Charmed S1E7 Review: Out of Scythe

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Charmed: Out of Scythe

Original air date: November 25, 2018

Warning: Spoilers

I keep saying this, but I’m saying it again. This show keeps surprising me and I love it. Someone asked me in real-life what I liked about it and I said it was more woke than some other supernatural shows I’ve seen. I think centering the show around a college campus community is a brilliant way to bring in current events and enrich cultural awareness; the Charmed Ones are not just questioning the witch culture and how the Elders do things, but they are questioning the status quo everywhere. These characters are constantly evolving as the show develops and I love to watch their progress. There hasn’t been a stagnant episode and I look forward to this show each week.

Well, let’s dive into the big reveal—Parker is a half demon whose father is Alastair Caine (the guy shaping up to be this season’s big bad), and his half brother is the shapeshifting demon from two episodes back. Am I surprised? Not really. I’ve said from the get-go that I didn’t trust Parker. I don’t think he is completely evil, but I do think he will betray the Charmed Ones—only to redeem himself in the end, possibly at the cost of his life.

We also learned he has a rare (unnamed) Autoimmune Disease that will limit his life span to around forty.  Now is his illness related to being half-demon? (As I have Autoimmune issues, I want to know if I should be looking for demons in my lineage– it would explain a lot.) Or are the two unrelated? Parker said his dad considered Parker’s mom to be his “biggest mistake,” and I wonder if Parker’s other half is human or possibly witch? There are still a lot of questions revolving around everyone’s lineage.

Parker’s situation totally sucks, and I feel like it is leading up to a couple possibilities: he will die by the season end, or Maggie will use witchy magic to save him but at some big cost. I’m not thrilled with either of those outcomes and maybe Charmed will surprise me, and this doomed love story isn’t as doomed as I suspect.

As for Maggie’s power—is it growing or did she already had a connection to Parker that allowed her to sense his thoughts when he was in his shadow demon form?  Also, I’m curious as to how demon genetics work—like is it similar to witches and every demon born has a different power or what? Parker’s shadowiness is way different than Hunter’s shapeshifting, and what exactly are their father’s powers? I feel I’ve spent way too much of my free time thinking about this; I hope I’m not the only one.

There were a few things that happened this episode that I liked very much. I’m glad the sisters cleared the air and all the secrets are out in the open (for now), and Harry said exactly what I said about Macy—just because there is darkness in a person, doesn’t mean they are evil; it is their actions that define them. I hope Macy eases up a little on her worrying—I think brooding over it can only make it worse. Also, while on Macy, I’m pleased she didn’t fire Galvin, but I’m worried that her new boss (Julia Wagner, played by Rya Kihlstedt) is in league with Alastair. What if they are tempting Macy with power to try and get her to the darkside?

Last, but not least, let’s discuss Mel. I’m enjoying that she is on a new journey to find herself. She is finding a life in Academia is not exactly what she wants. She has lost a lot thus far this season—her mom, her girlfriend, her job– I can see why she wants a fresh start. I’m very curious to see what she chooses to pursue. I just hope it isn’t a romantic involvement with Jada (the lightening bolt thrower). I guess if she turns out to be one of the good guys, it would be fine. I just don’t want every sister in a relationship with one of the bad guys. Though maybe I’m looking at it all wrong—maybe their goal won’t be to vanquish all evil, but to live in harmony and make cute little demon/witch hybrid babies that are good and evil, creating balance in the universe. A supernatural Brady Bunch! I would totally watch that.

 

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