Pleasantly surprised. That was the feeling I walked away with after watching this week's episode of Charlie's Angels.
I wasn't thrilled with the premiere. I felt it lacked the fun of the original while degrading the characters, but as pilots can be a tricky thing to pull off, I decided to take a look at "Runway Angels" with fresh eyes. I'm glad I did.
First off, Miami is gorgeous. It's got water, palm trees, skyscrapers, and bikinis. It's easy to make the city look good on screen and it fits with the vibe of this show.
The characters are starting to grow on me, too, but does anyone else want to take these girls out for a cheeseburger? They are all so very thin it's a little scary. And what was Kate wearing at the runway in the beginning? Was she working undercover for Vice afterwards? If that outfit is high fashion then I'm out.
I'm finding this is half the enjoyment of Charlie's Angels. Much like the original, you can poke fun at it but in order for it to work you need to care about the characters and, yes, and I'm starting to do so.
I'm curious to find out what the bad decision was that Kate made that got her booted from the police force and sent her fiance packing two weeks before their wedding. In the pilot we were told she was a dirty cop, a connotation I abhor but I'm willing to give Kate the benefit of the doubt until the show shares the circumstances of her downfall.
Kate's ex, Ray, is certainly hot. Although I think Kate is right and it's time to move on, I wouldn't mind seeing Ray back again.
The investigation into a dead model involved in a green card marriage scam was twisty enough to be entertaining but still light enough to be Charlie's Angels. We even got to see the Angels do some old school water boarding in a public restroom. One of my favorite scenes was watching the Angels yawn and sigh as Mitch gave the cliched line about being afraid for his life. It's as though the show is making fun of itself.
I like how Ray points out that going rogue has its consequences and I'm hoping to see more of them as the show continues. I know the Angels are suppose to win in the end but interesting obstacles just add to the fun.
The Angels taking down security to save the Russian first lady was just plain silly but having enjoyed myself up to that point I was willing to overlook it.
To be honest, I was dreading watching this episode. That's how much I disliked the pilot and, don't get me wrong, I don't believe Charlie's Angels will ever be great TV. Then again, it never was. But if you're looking to have some fun with beautiful women who like to kick some butt in a beautiful setting... then Charlie's Angels deserves another look.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.