The 2011 Charlie’s Angels television drama aired to a hopeful audience and yet dismal ratings. It is based mostly on the 1970s drama of the same title but also draws from the 2000 movie adaptation where the show’s producer (Drew Barrymore) stars as one of the angels. For example: in the original TV series the angels are ex cops, in the new movie the girls are all bad asses that are too hard core for the police department and yet are trained much in the same way. In the 2011 TV series the angels are also rebels that have gotten into trouble with the law, though one of them is an ex-cop.
With the new millennium, television technology and resources have intensified, and the new Charlie’s Angels uses the new trend in TV series to go bigger and farther. Like its movie counterpart, the new series uses big explosions, huge crime lords and intense fight scenes that aren’t necessarily realistic. It seems that this series tried to go bigger and be better than the original, the angels were taking on big challenges, not just small crimes and they even took down a huge human tracking operation. The problems are that the acting just isn’t there, the characters are completely unbelievable and the script-writing isn’t all that great either. One of the episodes I watched had two of the characters threatening an art dealer by shooting his paintings with paintball guns. The entire scene was laughable and at that point I had to stop watching. I believe the frequency of cheesy scenes like this caused the show to be cancelled after its fourth episode. This is a little surprising because the original lasted 5 seasons and was immensely popular even though the angels were replaced and the show was classified as “jiggly TV” and yet people still loved it, just like the two movies (both of which I really enjoyed).
Though the three actresses are just as thin and beautiful as the original 70s cast, they seemed to me like supermodels and their beauty was much more captivating than the actual plot. My favorite quote that I have found for the new series is from Matt Fowler, ” [I don’t] believe that these ladies could change a flat tire, much less take down a notorious human trafficker.”
Here’s a great clip of the new and completely absurd suave Bosley.