CHARLIE’S ANGELS “Angels in Chains” Review

CHARLIE’S ANGELS “Angels in Chains” Season 1 Episode 4 – The girls head to Cuba this week (which apparently is easier than I thought it was) in the fourth episode of Charlie’s Angels, “Angels in Chains.” As the title implies, while attempting to find a missing American tourist, the Angels are illegally arrested and thrown in a Cuban prison.

I didn’t realize this until I did some internet digging, but apparently this story was an homage (or a blatant rip-off depending on your point of view) of a very well-known episode of the original Charlie’s Angels, best known for putting the girls behind bars and in skimpy towels. So, what…now we’re recycling plots? Sorry, but that only flies on Law and Order: UK.

It doesn’t matter how much Cuban flavoring you add to the mix; the whole set-up of the girls in jail being turned into unwilling prostitutes fairly screamed of the exploitation films that were so popular in the 70’s. But unfortunately, the new Angels are nowhere near as titillating as their predecessors.

The only high moments were the scenes between Bosley and a former flame who happens to be the CIA agent who failed to catch him back when he was a master computer hacker. They had a fairly decent chemistry, which is more than I can say for the other characters, and I wonder if we’ll see more CIA lady in the future.

Not that I’m anticipating too much of a future for this show. The buzzards are circling. We might never find out what happened to Elizabeth, Charlie’s daughter and Bosley’s love. Didn’t see that one coming, but I wish I could bring myself to care about such a plot twist.

Charlie’s Angels had its time and it made for legendary television. But I think it’s quite clear that in 2011, we have enough girls in popular culture who kick ass. Buffy, Sidney, Nikita, River (Song or Tam). We don’t need the Angels like they did in 1976.

What did you think of the episode? Viva la revolucion? Is anyone but me still watching this show? Let me know below!!