Remakes were always a thing, even going back to the early days of movies. They’d remake a silent movie when talkies came out, etc. But the further we go, the more they remake. In todays world DVDs, Blu Rays, and five billion streaming channels, we feel there is less and less need for them. Most of them are pretty easy to find if you are interested in watching them. But Hollywood insists on rebranding and making a new version, trying to improve upon the original. “Psycho”? You can’t improve it. You can’t change it. You made the same movie again. Why? They are useless. Occasionally they get it right. Not all of these are winners though. Its a mixed bag. Some good, some bad, some just out of the box.
Day 17 - Charmed - (1998) / (2018) - Melanie
I was late to the party with Charmed. Not moving here until the early 2000s I had a lot of catching up to do. I think it was probably shown in England but I never remembered seeing it until after I moved here. The original series had pretty much everything, and the for first few seasons there were no witchy dramas that could compare. For me this was literally like the Buffy for Witches! There was drama, there were tears ... I remember being so shocked that Pru was replaced, but they defied the odds and the show kept performing. As with many shows, this went on too long, and there were some inconsistencies they had to fight to cover (some successful and some not so), and I will forever remain Team Cole! (Also Team Evil Phoebe lol).
AND THEN CAME THE REMAKE ....... NOPE! I have to wonder if like me, they felt the original had Buffy for witches vibes, and felt the need to bring in a Giles character for the whitelighter (assuming the guy in the trailer is their whitelighter). Not going to lie, I had pretty much decided when the original cast wasn't on board that I wasn't going to be watching, but even without that THE TRAILER WAS AWFUL! Talk about something that just didn't need to be done. And now, like with the original, there was a cast change at season 3. UNLIKE the original, this group didn't survive and the show was cancelled. (I mean I actually know that this technically WASN'T the reason for the cancellation - but you know - karma and all that jazz).
Jenn Says - I haven’t seen this whole series, but from the episodes I have seen I really like it, maybe one day I’ll go and just binge it all from the beginning, so seeing this remake again like a dummy I thought why not, looking at you CW, maybe it’s just time to stop now, but anyways charmed the remake is by far the worse remake of anything that I’ve ever seen and should be canceled but unfortunately it has not been. (UPDATE SINCE WRITTEN IT NOW HAS BEEN). Why can’t they just leave classics the well enough alone
Dave Says - One of the most useless remakes ever. You could do a billion and one stories about witches. It doesn't have to be The Charmed Ones. The original wasn't that old and as stated before, DVD’s are available if you wanted to watch it. Hard pass on the reboot. Now they even find themself in the same predicament with one of the actresses after Season 3. Are we going to name this The Charmed Syndrome or The Doherty Syndrome?
Have you seen it? What did you think?
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