Charlie's Angels Review: Ghosts of Past Angels

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"They remade "Angels in Chains" and I'm almost giddy about it. The story was first shown in 1976 and I'm sure I saw it in reruns at some point in my childhood, but I distinctly remember those first Angels running through a swamp in chains. I believe it was one of the original series highest rated episodes. Go figure.

So I have to say I was smiling ear to ear when our newest Angels got hauled off to a Cuban prison because I knew this was going to be fun.

Beauties in Chains

Special guest star Erica Durance (Smallville) played CIA operative and Bosley's ex, Samantha Masters. Does anyone else think Durance is more stunning than any of our current Angels? Is there any chance we can get her on the Townsend payrol? Probably not but one can dream.

Masters' arrival coupled with Eve's capture gave us a glimpse at a more serious Bosley and I have to admit, it was kind of hot. 

So what happened between Bosley and Charlie's daughter Elizabeth? All we know is that she ended up dead and Charlie doesn't appear to blame Bosley. It seems the rest of that intriguing arc will have to wait.

Back at the prison, having Eve try to protect Tess was a nice way to remind us that she's done her own jail time. For once, I was happy to say that Eve walked away with a couple of bruises instead of getting tortured without a scratch. I don't expect much reality from Charlie's Angels but a few nods to it here and there help me enjoy the show a lot more.

The look on the desk clerk's face when the Angels showed back up was priceless. I also enjoyed what Samantha's said when's considering sacrificing herself for Eve:

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It was a welcome nod to the heroes out there in real life who actually give their lives to protect us, whose names we'll never know. That said, Samantha picked survival over nobility and I can't say I blame her.

Bosley's call to both use and then entrap the corrupt prison guard was a move I didn't see coming.

Elsewhere, I'm disappointed that Samantha is staying to work in Cuba but I liked her and Bosley's farewell. I was almost afraid she'd let him go without a kiss and that man earned one. Glad they didn't disappoint me.

In the end, I didn't get to see these Angels running in chains but this was the most entertaining episode of the show to date. Without a doubt.

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Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Even though I prefer the original "Angels In Chains" episode from the original Charlie's Angels back in the 1970's, I thought that the recently updated "Angels In Chains" episode was PRETTY COOL!!! I've seen and watched WAY WORSE on television over the years. Also, the (TV) fact that (new and younger) Bosley has a past/history with both that CIA chick and Charlie's deceased daughter was an AWESOME PLOT TWIST X 2!!! HOLLA!!! Bosley...YOU PLAYA!!! Again...HOLLA!!! One thing kind of shocked me though: Elizabeth Pena (of whom I'm a BIG FAN of) looked like she gained weight. Also, I prefer Liz with longer hair. Like, from back in her I Married Dora and Blue Steel days. Aside from that...Liz, you did an AWESOME JOB in playing that totally mean and sadistic prison guard!!! One more time...HOLLA!!! All in all, it was a well acted episode. Kudos.

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If this had been the second episode the series they might still be in business.
I'm old enough to remember the original. It followed Aaron Spelling's formula developed with the Mod Squad, followed by The Rookies, and then Charlies Angles. The shows got progressively worse, but on the original CA, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith lent a certain amount of gravitas to the proceedings. Relatively speaking of course. These three new girls are all clones of Farrah Fawcett. Three of the same character just doesn't work.
There wasn't enough age difference between Bosley and the Angels. And when you pushed the old Bosley, he had a certain edge this new guy hasn't shown us yet.
Sometimes the past is better just left in the past.

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erica durance charlie angels,but it seems very much of its years old!

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erica durance is a bad actress.

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Totally have to agree with you. Think this was the best episode so far. And I think it's all thanks to Erica Durance. Her acting is top notch. Too bad they canceled the show, so we won't see her on their in the future.

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Have to say that this was the best episode of the series so far. I'm glad that the gave homage to the Angels and Chains but put an interesting twist to it. As what happens to most series, now that they're revealing things that may be of interest for example, Bosley and Charlie's daughter and the one thing that no one else may have noticed but did the American crime boss rape Eve. He was all about the sex with the the girl they were rescuing and he seemed to take off his coat and tie in a provocative manner. Hopefully they did 13 episodes and they'll show them all. Not the greatest show but not the worst.

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the best episode so far! hopefully it doesnt get cancelled

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Since I think Erica Durance is the most beautiful woman in the world, I do agree with you when you said that she's more stunning than the Angels. @Tanner, if Erica is not prettier than on on the same level as Minka Kelly's beauty, I found it funny that some people had mistaken Erica to be Minka Kelly in the earlier gossip on the net. lol. Anyways, I don't regularly watch CA and far from liking it... I watch because Erica is in this particular episode. I don't feel like watching Charlie's Angels... Feels like Sam Masters episode for me. :P I love the lines Erica gets. Like when she was playing Lois, she has the best lines... with that said, I don't know what to make of this episode. lol.

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Definitely the best episode so far (probably ever, since Charlie is more than likely going to be shown the door soon) and Erica Durance was definitely the most stunning and the best thing on the show last night.

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1. NO Durance is not prettier than the angles... dont get me wrong she is pretty just not on the level of Minka Kelly. Not by a longshot!
2. Defintely the best episode to date!
3. @maddie, you cant compare this show to community. they are nothing alike and therefore ilicate a different response from the viewers. And as C. Orlando said, you have to base it on the past episodes and relevance of the show not another

Charlie's Angels Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

The next time you go shopping for vans in Cuba, give me a call.

Samantha

Samantha: What are you doing in Cuba, Jon?
Bosley: I like mojitos and rumba music.

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