An intriguing insight into who exactly the Whitelighters are, Blinded by the Whitelighter is an effective, dark episode which, despite some issues with bad actors, succeeds in putting the sisters in a genuinely nerve-wracking situation.
The episode sees the sisters meeting Natalie, one of Leo's oldest Whitelighter friends, who warns them of coming attacks by the demon Eames, who has the power to deflect their powers. Whilst Natalie criticizes Leo's relationship with his charges, the sisters are forced to up their game in order to defeat one of their toughest enemies yet.
Moving along at a brisk pace, this episode features some excellent writing from Nell Scovell, who manages to mix some awesome humor (like the freakish Whitelighter "clickity-clack" language) with some really shocking darkness. The darkest moment is the death of Natalie. It was a risk to have her killed but it effectively raises the tension, something which rarely happens on Charmed.
The demon Eames is interesting and has a decent M.O. but the acting from Steve Valentine lets down his character. Valentine so overdoes his performance that his character eventually becomes a joke. It's sad as he could have been an excellent adversary for the sisters. But even that pales in comparison to the rest of the episode, which is one of the best of season three.
When we finally see "up there" and the sisters are dressed in their Whitelighter robes, it's a really exciting moment and the direction from David Straiton as the sisters vanquish Eames is masterfully done. The acting from the regulars is also pretty good, with Brian Krause finally getting his moment to shine and the sister's neither underplaying or overdoing their cockiness when around Natalie.
This is seriously one of the best season three episodes and one that needs to be watched if you have an insight into the characters that usually fade into the background of Charmed mythology, namely the Elders.
Director: David Straiton
Writer: Nell Scovell