Charlie’s Angels, Season One Episode 1 “Angel with a Broken Wing” (2011)

September 27, 2011 Rissi JC 8 Comments

How many of you remember the cheesy seventies-era Charlie’s Angels? Or perhaps the more accurate question: are there any of you who watch the show through re-runs? I can admit that I have – and I love it. There’s many things about it that bring on eye-rolling and groans, but above all it’s cute, which is why when I learned producers were re-booting the series for the 2011 TV season, it made me happy. I’ve decided to share my early thoughts on the millennium version, Charlie’s Angels, Season One Episode 1, of a now iconic television show.

Charlie’s Angels, Season One Episode 1 (2011) ABC TV Review

Everyone deserves a second chance – even thieves and cops who get in over their heads. The elusive Charles Townsend runs one of the most successful detective agencies in Miami. All three of his detectives are women, they are Charlie’s Angels. Charlie’s criteria is very specific when it comes to his employees, and all must need redemption. The three women currently working for the Townsend Agency are learning this. 20-something Abby Sampson (Rachael Taylor) is a spoiled Park Avenue princess bored with her life. This inspires her to train as a world-class thief. Then he finds Kate (Annie Ilonzeh). Kate is a Miami detective who had it all including a wonderful fiancé until she goes on the take. Rounding out the trio is Gloria, a former Army lieutenant whose specialty is explosives. Following a seemingly routine case, Gloria dies.

Charlie's Angels, Season One Episode 1 “Angel with a Broken Wing” (2011). Thoughts on the ABC pilot w Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh & Rachel Taylor. © Rissi JC charlie's angels, season one episode 1

This forces Charlie to convince the girls to find Gloria’s close childhood friend Eve (Minka Kelley) to bring down the guy who murdered Gloria. Needless to say things get off to a rough start between the three very different girls. Eve is a tough street-wise racer whose own muddied past follows through with Charlie’s cause. With the help of fellow detective Bosley (Ramon Rodriquez), the girls tentatively work together.

I am not going to lie; I had very high expectations for this show, and the premiere isn’t up to par. Don’t get me wrong, it’s darn entertaining but there isn’t that “spark” that convinces me it will last. I’m willing to overlook many of the shows flaws because I have had this experience with a pilot episode before the show turns into a very impressive hour of entertainment. Unfortunately, the acting is just so-so while the gadgets are, as usual really high-tech. All three of the actresses are attractive without making it impossible to believe they would chose this life, but Minka doesn’t jive with being a tough tomboy. Her face and voice are way too sweet “good-girl” persona while Rachael fits a rich-kid and Annie makes a credible ex-cop.

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Neither one of the developers (Alfred Gough and Miler Millar) have much experience when it comes to television writing but they do have a number of episodes (Smallville). (Star of the feature film and its sequel, Drew Barrymore also is a producer, too.) Where the 70s Aaron Spelling show is bad in its action sequences, one of my biggest concerns for the 2011 version is that it’d be too flashy; too tacky’; too sexy, too… 2011. It does justify some of these expectations, but there is a happy medium. By today’s standards, the show finally got most things right. No longer do the girls always look runway-perfect, instead they are tough, leading females who actually look the part of detective – and can handle a gun to boot!  

In a move that might hurt or assist the show, there are reflections of its source. The original creator (Ivan Goff) gets a leading credit while both the theme music and opening is much the same. For my two cents, I don’t want to be too harsh because, to be fair, these are just first impressions. The little petty issues I may have with this premiere are offset by the camaraderie and the fact that the action sequences actually look credible. Unfortunately, I think the script tries a little too hard to be witty and the dialogue suffers as a result. The wardrobe is “very 2011,” but there are some attractive pieces. As one of TVGuide’s top ten most anticipated shows, and with a healthy dose of promotion, I have no doubt that the show will garner a decent following for a couple of weeks (its premiere has the most for its time slot since 2009). But the real question is, will it be enough?

That will be answered in the weeks to come. For me, I am willing to give it leeway and am going to root for its survival; the DVD release will be a source of excitement at my house… even if it won’t be until next summer!  

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Ruth September 27, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I'm afraid this one's not on my radar – but glad to hear that you enjoyed it, even if it didn't "quite" live up to your expectations. Here's to improvement! ;)

  • Ella September 27, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Because I have so much on my plate, I held off on this one for the same reason I held off on the Hawaii 5-0 reboot; I get afraid that it will be too sexed up, too 2011, as you say……but I hope it does fare better for you!

    Loved reading your thoughts about it!

  • Rissi September 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Ruth – I think most people have kind of brushed this one aside. I will certainly be hoping the season gets more intricate. A lot of the shows I watch did so, which gives me "hope." =D

    Ella – I know what you mean about watching too many shows (or maybe just being too busy with life in general). The pilot wasn't too terrible in those regards, but it is something I'll look out for when I get the set on DVD.

    As for "Hawaii Five-O," I cannot wait to see that show!! I am expecting it in the mail either today or tomorrow and wil no doubt, have a review once I watch the set – it looks SO good!

  • Rebekah Brielle September 28, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Hmm, never heard of it, and I actually don't really watch tv (I'd rather be blogging)that much.
    Interesting thoughts though :) I enjoyed it!

  • Rissi September 28, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Growing up, my family watched very little TV either, Rebekah. But, we now have SEVERAL favorites… so instead of sitting in front of the TV for two+ hours every night, we await the DVD sets. However, since I watch the 70's version (very corny) of this show, I broke the "rule" and tuned in to the pilot.

    Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts – they are always welcome.

    PS: I tried to comment on your blog earlier tonight and something wasn't working – I am guessing it has something to do with our blogs being set up differently and Blogger didn't like me trying to comment… or something! =)

  • Charity September 28, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    I knew I forgot something. I'll try and catch this next week, although to be honest it's not really my thing right now.

    "Hawaii Five-O," on the other hand, is fantastic.

    Al and Miles. Oh, dear. Not two of my favorite people, since they managed to tick me off year after year on "Smallville" with their seeming unending addiction to Clark/Lana. =P

  • Rebekah Brielle September 28, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Hey Rissi,
    That is funny, I have had trouble commenting on a few blogs myself!
    When I try to post the comment, it just disapears and I have to retype it, but then it happens again! Very annoying.
    Is that what happens to you too?
    Are you only having trouble commenting on my blog? Just curious! I hope it works to comment later (i love comments) ;)

  • Rissi September 28, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Charity – despite all my negative thoughts, I really enjoyed "Charlie's Angels" for the light-hearted entertainment is was, but I have high expectations as it furthers.

    "Hawaii Five-O": cannot wait to get started on that. It looks/sounds great. Oh, dear! I hope the writers bad turns on "Smallville" won't be telling on "Charlie's Angels."

    Rebekah – as you no doubt know, I can FINALLY comment on your blog again. YAY! I upgraded to Google Chrome after an update to IE, and then, it was all good.

    But, no, to answer your question, yours wasn't the only blog that wouldn't let me comment – some I could, others, I couldn't. Ah! The joys of technology.

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