After airing an episode in which two female characters stare at each other for a second longer than usual, the show Flight is being hailed by critics and fans as bold and groundbreaking television. The show is receiving such praise even though the possibility of the characters being queer is never followed up on, explicitly dealt with, or confirmed.
“Everyone involved with Flight should be commended for making such a brave storytelling choice,” reported T.V. critic Louis Walter, ignoring the fact that the writing team didn’t put in any effort to include dialogue that directly addressed the characters’ experiences with their sexuality. “That scene will forever change the landscape of television.”
“This is the kind of art that can inspire a generation,” said Walter about the remarkably ambiguous clip that the writers had clearly hyped up in the episode’s trailer in order to boost viewership. “Talk about innovative.”
“What an honest and fresh depiction of people coming to terms with their sexuality,” wrote one think piece about the ten second scene. “What a piece of television! Really makes you think.”
At press time, Flight was praised as a beacon of body positivity after a minor character with a hint of body fat was shown in a swimsuit.