Failing to improve on last week’s episode, “Other Women” subjects itself to nonsense by needlessly overcomplicating the story.
This recap of Charmed Season 1, Episode 5, “Other Women”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
In this week’s rebooted Charmed, the witches are facing the consequences of sucking the Harbinger out of their bewildered friend. Episode 5, “Other Women”, reduces the political angle and instead fabricates the most nonsense in the series to date.
Last week we learned that the Elder Woman that retrieved the Harbinger in a paint tin had been temporarily possessed by another demon, who stole it from her while she was completely unaware under his spell. In “Other Women”, it turns out this demon is actually the CEO of the company that Macy (Madeleine Mantock) works for.
Macy has her own problems because the co-worker she was interested in has found a new woman to date, and unfortunately for her, she is hot. Rather than just accept defeat, Macy and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) veer off course, suggesting that the co-worker’s Instagram-model-looking girlfriend is a demon. The two witches spend most of “Other Women” tracking the girlfriend in a club, trying to find clues that she is a demon.
Charmed didn’t exactly confirm if this woman is a demon, apart from a split second when Macy notices a glowing mark on his back. What I found most frustrating is that Charmed allowed this moment to be pointlessly ambiguous, and instead of leaving it for the viewer to gauge whether Macy is seeing what she wants to see. Macy has palmed off this co-worker multiple times, so at this point, it is not like we care.
Meanwhile, Melanie (Melonie Diaz) is fretting about her girlfriend after the Elder Woman manipulated the timeline to make it look like Trip was a murderer after he was accidentally killed in the harbinger exorcism. Melanie’s girlfriend went full investigator mode, which almost kills her as the CEO’s assistant decides to take matters into his own hands, morphing himself into Trip in order to trick her.
Melanie decides to pay the ultimate sacrifice and gets her sisters on board to change the timeline again, but this time, manipulate it in a way that she never met her girlfriend, ridding all memories or encounters.
The problem is Harry (Rupert Evans) states both women will forget everything, giving “Other Women” some emotional grasp on Melanie’s decision. Yet, once the spell was complete, and Melanie was stood there spending her last seconds with her partner, she collapsed in tears once she disappeared from the room. Surely at that point, all the witches would have forgotten the person they just removed from their timelines. What rules apply here?
Charmed was finding its feet last week but “Other Women” was absolute bollocks.
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