Camille Paglia was writing about Taylor Swift's "obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine" of "exhibitionistic overkill that Lara Marie Schoenhals brilliantly parodied in her scathing viral video "Please Welcome to the Stage."
" A warmer model of female friendship was embodied in Aaron Spelling's blockbuster Charlie's Angels TV show, which was denounced by feminists as a "tits-and-ass" parade but was in fact an effervescent action-adventure showing smart, bold women working side by side in fruitful collaboration." (Full)I may have sold my Angels scrapbook when I was thirteen, but I still go back to them now that they're on DVD, whenever the real world gets too much and even the intensity of modern thrillers feels toxic. Come with me now... to the past, episode by episode, merrily, slowly... even happily, with these smart, bold, fruitful women.
"There's rarely if ever any overt sexual violence. No matter how compromised our heroines become, they're free of all molestation, allowing for humanistic compassion and adaptability; if they talk a bad guy into dropping his gun or coming down from a ledge, for example, they don't run over and pin him to the ground, they help him up, give him a nurturing smile, and walk him down the hill, his hands in theirs (with another Angel bringing up the rear, with the gun, just in case, but unobtrusive)."
Season IV and V:
Kate Jackson left at the end of the season, replaced in a stunningly wrong move, by high end London model Shelly Hack, way too skinny and posh for the mellow LA vibe of the other two. Plus, she looked too much like Cheryl Ladd, she seemed like some stalker roommate ghost. By the end of season four she was gone, and in came the very cool and enchanting Tanya Roberts. Critics (and me) all say that if she came in on season four instead of Hack then it might have caught a second wind. But it was just too late. And even then, though they moved to Hawaii there was only a handful of early episodes that took advantage of it. Nary a palm tree or luau in sight by the time the Angels were being, yawn, hypnotized, or kidnapped by the father of a crook one of them shot years ago.zzzzz.
Nonetheless - the episode guides are coming soon!