Archie Panjabi says new lacking aircraft thriller present ‘Departure’ is ‘binge-worthy’
Archie Panjabi performs an investigator trying to find a lacking aircraft within the new Peacock collection “Departure.”
“I learn the scripts and I couldn’t put them down — and I felt that the viewers would really feel the identical,” Panjabi, 48, tells The Publish.
The primarily England-based thriller, already renewed for a second season, follows Kendra Malley (Panjabi), an investigator on the Transportation Security and Investigations Bureau who’s tasked with discovering the vanished aircraft, which was en path to London from New York. Its disappearance is being labeled by the media as probably the “worst aviation catastrophe in UK historical past.”
“You’re so eager to seek out out what induced the passenger aircraft to go lacking,” Panjabi says. “Folks typically have this concern and fascination with flying. So I simply thought it will be a type of binge-worthy reveals.”
Not like “Misplaced” or NBC’s more moderen hit “Manifest,” there’s no supernatural aspect to “Departure,” however there’s nonetheless limitless prospects for what occurred to the aircraft. Kendra and her crew should discover out if there was an tools failure or a extra nefarious trigger together with a hijacking. They need to additionally decide if the aircraft is within the Atlantic Ocean, or if it’s nonetheless within the air evading detection.
To complicate issues, Kendra continues to be reeling from dropping her husband to a tragic accident that’s revealed over the course of the collection. She’s simply returned to her job after his dying when the aircraft goes lacking.
“I actually appreciated the character,” she says. “It was an interesting concept to have this actually robust crash investigator take care of all of the victims and what they undergo, having solely lately gone by means of her personal private tragedy.”
Kendra’s boss and mentor, Howard Lawson, is performed by Christopher Plummer.
“I grew up with ‘The Sound of Music’ and adopted his profession,” Panjabi says. “He was hooked up to the venture when it was despatched to me, in order that was an extra attraction to wish to do that present, as a result of I’ve at all times needed to work with him. So it was great. He’s a pure delight. He’s sensible at what he does, and he’s nice enjoyable on set as properly.”
One in all TV’s most prolific stars, Panjabi is greatest identified for her Emmy-winning function as Kalinda Sharma on “The Good Spouse” (2009-2015). She’s additionally appeared in in style reveals together with “Blindspot,” “The Fall” (reverse Gillian Anderson) and “I Know This A lot is True” starring Mark Ruffalo, who gained an Emmy for enjoying twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey within the HBO drama.
“I at all times wish to problem myself,” she says. “I lately did one thing very totally different for ‘Run’ [on HBO] which was a personality that was a little bit of a psycho. I’d by no means accomplished one thing like that earlier than
“So so long as a personality is interesting, I’m not fussy concerning the style, so long as I just like the script and there are nice folks hooked up to it.”
Season 2 of “Departure” is at present filming in Canada and can doubtless premiere subsequent yr.
“The second season is totally different — you see a development in Kendra in comparison with Season 1,” Panjabi says. “It’s coping with a distinct sort of accident and its extra character-driven. I reunite with Jason O’Mara, who I labored with on ‘The Good Spouse,’ and I’ve some actually great things with him.
“I can’t say an excessive amount of, nevertheless it’s thrilling — and there are many surprises.”
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