Charmed

Season 3 Episode 16

Death Takes a Halliwell

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 2001 on The WB
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Prue, growing weary of her battles to save innocents and in fighting off the Angel of Death, is forced to turn her back on a dying soul, and must come to grips with her feelings towards fate and the death of her mother.

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  • Death Takes a Halliwell

    10
    Death Takes a Halliwell was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching as Prue discovers Phoebe and herself are being watched by a woman who has a strange shadow following her. There was a lot of great character development as Prue met the Angel of Death and learned to see the bigger picture. Phoebe and Piper try to save innocent people from being victims of a different type of demonic vampire. There was a lot of great action scenes, humor and laughs, and plenty of drama. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

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  • In this episode, Prue meets the angel of death.

    9.7
    This is my second favorite episode, next to Hell Hath No Fury. Both deal with death. In this one, Prue has to deal with the fact that death is part of life, and that it is not evil. It hits home because when my grandma died, I held a hatred for death and a questioning about the meaning behind it. This episode was helpful in that it showed a purpose, especially with Prue's having to deal with the loss of a loved one from a young age. Shannen Doherty's acting was amazing in this episode, and it was good for the show for Prue to finally deal with this situation that had been haunting her throughout the series.moreless
  • Touched by an angel

    8.9
    After last week's cutesy ending, Charmed turns dark once more as Cole is tracked down by brainsucking demons and Prue comes face to face with the Angel of Death.



    This isn't the best of the darker episodes but it's not bad. The two demons are fairly run of the mill but they do manage to be pretty sinister without the use of costumes or makeup. Whether this is down to a good performance or simply because the one doing the talking looks so odd I wouldn't like to say. Either way, they remind me a lot of the two warlocks in "They're Everywhere".



    So much for demons, the real story this week is, of course, the Angel of Death. Guest actor, Simon Templeman, portrays him in a suitably matter of fact and slightly jaded way. Nicely done! I love the idea of a force beyond the reach of good or evil. Aside from the odd reference to "the gods" or "the big guy", this is about as close as this show gets to religion. I can see why the producers would want to steer clear of the subject but it's interesting to get their take on how witchcraft sits with the bigger picture.



    As seems to be happening more and more on Charmed, Prue and Phoebe deal with the main action, leaving Piper with Leo and a sub plot until the final vanquish. This week, the sub plot seems to comprise where to put a wedding gift from the Elders. Is it me or this a complete waste of Holly's talents?



    Seeing her mother last week has obviously upset Prue and the final scene, where she meets Death on the beach, is surprisingly touching. I'll admit, I'd not appreciated how alone she was until these last few weeks. It's all the more poignant when you realise she only has another six episodes to go.moreless
  • Prue Knocks On Death's Door...Literally!

    9.2
    Death Takes A Haliwell-Prue, growing weary of her battles to save innocents and in fighting off the Angel of Death, is forced to turn her back on a dying soul, and must come to grips with her feelings towards fate and the death of her mother.



    A dark and stunning episode that features some moral complex themes and some creepy, dark scenes. Shannen Doherty once again proves she's probably the finest actress of the series as she gives a phenomenal performance when Prue finds herself under the radar of the Death himself. The concept of the Angel of Death is really works on Charmed, especially thanks to an errie performance by Simon Templeman. While most would find his monotone, dry delievery as sub-par acting, the guy suppose to be Death!, so he fits the role nicely. The scenes between Death and Prue are heartbreaking, not to mention when Death hits Prue hard with the truth of why she won't stop fighting causing her to breakdown. It's quite a powerful scene as Prue can't hide her feelings from the one thing that has caused her mother to live her which is a moving development.



    The demon plot of the week also comes together perfectly with the Angel of Death plot. The Seekers, themselves are creepy villains and remind me of "the Gentlemen" from Buffy as they float around hauntingly before killing their victims. Keith Diamond as Reese Davidson returns and gives a great performance as he becomes both the Seekers and the Angel of Death's next victim. He's reaction to the magical world was pricless, like when Cole makes jokes about him using a gun on 3 witches and a demon. The murder scenes were well done, especially Davidson's tragic murder which is made even more sad as Prue helplessly watches him die as she must learn the hard lesson that death is not the enemy and some innocents just can't be saved.



    The most intriguing aspect of the episode is Death's revelaton that Prue was one his list and that's why she alone could see her. Whether the writers had already planned to kill off Prue at this point in the season is unknown, but it's still quite the frightening development as Prue will soon become Death's next victim whether she wants to or not. All and All, "Death Takes A Haliwell" is a dark, chilling episode with some strong acting, shocking developement and stellar villains.moreless
  • Vampire Seekers and the Angel of Death are not the only thing that make for a very good episode

    8.9
    When you think about it the idea that a bunch of Seekers (i.e. Vampire brain suckers) are seeking Cole and Death isn't far behind seems clichéd. However it actually makes for an entertaining and quite important episode in the end. The Seekers are actually really creepy and Julian McMahon in particular plays his role very well, the last couple of episodes his portrayal of Cole has been great and no exception here. Another great thing is that the detective Reece actually has a hysterical reaction to the paranormal goings on. I mean he must have been expecting something but this reaction from a recurring character is in stark contrast to Morris (who takes it in his stride) and even Andy if you think about it. It's fitting that Death is hanging around for him. Talking about the Angel of Death, is it me just knowing but a few episodes have pointed towards Prue's death this Season and this is by far the most obvious. Why else would Prue be the only one to see and speak to him. It's a real shame as in this Season I've really enjoyed the character (unlike previous when she seemed too serious). In fact I have to say that she's been my favourite Haliwell sister this season.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • At the beginning when Prue is taking pictures, she points her camera upwards at the woman. Being what seems to be a nice sunny day, her shutter speed would not be 1/60. It should be a faster speed because of all the light. Also, her f/stop is always on f/11 yet her shutter speed changes. Because these two factors work together, as one increases, the other decreases and visa versa. If they don't the pictures either come out under/over exposed.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that one of the sisters mourned the loss of their innocent, this time it was Prue losing Reese Davidson.

    • If Piper and Phoebe couldn't get the door open because the demons locked them out, then how did they get in after Reese was killed and the demons left?

    • When Piper and Phoebe are outside the mausoleum, the thing holding the door shut keeps changing positions.

    • The Seeker demons in this episode bear a striking resemblance to the Gentlemen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (episode 4.10 Hush). Both demons glide along the floor and have their heads tilted to the side for most of their time on screen.

    • TRIVIA: This is the last time that Prue's astral projection is used.

    • TRIVIA: Possible foreshadowing - at the end Prue is talking to the Angel of Death and he tells her that if she had done things differently that day she would have died.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Reese Davidson is killed by two Seeker demons.

    • After the fight in the mausoleum Cole comes back to the Halliwell manor with Davidson up on his shoulder. Prue enters through the door but why would she do that - she was there only by astral projection. Also, her "real" self should still have been in the living room, but there was only Prue's astral self in the scene.

    • When Prue is in the mausoleum when the demons kill Inspector Davidson, her arms keep changing from covering her face to being at her sides from shot to shot - both arms, one arm, no arms, etc. - several times.

    • About 3/4 of the way through the episode, the sun is shown rising above San Francisco from what appears to be a vantage point somewhere in Richmond or Berkeley. In other words, the camera is pointing West. If you look carefully and quickly, the film does seem to be running backward because: The sun doesn't rise in the West, it sets there! In the next scene, Prue is on a beach (again, facing West, or we'd see the East Bay in the distance) summoning Death. It should be morning (we just saw the "rising" sun, and all), however the shadows indicate the sun is now at 2 p.m. or so. Next scene is late afternoon, corroborated by Phoebe mentioning she's been sitting in a car for 16 hours. So... the sun rose in the West that morning, and is now setting there, too.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Angel of Death (to Prue): You grieve and then you move on.

    • Death : I am not good or evil. I just am. I'm inevitable.

    • Leo places the lamp on a table. Piper stands behind him.
      Piper: It's just so bright.
      Leo: Of course it's bright. It's supposed to represent the light of eternal love.
      Piper: Wait, does that mean we can never turn if off?
      Phoebe: At this rate you're gonna turn it off in record time.
      Piper: I'm just saying, I don't think it belongs in the living room.
      Leo: Or the parlor, the dining room, the foyer.
      Piper: Pheebs?
      Phoebe: Oh, do you think I'm stupid, I am staying out of this.

    • Prue astral projects in.
      Prue: Hi. Need a little help?
      Cole: What are you doing here?
      Prue winks at him.
      Reece: How did you get here? What the hell's going on?
      Seeker #1: Well, well, well. The mighty Belthazor, in bed with a witch.
      Prue: Don't make me sick.

    • Phoebe: They retreated?
      Prue: Yeah. I kicked ass.
      Cole: No, you kicked air.

    • Cole: Inspector, you're in a room with three witches and a demon, do you really think that gun's gonna help?

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