Charlie's Angels (S2)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Season II of the original 1970’s TV series starring 3 beautiful female private investigators who work for Charlie, who remains forever faceless (we do hear his voice however). This Spelling-Goldberg produced series was very popular back in its heyday, mostly because of the gorgeous actresses who played Charlie’s Angels. Under Charlie’s direction, and with Bosley’s assistance, the Angels fought crime and caught the bad guys, time and time again.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I first moved to Montreal after having lived in Amsterdam for a decade, one of the first English TV shows I ever watched was Charlie’s Angels. Being a ten-year old girl at that time, I really got into it. I had a favorite angel and her name was Jill Munroe (played by Farrah Fawcett-Majors-- as she was known back then). Unfortunately for me, there is no Jill in season II as the actress had left the show after its first successful season. She was replaced in season II by newcomer Cheryl Ladd, who played her younger sister Kris Munroe. The first of this season’s 24 episodes, a two-parter entitled “Angels in Paradise” actually introduces the viewer to Kris for the first time. And she fits right in without missing a beat. The other two angels in the show are Sabrina Duncan (Jackson) and Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith). They are all so beautiful and cool...exactly as I remembered them.
As I reviewed this DVD, I couldn’t help but notice the differences in the cop shows of the 70’s and the modern cop shows. Since the 1990’s especially, I have seen such horrible violence and torture and excessive sexuality in today’s TV shows that in season II of Charlie’s Angels, the violence and T&A aspect seemed so toned down in comparison. It was more like "clean sexiness", a hint of cleavage and tight clothing but nothing more, and basic violence, without heavy torturous and graphic aspects to it. The acting was fine, while the story-lines were interesting, easy to follow and always placed the angels in exotic locations-- often in sexy outfits such as bikinis. They also always had happy endings.
There is humor and a light-hearted feel in the series, which is also a welcome pleasure for me, having been bombarded with graphic visuals of everything under the sun in my yet young life. I loved the 70’s look and feel of the series, shot mostly in 1977 and 1978, and the fashions of the time, so cool to see them again. Many of the scenes in the episodes jumped at me because they looked so familiar and that is because they are printed on the cards from my Charlie’s Angels trading card collection. I wish I had the entire set, but sadly, I didn’t realize the importance of that at the time. I do have an authentic 1970’s Charlie’s Angels pink van that my folks bought for me though. I will never sell it on Ebay.
There are no special features but there are trailers for both Charlie’s Angels films as well as trailers for classic and contemporary television shows.
If you liked this show in the 1970’s, this is a "must own" for you, despite the lack of any extras. I loved this show so much that I got emotional just hearing the famous theme song and words, “Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy…” Also, if anyone out there enjoyed watching "Baywatch" in the 90’s, they might also enjoy this series as the two shows have many similarities (although the Angels look almost flat-chested compared to the Baywatch lifeguards we have come to know and love over the years...Pamela Anderson anyone?) Check it out...this series is a keeper!