And welcome to the 7th edition of our Geek Talk Series!
I thought it would be interesting (read hilarious) to talk about the Charmed Reboot today.
Disclaimer: This is not going to be a post bashing the reboot, sorry. I’m simply going to geekily state my opinion! That’s how we do it here.
First of all, I was a hardcore fan of Charmed from season one to season three. I was already a Potterhead, so the world of magic had no secret for me. Suffice to say that when I discovered Charmed I was crazy into it, I mean, I actually invested in a book about Wicca traditions and Beltane myths… that how obsessed I was. Then again, I was nine.
When Prue died, something good about the show died with her and my devotion took a dive especially during all that nonsense with Cole and Phoebe (I never could quite stand her) and my deep disinterest for Leo and Piper’s marriage drama.
I never warmed up to the character of Paige and let’s be honest, she never did manage to fill up Prue’s shoes. It wasn’t exactly fair that we had to get accustomed to a new sister especially when Prue had been so great, iconic and larger than life, so the whole affair left a bitter taste into my mouth.
Still, I kept on watching because I’m nothing if not faithful.
Season six and Drew Fuller literally saved that show and got it renewed for a seventh season. The character of Chris Halliwell was a stroke of luck for the producers due to Holly Marie Combs’s unexpected pregnancy and Fuller did such an amazing job that season six is actually my favorite after the first one.
But after that? I completely lost my interest in Charmed and quite frankly, the rest of the seasons were pretty bad and that includes the last episodes of the show.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
I understand why the main actresses like Holly Marie Combs are pissed off about the reboot. It feels very much like Charmed was still on TV last Tuesday.
It’s too soon, and it feels very disrespectful, especially when the new writers and CW producers claimed that they wanted to add a “feminist storyline”
There was one! Admittedly, it got lost in all the lovey-dovey and unnecessary soap-opera romance crap that we had to endure with mainly Phoebe then with the rest of the sisters but the first two seasons of Charmed? It empowered women and little girls everywhere, let’s not deny that for the sake of marketing.
Holly Marie Combs, the most vocal actress against the reboot, brought some valid points to legitimate her ire: she did nine years on this show and it feels like CW is now capitalizing on her good work and trying to reap more money while leaving her in the dust. She won’t have any say in the reboot and won’t allegedly be in it.
The very base of that reboot is pretty much the same as Charmed original plotline: three sisters named Halliwell are brought together by the loss of their mother (grandmother in the O.G but you get the point) who has been killed by a demon and surprise! She was a witch and so are the sisters.
Same powers, same whitelighter crap (which means same elders crap and ain’t that a bitch?), same manor, same book of shadows…
Yeah, if I was Combs, I guess I would be ticked off too.
So, am I going to watch the reboot?
Because while the trailer for the reboot was unappealing and while it does seems like the whole thing is going to be a deplorable flop, the three young actresses playing the new sisters Halliwell didn’t ask for all the crap they are getting due to the O.G actresses rallying the masses against the reboot and CW handling the bad press badly.
I mean ladies, seriously… you shouldn’t forget that the original show was not that good after the first three seasons…
Due to the very poor expectations placed on the reboot, the new actresses Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffrey will have to work extra hard and prove that they deserve their roles and their reboot.
Everybody expects them to fail. That’s a shame so I’m going to watch it and give it a fair shot.
I’m also really appreciative of the fact that CW is getting more diverse and open in its selection of lead actors. Three Latina women, including one afro-latina? I’m all for it.
I guess we’ll see.
I’m keeping an open mind and since practically everyone in the social media crowd is following all the haters and trolls about the reboot, I’m definitely going the other way.
Thank you for reading! Are you going to watch the reboot? Let me know in the comment!
See Y’all in the next talk!
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