’s got a pretty fine creative pedigree– from the writer of ER and the director of West Wing. The Association of Flight Attendants made a statement regarding the series: “The premiere episode of the new Pan Am drama on ABC may be a nostalgic escape to the days before deregulation, but it also highlighted the myriad of social injustices overcome by the strong women who shaped a new career. Weight checks, girdle checks, the no marriage rule, sexism, gender discrimination, racism – all of this was challenged by intelligent, visionary women who helped to usher in the call for social change throughout the country and around the world.” Hopefully the show will continue to focus on these women and their struggles.
The show is fun to watch, with decent plotlines and a very attractive cast. Have you seen it? What do you think? Who’s your favorite actress?
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