I have a confession and as I’m nearing in on 40 years of age, perhaps I shouldn’t be entertained by shows on The CW, but as quiet as it’s kept, that network is creating some quality programming, such as All American with that talented actor from across the pond Daniel Ezra, or the interesting storylines of Black Lighting, but this reboot of Charmed has surpassed expectations. I watched the original Charmed and when I heard a reboot was coming I was skeptical. It is very rare that a reboot can be better than the original. However, the reboot of Charmed is doing just that.
What Makes it Better?
For starters, the reboot characters are much more likeable. The original Charmed had Shannen Doherty as Prue and Holly Marie Combs as Piper, who don’t come off as likeable people onscreen, probably less in real life. In fact I would argue that those particular actresses were cast because of their star appeal from being on other popular shows of the time (90210 and Picket Fences). Alyssa Milano as Phoebe was America’s sweetheart and before she became the activist we know today was loved by everyone and still is for the most part, excluding Trump supporters.
In the reboot the actresses bring these characters to life. Their characters are more empathetic and interesting than the original, such as the biracial actress Madeleine Mantock who plays Macy Vaughn, Mel Vera the lesbian obessing over her mother’s death played by Melonie Diaz, or the empathetic Sarah Jeffery, who is the loveable baby of the trio portraying the gullible but chic Maggie Vera. Even with the obvious ethnic differences, the cast makes you believe they are sisters. The original Charmed seems like the actors were ‘phoning it in’ while waiting for more serious roles, while the actors on the reboot have not only more chemistry, commitment to their characters, but layers to their performances the original show lacked. Its as if the reboot have accepted the opportunity like it was Shakespeare in the Park and a William Morris agent was in the audience and makes the original show look like a community theatre show in Idaho.
Not only that but the storylines are more interesting, contemporary as opposed to contrived. Even the sisters’ whitelighter has some serious acting chops, as opposed to an image designed to get Middle American viewers like the bland performance of Brian Krause in the original. The diversity of the cast was risky but they chose the right cast for the job and if the Christmas episode was any indication of what is in store for viewers, this show has my vote for renewal.