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I wasn't expecting a documentary but come on, they could have at least indulged us pilots a little. At least refer to the runways correctly. They mentioned 10, 19, and 22 (none of which exist at the real LAX by the way), and they are calling them "Runway Ten," "Runway Nineteen," and "Runway Twenty-Two." Any airport personnel and any pilot would say, "Runway One-Zero," "Runway One-Nine (or one-niner if you want to be really picky), and "Runway Two-Two."
All we see in LAX is Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood bickering like schoolchildren at the elementary school playground. "I run the airport!" "No, I run the airport!" "No, I run the airport!" "I'm more important than you!" "No, I'm more important!" Absurd.
But I guess that this show has as much to do with airports and airplanes as shows like "Silk Stalkings" and "CSI" have to do with crime and detectives. All the audience wants to see is the beautiful people running around in their ultra-stylish clothing, trying to act all witty and important. This show is simply the latest installment of mindless prime-time idiotic crap.
I think the focus on the main actors and not the plot lines was probably the undoing of the show. In reality, the techical life of a pilot is *supposed* to be boring. It only gets exciting when someone makes a mistake. Nearly all the interesting stories are not about the aircrews, but about the passengers. Long flights and free liquor lead to interesting stories. Alcohol is amplified by altitude, as are most medical conditions. Add confined space and being disconnected from the outside world and you get "Cheers", "ER", "Melrose Place", "Big Brother" and a bit of "Survivor" all in one. I think there is no better proof than the fact that "LAX" is in the trash bin, while the documentary series "Airport" is a hit (for cable, anyway). As for my comrade, the days of pilots being romantic heroes died in the seventies. Astronauts are boring to most people - our lives are TOO technical and detail oriented. They also want the feeling that nothing will happen, ever, when they board the aircraft. We haven't been interesting since Roger, Over, and Unger were in the cockpit. So let Frank Abignale get the glory, and the union the drama. I still get a little rush when the wheels leave the ground, and the sim keeps me humble enough to feel a small sense of satisfaction when they are all back on the ground again. As the prayer goes, let me demonstrate my superior judgment rather than my superior skills. Besides, even the interesting stories make us look bad. How many pilots does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Some facts: Serbia did not exist as an independent state until 2006. There was NEVER an airline with the name "Serb" in it. The only operator was JAT Airways which had an impeccable safety score. Never in the history of this operator (established in 1927 as "Aeroput", renewed in 1947 as Yugoslav Airways) was there a drunken pilot. - When USA put a stranglehold on Yugoslavia (1991) the flights for NY (using DC-10s, not Lockheed Tristars)were discontinued. There was never any flights to LAX. The pilot uniforms were standard with golden rank markings, not those ridiculous multicolored ones. Serbian (Yugoslav)pilots never had any disciplinary problems with airport management.
I am, as the majority of my compatriots, thoroughly sick and tired of Hollywood clichés with Serbs as eternal bad guys. Find another helpless victim to spit on, for a change.
Heather Locklear is a treat to watch in the TV show and does have screen presence. While the show has an interesting concept, it suffers from a lack of exciting stories and suspenseful twists that grab an audience's attention from start to finish. What you have are mediocre plot fillers with average acting and ho-hum characters that doesn't quite give an overall memorable TV experience. Waiting at an airport in real life is actually more exciting than this show.
I thoroughly enjoyed the love/hate-affair between Harley and Roger, both fighting to gain the function of manager of the airport. And of course falling in love with each other, as this genre demands. Their side-kicks - two big momma's handling the scanning of luggage, the charming Australian bloke managing the transport of people, the nerdy whizkid on the wrong function, the sexy stagier with a high class background, the ex-policeman turned into security guy - all were charming enough. They all added up to the humorous side of the show, while most of them got enough attention to deepen out their characters.
This show was simply a delight. It's sad that a lot of people didn't agree on that, resulting in being canceled after one season. It deserved at least a second season. But I won't be sad about it, the British ''Hotel Babylon'' is slightly better and has had two successful seasons at the moment. I can advise the people that loved this show to try the British show. You will love it!
My favorite secondary plot was when the class designed to lessen fear of flying got a chance to help in rescuing a risky landing. It was funny and touching. The airport is a good setting for many side plots, and I was looking forward to new episodes. I got hooked when the native American brought a hawk to control pigeons on the airport property, in the very first episode.
The only critique I have is that there were some missteps in the side stories rhythm. The series could use tighter direction to keep the pace evenly interesting.
I caught the episode this Monday where Blair Underwood is on a plane that is having electrical problems. It had a good deal of dramatic tension, even knowing that Underwood isn't going to be killed. So, we'll see if the show has any legs. NBC seems to be interested in these sort of blockbuster-type TV shows (Las Vegas).