CHARMED Season One
Previously on Charmed, three sisters discovered they were witches and cast an addictively watchable spell. Twelve years on, it’s déjà vu all over again as this reboot – overseen by Jane The Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman – introduces a new trio who drag the concept into the new millennium.
After their mother’s mysterious death, siblings Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) find they have another sister, Macy (Madeleine Mantock), which coincides with the awakening of their witch powers. Before they can say “familiar much?”, they’re vanquishing a demon and being taken under the stuffy wing of “Whitelighter” Harry (Rupert Evans).
Fans won’t have trouble spotting the recycled ingredients – possessed boyfriends, the “Source of all evil”, truth serum – but oddly, it’s Harry Potter and Game Of Thrones that cast the longest shadow, notably in the shape of a rip-off White Walker demon.
On the plus side, its dedication to diversity is commendable, and there are signs this could develop into a fun remix. But Charmed 2018 needs to ditch its clunky political references (Trump, Brexit and a mishandled #MeToo plot feature) if it’s to cast a spell as bewitching as its forebear. Josh Winning