A Look Back At Charmed

The television series, Charmed, was a show that aired from 1998 to 2006. It took the world by surprise and helped to launch a lot of the careers of the stars. The show was created by Aaron Spelling and in true Spelling fashion starred one of the stars from Beverly Hills 90210, Shannen Doherty.

The show began by showing us the lives of three sisters who have special powers or, charmed. These sisters are played by Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano. Rose McGowan later joined the cast. The girls are in a sense, witches that use their powers only for good and protection of their family and friends. They fight off the evils that exist in this world today. They use a special book that has been handed down throughout their family tradition to cast spells in order to make the world a much better place.

Part of the show is telling the story of how the sisters keep their powers a secret while also having close to normal lives or attempting to. The girls date and work and eventually begin to get closer to the many men in their lives. Holly Marie Combs character eventually settles down and has a child which also inherits its mother’s supernatural powers. The show tells of the challenges that the sisters face day to day and what it is like being a witch.

Each sister on the show had different powers and eventually you learn all of the powers one by one. They showcase their powers when they are encountered with evil and being who wish to bring death and despair to their lives. One of the sisters possesses a power to freeze people and objects. This includes time. While another sister has the gift of seeing into the future. The oldest sister has the ability to read minds and also can levitate. They all become more and more skilled in their gifts as the seasons went on.

The show aired on the WB network and the first episode earned over 7.7 million viewers. Many different magazines and networks called Charmed one of the best supernatural and sci-fi shows to ever air on network television. This show helped to lead the way for many other shows like Supernatural that also began to air on the same network shortly after Charmed was cancelled.

The show became incredibly popular and soon there were board games, books, t-shirts, and a video game that were based on the show. The stars of the show became incredibly popular as well. Some of their careers sky rocketed after they appeared on the show. For example, Rose McGowan became a film actress after being on the show and she received overwhelming fan and stardom. She starred in shows and highly acclaimed movies. Other stars of the show went on to do series like Nip/Tuck.

Charmed is now on DVD and other online streaming sources. The show has gained a cult following and the stars are still very active in their acting careers today.

Community Episode Review: A Fistful of Paintballs

This episode is the first of the two part season 2 finale of Community.

This episode starts off by seeing Mike with his fellow gang chasing Neil down the hallway with paintball guns. Annie interrupts at the end of the hall and shoots all three people saving Neil. Neil then reaches for a paintball gun but gets shot as he tries to use the gun to shoot Annie. Starting off the episode with Annie in charge and saying, “This is Paintball.”

This episode of Community was filled with a good mix of excitement and comedy. The episode has adventure and jokes and is a great episode for any Community fan who has been watching through the season.

The episode will be enjoyable for all, but if you have not been a fan of the show since day one, it will be a bit confusing. The whole episode has a ‘Western’ demeanor and theme and some people might think this is how the show usually is or be confused as this departs from the normal tone of the show. Along with this, it is the first part of the season 2 finale, it references the season 1 finale “Modern Warfare”, which was a paintball contest as well, which many new viewers may not know, although the satire and references very obviously hint at previous episodes.

On another note, this episode everyone has everyone very involved in the plot and subplots and is hard to keep up with if you are unaware of the show.

With this said, even if you are just getting into Community and this is one of the first episodes you choose, just be prepared to be extra vigilant, this episode was definitely made for the veteran fans not as much for any newbies to the series.

Speaking of the veteran fans, this episode is a perfect summation of season 2, along with referencing the season one finale, the paintball contest being set in “cowboy times” and all the subtle tones of the characters specifically done for this episode in particular you will thoroughly enjoy this season finale.

The episode is equipped with puns and jokes that withdraw from the theme of the episode, and show the characters true personalities to add humor to the show and keep the viewers invoked and laughing along the way.

The episode is very addicting and funny to anyone who is watching, and will have everybody in stitches by the end of the episode. On top of this at the end of the episode, the Pistol Patty’s van is opened to reveal that there is a white paintball team dressed up in full paintball gear along with Pistol Patty announcing to the team they cannot let Greendale win and announces they will be engaging in “Operation Total Invasion”, with a blank screen before the credits, leaving the viewers excited for the ‘to be continued’ episode of this exciting season finale.

This episode has a unique theme, filled with laughs, references from previous episodes, and a great way to end the season with the entire cast. It has something for everyone including a little extra for Community’s loyal fans.