Season 3 Episode 16

Death Takes a Halliwell

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 2001 on The WB

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  • Prue Knocks On Death's Door...Literally!

    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.