We worked hard, not so much to condition our bodies but to condition our minds. The payoff was that this development of the mind could be applied to any situation in life later on, whether on or off the water.
As an audience we are rooting for the well-oiled clichè of boy meets girl. What sets Up in the Air apart is its willingness to divert from the superficial and go inside to the uncomfortable truth of life.
At some point we have to break our emotional silence and get down to what is really going on. Don Draper has yet to do that, and it looks like he will never be able to fully. Gregory House has at least made a start.