A Paige from the Past

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  • 7.0

    Not a bad one.

    By bbch25, Jul 03, 2015

    So I like the Phoebe and Cole plot of this episode but not going to lie wasn't a huge fan of the Paige one. We're focusing so much on her past and her past life I feel we know more about her than we do Phoebe and Piper over the 3 seasons we had them.

    I thought it was nice for her to be able to get over her issues this early on opposed to having a neurotic Paige like we had a neurotic Prue but I just found her quite pathetic, and her complete ignoring of Leo a tad annoying. You aren't a teenager anymore, you are a 25 year old apparently and act like an idiot. But I don't like that she can 'change' the past, I would've preferred if she had been in her body but not actually able to control anything (like when Phoebe went to her past self).

    I don't like Piper acting and talking like this at the precinct. Not just because you're risking his job but you're talking about ghosts and magic in front of other people and not even caring - would've thought you'd be over the top about protecting yourselves from exposure.

    I'm sorry how does Paige not sound like a completely crazy person? "this isn't how I turn out" "I get into Berkeley" "I go into social work and help people" ... these aren't ifs and whens, those are statements. She's sounds out of her mind, if I was her parents, based on her past actions I'd think she's was on LSD or some other hallucinogen.

    I wasn't entirely sold on her acting at the start with the car exploding either. And her acting before she went back in time was actually really annoying. The moment you saw them you rolled your eyes and then treat them like crap? I mean I get not wanting to talk about it, but you can at least be civil... you were angry at the site of them.

    I thought Darryl was a bit ridiculous, you have Cole here asking to help and you violently try and throw him out and then threaten to fight him when he pushes you off him?

    While I really like the wedding scene at the end I want to know why Piper didn't just freeze the guns! You let Cole get shot in my mind and almost Darryl get shot when you could've just frozen again.moreless

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  • 8.5

    A Paige from the Past

    By TrueTvWatcher, Apr 14, 2012

    A Paige from the Past was a great episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was engaging and full of action, humor and magical chaos. It was intriguing to watch Phoebe and Cole taken over by ghosts who then go on a crime spree while Paige and Leo go to Paige's past to deal with the death of her parents. The spirit who sent them there was a cool concept. I really liked all the character development and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless

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  • 8.0

    Paige's past pain and ghosts marry?

    By iltarion, Jul 12, 2011

    This is a moderately good mix of drama fleshing out Paige's character and comedic danger involving Phoebe and Cole being possessed by ghosts.

    This is actually quite similar to the episode in Season 7 when Paige and Brody go back to when his parents are killed, and of course, it bears similarities with other trips into the past. The Charmed One as an awkward teen thing has been done before, but Rose still pulls off all the necessary melodrama with flying colors. Also, the actors who get the stint as her parents are very convincing. This leads to a strong finish when Paige is faced with the inevitability of their death along with the discovery that her magic saved her. It is also a strong plus for this part of the episode that Leo is along with Paige to help her out. We have also seen the ghostly possession subplot many times. It is given a new twist here when Cole and Phoebe's desire to marry is twisted in with it. Besides the fun Julian had with the role, the best part of this storyline is the fact that Piper and Darryl are given a rare chance to work together, with no one else around to help. In fact, Darryl got a strong part in this episode, and I loved when he told Cole in the beginning that without the energy balls, he can take him. The ending of this subplot is as strong as the other thread. Good thing once again that Leo came back around to heal someone.moreless

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  • 8.5

    Paige has always felt responsible for the deaths of her parents in a car accident and, thanks to Leo, we find out why.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Mar 20, 2011

    Paige has not really been what you would call a 'good' girl. She is quite a free spirit as an adult, and when she takes a trip back to her teenage past courtesy of Leo, we find that she was a pretty difficult young lady as well, but nothing out of the ordinary for most teens.

    Her parents can't seem to control her, nor can they seem to understand her, particularly her tantrums, refusal to go to school and not liking or listening to any of their rules. All in a day's work for most parents but Mr. and Mrs. Matthews wouldn't be alone in being close to the end of their rope with a teenager!

    As the family are driving along, they are having quite a heated argument when they are involved in a car accident. Paige's parents are killed but she is miraculously thrown clear and is relatively unscathed.

    Leo is able to show her that the reason she was thrown free of the wreckage was because she orbed out and also able to prove that the accident would have happened, even if the argument hadn't been taking place. Paige feels a great deal better.

    The end is pretty cheesy, but it lifts Paige's burdens, so that's the main thing.moreless

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  • 7.5

    Get with it, it's the 90s!

    By MovieMark, Jun 21, 2009

    It's a pity Brad et al didn't have the gahonies to dedicate this entire episode to Paige and her 1994 shenanigans. Yeah, Alyssa and Julian have a lot of fun as Lulu and Franky, and they're admittedly fun to watch, too, but the subplot felt entirely superfluous to the nit and grit of the episode. Once again, it's the writers' lack of a backbone that makes what could have been one of the show's strongest hours, into a criminally average episode. Rose? Easily your best performance to date (that's including everything she's been in outside of the show). The idea of Paige going back to the past screamed cliché, but having the youngest sister try and save her dead parents, and managing to change the outcome, only for them to die under similar circumstances, is blisteringly cruel, and yet incredibly powerful. I can only imagine the impact it would have had, had the whole episode centered on her visit to the past. Unfortunately, it all just feels rushed, just so we can make time for a subplot not worth mentioning, which is a shame. It's the episode that almost.moreless

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  • 10

    great episode centering around paige definitely one of my favoirtes surrounding her

    By silverfoxy8472, Mar 07, 2008

    this is one of my favorites centering around paige the other one that i really liked was the evil enchantress and much as i like the whole vanquish evil every week deal nice to have a break from it. it also shows that paige has issues that makes her more human than her predecessor by strides. this shows you why paige is the way she is another great stroke on the part of the producers which is Brad Kern and probably holly marie combs and alyssa milano by this time. this was brillant. I think this episode ROCKED!!!


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  • 8.8

    Diamonds are a ghost's best friend

    By Blinksterboy, Feb 21, 2008

    Despite the name, this instalment is not all about Paige, it's actually two separate storylines, one focused on Paige and one on Phoebe.

    Paige's story sees her travel back to the day her parents died in a car crash. It tells us a lot about where she's come from and features some lovely acting from Rose, including some highly believable tears. Good as it is, though, it doesn't have the thrill of other time travel episodes, and that 'troubled teen' thing has been done before with both Prue and Phoebe. Given the air date (not long after September 11th), it's interesting that they chose to make Paige's father a fireman.

    Phoebe's story sees her and Cole possessed by the ghosts of a couple of lawbreakers from the fifties. I think it's supposed to be lighthearted but I actually found them rather sinister. As soon as I saw 'Lulu' steal the ring from the jewellers I knew how the episode was going to end. Didn't stop me enjoying the shotgun wedding though, and top marks to Alyssa and Julian for not overdoing the southern accents.

    This is a decent hour which avoids the demon plot / subplot rut. I particularly like the character combinations; Paige goes off with Leo while Piper and Darryl sort out Cole and Phoebe. If anything, there's too much action.

    Clyde. What was he about? And what was that ridiculous insult Leo came up with to summon him? Is that really the best our writer could manage?

    So Cole wants to be a cop now, does he? Nice idea, mate, but you defo need to work on that interview technique.moreless

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  • 9.9

    Paige goes back n time to change er parents death...

    By HaveSumFaith, Jun 21, 2007

    Paige begins to feel guilty for her parents death so she and leo go back in time to see why they actually died. she seemed really cool back then. i really liked her room. paige will not let her parents die so she tries to change the past. Cole and Phoebe are possesed by the ghosts of Franky and Lulu. It is so funny with their weird accents. They want to get married so they go on a wedding crime spree. At the end when Paige sees her parents it is so great. This was such a good episode in terms of Paige.moreless

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  • 9.8

    Paige feeling like she was responsible for her parents death, goes back in time when her parents were killed With Leo as her guide. Meanwhile Phoebe and Cole are possessed by two ghost who want to get married!

    By debs65, Jun 12, 2007

    This was a fantasic episode. It was a well written. It has to be one of my favourite episodes. It was great because we get to learn more about Paige's past. It was quite an emotional episode. Rose Mcgowan is an excellent actress. It was funny how Phoebe and Cole got possessed by those ghosts.


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