Have you been “Charmed” by Macy, Mel and Maggie?

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We are 21-episodes into the first season of the Constance M. Burge created Charmed reboot. If you have been following the 2018 reboot series, you’ll probably remember the Brad Silberling directed ‘Pilot’ hit television screens in these United States on Sunday, 14 Oct. 2018.

Unlike the original series, the reboot is set in the fictional college town Hilltowne. The setting is not the only significant difference between the two productions. Apart from the series not being set in San Francisco, the names of the three principle characters not beginning with P is an obvious difference. The reboot series is a Charmed for today’s television viewing audience. If that offends original series fans, that is more on them than it is the reboot.

Brief Episode Synopsis: Charmed S01.E21: ‘Red Rain’

Screen Capture: Sarah Jeffery, Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans and Ser'Darius Blain as Maggie Vera, Mel Vera, Macy Vaughn, Harry Greenwood and Galvin Burdette, respectively, in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’
Screen Capture: Sarah Jeffery, Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans and Ser’Darius Blain as Maggie Vera, Mel Vera, Macy Vaughn, Harry Greenwood and Galvin Burdette, respectively, in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’

Something seriously bizarre is unfolding in and around Hilltowne. Galvin Burdette (Ser’Darius Blain) finds many of his patients being brought to Hilltowne’s hospital have a highly progressive demonic infection. Elsewhere, Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) discovers a clue pertaining to how the Charmed Ones might keep the Source from taking over.

Screen Capture: Madeleine Mantock and Ser'Darius Blain as Macy Vaughn and Galvin Burdette, respectively, in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’
Screen Capture: Madeleine Mantock and Ser’Darius Blain as Macy Vaughn and Galvin Burdette, respectively, in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’

Individually, both Macy Vaughn (Madeleine Mantock) and Galvin do something completely unexpected.

"Charmed" promotional poster. Image Source: IMDb
“Charmed” promotional poster. Image Source: IMDb

SPOILER WARNING: If you are an avid Charmed fan and have yet to watch the Anya Adams directed ‘Red Rain,’ please note there are spoilers beyond this point.

If you are looking for a series significantly darker than the source material, this Charmed reboot has that and much more. Huge surprises came in this episode when Galvin made the biggest sacrifice possible and Macy took on the Source of All Evil. Macy destroys Alastair Caine (Craig Parker) and brings Galvin back from being dead.

Screen Capture: Ser'Darius Blain as Galvin Burdette in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’
Screen Capture: Ser’Darius Blain as Galvin Burdette in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’

Further, the unexpected deaths of Charity (Virginia Williams) and then later Fiona Callahan (Leah Pipes), were shocking to say the least. It is a lot to take in for just one episode.

Screen Capture: Melonie Diaz, Rupert Evans and Sarah Jeffery as Mel Vera, Harry Greenwood and Maggie Vera, respectively, in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’
Screen Capture: Melonie Diaz, Rupert Evans and Sarah Jeffery as Mel Vera, Harry Greenwood and Maggie Vera, respectively, in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’

While Macy is confident she can control her newly found powers, Mel Vera (Melonie Diaz), and Maggie and Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans) show concern being the Source might be too much for Macy to handle.

Screen Capture: Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’
Screen Capture: Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn in the Anya Adams directed Charmed episode ‘Red Rain.’

There are other considerations one must not ignore. The powers that comes with being the Source of All Evil should not be under estimated. This power is extraordinarily corrupting.

What does Macy being the new Source mean for the power of three? Will Macy being the Source break the bonds that make the Power of Three function? Where do the sisters go from here? Even though many of these questions might see a resolution by the season finale, other issues will continue into the second season.

The first season finale, the Vanessa Parise directed ‘The Source Awakens,’ will hit American television screens Sunday, 19 May 2019. The second season will premiere later this year.

Final Thoughts

“Charmed” promotional poster. Image Source: IMDb

What are your expectations of the reboot series? Do not forget we are now 21-episodes into the first season. We have a second season coming to our television screens later this year. Regardless of how you might feel of the original series, giving the reboot a chance to grow will not diminish your feelings for Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Paige (Rose McGowan).

In respect to the original series, my favourite character was always Prue. Even though Doherty left the series at the end of the third season, I was happy to watch the series. I liked Paige but she was no Prue. This opinion is a result of my bias for Doherty’s character. Prue is the one I relate to most.

When it comes to reboots, fans typically find it difficult to not make comparisons between the productions. To understand this phenomenon, one only needs to look to reactions towards such television series as The Twilight Zone. Because this is a reboot, the best way to enjoy Charmed is by not drawing comparisons between the two productions. Consequently, any expectations you may have of the reboot being anything like the source material will not be dashed.

About the author

Shain E. Thomas
Shain E. Thomas

With a BSc focusing on geography, history and political science and an MSc revolving around communication studies, history and journalism, I’m a freelance Journalist and social historian.