Yesterday, the newest reboot of 2018 debuted on the CW. The rebirth of “Charmed.” The originally aired from 1998 to 2006 on the WB, the original incarnation of the CW. The reboot of the series has been met with a lot of controversies due to the outcry of the OG Charmed cast and fans about not having any input from the original team that made the franchise what it was.
Now, I was a fan of the original series expect a little comparison. But I watched the new series with an open mind and heart. I recently just binged the OG “Charmed” because of nostalgia. Here’s also my overall thoughts on this reboot before seeing it. Let’s get this out-of-the-way: this isn’t the original series and only name and premise. That isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I like the fact that it’s not trying to be the OG series. This “Charmed” has a little bit of a darker tone to it. It’s on the CW and everything there is mostly dark and twisty. It’s trying to be its own dark and twisty thing.
The first episode wasn’t spectacular but it was a better start than what some would have thought it to be. It didn’t drag me into it but at the same time it did send up what to expect. It also ended on a cliffhanger which is how all good CW shows end. In case you couldn’t guess, it’s a stereotypical CW show. My major complaint is that it seems very much rushed. It felt like they put a two-part episode into one hour. They really didn’t let you get to know the sister beside a little bit in the beginning, which was only two of them. I really don’t know anything about them besides they are sisters. I wasn’t given time to get interested or digest their characters. If you were to ask me their names, I wouldn’t be able to.
There was also plot points that they just did but didn’t really touch again. It mainly came towards the end when they thought they defeated the monster of the week. I wish they would have given us more time with the characters than what we have gotten. And while I like that it doing its own thing, I wish that it would have still slightly acknowledged the previous show. It does come across that it could care less about its heritage. Even just little nods to the original would have been nice. But I can see why the original actresses are a little bit pissed now. It’s like they don’t exist anymore nor the show that is the reason the new one is there.
Overall, “Charmed” doesn’t seem like its going to be bad. In fact, it looks like it’s going to be a good show. The premiere showed good promise in the series. I just wished that it wasn’t so rushed and we got a little more time with the sisters. Hopefully, they can work out the kinks and make this new “Charmed” just as good as the original.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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