I'm not really old enough to have seen "Charlie's Angels" during its original run, so perhaps that was why I wasn't so dismayed by Kate Jackson's departure. I thought I would miss Sabrina but I didn't. Not that Jackson didn't bring anything to the show - she was a huge part of it, but I like Shelley Hack (having seen her in "The Stepfather"), and I don't blame her for the demise of the show, like some do. I do think in a way Season 4 is an improvement over Season 3 in that the writing for the most part was better. Not that there weren't some misfires, but overall I think this season came off better. The mistake was made in the order that they aired - so that Hack's character Tiffany Welles had very little to do and little character development until the end of the seasons, but by that times the show's ratings had decreased rapidly. On top of that, I think the public was losing interest and some episodes started to feel repetitive, beginning in the previous season. Unfortunately, the powers-that-be gave Hack her walking papers and went looking for a new Angel for what turned out to be the show's final season.
Tiffany Welles hailed from Boston and like Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) and Kris Monroe (Cheryl Ladd) was a former police officer. The ladies sport a more feminine wardrobe than the previous season - which may have had to do with Jackson's leaving the show but may have also hinted at the dawn of the new 80s decade. When she was onscreen long enough to make an impression, Hack's Tiffany established a nice chemistry with her fellow Angels and the lovable Bosley (David Doyle). Once again, a wonderful array of guest stars make appearances - Farrah Fawcett, fufilling her last contractual guest spots, along with Tab Hunter, Joanna Pettit, Barbara Stanwyck, Patrick Duffy, Robert Reed, Beverly Garland, Caesar Romero, Ed Begley Jr., Robin Mattison, Kim Cattral, Sally Kirkland, Bo Hopkins, Bert Convy, Gary Collins, Dick Sargent, and my personal favorite - Timothy Dalton, who works alongside Farrah in "Fallen Angel".
"Fallen Angel" is a favorite of mine, but as I have a thing for Timothy Dalton, it's no shocker. I also loved especially "Caged Angel", "Angels On The Street", "Catch A Falling Angel", "Nips And Tucks", "Toni's Boys", "An Angel's Trail", "Angels On Campus", "Of Ghost And Angels", and "One Of Our Angels Is Missing". The only episode I didn't particularly care for was "The Prince And The Angel" - probably the weakest of Farrah's guest appearances. For some reason I found it very bland and uninteresting. I will say that this season has less duds than the previous one. Ladd does a great job in "Caged Angel" - some might call it a rehashing of Season 1's "Angels In Chains", but I found her work to be some of the best she did on the series - and she always gave good performances. And I loved Kelly and Tiffany's disguises as nuns! "Of Ghosts And Angels" I find very watchable and very haunting - if there was ever an episode I want to be a TV movie, that one would be it. I don't know why, but I kind of associated "Angels On Campus" with the film "The Deliberate Stranger" - I guess since the setting and premise is similar.
Season 4 was released sooner than I thought it would be, but perhaps that was intentional since it happened around the time of Farrah's passing in June 2009. It was a nice tribute to the Angel who first caught the public's imagination. I'm hoping that Season 5 will soon see the light of day.