Charlie's Angels Series Premiere Review: A Criminal Remake

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I want to like Charlie's Angels. I really do. I was a little too young to catch the original when it aired, but I did watch it in reruns growing up. It was campy, silly, fun. Gorgeous women kicking butt and solving mysteries. How can you go wrong with that?  Well...

This new version has some fatal flaws. In "Angel with a Broken Wing," we meet the new Angels and I'm turned off before we've even begun. Not by the actresses. They're all beautiful but by the characters.

The original Angels were police officers who, given the sexism of the time, were given menial jobs such as glorified secretary and meter maid. Seeing no opportunity to do real police work, they left and went to work as private detectives for Charlie Townsend.

Eve vs. Abby

But, as that scenario will no longer play in modern times, these new Angels are criminals - and I have a real problem with that. Abby's the bored rich girl turned cat burglar, Eve was an orphan turned car thief, and Kate is the worst of all, a dirty cop. Because I consider dirty cops the lowest of the low, I'm finding it hard to get past that one. I'm hoping we'll get some back story soon to give us the reasons behind her disgraceful past.

So far, Eve is the most appealing. Played by the gorgeous and likable Minka Kelly, at least she had the hard knocks life of an orphan to explain her path to thievery. I'm thankful for that because Kelly is hard not to like.

Bosley has certainly gotten a complete make over. He's no longer the balding, overweight uncle type looking after Charlie's girls. Now they've made him this hot stud and I feel as though the character would be more interesting if he were gay. Just my opinion.

Unfortunately, even Bosley has a criminal past. He's a high tech guru and hacker who hates the term. He stole millions from peoples' tax returns one penny at a time. Smart? Yes, but as with everyone else in this remake, it certainly calls his character into question.

Most of the team seems to be here because working for Charlie Townsend is a better option than going to prison. It breeds a particular loyalty to their boss but it isn't as commendable as the premise of the original.

Let's move on to the plot. Is it great? No. It's fluff. I did think it was cute that the human trafficker was stabbed with a wooden angel. During the party scene, our Angels masquerade as servers in red sequined devil costumes. And Abby should substitute for Spiderman on his days off given the way she climbs a building.

I wished they had taken more time assimilating Eve into this crew. They trust her much too quickly and the moment Charlie says she's part of the team she's completely accepted. If they'd made her acceptance a little more difficult I think it could have been more entertaining.

The best scene took place near the end when Bosley tried to convince Eve to work as an Angel. It was the most real moment of the show and the first scene where I actually felt something for these characters. Second best was when Eve took down our villain with a spinning Corvette.  I'll admit, that was kind of cool.

The worst scene: the Angels' reaction to Gloria's murder. Abby's crying made me cringe and Bosley barely moved. The car bomb just didn't pack the emotional punch it should have.

There's lots of girl power here and I'm all for that. That's half the reason why I watch most anything Joss Whedon ever does. Of course, the other half is that his writing is in a whole other league than anything you'll see here. And for all of the Angel high kicks and martial arts moves, none of it left me satisfied.

I'm torn because I want to like this remake. Yes, it is cheesy and predictable, but so was the original and I have fond memories. Unfortunately, I just don't have the love for these characters and I'm not feeling enough of the fun. Maybe that will come with time. We'll see. We'll hope.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


i dont like this film as it is a few in female is include the male in fighting....fuck
what i like is about the film include more beautiful female minka kelly....but this film show only a few fight about minka kelly


in my opinion, i think Eve cannot act at all. Rachel and kate are alright. i think that kate and rachel acting are quite good and they bond well. But Eve she is attrocious. Eve's moves are soooo bad, that even a 12 year old child could do better than her.


I love the show also. I am so glad they didn't go the ridiculous direction of the movies. We didn't laugh wen we tuned in to watch the original Charlie's Angels any more than we laughed when we watched Starsky and Hutch or Mission Impossible. To remake the series as a comedy is disrespectful to its legacy and blatantly chauvanistic. The shows have to be viewed in the light of the time period they aired and at the time they were serious shows. This show is reminds me of Burn Notice in that there is a serious plot with humorous overtones and like Burn Notice, it doesn't belong on ABC.


To start with the actor playing Bolsey is HOT as all get out; however, did anyone catch what I believe was a mistake in his delivery of lines at the start of 09-29-11 show? I believe he said something like "you will have to talk to her instead of me" instead of "you will have to talk to me instead of her". This is the scene with the photographer and immediately after the opening credits. I may be mistaken, but I listened twice.


Borrrring. Too bad, I really wanted to like it, but the script was boring and the characters just don't gel together as a team. Yes, the women are beautiful, but not really sexy and they don't bond. The action was disappointing too. I too am moving on.


Totally dissapointed... I thought that whoever would write and do the screen play would want to stay far away from how the movies turned out... But all they did was translate the movie to a tv series. They got beautiful people to play the characters and thought they would write any old crap and think people will like it. Can't see this going on more than a season. Moving on.


Bad. Kelly was alright. Liked the corvette as weapon scene and the scene when Kelly's char joins.


Finally got a chance to watch the show!
I found that it went straight into the action, but it doesn't necessarily mean it'll keep it up. Especially with the 8.57 million viewers it managed to tally up in the pilot, that will eventually decrease rapidly after each episode.
As for the cast and their fantastic physique, I'm not sure if they purposely look for very attractive people, but they managed to find them. As for Bosley, I'm not sure if I am right or not, but isn't he meant to appear as someone who doesn't look like he could model in his underwear?
The show was alright. I'll tune in next week, as now it's going to be a show I enjoy to laugh at. Anyway, sucks that the Glory chick died. She was hot.


You mean you didn't like the line: "I didn't know my heart could hurt so much?"


I was sooo disappointed! I loved the original Charlie's Angels and was so looking forward to this remake. I also did not like the criminal premiss, but even beyond that I thought the acting was atrocious!! I'll probably give it one more try, but I'm not very hopeful:(

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Charlie's Angels Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Abby: He's single, he's straight, and he has a life plan.
Gloria: Mixing Mojitos?

One fashion emergency is enough for tonight.