Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall Pilot #12: Charlie's Angels

FALL PILOT #12: Charlie's Angels
POSSIBLE SELLING POINT FOR ME:  Wasn't going to watch it at all, but was hoping for camp?

Perhaps I'm fudging the details on this, but it seems as though ABC tries nearly every year to launch an espionage show in primetime.  Every so many years, they succeed (see: Alias), but for the most part they've lost many an agent.  Remember Snoops? Women's Murder Club? Under Cover?  Yeah, me either.  Anyhow, this season they decided to go the CBS Hawaii Five-O route and resurrect a 70's Frankenstein to try to trick people into tuning in. Screw those "new" ideas.  

As someone who grew up more with Drew Barrymore's take on the Angels than anywhere near Farrah Fawcett (I'm pretty sure I've never actually seen an original episode), I have to say that the resurrection doesn't really work for me.  Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu's take on the concept was all pop music, bright colors, disguises, kitsch and camp.  It had Bill Murray, Sam Rockwell, and Crispin Glover.  There was no such thing as taking the concept too seriously.  A return to the old ways now, any sort of soap opera sincerity feels...false.  While Barrymore scores a producer's credit here, the extent of her influence seems based in the non-lethal weaponry the Angels sport.  Our new Angels are milquetoast.  They're dolled-up pieces of cardboard without much substance outside of occasionally quippy lines.  Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, and Annie Ilonzeh are um, not exactly the best actresses, and while the show has its own generic brand of sort of entertaining action, it's hard not to look at the whole package as just another recyclable.  It's funny, somehow, that ABC still firmly believes all people need to tune in is an unrealistically attractive cast.  Even Bosley's a young, good looking crime fighter here; working and flirting alongside the trio.  Somehow, this is the wrong sort of cheese....

SECOND EPISODE?:  No, but I could see putting on a rerun if there's absolutely nothing else on.
WILL IT MAKE IT TO A SECOND SEASON?:  It may survive a while on the brand alone, but I can't see it sustaining itself in primetime.

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