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CHARMED (S6)
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Reviewed by: Dave Murray

Directed by: Various

Starring:
Alyssa Milano
Holly Marie Combs
Rose McGowan

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
The charmed witchy Halliwell sisters are back, this time battling demons and other underworld baddies, while coping with the fact that a relative has come from the future to stop Piper's (Combs) son from being the king of all evil. Meanwhile, Paige (McGowan) tries temping to distance herself from the magical world, while Phoebe (Milano) goes through some personality changes and job woes. Will the Charmed Ones be able to change the future and save their family yet again? It's 24 episodes of magic and hotness all in one boxset. Sign me up folks!
Is it good movie?
Okay, I admit it. I am a fan of Charmed, and I'm only slightly ashamed to admit it. While not on par with other WB offerings such as Buffy or the darkly masterful Angel, it's still a fun and entertaining show, filled with some creative plots, some even more creative effects and magic, and some witty, tongue-in-cheek performances that caryy the show through one of it's more intricate and interesting seasons.

Now, I wasn't too fond of seasons one through three (despite the novel concept and adequate execution, they never managed to grab my attention), but the addition of Rose McGowan as a long lost sister was like a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart of the show! While not the most brilliant of actresses, her execution, charm and looks added a new level and made the show infinitely more watchable. She meshed with stars Alyssa Milano & Holly Marie Combs so well that a show that most people tjought was doomed without badgirl Shannen Doherty was given new life and enough legs (pun intended) to run for eight seasons.

Season six has the sisters dealing with the fact that Chris, a Whitelighter from the future who also happens to be the adult version of Piper's as yet unconceived child, has come back to the past to stop an Evil Elder (brilliantly played by Gildart Jackson) from turning Piper and Leo's first son Wyatt into the most evil wizard that ever lived and the doom of all mankind. Now that's a weighty plotline, and through 24 episodes it's pulled off with a boatload of side stories and a whole lot of monsters and magical shenanegans. All three lead actresses are given their chances to shine, and while a couple of the episodes fall flat, most of them are stellar and drive the story to a great climax of a final episode, giving us glimpses of the future and making me want to have the DVD's for seasons seven and eight RIGHT NOW!

Some highlights from the season include: the two part opener Valhalley Of The Dolls, which has the sisters posing as Valkyries to save Leo; Love's A Witch where Paige stops a fued between two wizarding families; The Legend Of Sleepy Halliwell which introduces the Harry Potter-ish Magic School beseiged by the Headless Horseman; the hilarious Witch Wars which has the sisters hunted for a reality tv show literally from hell; and the finale It's A Bad Bad Bad Bad World which is an action-filled and surprisingly poignant trip between twisted and evil alternate worlds.

Fun, campy adventure, severe family issues and some sweet effects make this season one of the show's best. Now if only I can stop drooling over the eye-candy long enough to pay attention to the story, I might be able to watch more seasons!
Video / Audio
Video: Full Screen 1.33:1.

Audio: English & French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround).
The Extras
With 24 hours of good wacky fun TV, who needs extras, right? Well, it would have been nice to have some, but the set sure does look nice. Great presentation and packaging! Damn, I'm so easily pleased...
Last Call
It's a guilty pleasure with a great story, some impressive effects, top-notch acting and heavy doses of hotness from the three stars. What more could you want? You've got romance, intrigue and drama for the girls, and heavy doses of killing and fine looking ladies for the blokes. If you're a fan of the show (come on, admit it, I won't tell anyone), you have to own all of these seasons. Screw all your other kiddie tales of witches and wizards, this is one show that delivers with charm, wit and some dark, cany coated fun. One of the best seasons of the show's run, and some damn fine TV, so fine I want more of it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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