Speaking as the book mama of the Medusas (the first-all-female Special Forces team) and the Valkyries (the first female SEALs)…
It’s about damned time Charlie’s Angels grew a pair.
Don’t get me wrong. I had a good time watching Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith (and let’s not forget Cheryl Ladd) break all kinds of gender barriers in the original television show. And I had a great time watching Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu bomb around being over the top, ridiculous, and campy.
But I’m over the whole, pretty girls do movie stunts and wiggle their asses version of women secret agents.
I’m hopeful that this new version of the franchise–featuring Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, and Kristen Stewart–finally steps up to deliver strong, smart women acting like serious special operators. Women who use their hardcore training and high-tech, actual cool gear to take out bad guys in a marginally plausible way.
But then, maybe I’m biased. I don’t think film makers have to make jokes of women secret agents to make people like them and come see them in theaters. I happen to think women can do most of the things men can, with a few exceptions based on the extra strength men bring to the table. But I also think brains and teamwork can work around the need for brute force in most situations.
That’s what I write about in my Medusa books, and that’s why I think women SEALs are coming, and coming soon, to a SEAL team near you. (which I’m writing about in my Valkyrie Ops books…and now I’m done plugging my stories.)
But in the meantime, I’ll be at the theater on opening night for this one, praying that I’m not disappointed and that women are not let down one more time in their search for badass role models who show that women can do anything the boys can.
Oh, and the new Charlie’s Angels theme song from Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and Lana del Rey is pretty effing epic, too! Here’s a preview …