The first trailer for the new Charmed reboot is perhaps the most confusing piece of media I’ve ever consumed.
As a big fan of the original series, I was reluctantly excited for the new Charmed. The original series existed in a time where seemingly every network drama was unbearably kitschy. Network shows like Buffy, Angel and Charmed couldn’t use those same styles today because in the age of prestige television, it would read as hokey.
When I heard they were making it about three Latina sisters, I was definitely intrigued. The trailer, however, has shattered all of those dreams.
— Charmed (@cw_charmed) May 17, 2018
It is obviously just a trailer and it could just be terribly edited, but like, it’s really bad. The show doesn’t seem like it knows what it wants to be or what kind of tone it wants to set. It starts off with a monologue from the lead sister’s mother (who is weirdly alive at the start of this version) about sisterhood and how they should nurture it.
“We’re gonna nurture it so hard,” one of the sisters says in a comeback. Immediately after she lands this quippy line, some genericthriller music starts playing. It’s very odd. Then, later in the trailer when they discover their powers, everyone is at an eleven.
“Oh my god,” Mel, the sister who can freeze time, says when she first uses her powers. “What is happening?”
In addition to all of this, the show’s creators have decided to move around a few key plot points. In the original series, the mom of the sisters dies when they were kids. In adulthood, they discover their witchcraft and finally, a few years later, they discover their estranged half-sister.
In the reboot, all three of these things are happening at the exact same time. It is a lot of plot for a pilot.
The showrunner, Jennie Snyder Urman, is also the creator of Jane the Virgin so we can hopefully count on her to create a well done reboot. But as of now, I have my doubts.