I had posted this in the other thread and see some viewers picked up on the same things I did.
They really pulled out all the stops on that one, didn't they? It was glossy and gorgeous - no year in the history of humanity has looked as good as they made 1963 look. And the 707 is still the sleekest, most beautiful jetliner to take to the skies. It makes today's passenger jets look stubby and bloated.
The pilots seemed kind of young.
I thought so, too. Don't prestige routes usually go to older pilots, and wouldn't Pam Am want someone seasoned - not a brand-new captain - at the controls of a new, high-end aircraft?
I had read there was an espionage subplot. I liked how that part was handled;
I know British and American intelligence agencies have a long history of cooperation (the "special relationship"), but wouldn't an American agent being working for the Americans, even if the intelligence she gathered was shared with the British? The show made it seem that Kate (? the redheaded sister) was working directly for MI6.
the show will have any similar opportunity to develop minority characters
Well, the navigator seemed to be Indian-American (his name was Sanjiv, but he spoke unaccented American English), which struck me as a little unusual for time, given the very small number of South Asians who had grown up in the US in the early 60s. Not that it couldn't have happened ...
One nitpick - the same as I had with The Playboy Club and really the only anachronism I noticed - is that the women's hair is too soft and loose. There was no styling gel in 1963. Those perfect pageboys had to be maintained with hairspray, so that it was rather stiff and smooth. A woman who was fussy about her appearance, as Pan Am stewardesses were required to be, wouldn't have had a hair out of place.
Edited by A Little Edgy, Sep 25, 2011 @ 11:10 PM.