T.V. Series Review: Charmed Season 2

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Charmed Season 2 Summary

The second season of Charmed, an American supernatural drama television series created by Constance M. Burge, originally aired in the United States on The WB from September 30, 1999 through May 18, 2000. Airing on Thursdays at 9:00 pm. Paramount Home Entertainment released the complete second season in a six-disc box set on September 6, 2005.

Season 2, Episode 1: Witch Trail

The sisters face a demon named Abraxas, who steals the Book of Shadows and undoes some of the spells they’ve cast (in reverse order), releasing old vanquished enemies of the Charmed Ones and forcing them to remember the vanquishing spells from memory alone. The sisters have one chance to recapture the Book of Shadows or they will lose their powers forever. The sisters also meet their new neighbors, Jenny and her uncle Dan Gordon. Phoebe and Piper learn through the Wiccan community that because their anniversary of activating their inherent powers falls on an equinox, a wiccan holy day, each of their powers will be more developed and greatly magnified but only temporarily.

Season 2, Episode 2: Morality Bites

Prue and Piper use their powers to stop a man from repeatedly allowing his dog to defecate on their entry walk, even though this counts as magic for personal gain. When Phoebe has a vision of herself being burnt to death, the sisters travel ten years into the future to February 26, 2009 to learn what happened and why. In the future, Prue finds herself as a blond with a ruthless business reputation, Phoebe is in prison facing an imminent execution appointment, and Piper discovers that Leo is her ex-husband, and they have a daughter named Melinda. The girls discover that Phoebe used her powers to kill a murderer, causing a local D.A. named Nathaniel Pratt to begin modern day witch trials as a platform for political office. Prue and Piper want to save Phoebe at any cost, but Leo feels that using their powers to save Phoebe will be a tipping point causing rhetoric to become legislation outlawing magic.

Season 2, Episode 3: The Painted World

Prue finds some mysterious words on an unusual painting at the auction house, which, when said aloud, send her into another dimension within the painting of a castle. There, Malcolm, the supposed innocent she finds and is determined to save is actually a warlock cursed into the painting by a witch, and he is hoping to get out of the painting to reunite with his fellow warlock lover, Jane. When Piper accidentally becomes trapped in the painting while trying to find Prue, it’s up to Phoebe, who has cast a knowledge boosting spell for a job interview, to save them.

Season 2, Episode 4: The Devil’s Music

Worried about cash flow in the struggling new P3 club, Phoebe and Prue conspire to take on a zero interest loan behind Piper’s back, trusting that she will be able to make the club successful. Leo gets the manager of Dishwalla, Carlton, to bring the band to the club, fully aware that the manager has made a pact with the demon Masselin, who grants him fame and fortune in exchange for innocent souls. Detective Darryl Morris does not know this, but suspects that Carlton is involved in a string of mysterious disappearances of young women from Dishwalla’s past concerts. On the night of the concert, Phoebe acts as bait for Masselin, and the sisters manage to feed him a potion which kills him, releasing all his victims.

Season 2, Episode 5: She’s a Man, Baby, A Man

As a heatwave descends on San Francisco, Phoebe begins to have erotic dreams that end in the killing of her dream lovers. The sisters find out that she is psychically linked, through her powers, to a man-killing sexual predator demon known as a Succubus that drains men of their testosterone. When they cast a spell, hoping to find and then vanquish the succubus, it turns Prue into a man.

Season 2, Episode 6: That Old Black Magic

A trio of film students are the victims of a heart-stealing evil witch, Tuatha, who escapes from over two hundred years of entombment, hunting for her wand. Leo returns to help get the wand into the hands of the only person who can use the wand for good, the Chosen One, and bumps into Piper who has a new love interest: Dan. Trying to put the awkwardness aside, Leo, Piper, and Phoebe find the Chosen One, who turns out to be a reluctant teenager named Kyle, while Prue stumbles across the wand. Ignoring Leo’s warnings, the sisters attempt to find and defeat the witch and barely escape with their lives. Protected only by a fake courage potion concocted by Prue, Kyle saves the day, destroying the evil witch by using the wand. The victory becomes bittersweet when Leo faces Piper’s choice to end their difficult romance and begin a new one with Dan.

Season 2, Episode 7: They’re Everywhere

A band of knowledge-stealing warlocks hunt down a young man named Eric (Misha Collins) who uncovered the location of one of the greatest sources of power in the world, the Akashic Records. Meanwhile, Prue has her hands full with Jack Sheridan (Lochlyn Munro).

Season 2, Episode 8: P3 H20

Prue, traumatized by witnessing her mother’s drowning as a child, must face her greatest fear so that the sisters can destroy a water demon when they revisit the youth camp where their mother mysteriously drowned. In the process, they meet a stranger from their mother’s past, who turns out to be her former Whitelighter, Sam Wilder, whom they find out was also her secret lover.

Season 2, Episode 9: Ms. Hellfire

An assassination attempt on the sisters’ lives forces Prue to go undercover as the woman who tried to kill them, known as Ms. Hellfire. While undercover, she becomes romantically involved with Bane Jessup (Antonio Sabato Jr.) who hired the original Ms. Hellfire.

Season 2, Episode 10: Heartbreak City

A demon named Drasi steals Cupid’s ring, which he uses to bring couples together, to tear them apart. Now Cupid must convince the Halliwells to help him get it back before Drasi breaks all of the relationships, thus killing Cupid.

Season 2, Episode 11: Reckless Abandon

The sisters must find a way to vanquish a ghost who is intent on killing all of the men in a family line, including the last male, a baby named Matthew.

Season 2, Episode 12: Awakened

When Piper contracts a life-threatening virus that sends her to intensive care, Prue and Phoebe cast an ‘awakening’ spell to save her life. Since the spell was used for personal gain, the sisters can no longer sleep, and Piper’s sickness spreads into an epidemic as a direct consequence. Meanwhile, Prue quits her job at Buckland’s and Phoebe enrolls in college. The sisters reverse the spell and Leo heals Piper against the wishes of his handlers who suspend him from his duties as a Whitelighter.

Season 2, Episode 13: Animal Pragmatism

A group of lonely mortal women in Phoebe’s college class cast a spell that turns three animals (a snake, a pig, and a rabbit) into men who wreak havoc on the town. Meanwhile, Prue adjusts to life being unemployed by helping out at the club.

Season 2, Episode 14: Pardon My Past

Phoebe experiences flashes of one of her past lives when she and her sisters were cousins in the 1920s. However, in this past life, Phoebe was evil and power-mad and a curse was bestowed upon her that could affect future Phoebe’s life.

Season 2, Episode 15: Give Me A Sign

A demon known as Litvack orders his henchmen to kill Bane Jessup, who Prue helped put behind bars when he tried to have the Charmed Ones killed. Bane kidnaps Prue but all he wants is help from her. Meanwhile, Phoebe casts a spell that will give Piper a sign when it comes to choice of her true love

Season 2, Episode 16: Murphy’s Luck

After Prue prevents a woman named Maggie Murphy (Amy Adams) from committing suicide, a Darklighter (Arnold Vosloo) puts a curse on her that throws her into a depression that could cost her life.

Season 2, Episode 17: How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans

A group of three elderly witches, Gail, Helen and Amanda, one of them a close friend of the sisters’ grandmother, summon a demon named Cryto to restore their youth. However, in return, Cryto wants the powers of the Charmed Ones.

Season 2, Episode 18: Chick Flick

Piper and Leo attempt to have a normal date, but find it difficult because of Leo being a Whitelighter and Piper being a witch. Meanwhile, the Demon of Illusion brings to life characters from horror movies, including Bloody Mary, in an attempt to kill the Charmed Ones. Their greatest ally is Phoebe’s child-hood crush; an old movie character named Billy (Chris Payne Gilbert).

Season 2, Episode 19: Ex Libris

The sisters must find the demon Libris who is responsible for the murder of one of Phoebe’s classmates, Charlene (Rebecca Cross), because she was getting close to proving that demons exist. Meanwhile, Dan discovers that Leo was previously married, and decides to take matters into his own hands, while Prue attempts to help a man (Cleavant Derricks) who is looking for a witness to his daughter’s murder. The Goo Goo Dolls perform.

Season 2, Episode 20: Astral Monkey

Prue gets her face on TV, because pictures taken by the paparazzi make people believe that she is dating a popular actor. Meanwhile, the doctor that treated Piper when she was critically ill, discovers and gains the sisters’ powers. After being twisted by the magic now within him, he goes on a sadistic organ-harvesting spree, targeting criminals in the streets.

Season 2, Episode 21: Apocalypse Not

When a vanquishing spell goes awry while the Halliwells try to destroy the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Prue and one of the Horsemen become trapped in a vortex. Piper and Phoebe enlist the help of the three remaining Horsemen to free Prue and the fourth Horseman before the vortex closes.

Season 2, Episode 22: Be Careful What You Witch For

A Genie, employed by the evil “Council” and a Dragon Warlock to steal the sisters’ powers, offers to grant each sister one wish for whatever they most desire. But when they refuse, the genie tricks them into wishing, resulting in an uncontrollable power for Phoebe, Prue’s death, and the rapid aging of Dan, who finally learns Piper’s secret.

Charmed Season 2 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is probably the most free I saw Phoebe and true to her inner child and intuition. I loved her development in this season. I also really felt for Piper’s dating life. She really was the mom of the group.

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