They say you should never meet your idols, but a more timely update to that warning for 2019 is that you should never watch the reboot of your favourite TV series.
Like pretty much every other millennial woman, the TV series Charmed held a special place in my heart during my high school years. The plotlines and characters were always a hot topic of conversation during Modern History class and I also spent a good amount of all the pennies I earned working as a checkout chick at Kmart on the DVD box sets.
Which is why I was more than a little apprehensive when in 2018 I heard that the series was the latest in a long line of past hit TV shows to be rebooted and reimagined for a new audience.
The original series of Charmed followed sisters Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Prue (Shannen Doherty) and Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs) and later their half-sister Paige Matthews, played by Rose McGowan (RIP Prue) who discover as adults they are actually the most powerful witches to ever exist.
The rebooted series follows quite a similar story path, but this series begins with sisters Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) living with their mother Marisol (Valerie Cruz), who is mysteriously killed by a demonic force early in the pilot episode.
Three months later, Mel and Maggie discover they have an older half-sister called Macy Vaughn (Madeleine Mantock), who was kept a secret by their mother. From the first moment the three sisters are in their family home together their powers are ignited for the first time.
When the new Charmed series was first announced the cast of the originals series, which ran from 1998 to 2006, were among the first to condemn it.
The network behind the reboot, The CW, made the mistake of describing the new series as different to the original because it was now “fierce, funny, feminist.”
This description of the new series enraged Holly Marie Combs, who said via her Twitter account "I will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago.”
Likewise, original series star Shannen Doherty agreed via Twitter that “their wording is terrible and a bit offensive. But, everyone makes mistakes.”
And while I agree that it was pretty sacrilegious to imply that the original series was not feminist or funny (it was definitely both, how dare you CW) I could also see that the reboot had taken great strides to diversify its cast and storylines in a way the original would never have been able to while airing on a mainstream TV channel back then.