“Out of Scythe” continues the run of form Charmed is in, putting all three witches in perilous positions as the existence of the Hellmouth is revealed.
This recap of Charmed Season 1, Episode 7, “Out of Scythe”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Despite the disorganization of the story, on-the-nose writing and the exhausting amount of political referencing, the Charmed reboot is finding its infant feet, clumsily piecing together an overall objective for the three witches, and sometimes accidentally conjuring a good enough episode. Episode 7, “Out of Scythe”, is one of those examples.
In true Buffy the Vampire Slayer fashion Harry (Rupert Evans) is shaken by a hell-quake, which is an earthquake caused by a throbbing, predictable Hellmouth. The characters have surprisingly only just found out that they sit on one, making me wonder the use of having Harry the advisor.
The only way the Hellmouth can be opened is if someone pieces together three powerful magical artefacts. Harry asks the witches to prevent this event from occurring. Of course, in “Out of Scythe”, Harry also asks them to try and lead impossible normal lives. I am not sure why he cares, as he has already revealed he technically does not need to be there.
The sore issue is that the witches are not street smart and still lead lackadaisical lives, bumping into demons on the way, causing their own issues to fix. This is the main theme of the new Charmed so far.
For instance, Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) is tiresomely busy building a romance with the same guy that got her kicked out of the Kappa house. At one point, she mistakes him to be a heroin addict, but it’s even worse than that. The ultimate reveal is that he is working for the demon that stole the original Harbinger from the first few episodes. None of the witches seems able to maintain a normal love life, but I guess that is the point.
Macy (Madeleine Mantock) has been holding onto her mother’s necklace, keeping it from the others, but fails to realize it is the final key to the Hellmouth. If anything, “Out of Scythe” shows how unprepared the witches are, and at this point, there is no sense in trusting anyone.
The real kick in the teeth goes to Melanie (Melonie Diaz), who is taken by surprise by this woman flirting with her at a bar. By the end of the episode, the same woman steals the magical artefacts that are now formed together. Episode 7 confirmed the calamities of these witches, and it serves a comical theme of causing your own downfall. Zero logic, zero organisation, more problems. Not one of them displayed initiative in this episode.
Based on IMDb, next week is the last episode, at least until January. Will the Hellmouth be opened? Will Maggie regret the decision of quitting her education? Will Melanie find the suspected flirtatious demon?
Hopefully, we can all hold on to these crazy mysterious for another week!
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