T.V. Series Review: Charmed Season 1

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Charmed Season 1 Summary

The first season of Charmed, an American supernatural drama television series created by Constance M. Burge, originally aired in the United States on The WB from October 7, 1998 through May 26, 1999. Paramount Home Entertainment released the complete first season in a six-disc DVD box set on February 1, 2005, and was released as a high-definition blu-ray on October 30, 2018

Season 1, Episode 1: Something Wicca This Way Comes

The Halliwell sisters are reunited in the grand Victorian home of their childhood. Phoebe discovers the Book of Shadows in the attic and when she reads the spell on the first page, their inherent magical abilities are activated. The sisters must try to keep their newly developed powers secret, while Prue’s ex-boyfriend, Inspector Andy Trudeau, is investigating a serial killer whose victims are all witches. Piper narrowly escapes death when she discovers that her boyfriend Jeremy, an evil warlock, is the killer. When the sisters try their first spell, Jeremy is vanquished, and they discover the ancient Power of Three.

Season 1, Episode 2: I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Phoebe meets a photographer who turns out to be a demon who sucks the youth out of young women in order to remain young. While Phoebe is with him, Piper sees her friend Brittany Reynolds, who is now elderly and has a poor memory after being attacked by the photographer. Brittany recognizes the address of the photographer, allowing Prue and Piper to arrive in time to vanquish the demon named Javna and reverse the damage it had done.

Season 1, Episode 3: Thank You For Not Morphing

The sisters’ estranged father Victor returns, and is immediately at odds with Prue who cannot forgive him for being an absentee father. He confesses he is trying to save the girls from the risks of having their powers by removing the Book of Shadows from the manor. However, it appears he has teamed up with the new neighbors, who are shapeshifters trying to steal the book. The sisters vanquish the shape-shifters and their father accepts their destiny. Despite planning to meet up with them, he leaves town, but leaves a videotape of a happy Christmas the family had.

Season 1, Episode 4: Dead Man Dating

Piper encounters and eventually develops romantic feelings for the amiable ghost of a recently murdered man named Mark Chao (John Cho), who needs her help to be properly buried before an ancient Chinese spirit, Yama, can harvest his soul, and to settle the score with the Chinese gangster who had killed Mark in order to fake his own death to evade the police. Phoebe takes a job as a hotel psychic to pay for Prue’s birthday present, and when foreseeing the death of a hotel guest, she has to try to keep him from being hit by a car. In the end, Piper exposes the criminal who is killed by Andy in self-defense. The being Yama appears and Mark throws the criminal’s soul to him, sending him to Hell. Piper is able to convince Yama to leave Mark alone and after his burial, he moves on after saying a tearful goodbye. The encounter with Mark causes Prue to change her mind about celebrating her birthday and her sisters throw her a surprise party back at the Manor.

Season 1, Episode 5: Dream Sorcerer

Prue finds her sleep disturbed by strange dreams in which she is stalked and taunted by a wheelchair-bound man who is actually a sleep researcher named Whitaker Berman (Matt Schulze). He kills women who he feels scorned him by visiting them in their dreams where he has absolute power. While Prue is fatigued and driving home from work in her car he attacks again and successfully causes her to drive into a telephone pole. As Prue is unconscious, he unsuccessfully tries to kill her. With encouragement from her sisters, she uses her telekinesis in the dream world to throw him off a building, killing him.

Season 1, Episode 6: The Wedding From Hell

A demonic bride-to-be, Jade D’Mon, suddenly replaces a human bride, Alison Michaels, a week before her wedding, by having a magical contractual ‘hold’ over the grooms’ mother, Grace Spencer, as well as by casting a spell over the groom, Elliot Spencer. The Halliwell sisters gradually discover the strange events about the wedding, as Piper is catering the event. Alison and the sisters formulate a plan to stop the demonic wedding. Grace helps Alison and the Halliwell sisters, resulting in the defeat of Jade and the reconciliation of Alison and Elliot.

Season 1, Episode 7: The Fourth Sister

A troubled teenage witch, Aviva (Danielle Harris), befriends Phoebe with the hopes of joining the sisters, but is an unwitting pawn of a dark sorceress/priestess named Kali. The sisters investigate and identify the sorceress who possesses Aviva when she refuses to help anymore. Piper and Prue manage to trap Kali in a mirror and Phoebe shatters it, vanquishing her. Aviva drops her bad lifestyle and leaves to reunite with her aunt.

Season 1, Episode 8: The Truth is Out There… And It Hurts

Acting on Phoebe’s premonition of a woman electrocuted magically through the center of her forehead, the sisters race to stop a mysterious warlock, who came from the future for killing those responsible for creating a vaccine against warlocks. Prue casts a truth spell to find out how Andy will react to her secret. Prue sadly finds out that Andy cannot handle the knowledge of her powers and the magical parallel reality she has to deal with. She breaks up with him while Prue and Piper vanquish the warlock before he can kill a pregnant woman whose baby he is truly after.

Season 1, Episode 9: The Witch is Back

Matthew Tate, a warlock cursed by the sisters’ ancestor, Melinda Warren, in the 17th century in colonial New England, is inadvertently released by Prue from a cursed locket which will open only to a Warren descendant. Aware of the situation, the sisters resurrect Melinda to combat him. Together they trap him back in the locket, but their secret is revealed to Prue’s boss, Rex, and coworker, Hannah, who are warlocks.

Season 1, Episode 10: Wicca Envy

Rex uses astral projection to control Prue’s mind, tricking her into stealing a tiara from a vault in the auction house. Prue ends up in jail. Rex blackmails the sisters into giving up their powers to him, but Leo, revealing himself as some kind of supernatural protector of the sisters, returns their powers to them. Now fully empowered, Prue, Piper and Phoebe defeat Rex and Hannah who are vanquished by evil forces for their failure.

Season 1, Episode 11: Feats of Clay

Phoebe’s ex-boyfriend from New York, Clay, comes to town with a mysterious Egyptian urn and asks if Prue could sell it for him on the auction block. Phoebe convinces Prue to try to sell Clay’s urn, but Prue soon finds out that the urn is cursed with evil magics.

Season 1, Episode 12: The Wendigo

When Piper’s car breaks down, she is attacked by a vicious werewolf-like beast that they later find out is called a Wendigo. Piper is saved by a man named Billy, but she starts to turn into a Wendigo since she was scratched by the one that attacked her. The Wendigo turns out to be FBI agent Ashley Fallon, who had apparently been tracking the beast. Fallon kills Billy and tries to kill Andy, but Prue and Phoebe go after her with a flare gun as fire is the Wendigo’s weakness. Piper shows up as well and they nearly accidentally vanquish her instead, but she freezes the flare and Prue sends it into Fallon, killing her and curing Piper.

Season 1, Episode 13: From Fear to Eternity

Barbas, the Demon of Fear, spends Friday the 13th literally scaring witches to death. He tries to drown Prue in the shower, as her greatest fear is drowning. Barbas realizes that Phoebe’s greatest fear is losing a sister, so he tries to drown Prue again with Phoebe watching. This time, Prue feels the presence of her late mother and manages to release her fear and vanquish Barbas.

Season 1, Episode 14: Secrets and Guys

Prue gets a magical distress call from a young witch named Max who is forced into helping two thieves rob a bank and is captured and forced to take part in the robbery too. Max’s father tries to intervene and is shot, and Prue and Max are forced to leave him behind. At the same time, Leo returns and while fixing a chandelier, Phoebe discovers him levitating and learns that he is a Whitelighter, guardian angels of good witches who is protecting Max by directing Prue to him. He truly loves Piper, but it is forbidden and he needs to figure out how to break up with her. Prue gets Max to short out the bomb that the thieves are using to force their co-operation and trap them in the vault. As Max’s father lies dying, Leo arrives and heals his wound and convinces him to get over his wife’s death and be a father to his son. Helping Max restores Prue’s faith in having children.

Season 1, Episode 15: Is there a Woogy in the House?

Phoebe is possessed by the “Woogyman”, turning her against her siblings. Under the orders of the Woogy, she possesses humans as well. When Prue has people from the Auction House over for a work mixer, Phoebe possesses one of Claire’s associates. Piper and Prue are about to get possessed but Phoebe chants the spell after having a past vision of Grams defeating the Woogy from a picture frame when she was younger.

Seasonal 1, Episode 16: Which Prue is it, anyway?

When Phoebe has a vividly disturbing vision of Prue being stabbed to death, it coincides with a War Lord named Gabriel coming to town in order to kill the eldest witch-sister as he had to the sisters’ great-great-great-aunt. Prue casts a spell to further develop and strengthen her powers, but ends up making two clones of herself. Her clones are killed off, but working with her sisters, she manages to vanquish Gabriel.

Seasonal 1, Episode 17: That 70’s Episode

A powerful warlock, Nicholas, shows up claiming that he made a pact with the sisters’ mother in which he spared her life in exchange for the girls’ powers. Fleeing him, the three sisters go back in time to the 1970s when their mother was still alive and they try to prevent the pact. They manage to get Patty to break the pact and return to the future where he is no longer immune to their respective abilities and vanquish him with a very strong spell left for such a purpose by their late grandmother.

Seasonal 1, Episode 18: When Bad Warlocks Turn Good

Led by Prue, the Charmed Ones help a young man named Brendan (Michael Weatherly) who wants to become a priest in order to avoid fulfilling his predicted destiny as a warlock along with his brothers. They begin attacking people who are close to Brendan in order to coerce him to give into his darker side. Eventually, his brothers kill each other and he becomes ordained as a priest and cleared of the attacks on innocents and an esteemed priest.

Seasonal 1, Episode 19: Out of Sight

When Prue tries to stop a kidnapping in the park during a birthday party, a reporter sees her using her strong telekinetic abilities to psionically separate David from the demon. Phoebe and Piper attempt to learn more about the demons who stole the child, who turn out to be Grimlocks, demons which sense people’s auras and steal children’s eyesight. At the same time, they must try to stop the reporter from exposing Prue and themselves. The sisters are not exposed, but Andy does find out about their powers. The sisters vanquish the demons and a former victim of theirs who survived convinces the children they rescued not to tell the truth.

Season 1, Episode 20: The Power of Two

The evil spirit of a serial killer (Jeff Kober) escapes from Alcatraz Island seeking revenge on his judge and jury. Phoebe and Prue must figure out how to vanquish this evil spirit and stop him from killing again without Piper, who is in Hawaii. Eventually, Prue drinks a concoction that temporarily stops her heart and vanquishes the spirit with a spell that can only be cast on the astral plane by a ghost before Andy revives her.

Season 1, Episode 21: Love Hurts

A gravely hurt Leo appears at the manor, asking the Halliwell sisters to protect an innocent woman returning to San Francisco under his guidance. Daisy (Lisa Robin Kelly) is being stalked by a Darklighter who hunts and kills present and future Whitelighters with poisoned arrows. The Darklighter Alec (Michael Trucco) fell in love with her. Leo reveals that the Darklighter’s poison is very deadly, and Piper finds an ability-switching spell in the Book of Shadows so she can use Leo’s innate healing power on him. Unfortunately, this has the side-effect of switching everyone’s respective abilities and they all have to try to learn to properly use them. While Prue and Phoebe manage to control each other’s powers, Piper is unable to heal Leo and he dies. Afterwards, she admits her love for him and discovers that it is the trigger for his mystical ability and succeeds in healing him fully. She then tracks down Daisy, and Prue vanquishes Alec by utilizing his own magical ability against him.

Season 1, Episode 22: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Phoebe experiences a powerful and deadly premonition of death at Halliwell manor, which shows Inspector Rodriguez unmasked in a demonic attack on the sisters, that results in Andy being killed. Vowing to prevent Andy’s death, Prue heads to the police department to warn Andy that Rodriguez is a demon working undercover. As Rodriguez makes plans for his attempt to kill the Charmed Ones, he receives a visit from Tempus (David Carradine), a demon who can turn back time and who was sent by The Source to help in case he fails. Tempus rewinds time each time Rodriguez fails to kill the Charmed Ones until the warlock succeeds in killing all the sisters. Andy waits in his car after being told by Prue to stay away because it was dangerous. He sees Rodriguez entering the house and goes in to protect Prue. Andy bursts in before Rodriguez can harm the sisters and attempts to shoot him, but Rodriguez fires an energy ball at Andy and kills him. Piper freezes Rodriguez and she and Phoebe are shocked to find Andy dead. Prue receives a vision from Andy’s spirit, which helps her to move on. The sisters vanquish Rodriguez and attend Andy’s funeral.

Charmed Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The start of a great classic for our generation. Charmed will forever be talked about just like Dr. Who, Jurassic Park and so many more. Worth the watch but if your kids don’t like scary, be warned it involves supernatural creatures.

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