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Is it Charmed or Buffy, sorry, I got a bit confused.
Charmed - The Complete Season 3 (DVD)
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Charmed - The Complete Season 3 (DVD)
Advantages: relationships take this series to a whole new depth that was not there in series 1 and 2.
Disadvantages: where did all the kickboxing come from?
'Charmed' is a television series which was aired between 1999 and 2005. Created by Aaron Spelling, set in San Francisco, and aired in the UK firstly on channel 4 and then on channel 5, it was something that I followed intermittently when I was at home from University.
The series features three sisters, Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell, who are from a long line of woman who were all witches. Their magical powers were only given to them when their grandmother died, but by series 3, they are now rather competent at using them, and this allows them chance to have a bit more of a personal life in this series.
Prue (Shannen Doherty) is now working as a photographer for a magazine, Piper (Holly Marie Combs) is still successfully running her nightclub P3, and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) is studying for a degree. This series allows 2 of the sisters to form deep relationships with men. From episode one of this series, there is a new addition to the cast that takes the show to a new level. Julian McMahon, the Australian actor who was once in Home and Away, joined the cast as a District Attorney, Cole Turner, who has a dark secret. From first meeting Phoebe at a crime scene, he is really drawn to her. The pair have great chemistry on screen and this relationship is tested so many times in this series, but love can smooth many ills.
Brian Krause, who plays Leo the Whitelighter, who is a guardian angel for the 3 sisters, is also a big presence in this series. He has had an on/off relationship with middle sister, Piper, since series one. Here, they really want to be together, and make plans to get married, but they feel like there is always something getting in the way of their plans, and it is not supported by the Elders who control good forces.
In this series we get to finally see the place where the mysterious 'Elders' live when the girls all go up there to kill a demon in the episode 'Blinded by a Whitelighter.' I felt this was an important episode in understanding a bit more of the bigger picture in the battle of good versus evil.
There are cheeky nods to some pop culture of the time. Piper's school reunion episode, 'Coyote Piper' refers to the film Coyote Ugly, with dancing on the bar. 'Sleuthing with the enemy' refers to the film, Sleeping with the Enemy. The authors also came up with some great original episode names such as 'Just Harried' and 'Sin Fransisco' for when a demon infects good citizens with the 7 deadly sins.
This series is strong in terms of relationships. We get to see the girls reform bonds with both parents, and be influenced by their grandmother. The sisters also flourish with love, and the bond between them is stronger than ever.
I didn't like the fact that they all suddenly seemed to go a bit 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' In series 2 we saw Phoebe gain the power to levitate, and also she took some kick-boxing lessons to make her powers more active, but here, all 3 sisters are suddenly very acrobatic, and you get to see the running up wall type ninja fighting skills that just reminds me of this other series. While it doesn't really offend me or anything, I feel in terms of continuity, there should be some reference to where they learned these skills.
I did like when Piper gained a new power towards the end of the series. It provided some humour while she was mastering it and walking round with oven gloves on her hands to stop her using it, but it also added a new interest to the battle scenes which were starting to get a bit more repetitive.
I felt in this series, we were moving away from the format of a 'demon a week' to kill and do battle with. Here, you see some continuity throughout the whole series, with the introduction of more characters in the Evil side thanks to Cole's character. The Triad are one group the girls have to deal with early in the series, and they even get to know about the Source. As I said about the 'good side' earlier, there is some sense of wow, as you get to see the bigger picture.
Death is also a big thing in this series. There have been many occasions in all 3 series where the girls have been badly injured but Leo has managed to heal them and bring them back to full health. In this series, one of the girls can see the Angel of Death, and her name is next on his list. She avoids him that time, but will all 3 of them learn their lessons and survive the series? The final episode of the series sees them battling against the Source's hitman, and he is the biggest threat they have ever come across. Series 3 ends on a huge cliffhanger, and I found it a shocking one.
Fans of Charmed will love this series. I was left holding my breath several times to see what would happen, and it was usually not what I was expecting. I highly recommend it to all fans of this type of supernatural work.
Summary: These 3 sure have girl power.
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