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Charmed - Unaired Pilot

episode 0

USA 1998
produced by
Les Sheldon, Aaron Spelling (executive), E. Duke Vincent (executive), Constance M. Burge (executive) for Spelling Television
directed by Bruce Seth Green
starring Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Lori Rom, Chris Boyd, Eric Scott Woods, Matthew Ashford, Chris Flanders, Lonnie Partridge
written and created by Constance M.Burge

TV-series
Charmed

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A killer is on the loose in town, killing women who are into the occult, and only detective Trudeau (Chris Boyd) figures the killer must be after witches.

In another part of town, Pru (Shannen Doherty) is upset because her sister Piper (Holly Mary Combs) has invited her other sister Phoebe (Lori Rom) to move in with them in their deceased grandma's house, because she and Phoebe haven't gotten along for just some time.

What do these two narrative strands have in common?

Nothing at first, until the three sisters find out they are actually witches, Pru can move objects by the power of thought, Piper can freeze time, and Phoebe is able to look into the future. Now just finding out you have powers like these is stressing enough, but if a killer chasing witches is around, it's even more so ... and if the killer turns out to be Piper's boyfriend Jeremy (Eric Scott Woods), an evil warlock after the powers of witches ... now that's a bitch!

Fortunately, the three girls are able to combine their powers just in time to annihilate the warlock once and for all.

 

This unaired pilot for the quite charming Buffy the Vampire Slayer cash-in Charmed is by and large the same as the first episode of the series, Something Wicca This Way Comes (so much so that it seems portions of the pilot were just reused for the series rather than refilmed), with one major difference: The role of Phoebe is played by Lori Rom here, by Alyssa Milano in the series - and it is the recasting that actually made the series.

Now I have to admit two things: a) I always had a certain fondness for Alyssa Milano, but b) I don't think she's a terribly great actress, maybe not even better than Lori Rom. That said, it seems that Lori Rom just doesn't find the right approach to her role, playing her like a bland Ms Everybody, while Alyssa Milano embodies the character with just the right amount of (self-)irony to breath life into Phoebe and the series as a whole - and if anything, it was irony that set Charmed apart from other Buffy the Vampire Slayer cash-ins on both the big and the small screen ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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