After I finished watching Orange is the New Black, I was in a bit of a I-have-no-idea-what-to-watch-next kind of funk. So I decided to kick things a little old school and pick up on Charmed once again. A good friend of mine had bought me the first season for Christmas, but after finishing that I took a break from it for a while. In a way I was hoping to actually buy the series, but since it’s available on Netflix, I cheated.
Charmed was one of those shows I remember watching as a kid. Except, back then, I didn’t know that I came into the series when it was more than halfway over. Watching it now I realize that I believe I started watching it around the fifth season (and currently I’m only on Season Four). So it’s actually nice to be surprised and see that I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the original beginning. Being older now I have a deeper appreciation for the show, and it was one of the best shows I remember watching as a kid. It might even be the best witch show to be created, despite the bad special effects in the first few seasons – but that’s always a matter of opinion.
For those of you reading and unaware, Charmed is a drama about three sisters, Phoebe, Piper and Prue, who are forced to move back in with each other due to their grandmother dying. After discovering a book in their attic, the three of them get magical powers and become The Charmed Ones. Basically, the show is about them concurring evil, learning to master their powers, but more importunity – growing together as sisters and family. After the third season Shannon Doherty, the actress who played Prue, left the show, and Rose McGowan became her replacement as a different character – Paige.
All in all, even though I’m still only halfway through the eight seasons, I still think Charmed will always be a favorite of mine. There’s romance, but the underlying theme is protecting the innocent and being the Power of Three. In order to keep their magic, they have to keep their bond as sisters.
It’s also shows like these that show to you how crazy life can change in a matter of a couple years. Supernatural things don’t exactly happen in real life, but life-turning events and unexpected changes do. You never really know what’s in your future.
I’m still in the process of watching Charmed, but I think I’ll post something else about it once I finish it for sure.
The problem I have with the Netflix version is that they changed the opening theme song, “How Soon Is Now?” by Love Spit Love (listed below), to an instrumental version. Which sounds good, but isn’t quite the same. They had to because of copyright reasons, but still annoying.