The Three Faces of Phoebe

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    The Three Faces of Phoebe

    By TrueTvWatcher, Apr 15, 2012

    The Three Faces of Phoebe was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching. There was a lot of character development and plot progression as Cole fought what he was becoming and tried to make Phoebe happy. The Seer was a very interesting character and I like how she played other characters against each other. This episode was filled with great villain scenes and I liked how well portrayed all the evil characters were. There are now new levels of intrigue to the drama of Phoebe and Cole's relationship and I look forward to watching how things play out!!!!!!!!!moreless

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  • 7.5

    Three equally clueless Phoebes...

    By iltarion, Mar 25, 2011

    Obviously there is no place to go but down after vanquishing the Source, and this is a ambivalently average episode with some very good elements balanced against some annoying storylines.

    On the good side, the Seer is back and better than ever as she continues to manipulate not only Cole but another fool demon who thinks he's ready to be the Source. Julian is sensational, of course, as the conflict builds inside of Cole. I could argue that Charmed was at its best when Cole was an ally of the Charmed Ones, but there is no question that Julian is at his best when conflicted and evil. The faceoffs between Old Phoebe and Cole are the clear highlight of the show besides Paige's orbing.

    Unlike many of the reviewers, I liked the Paige subplot. I would first point out that Paige did not cast a spell for personal gain last episode, but to aid an innocent. Therefore, I'm not sure why the consequences. Anyway, I thought it was a good continuation from last week. I think we should see more of that. The point of this subplot was to show how much Paige has learned. She gets it now. Her orbing her sisters at the end is a huge step for Charmed. From this moment on, the sisters no longer need Leo to orb about. Paige orbing her sisters will play a role throughout the remainder of series. Nice way to get around!

    As for the annoying, first and foremost, Phoebe's spell is sorta cool as far as the older and the not much to do younger Phoebe goes, but what was the point again? Phoebe needs magic to decide whether to marry Cole or not? Since when? And now you know why Old Phoebe is angry about the whole thing. Sort of unrealistic that Phoebe would turn out old and bitter just over Cole considering she goes through about 5 boyfriends just in the years immediately after. Secondly, in what universe did Kurzon think he could be the Source? Personally, I don't care for this entire idea. You either are the Source or you are not. There is no gather enough demons under you, go through a crowning, and become the Source. Lame. Hey, maybe I could be the Source?moreless

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  • 8.0

    Me, Myself and I.

    By MovieMark, Nov 03, 2009

    The complication phase of the season, 'The Three Faces…'' sees the beginning of a more mature show than we're usually used to, with genuine threat, as Cole slowly loses out to the source's invasion. The episode starts off okay enough, but things gradually get better and better as the hour progresses, resulting in a final confrontation with future-Phoebe and Cole that creates a menacing depiction of what present-Phoebe has in store within the coming episodes. There are, of course, a few things that don't work. Paige's subplot had no relevance whatsoever, even though it featured heavily in the last episode and gets more air time here, and for what? We know from past stories that personal-gain is bad so why bother with such a pointless plot? Rose might as well have not been in this episode.

    The past/future storyline was enjoyable enough. I didn't care much for Phoebe's 10-year old mini-me, but I did enjoy her interludes with her geriatric self. Despite having only a handful of scenes, Frances Bay really sells it that she is in fact Phoebe Halliwell. Alyssa plays wonderfully off of Frances' believably stubborn performance, and there's a level of 'tell her already!' to the proceedings, making things far weightier than expected.

    Overall, it's your bog-standard Charmed demon-of-the-week plot elevated by some impressive character development and neat advances to the overall arc. The show will continue to provide such strong outings and that's mainly down to the fact the show, for the first time ever, has managed to find a balance between arc-related activities and stand-alone fare.moreless

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  • 8.6

    The Power of 3...Phoebes?

    By lenzinoH20, Jun 19, 2008

    The Three Faces of Phoebe-Phoebe develops a case of cold feet over marrying Cole and casts a spell which brings a young innocent Phoebe and an old cynical Phoebe to the Manor to help her make a decision. Meanwhile, while Cole is horrified to find that the Source is now taking over his entire being, the Source's chief rival, who believes the Source is dead, is convinced by the Seer to kill the Charmed Ones in order to earn the allegiance of the entire underworld.

    A dark, intriguing episode that sees Phoebe's intuition kicking days before her wedding and Cole struggling with the Source, who is now within him. Alyssa Milano is great throughout and makes Phoebe's worrying seem very real. The whole "should I marry Cole?" spell which brings her future and past self may seem a bit unresolved at the end, but the scenes between Phoebe and her future self well make up for that. Frances Bay is wonderful as Phoebe's old self and both she and Alyssa play off each other so well. Samantha Goldstein (young Phoebe Halliwell) is also good and provides the light-hearted material in an overall dark episode.

    Julian McMahon nearly steals the show this time as the Source grows stronger from within Cole and Cole struggles to hold on to his humanity. The scenes between him and the Seer are excellent, with her trying to let him give in to the Source's power. Also, I loved the Seer going behind Cole/the Source's back and using Kurzon to destory the Charmed Ones. Although, Harry Van Gorkum is a bit over-the-top at times in his performance and Kurzon himself is written as a second rate Source. But despite that, the episode quite well and the ending where Cole lies to Phoebe is dark development as the Source is obviously taking over and there seems to be no hope for Cole. All and All, "Three Faces of Phoebe" is an effective episode with great performances and some dark developments.moreless

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  • 9.6

    Is there something I should know?

    By Blinksterboy, Mar 11, 2008

    After last week's fun and games, I was afraid the producers might do what they normally do and give us another meaningless filler plot. Not a bit of it! From the opening scene we're straight back into the season arc and it's even better than before.

    Cole's storyline is awesome. It's edge of the seat stuff and, like last season's Belthazor episodes, Cole's inner struggle brings out the very best in Julian. However good the action, though - and it's an undeniably clever story - I am in two minds about Cole being possessed by the Source. On the one hand, it's great to see him with powers again; his blazing entrances are amazing and, let's face it, he was getting a tad boring as a mortal. On the other hand, it's the beginning of a tragic end for my favourite character and it hurts to see him so tormented.

    Phoebe's spell is excellent. It's a fascinating use of magic and the past and future selves she conjures up are wonderful. Older Phoebe is a complete surprise: bitter, cynical and totally unlike her present self. Alyssa's reaction to her is spot on. Younger Phoebe is less memorable. Although the part is well written, the young actress clearly struggles with her lines.

    Demon-of-the-week Kurzon (who makes up these names?) is very run of the mill and hardly comes across as worthy of being the next Source. The Seer is far more interesting with the way she pulls the strings behind the scenes. Much as I hate the two-faced cow, I hope they don't kill her off too swiftly as she adds a wonderful chill to the show.

    This week also sees an important milestone for Paige, as she orbs from place to place for the first time. All in all, it's a great spell and another classic hour of Charmed: dark, gripping and, ultimately, very sad.moreless

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  • 9.0

    Phoebe has doubts about marrying Cole so she casts a spell that- surprise!- goes awry. She winds up summoning younger and older versions of herself.

    By auntydale, May 04, 2007

    I think it was very telling that "old Phoebe" still loved Cole enough to throw herself in front of fireball to protect him- even though when she first saw him, she hit him and called a son of a b**ch.

    I hated, hated, hated what the writers did to Cole. Even more than that, I hated that they seemed to forget that Cole was possessed and eventually consumed by The Source. All of the evil he did thereafter was because he was never really Cole again. It bothers me because he was supposed to be "the love of Phoebe's life"; and yet, instead of trying to save him from the evil inside of him, she chose to destroy him.moreless

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  • 9.9

    Phoebe has doubts over marrying Cole, but will she ??

    By charmed1102, Mar 25, 2007

    Phoebe has cold feet before marrying Cole and to get over it she casts a spell to find out is he the right guy for her??. Phoebe conjures up two people a little girl, and an old lady who really are little Phoebe from the past and older Phoebe from the future,Phoebe finds out too much from her future self which reveals things to Phoebe and the sisters. brilliant episode worth watching.

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  • 8.8

    A great episode that centres around Phoebe and her wrestling with the decision to marry Cole... or not.

    By HyphonOwlet, Dec 16, 2006

    This episode revealed much about the future of Charmed, or rather, the potential future that the show could have had, especially for Phoebe. In order to hear her heart's desire, Phoebe casts a spell which summons her past self and future self, this to help her decide whether she should or not marry Cole. She discovers that in the future, she becomes a bitter old woman, hating Cole for what he does to her. However, it is shown that in the future that old Phoebe came from, she was not married to Cole. In an attempt to take over from the dead Source, the demon Kurzon tries to take over the position, but as this would foil the Seer's plans, she tricks him into attacking the Charmed Ones, which proves to be a fatal mistake.

    Paige also gets promoted to social worker, but when she finds out that it was because of a spell she cast in the episode "Charmed and Dangerous", she decides to turn it down, leaving the next in line to get the job. Overall, a great episode. Could have done with less Source action in my opinion, but still a great plot from the writers.moreless

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  • 10

    A Powerful Episode Running the Full Gambit of Emotions.

    By MarkMc7, Dec 04, 2006

    I have seen many show series in my lifeteime, and usually an Episode such as this that follows a Powerful Season defining Episode like "Charmed And Dangerous," is a weak "Filler" type of show. However, not this one! There were a lot of funny and suspensful as well as poignant moments. After Phoebe summoned two other versions of herself -- an old version of herself from the future and a child version of herself from the past. I really liked the old version of Pheobe. She was hellarious when she first met Cole and slapped him. I was in tears at the end when she showed how much she still loved him, all the knowing who and what he was this particular moment in time. When she chose to die for him, she altered the future -- at least the future where phoebe is forver bitter nevere knowing where her love for Cole would truly take her.moreless

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