PAN AM "The Genuine Article" Season 1 Episode 6 – For anyone who wanted to know more about Maggie, this week’s Pan Am, "The Genuine Article," answered a whole lot of questions about the bad girl, beatnik stewardess…and she is anything but genuine.
In a series of flashbacks, we learn that Maggie was a scrappy waitress who hopped a truck to a better life as a registrar secretary at Berkeley. From there, she was able to educate herself a bit by attending the classes other students dropped until she was inevitably caught and forced to flee. She turned to Pan Am and with an elaborate set of lies that included knowing Portuguese, faked her way into a job.
While a lot of these scenes were over the top and heavy-handed, I actually really approve of these revelations. You wanted to root for Maggie, just as literary history has wanted to root for the title character in her favorite book, The Great Gatsby, but by the end of the episode, Maggie emerges as a character you absolutely can’t defend anymore. She is willing to do anything, sacrifice anyone to save herself. Read More...