After watching The Flight Attendant, one fan, u/digitalpassifier, took to Reddit to express surprise at how good Kaley Cuoco is in the role, writing, “I was expecting ‘Penny on a Plane.’ I was blown away by Kaley Cuoco’s performance as Cassie. She really loses herself in this character. I wasn’t expecting much but I was impressed.” u/producermaddy replied approvingly: “She did great! I’ve only seen her in comedy and I love to see her in drama.” Another fan, u/SaltCourse, expressed interest in Cuoco taking on more serious roles beyond The Flight Attendant.
One commenter, u/Freckle53, speculated as to why viewers would have expected to see “Penny” in Cuoco’s performance, writing, “She was really good. I did see a bit of Penny in the lighter moments, but that’s probably more fair to Kaley herself. I imagine Penny is mostly Kaley at this point. They praised her performance, mentioning a few specific details: “She was so amazing in those scenes where she was finally coming to terms with her father’s death and comforting the little girl version of her. She was definitely able to capture the dramatic [and] emotional stuff.”
Although one fan thought the performance was “over the top”, some other commenters pointed out that they felt the writing was lacking and agreed with the other fans that Cuoco is still excellent in the role and making the most of the content power she gave. Meanwhile, another fan, u/dudeonrails, concluded about Cuoco overall: “She’s definitely a much better actress than I gave her credit for.” It will be interesting to see if Season 2 allows her to move further from to distance her appearances as Penny – we’ll keep you posted.