Charmed

Season 7 Episode 1

A Call To Arms

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 12, 2004 on The WB
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A grief-stricken Piper and Leo attend a Hindu wedding, where they inadvertently receive the powers of Hindu gods, and it's up to Phoebe and Paige to keep them from consummating their love in order to save the universe.

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  • A Call to Arms

    10
    A Call to Arms was a perfect and entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching the seventh season premiere because it picks up a couple of months from the last season and the characters are all dealing with their own issues. There was a lot of magic as Leo and Piper are possessed by Hindu Gods, Barbas returns with, and a mysterious new spirit figure head of some sort seems to play both sides. I think the writers, actors and everyone else did a great job with the Hindu God story line and it was awesome to see Piper with all those arms! I especially liked the subtle details in each episode. Phoebe meets her replacement, Leslie who is played well by Nick Lachey. Detective Morris and Inspector Sheridan had an interesting run in with the sisters and Leo. It was great to see Paige concerned over the fate of the Magic School and learn of her plans. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Hindu Gods Just Wanna Have Sex

    4.5
    A Call To Arms-0A grief-stricken Piper and Leo attend a Hindu wedding, where they inadvertently receive the powers of Hindu gods, and it's up to Phoebe and Paige to keep them from consummating their love in order to save the universe.

    In this mediorce 7th Season premiere, "A Call To Arms" starts off intriguing enough with the sisters taking care of baby Chris while Leo hunts after Barbas. I have to say Leo is the real star of this episode and takes on a more central role in Season 7. I'm glad to see that the consequences of Leo killing an Elder haven't been overlooked by the writers and the Elders are looking into Leo's dark turn by getting revenge on Barbas. It's obvious Leo is starting to lose his marbles, even if Barbas is manipulating him. Zola, played by Fresh Prince star, James Avery. While in a small guest spot, Avery is good as Zola and dare I say it's good to see some great veteran actors on Charmed...who well.....know how to act!! I especially loved Zola' mentioning a new threat looming and that everyone needs to get thier act together and come back into the fold to stop it. Leo killing Elder#2 is another dark moment for the character and one that will drastically send Leo on a dark path this year.

    Sadly, mixed in this dark plot with Leo, we get Leo and Piper getting possessed by Hindu Gods....for.....a reason that is never explained. Simply because their a magical couple just makes no sense! Once again the actors are put in ridiculous costumes and act goofy because their possessed and at this point in the series it's just getting old. The fact Piper has four extra arms made the plot more gimmicky and forced. The possession plot just fells like pure filler since it adds nothing to the overall plot in the episode and is reversed without it having a point to the story. Another unnecessary plot development is Phoebe getting a Ghost writer at her job in the form of Nick Lachay in his Charmed debut as Lesley. Honestly, it's hard to believe Lesley can write a sentence, let alone a whole column. Nick Lachey can't act and is just "eye candy" is get more young females to watch the series. It doesn't help that Phoebe once again gets all slutty around him and makes out with him at first sight. Wow....just wow! At least Paige gets an interesting development when Magic School is planning to close and she plans to stop it from opening. It already sounds better than her random temps jobs from last season. I gotta say, Barbas' vanquish was WAAY over do and thankfully, it's the alst time Billy Drago's ugly mug graces the series again. Lastly, the floating head being that manipulates Leo and Barbas was pretty awesome, the mystery and menance the writers set up behind it was a great way to open the season, to bad the rest of the episode doesn't measure up. All and All, "A Call To Arms" is a pretty lackluaster season premiere with only a few scenes that matter to the overall arc of the season.moreless
  • Season 7, Episode 1.

    9.5
    Piper and Leo attend a Hindu wedding, where they inadvertently receive the powers of Hindu gods. Phoebe and Paige must keep them from consummating their love, all in order to save the universe. I like the concept for this episode, I guess. I haven't seen Charmed in so long! I can't keep up with all this Barbas, Giddeon, and other demon stuff. Haha, I couldn't even do it when I was watching three episodes a night in the Summer of 2007 of seasons three through seven. I liked that investigator that was investigating the sisters, though. It made a very interesting storyline. Good episode.moreless
  • RESPECT YOUR ELDERS

    8.0
    Respect your elders



    What a letdown! After last season's spectacular ending, this is easily the weakest season opener so far. The main problem is the lack of a lead story. Rather than the usual demon plot / sister plot combo, we have a number of pretty much unrelated subplots. In no particular order:



    a) Leo is obsessed with catching Barbas and ends up vanquishing another elder

    b) Piper and Leo go to an Indian wedding and Piper grows four extra arms

    c) Phoebe takes a sabbatical and is shocked to find her replacement is a man

    d) Paige is feeling housebound and wants to get out more



    Plot a) is by far the best. Leo's revenge mission is wholly understandable and the chase is fun to watch. I also enjoyed seeing another preachy elder get zapped. Barbas ends up getting vanquished AGAIN. Considering he is meant to be the most powerful demon alive I'm surprised he can be killed with just a potion. They should at least have made it a potion and a spell.



    Plot b) is just weird. It has nothing to do with anything and seems to be a lame attempt to introduce some humour. The extra arms aren't very convincing and the only good scene comes when all the hands are slapping Phoebe. It gets really silly when they start talking about the end of the world. Come on, at least act bothered!



    Plot c) is Jason Dean all over again. Nuff said! Why on earth the writers made Phoebe snog him I have no idea. She wasn't under any kind of spell. Poor Alyssa looked embarrassed throughout.



    Plot d) takes up far too much time. Paige, if you're that allergic to babies then for heaven's sake get a job and stop moaning!



    The acting is very weak, both from the main cast and the guest actors. Billy Drago is about as sinister as Peter Pan and the girls all look bored. There's also way too much focus on nappy changing. Yes, there's a new baby around but this show is supposed to be about witchcraft. Come on Brad, you can do better than this.



    Score: 8.0moreless
  • Possessed by god?

    5.0
    Possessed by god? You can't be serious, Brad Kern has just insulted the Indians. How can he do that? Barbas returns. Oh great, he returns again. But finally, Barbas is vanquished in this episode by Paige. It seems simple, what Paige needs to do is just throwing a potion to him and then "bomb", he's vanquished. If this is so easy, why don't they do this in the previous episode? ("From Fear to Eternity", "Ms. Hellfire", "Sympathy for the Demon", "It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World"). You call this a good episode? No, this is one of the worst episode I've ever watch in this series. This episode sucks.moreless
Eddie Matos

Eddie Matos

EMT

Guest Star

James Avery (I)

James Avery (I)

Zola

Guest Star

Hawthorne James

Hawthorne James

Demonic Healer

Guest Star

Jenya Lano

Jenya Lano

Inspector Sheridan

Recurring Role

Billy Drago

Billy Drago

Barbas

Recurring Role

Betsy Randle

Betsy Randle

Mrs. Winterbourne

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Just after Paige casts the spell to rid Piper and Leo of the gods inside them, the tip of the boom mike is just in shot above Paige's head.

    • TRIVIA: The first of the six demons blown up by Piper is the 400th evil being to be vanquished on the show.

    • In the opening scene, Paige orbs a diaper over to the bin and drops it in. However, while the diaper disappears and reappears in the normal way, the bin lid opens and shuts without orbing. Given that Paige does not have the power to move objects without orbing them, how does she do this?

    • Phoebe gives multiple people advice everyday, so how can Paige remember what Phoebe wrote a year ago?

    • When Piper loses the four extra arms, the top she's wearing clearly doesn't have openings for any extra arms. How did she wear it while she was possessed?

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first appearance of Nick Lachey as Leslie St. Claire.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Piper has been turned into a God. The first time was in the season 5 episode "Oh My Goddess".

    • TRIVIA: This is the fourth & final time Barbas, the Demon of Fear, has been vanquished and therefore is the final appearance of actor, Billy Drago as Barbas.

    • When Piper throws Barbas across the upstairs hallway, it looks like the hallway they use for the downstairs set, large and yellow. Everytime we see the upstairs hallway they are always narrow and pink.

    • In the first scene in the kitchen when Piper comes in, she is wearing furry slippers, but awhile later she is suddenly wearing flip flops instead.

    • The exterior of the newspaper office is now a totally different building then it was the previous season, even though Phoebe's office is the same interior set.

    • The sisters have banished Barbas before by conquering their deepest fear. This time, however, they use a potion. Barbas promises that he'll be back, but since he never appears again in the series, the potion may have vanquished him for good.

    • Piper's extra arms are a totally different skin tone then her regular ones.

    • The first time Barbas was badly wounded by Leo, he had to go to a demon healer, but the second time when Piper hits him, he's perfectly fine a couple of scenes later.

    • When Phoebe finds out that her ghostwriter is a guy she says "Do you even know a guy advice columist?" What about Spencer Ricks?

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Barbas: (to the floating head) Hey, why don't you come on down. Show yourself. All I want to do is thank you. It was such a very good plan. I mean, it worked perfectly. So, how about we go after the witches now?
      (Paige and Phoebe enter.)
      Paige: Works for us.
      Barbas: Well, well, well, well. What do you know? It really is true. Just ask and ye shall receive. Of course, this lair was supposed to be cloaked...
      Phoebe: Yeah, you should probably ask your invisible friend about that.
      Barbas: Yeah, well, maybe I will. Ah, come to vanquish me I see. What, again?
      Paige: Yeah, but I just have one little question first. Why the baby? What does that even get you?
      Barbas: Ah, the baby. That just gets me to you without the bodyguard. By the way, how is old Leo, anyway? Suffering nicely I hope. (Paige starts to throw the potion.) Uh, uh, uh, uh. I think we should check your fears first. How charming. Your greatest fear is that your nephews won't be safe. From me. How touching. Of course, such a great fear paralyzes you. Can't believe you forgot about that.
      Paige: Oh, we didn't forget. (She throws the potion bottle, and Barbas is surrounded by a swirl of flames.)
      Phoebe: We just knew our greatest desire would overcome our greatest fear.
      Paige: And our greatest desire is to protect our nephews from you.
      Barbas: You know I'll be back. Fear always comes back. (to the floating head) You set me up!
      (Barbas is consumed into a pile of ash.)
      Phoebe: I never get tired of seeing that.

    • Phoebe: Are you following me?
      Sheridan: Yes I am.

    • Leo: I killed another elder.
      Piper: It's not your fault - you were tricked.
      Leo: Was I? What have I become?
      Piper: Shhh. Oh, it's okay, it's okay. Nobody else has to know.

    • Piper: Hi, personal gain. Do you want to lose your powers like Phoebe did? What if a demon attacks?
      Paige: Could liven things up around here.
      Piper: Excuse me?

    • (Paige, Wyatt and baby Chris are in the kitchen. Baby Chris cries while Paige changes him, and Wyatt sits in a high chair throwing food)
      Paige: Help! Somebody help! Please?
      (Piper walks in)
      Piper: Alright, alright, relax. I'm back. (She walks over to Wyatt and sees the mess) What is this? How's his rash, does he need ointment?
      Paige: I don't know, I've been kind of procrastinating on that one. It's not my favorite thing to check.
      Piper: Why? You don't have a problem checking Wyatt.
      Paige: Yeah, that's 'cause I don't flash forward to Wyatt being twenty-two like you do with Chris.
      Piper: Oh, yeah, eww.

    • Phoebe (reading from the Book of Shadows): Shakti, also called the ultimate mother, and Shiva together created all things and if they consumate their love again all things will be obliterated and the universe will be reborn.
      Paige: Talk about your big bang theory.

    • Piper (referring to baby Chris): Would you like to hold your son?
      Leo: I can't.

    • Paige (referring to the fact that Piper is taking her boys outdoors): Oh my goodness! You're going outside? With them?
      Piper: Yes. Can I go now? Or do you wanna make fun of me some more?
      Paige: I'd really like to make fun of you some more, but I'll wait until you get back.

    • Leslie (to Phoebe): For what it's worth, you're a pretty damn good kisser.

    • Phoebe: There was some good advice in there. Considering you're a guy.
      Leslie: Thanks. I think.

    • Leslie (to Phoebe): So do you kiss all of the new employees on the first day here?

    • Phoebe (after vanquishing Barbas): I never get tired of seeing that.

    • Phoebe (about Les): Doctor! Doctor my ass! I'd like to see proof of that.

    • Phoebe: No. Men do not give good advice.
      Leslie: What about Dr. Phil?
      Phoebe: Dr. Phil is a doctor.

    • Paige (to Zola): Recycled like what? Plastic?

    • Paige: Stinky diaper!
      She orbs the diaper to the trash can.

    • Leo: What do you want?
      Avatar: What do we want? We want you!

    • Phoebe: Elise! I'm so sorry I'm late! It won't happen again!
      Elise: Oh yes it will.

    • Paige: Tell me what it's like, out there in the world, where men don't poop or spit up on you.

    • Leo: I haven't felt this potent in years.
      Phoebe (raises her hand as a stop sign.): Oversharing.

    • Piper: I can't go. The baby...
      Phoebe: Needs to be exposed to a germ or two. Get out of the house, you know, build up his immune system.

    • Paige: I don't believe what I'm seeing.
      Phoebe: Tell me about it. When was the last time you saw Piper grab Leo's ass?

    • Piper: Is this a wedding or an orgy?

    • Phoebe: Have you guys thought about seeing a shrink?
      Piper: Yeah, we did that.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Title: A Call To Arms

      This is a reference to a quote used when soldiers are called to fight for their country. This could also be a reference to a book by Thomas K. Martin called A Call to Arms.

    • Les and Phoebe have a conversation about Dr. Phil in this episode. Dr. Phil McGraw is a TV personality who has a self-help talk show, as well as several successful books, focusing on self-confidence and positive self-image.

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