Last year, Fox put out a series called, "The Loop", about the mis-adventures of the youngest airline executive trying to balance a personal life with his friends and a demanding job. The series was smart, funny and - aside from "Arrested Development" - probably one of the best things that Fox has done in a while. So, what did Fox do? They changed the timeslot a bunch of times and then waited over a year before putting the show on again in the Summer. When the show comes back, it's been retooled to oblivion, with two main characters gone without explanation. The series was gotten rid of, as it was run as many as three times during its regular night.
"Mile High" is sort of like a little bit of the "The Loop" crossed with the Gwyneth Paltrow movie "View From the Top", but British and naughty. The series takes a look at the workers (who all look like models) of British airline Fresh! (don't forget the !), who spend their time trying to get into each other's pants and occasionally, into those of the passengers. And, when they're not trying to fool around with other people, they're partying whereever the flights take them.
The characters consist of newer attendant Marco Bailey (Tom Wisdom), gay attendant Will (Adam Sinclair), who is quick with a scheme but whose broken engagement to a wealthy older woman costs him; Lehann (Naomi Ryan), who is taking care of a child; Jack Fields (John Pickard), who screws things up with his friends and girl and digs a deeper hole; Janis (Jo-Anne Knowles, who looks like the British version of Jane Kaczmarek, from "Malcolm in the Middle"), as the bitchy head attendant, Jack's sister, Poppy (Stacey Cadman), new attendant Charlotte (Sarah Farooqui) and others. The series has what seems like about twenty characters, but manages to integrate them into each episode well.
While the series is generally a flight of fantasy (in one episode, while a plane is being fixed, the female flight attendants decide to sun topless on the wing), there's the occasional bit of drama to bring things back down to Earth: one multi-episode drama early on has Lehann getting busted for drugs she unknowingly took off the plane after they were ditched by another attendant. Later in this first half of the season, Fresh! gets bought by fellow carrier Goldstar, a merger the purchasing company soon regrets when Will comes up with a plan for the Fresh! folks to keep their jobs. Still, the remainder of the season continues the conflict between the Fresh crew and their new fellow workers.
"Mile High" is a fast-paced (episodes are 45 minutes, but feel like about half that) series that mixes a bit of soapy, mild drama with breezy, sexy comedy. The series is light overall, but the series does a nice job of not making things so light that things threaten to float off. The series isn't highbrow BBC fare; it's lowbrow, sleazy at times (the characters cheat, double cross, scheme) and shallow, but it's mostly well-done trashy fun.
The performances are mostly good, although Cadman makes a particularly good impression as Poppy, who joins the airline to follow after Marco, then finds herself enjoying the work and the people. The only actor who I didn't care for was Wisdom, who's the only one without any sort of personality.
This volume includes the first half of the second season:
15. 2- 1 22 Feb 04 Episode 1
16. 2- 2 29 Feb 04 Episode 2
17. 2- 3 7 Mar 04 Episode 3
18. 2- 4 14 Mar 04 Episode 4
19. 2- 5 21 Mar 04 Episode 5
20. 2- 6 28 Mar 04 Episode 6
21. 2- 7 4 Apr 04 Episode 7
22. 2- 8 5 Sep 04 Episode 8
23. 2- 9 12 Sep 04 Episode 9
24. 2-10 19 Sep 04 Episode 10
25. 2-11 26 Sep 04 Episode 11
26. 2-12 3 Oct 04 Episode 12
27. 2-13 10 Oct 04 Episode 13
VIDEO: "Mile High" is presented by Koch Vision in 1.33:1 full-frame.
SOUND: The film's Dolby Digital 5.l presentation did open up a bit on occasion to allow the surrounds to offer some slight ambience or reinforcement of the music. Otherwise, the film's audio delivered exactly what one would expect - the film is dialogue-driven and so is the majority of the audio presentation. Audio quality is fine, with crisp dialogue and effects.