Manic Episodes - Charmed (Season 5), Part 3 and 4

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  • Unit112358  - Not Last
    er... Lupa? Not that I don't enjoy the masochistic behavior you reviewers seem to have -seriously, it is like candy to me- but how many more seasons of this show are there? I don't want you to let this show to give you migraines.
  • Rynjin
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    There were 8, I believe.

    It turns into a Harry Potter rip-off at one point, if I recall, and they manage to introduce sisters even more obnoxious and bitchy than the Charmed Ones somehow as well.
  • ShadowHand
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    Yeah season 8 sucked so much all the demons were noobs kristy and billy were anoyoinig
  • DMaster
    There were 8...technically 9.
  • Overlookers
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    what a parasitic tornado of dry dog shit, i weep for you Lupa
  • Gborr
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    This series is just awful... -.-
    The worst thing about it though is the treatment the male leads receive. Leo is a really likable and responsible character and the guy playing him does a pretty good job portraying him, yet he always ends up getting the short end of the stick and ineffectual. Cole is actually a somewhat clich├ęd but very good atoner character, but his entire character-arc is shackled by being defined by his relationship to Phoebe only. Hell, even Darryl is more likable than the main trio, and he is just a one-note side character most of the time...
  • jz1337
    God I remember being forced to view this as the only guy in my mother's side of the family. I was the only one who thought Pheobie was a monster.

    And Cole and Leo really were the only reason they managed not to die over and over.
  • Bloodrealm
    Wait... what? Turned into a nymph? But they're already supernatural sluts who lure people to their dooms! I really don't see the difference.
  • faerietalejunkie
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    Chris stayed because he had to "save" Wyatt. And Julian McMahon wanted to leave the show and I was glad he did because they would have just ruined his character worse then they already did. In defense of Piper how would you feel if the love of your life was going to leave you alone to raise your child. She had a reason to be upset.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Between Charmed & Mortal Kombat Conquest, it's hard to believe all of this happened years BEFORE the Writer's Strike.
  • Elkyrian
    Well, that's what you get when you make Alyssa Milano and Hollie Combs your executive producers.
    3 more seasons to go.
  • trepiechick
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    Why is there so much fan service when this show is targeted towards heterosexual women?
  • DMaster
    Also, massive ego-fest, lest we forget. Wouldn't shock me if the actresses deliberately arranged to keep showing off how hot they were. Not saying it WAS the case, just saying it would not be a surprise.
  • Cinnamon Scudworth
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    Nice and punishing overview, Lupa, but how could you forget the scene where Cole is in Darryl's office -- and he turns Darryl into a watercooler to stop him from talking? That was priceless. It's like they said, "We need a prop that it would take the least amount of time to find....ah, here we go! Three seconds."
  • Swanpride
    I'm just very glad that I missed out on that....I stopped watching regularly after Prue died (the whole "third sister" explanation didn't make any sense at all) and had stopped watching altogether when the fifth season came along.
    A hazy guess though: I suspect they did the mermaid episode because Alyssa Milano (who I always enjoyed as an actress) was the character model for Ariel.
  • Arigomi
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    Piper: Since when did Phoebe become coldhearted?
    (Lupa laughs hysterically for 14 seconds)

    Priceless.
  • Baeraad
    These reviews are actually tempting me to watch the show (I notice they are on Netflix...) and see how bad it got, but I'm not sure I could survive it.

    Is it just me, or is this show some sort of polar opposite of Buffy? That one turned to crap because it started taking itself way more seriously than it had any business doing. This one turned to crap because it just refused to give even a tiny bit of a crap.
  • revierypone
    I get the feeling that all of these episodes were aired out of order. That's honestly the only thing I can think of as to why there are so many inconsistencies. Children can spot them.
  • ShadowHand
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    Actually in the next season they do bring up pheobe fucking up during the trial with barbas in which she loses all her active powers
  • jz1337
    But it's portrayed as her still being a victim even though Barbas wins.

    Still awesome though to finally have some recognition though.
  • ShadowHand
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    yeah I actually like the Charmed show but yeah pheobe is soley responsible for Cole turning evil during this season
  • ShadowHand
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    also the demon who became a priest wasn't a demon he was a warlock and there is a difference warlocks are lower on the demonic tier than demons infact season 4 had an episode where warlocks tried to overthrow the demons for control of the underworld
  • jz1337
    That and demons are well...demons. An Warlocks were at least originally just evil Witches and it was a thing you chose. Then they mucked it up a bunch.
  • ShadowHand
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    In the comics Cole comes back to life but he realizes that pheobe is the reason for all his deaths so he skips town with prue don't ask.
  • Rue_Ryuzaki2
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    Considering what has happened to him that would have been the best plan. especially from what I've seen from phoebe.

    Leo and Daryl should have ran too.
  • DMaster
    Oh dear GODS, I hope she reviews the comics too, now!

    ...on the other hand, I don't want her suffering to continue any further...hmm...meh, I'll settle for a highlight reel of bizarre/horrible moments at the end of the 8th season review.
  • ShadowHand
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    One more comment actually I have said it was bad that they killed off Pheobe and Coles child since it would have made for an interesting character and a nice opposite for wyatt since wyatt is and I quote most powerful magical child ever born and in a later season it is said this is due to him being the first born of the new generation well then cole and Pheobe's baby would have been also strong since it would likely have been born with all the powers of the source in fact the source could reform from being blown up so maybe the baby did survive.

    Anyway to get to the point yeah maybe it's good they killed the kid off no child should suffer Pheobe as a mother god help her 3 daughters. If the child had survived I wouldn't be suprised if it wasn't him having the source's power that turns him evil but pheobe just being an abusive mom.
  • ladydiskette
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    Geeze, I never watched the show, and I feel so fucking sorry for Cole at the way they (even his own girlfriend) treats him.


    Even a really bad Lifetime Movie-of-the-week will at least tone it down a bit. Wow. This is just inexcusable.
  • jz1337
    I watched it soley for Cole. You have no idea. The worst part was my mostly female family sided with Pheobie in the matter.
  • FATIMAGIC
    What you're not getting about Phoebe and Cole is that hating one of them doesn't automatically warrant supporting the other. Phoebe is a bitch, to be sure, but everything Cole does during this season isn't because he WANTS to be good. It's because he wants to get back in Phoebe's pants. They're pulling a Spike with Cole in that every good deed Spike did prior to regaining his soul was to get in Buffy's good graces. Buffy automatically assumes that Spike will forever be worthless and that he never truly loved her without his soul because in her view, being soulless made him inhuman. Again, Buffy isn't even in Phoebe's league as a character, but she does have her hypocritical moments like Phoebe's here. The point of the mermaid episode (aside from fanservice) was for Phoebe to admit that as much as she hated Cole, there was a part of her that was still in love with him. Again with the ripping off of Spuffy.

    What you missed during the scene where Cole confronts Phoebe in his office is that she stabs him and his blood turns to acid. In the Charmed verse, about 99.9% of the time (yay for consistency), a person born with even a drop of demonic blood in them will always be evil, literally, in Cole's case. Phoebe is horrified by his good deeds because to her, there's no real good behind them. He saves people's lives not because he wants to be good, but because he wants to win Phoebe back.

    I get that you dislike Phoebe, I do too. She's a horrible, selfish bitch. But Cole isn't innocent in this situation--far from it. He's as much responsible for his fate as Phoebe is. What the show was going for WAS the attempt and ultimate failure to be good, and YES, the show failed. But Cole doesn't deserve a free pass just because Phoebe is being--Phoebe. At the end of his story, he chooses to take back his demonic powers, it's not forced on him like before.

    The point of the show, IN UNIVERSE is that Cole is evil because he used to be a demon. That's the lore that the show goes by. It's the same type of hypocrisy that leads Buffy to condemn a soulless Spike (before he almost rapes her, because THAT is warranted), and even Angelus, and try to kill a previously good Anya AFTER she becomes Anyanka again. It's just Charmed being inconsistent and hypocritical. But shows like Buffy have some of the same problems, if on a lesser scale.
  • CyborgPrince
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    "At least it's not Season 6"? Oh, shit...
  • ShadowHand
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    season 8 is worse no good villains and one annoying new witch make that two
  • Mikeman
    I loved the series

    When I watch something,i turn my brain off

    Try it,and u wont have ur bitchy problems
  • DMaster
    And...you're part of the problem with the crap that is most TV.

    "Try it,and u wont have ur bitchy problems"? ...after you check yourself into remedial grammar, kindly go to a women's prison yard and make that statement into a megaphone.
  • GMRE
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    It's obvious that you're only saying bad things about Phoebe because you're jealous. She's the best one of them.

    LEAVE BRIT... I mean PHOEBE ALONE!!!
  • exile31094  - I feel dirty
    I was in denial for the first 4 videos , but now im feeling disgusting by how long i tought this was a good show , i only tought season 8 sucked but now im afraid to watch it. Im actually writing this from the shower , im triying to remove the filth but it wont come off!!! it wont come off!!
  • Dicrel Seijin
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    I liked this show--well, I should qualify that I liked it up until Prue died. I watched for a little while after just to see how they're write themselves out of the corner they painted themselves into, but stopped midway through season 4.

    I'm glad I got out when I did. I'm really horrified by what I'm seeing in these recent videos and am dreading the later seasons.
  • Tom Smith
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    Nooooooooooo, no, NO! How can the future seasons possible be worse? I am sitting here listening to this (well made) review and fuming at how horrible these people are.
    Are these horrible people the precursor to Twilight? These selfish, whiny, power fantasy and yet completely dependent twats are serious competition for Bella.
  • chapomon  - Nerdy Fact Check
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    -Sam does lose his powers because of his emotion after losing another charge. He gains them back by his love for Paige to save her life.

    -The Seer really is just a title, much like The Source of All Evil; once they earn enough street cred, the start going by those titles and ditch their real names.

    -In the 100th episode, in the alternate reality created by Cole, Cole is not The Source of All Evil; he is still just Belthazor but serves under the Source. The Seer in that reality is Cole's adviser for some reason.
  • Nothruzem  - Reflection
    I used to watch this show a lot when it was out and I purchased a season or two on DVD. But haven't seen them in a while.

    This review makes excellent points. I would often think of Phoebe as someone who gives up too easy, now after seeing this review, that was icing on the cake.
  • Natashina  - Excellent review!
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    I stopped watching about halfway through Season 5. I couldn't handle the Phoebe is a mermaid storyline. I know you've been very busy, but I am looking forward to the completion of this series. Keep it up!
  • Baby Hitler
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    Wow, this season... insufferably bad shit. I want to strangle Phoebe and punch Piper in the lady parts. Thanks Colebama!
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