If you tuned in to Pan Am this week expecting to see the follow up to the last episode, which concluded on the afternoon of November 22nd, 1963, you were probably a little disappointed. I imagine hope doubt that story will be told next week in “1964.” Instead, we saw a little bit of flashback to the episode “Romance Languages,” which was pulled from the schedule back in November.
Admittedly, I have been jumping up and down on this schedule change for quite some time now. There were several storylines that started, ended, or were impacted by the events in this episode. Sure, Laura’s decision to pose for Graham was addressed in “Truth or Dare,” but it seemed like a throwaway mention at the time – I actually think that “New Frontiers” would have worked better at this point without the audience and Laura’s fellow stewardesses knowing about the photos. Also, the state of Kate and Niko’s relationship before he was co-opted by the CIA makes a little more sense knowing that she was roughed up, and then ignored orders to break up with him. The biggest gap, however, was the denouement of the Ginny/Dean relationship, and the fact that someone knew just how far Maggie went to keep her job.
It’s a bit odd to attempt to review the serialized stories in this situation. That being said, it is now very clear exactly how big of a bullet milk bottle that Dean dodged by breaking things off with Ginny. When she first woke up in the hospital, the way they had Erin Cummings made up, she could have been waking in the middle of a Stephen King story. The milk was all fun and games, but when she put her head through the glass window, Dean should have hightailed it in the other direction. That direction, lest we’ve forgotten, is straight to Colette – but only until he screws things up by behing an idiot.
Colette, perhaps, is a bit wiser in the ways of love after her time in Rome being chased by the unlikeliest of suitors, a twelve year old. I can’t imagine it is an easy thing to do, breaking a pre-teen’s heart that way. She had a rough go of it in her first attempt, but eventually worked things out. She’s a trooper, though. Personally, I would have had a much different reaction to waking up in the middle of the night to someone standing over me like that.
Not to belabor the point (Who me? Belabor a point? Never!) but I’m a much bigger fan of Laura’s story with the photographer now that I’ve seen the backstory. Things went pretty much as one would imagine: that her decision was about being a more modern woman, but on her own terms. However, the point that she first decided not to sleep with Graham, but then returned to pose for the pictures was a salient detail lost in the shuffle.
Next week’s episode, “1964,” is being billed as the “season” finale. You shouldn’t take that as a sign that Pan Am is coming back for a second season. Until ABC has made a decision about next year (which will not happen until they know until after Pilot Season), they’d be silly to tag the episode as anything but. Despite my whining about the schedule kerfluffle, I’m a big fan of the show, and would like to see it return. I could easily suggest some cost cutting measures if it would help. Anything I can do for the cause!
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