Judge Brett Cullum hereby announces his intention to move to Britain.
Fasten your seatbelt and undo your pants for the ride of a lifetime!
Mile High is a saucy British series which gives the Baywatch treatment to the airline industry. The show revolves around the sexual antics of the flight crews of a fictional airline, and it does so with a light, fluffy touch accompanied by plenty of flesh. There's nothing that stands out as "great television," but it is refreshing to see a show so unapologetic about sexuality. Mile High is fun, and that's all it ever shoots for. Koch Vision releases Mile High: Season One, which features the initial 2003 run of the show on four DVDs. You might have caught the show on syndication here in the States on BBC America, but on disc the episodes are unedited and feature some full frontal nudity that was excised for more prude American sensibilities. Yes, the Brits don't seem to mind having naught bits exposed on commercial television. It's shocking how they handle the sexuality with such an easy relaxed candor.
The plot isn't heavy, nor is it complicated. During the pilot we witness naïve, supermodel-like Marco Bailey (Tom Wisdom) as he begins his career at Fresh airlines as a flight attendant. He's thrust into a world where the other crew members talk raunchy, party all night, and constantly have sex with abandon. This first season cast includes: Lehan (Naomi Ryan), the black, supermodel-like, earthy stewardess; Emma (Emma Ferguson), the sweet, supermodel-like, young, engaged girl; John (Matthew Chambers), the supermodel-like pilot who pines after Emma; Janis (Jo-Anne Knowles), the supermodel-like, dominatrix manager who runs the show; Will (Adam Sinclair) the supermodel-like gay guy who parties as hard as he works; K.C. (Sarah Manners), the supermodel-like stewardess out to bag a rich husband; and Jason (James Redmond), the supermodel-like, male flight attendant who encourages women to go topless. The characters are not exactly crucial to anything, and many of them don't even survive more than three or four episodes of this first year before disappearing from the show altogether. Each episode offers a silly story revolving around something the British invented—the sex farce. I was entertained, but would be hard pressed to remember much of what happened. I know I laughed, and was engaged for the forty-odd minutes that each installment lasted. Mile High is cotton candy; it melts on your tongue instantly with no residue or true substance. It's simple, sexy sugar spun out for almost an hour.
The DVD presentation is as straightforward as the show. We get each episode presented as it was originally aired with very little tweaks. The mastering doesn't make anything look or sound better, and the 2003 sources in turn look older than what that would imply. The transfers are unremarkable, and not much better than what we would find on a VHS. There aren't any extras to talk about, and that's a shame. I would love to hear from the cast or the creators about this project, but no such luck. I bet bloopers and outtakes would have been incredible—but again, none to be found. You'll have to just settle for some brainless, sexy fun without anything to support it.
Mile High is a trifle of a show; hardly the drama we often associate with the BBC. The show isn't serious in the slightest, but it does have a lot to say to American audiences. It's revealing in how sex-positive it is when compared with any U.S. counterpart. Nudity is no big deal, homosexuality is not an issue, and lust is not given grave consequences at every turn. It's a show you couldn't make in America without a moral outcry from the Right and a campaign to take it off the air. It could end up on cable but never on (gasp!) broadcast television where we can split a head in half with a knife without a peep but still can't show boobies without everyone declaring morality is doomed. The Brits have one up on us when it comes to treating sex with the proper amount of disrespect, and this is the DVD set to prove it. You'll enjoy the hell out of Mile High: Season One, but only if you can smile as someone pokes fun at poking someone else.
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