Guest Author - Amy Romine
The opening of the show was, well, annoying to be blunt. It was fifteen minutes of showing off cool gadgets and mediocre stunts. An action filled beginning, fine whatever. Then everything came to a screeching halt when one of the Angels is killed with a car bomb. I thought, okay didn’t expect that. The plot thickens and I am seriously not digging it. To me, it is too Miami Vice with cool gadgets. The writing was blunt and unstructured. The acting overall is stiff and not believable.
The fact that all of the Angels are formerly a thief, a bad cop, and another thief, would be passable if it added some kind of edge to the show, however it doesn’t. Bosley is no longer a background character, and is the hacker and ladies man of the group, which is an interesting choice. Don’t even get me started on the robotic voice of Charlie.
In the pilot episode the bad guy is a wealthy businessman who also happens to be “Parejo”. This alter ego is a notorious child smuggler from whom the Angels just rescued a sixteen girl. Turns out this is the same man who invaded the orphanage where Gloria, aka the deceased Angel, and Eve, aka the new Angel, met as children. They made a vow to exact revenge and kill him, but it turns out he got to Gloria first. So we have the dramatic scenes between the existing Angels and this newbie. They work the case and catch the bad guy, making sure to use as many gadgets as possible. Eve is asked to join the team, and thus the start of the series.
On Broadway when they take a musical and decide to perform it they call it re-release. There are times when they change and or update the musical which is called a revival. The case is the same with television. Perfect example of this is Hawaii Five-0. While I am not a fan of the show, it is a clear example of a revival. They writers used the basis of the original show and built it up, leaving some of the familiarity in the show for the original fans, but making its own mark on the legacy.
Drew Barrymore took on the movie version of Charlie’s Angels and I loved it! It had all of the strength and fem-power of the original show, lots of action, and a dash of comedy. The updated script and individual characters were wonderfully easy to love, and I was very accepting of the new Angels. When I heard that Drew Barrymore was also responsible for this new series, there was hope…I thought.
This will still be put to the three episode test, but my expectations are not high. Unless Charlie’s Angles goes through almost a complete revamp, I see it on the chopping block before Christmas.