Charlie’s Angels – Angels in Paradise

by Alan Rapp on October 20, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Charlie’s Angels – Angels in Paradise
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Charlie's Angels - Angels in Paradise television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the tale of three beautiful former police officers turned private detectives working for a faceless boss known as Charlie. The show’s Second Season premiere offers a series of firsts for the show. First, “Angels in Paradise” marks the first two-part episode of the series (soon to be followed by the second). And second, the episode offers the first major change to the core cast as the exiting Farrah Fawcett is replaced by Jill‘s younger sister Kris (Cheryl Ladd). And third, the Angels venture far outside their comfort zone (both literally and figuratively) when they head to Hawaii after Charlie is kidnapped by a gangster (France Nuyen) wanting to exchange the Angels’ boss for her husband (Tommy Fujiwara) who she needs the Angels to break out of prison.

Given the cast change, the different locale, and the two-part story that includes dueling gangsters both kidnapping Charlie and hoping to trade their boss for the man the Angels will break out of prison, there’s an awful lot happening to jumpstart the season. The break-out is fun, showcasing the trio’s problem solving skills and their sense of flair (while ignoring any lasting repercussions at the end of the episode since the prisoner is returned). The familial relationship between Jill and Kris eases the other two Angels’ acceptance of their new partner (who the show is quick to get into a bikini and even sends to a nude beach). Ladd would remain with the show until the series end, making her the second longest tenured Angel behind only Jaclyn Smith.

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