As yet another addition to the period-specific dramas ("Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire," and "The Playboy Club") that focus on one profession to tell the history of a certain age, "Pan Am" illustrates the Cold War period as a time of revolutionary change through the eyes of stewardesses. Some were intellects slash activists, some were natural born nomads, and some were spies.
In the series, each stewardess has an interesting backstory, explaining what led them to pursue a corner office in the sky. Laura (Margot Robbie) is a runaway bride. Her sister Kate (Kelli Garner from "My Generation" and Going the Distance) is tired of living in her shadow and eager to no longer be underestimated. Maggie (Christina Ricci) wants to see more of the world and one day change it. Colette (Karine Vanasse) is a carefree soul, who once unknowingly had an affair with a married passenger. And Bridget (Annabelle Wallis from "The Tudors") fell in love with pilot Dean (Mike Vogel from She's Out of My League) while secretly working for the government. When he proposed, she had to disappear and recommended Kate as her replacement to the G-men, and Kate gladly accepted the challenge. Meanwhile, Maggie waits in the wings, hoping Dean finally notices her affections for him. (It's like "Grey's Anatomy" on a plane.) Ultimately, their ambition to be apart of an elite sorority of professional women and the hope for more to life sucks you into their world. It's like co-pilot Ted (Michael Mosley from "Scrubs") says, "They're not like normal women. They're mutations…They don't know that they're a new breed of women."