Charmed - Something Wicca This Way Comes
Les Sheldon, Aaron Spelling (executive), E. Duke Vincent (executive), Constance M.Burge (executive), Brad Kern (executive) for Spelling Television, Paramount/WB Network
directed by John T.Kretchmer
starring Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Ted King, Dorian Gregory, Eric Scott Woods, Matthew Ashford, Chris Flanders, Lonnie Partridge, Charmaine Cruz, Hugh B. Holub, Francesca Cappucci
written and created by Constance M.Burge, music by Tim Truman
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A killer is on the loose in town, killing women who are into the
occult, and only detective Trudeau (Ted King) figures the killer must be
In another part of town, Pru (Shannen Doherty) is upset
because her sister Piper (Holly Mary Combs) has invited her other sister
Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) to move in with them in their deceased grandma's
house, because she and Phoebe haven't gotten along for just some time.
do these two narrative strands have in common?
Nothing at first, until
the three sisters find out they are actually witches, Pru can move objects
by the power of thought, Piper can freeze time, and Phoebe is able to
look into the future. Now just finding out you have powers like these is
stressing enough, but if a killer chasing witches is around, it's even
more so ... and if the killer turns out to be Piper's boyfriend Jeremy
(Eric Scott Woods), an evil warlock after the powers of witches ... now
that's a bitch!
Fortunately, the three girls are able to combine their
powers just in time to annihilate the warlock once and for all.
ridiculed as a cash-in on the supernatural fad kicked off by Buffy
the Vampire Slayer, Charmed is indeed riddled
with shortcomings, from its silly plot-premise to its lack of ideas when
representing the supernatural to its rather formulaic plot. Plus, this
specific first episode also suffers from a terribly underwhelming finale.
All that said though, Charmed is still fun, maybe in a guilty
pleasures sort-of-way, but then again, fun is fun - basically because
the three girls in the leads are rather likeable, because the show as a
whole always puts an ironic spin on the stories it tells, and because it
has a very light-footed approach to it not often found in genre movies or
TV shows. This all doesn't make Charmed your perfect
entertainment though, just something you might enjoy nevertheless.