Season 4 Episode 13

Charmed and Dangerous

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2002 on The WB

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  • Bye Bye Source-y

    Charmed and Dangerous is one of those few classic episodes of the series which go relatively unnoticed. Whilst All Hell Breaks Loose and Long Live the Queen get a ton of praise, this episode is one that seems to fade into the memory of some fans. In truth, it's probably one of the darkest ever Charmed hours.

    The episode sees The Source breaking an age-old deal between good and evil and releasing The Hollow, a terrifying spirit which possesses its releaser and is able to steal the powers of whoever they want. The Source uses The Hollow on the sisters, forcing them to defeat him once and for all without their abilities.

    Though Charmed and Dangerous could be criticized for essentially being one big info-dump on the audience, it does feature one of the most striking and underrated moments in Charmed history. The scene is around 20 minutes in and The Source slowly opens up the doors to The Hollow with his hands, enveloping him, and the darkened room he's in, in a stunning, eerie blue light. It's the most epic moment Charmed has ever done and immediately leaves you with a lump in your throat.

    There's a definite sense of darkness throughout the episode and all the acting from the regulars is some of the best they've ever done. Even Paige's somewhat out-of-place subplot is well acted and brings up some interesting ideas about personal gain.

    Featuring a scene-stealing first appearance from Debbi Morgan as The Seer and some truly shocking moments in the evolution of Cole, this is seriously an amazing episode. The vanquishing of The Source, to this day, remains my favorite vanquish. With the sisters calling on all the members of the Halliwell family and the quick camerawork and the flailing hair, it all comes together to make for a really apocalyptic and visually stunning finale to the storyline of the first Source.

    An episode about loss and personal gain, on various different counts, Charmed and Dangerous is a masterpiece episode, featuring some really dark writing and excellent performances from the entire cast.

    Director: Jon Paré
    Writer: Monica Breen, Allison Schapker
    Rating: A+
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