This Thursday the new TV show "Charlie's Angels" will be premiering on ABC. The show, like the movies, will feature beautiful women who made some kind of mistake, and were "saved" by a mystery man named Charlie. Now they are "angels of justice". But they aren't just "angels", they're "Charlie's Angels". The name never comes without the possessive apostrophe. These women are definitely smart and kick ass, but their purpose is to do this man "Charlie's " bidding. They have never met this man, yet he's their "savior" and boss.
The women are accompanied by another man for all of their missions, Bosley. Now, the angels are definitely the heroes, not Bosley. But he is always there. He is, simply, their chaperone. Why do they need him at all? One answer is that he is one of the original classic characters and they can't eliminate him. But this is the 21st century. Characters are cut all of the time. The angels have always been fine on their own, and aside from the new muscles he has in this version, he doesn't bring a lot to the table.
The video "Behind the Action of Charlie's Angel's" that pops up on the show's website may be more interesting than looking at the show itself. In the video one actress talks about her favorite part of being an angel and says "Who doesn't want to do that *flips hair while holding up the symbolic charlie's angels finger guns...flips her hair a couple more times* you know? Who doesn't wanna swing your hair around and and be a fun girl?" So her favorite part of playing a superheroine is looking hot and flipping her hair. I'm sure she's not the only one. But it seems sad that her favorite thing about a supposedly strong empowered woman is her girly qualities.
Dear third wave feminism,
You still have a lot of work to do,