Charmed S1E5 Review: Other Women

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Charmed: Other Women

Original air date: November 11, 2018

Warning: Spoilers

Well, Charmed did exactly what I didn’t want them to do—Mel and Niko are no longer together. What I didn’t expect was for it to be handled so well and by the end of the episode I was okay with what had happened. Charmed is keeping me pleasantly surprised with how well and mature these characters are written.

Mel wasn’t worried just for Niko’s safety but for her sanity. Niko’s obsession over her partner’s death transferred to an obsession over Mel’s mother’s death. This was a rabbit hole Niko could not safely navigate and would only lead to her death or insanity. Niko is a good enough detective so see how much about trip’s death didn’t make sense. It was only a matter of time before she would suspect the worst from Mel and possibly her sisters. So, the solution was a spell to change the past—to erase them ever meeting. A spell that only works on the living, so it can’t bring people back from the dead—that would be way too convenient. In erasing their, meeting the current timeline has been altered. We don’t know to what extent, but we do know that Mel is no longer a teacher at the University. Which is a total downer, but if that is the only consequence, I think the Charmed Ones lucked out.  It would be hilarious if she has another job she’s been working at and has no idea what she is doing. (Well, hilarious for us, it sounds like some stress dreams I’ve had.)

The storyline I loved in this episode was Macy being jealous and wary of Galvin’s new relationship with Summer. When he came in looking disheveled, I immediately thought Summer was a Succubus. (Guess that says something about me.) That Summer turned out just to be a super nice and pretty person was not what I expected at all– I loved that I was as bamboozled as Macy. I’m very curious as to the mark that Galvin has been branded with and why only Macy could see it. Is Galvin marked because of his acquaintance with Macy, or is there something else at play? What if Galvin isn’t the stand-up guy we’ve been led to believe? I could see his magical brand being a sign that he is working for some demon or whatnot out to get the Charmed Ones.

We had a small glimpse at the end of last week’s episode of Alastair Caine. He was the one that switched paint cans with Charity and we know he has the shapeshifting demon working for him. Also, he runs a high-profile company that is “interested” in Macy’s research. I’m curious to see if he is the one behind Galvin’s mark. He is shaping up to be the Big Bad of the season, I can’t wait to see who he turns out to really be.

Maggie also surprised me this episode—I thought for sure she wouldn’t tell Lucy she kissed Parker. She did and now she has a new enemy to worry about. Sure there are a bunch of demons trying to kill the Charmed Ones, but Lucy will set out to destroy Maggie’s life. All because Maggie decided to kiss Parker. I don’t trust him. Maybe he is totally cool, but it seems like he is exactly perfect for Maggie, too perfect. Though I’m glad Maggie decided to go with telling the truth, I’m sad she won’t be rushing anymore—just because everything revolving around it was so funny. We need to keep the levity going in the show, without it I could see the show going way too dark, way too fast.

The show continues to delight me, and I’ve enjoyed being wrong about things. I want it to keep it up. I know we are very early into the season, we get twenty-two episodes! So there are so many possible ways this show can go—but I think I can safely say Harry’s previous life is going to become an issue at some point, there’s been a lot of talk about him not knowing about his life before he became a Whitelighter—I think that will change soon.


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