The planned reboot of Charmed is adding ‘feminist storyline’ but isn’t the whole show unapologetically feminist anyway?
The Charmed reboot offically has a pilot order with the new tagline reading: “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”
Witchcraft has always been linked with female power which is why during the 18th century it caused just a slight murdery international panic. And Charmed reclaimed that within it’s first episodes, the Halliwell sisters were a martiarchy, powerful and well developed women. A feminist take on Charmed is like having well…a magical take on Charmed, the show just isn’t Charmed without feminism guiding it’s way through.
And this is echoed by Holly Marie Coombs on twitter who expressed feeling slightly peeved about the reboot. And it’s a fair point. Why is it a reboot without the support of anyone from the original show, even the Heathers reboot got a Shannen Doherty cameo.
I personally would have preferred the new Charmed to be a continuation of the show that ended in 2006. Although continuing the Roseanne reboot trend they should ignore the final season and any mention of Billy but timewise we are perfectly positioned for a teen Wyatt and Chris story and for Phoebe and Paige’s kids as well. There is a generation that would really respond to the backstory built up by the old Charmed shows and you could easily modernise some of the issues.
Diversity was a glaring problem in the rewatch, race and sexuality were not topics discussed or touched upon. As a lot of the Charmed mythology was pulled from real concepts e.g. wicca, widening the diversity aspect of the show could pull through the inevitable dry spells a 22 episode season is going to go through.
I honestly don’t know why the Charmed reboot never worked there was a whole host of stories there, it could have easily done what 90210 did but with more magic and a bit more bite.
Despite everything I’m really excited for the Charmed reboot, screenwriting duo Amy Rardin and Jessica O’Toole who worked on Jane the Virigin, Selfie and Greek, shows I personally loved and are plentiful with wit and dry and humour which I believe made Charmed great.
But the proof will be in the pudding, a modern Charmed will have to be a good balance between the three sisters (a tricky task when most modern shows have a main cast of at least five) a magical element that doesn’t look like a bad Supernatural and a romantic element that doesn’t eclispe the overarching story.
I’d like to see it have the same episodic feel as the original Charmed but I’m guessing it’ll attempt a little bit more of a Riverdale style.
Casting ideas anyone?