Charmed

Season 7 Episode 12

Extreme Makeover: World Edition

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2005 on The WB
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At the same time that the Avatars are planning to transform the world into their envisioned utopia, Zankou kidnaps Brody and is forced to cast a paranoia spell on the Halliwell sisters.

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  • Extreme Makeover: World Edition

    10
    Extreme Makeover: World Edition was a perfect episode of Charmed though admittedly there were some things that didn't make total sense. Over all I was very entertained because the story took a few interesting turns as the Avatars and Charmed ones usher in Utopia. Zankou and Brody work together to stop the change, and one of them doesn't make it out alive. I was disappointed with how easily Beta was killed, but she went down fighting and it was awesome to see her in action. The change occurs and the new world seems pretty interesting so far, with hints at the real price being paid. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'

    9.0
    The times they are a-changin'



    I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this one. It's a good storyline but, with such a cosmic plot, there should have been more fireworks.



    The avatar plot has been building for weeks now so, thankfully, none of the action feels rushed. I'd been dying to see what Utopia looked like but when it arrived it was pretty feeble - just lots of people beaming and shaking hands. I also didn't get how there could still be demons around. All along, the avatars have been telling us that Utopia means a world without evil. So how come Zankou and his mates are still alive? And what about the elders? Are they still around too? Sadly, the answer is probably yes. The transformation is also rather weak: some cheap graphics and everyone lying down in the street. What happened to the spell they were going to use?



    The 'Kyle hates avatars' storyline is beginning to wear a little thin although having him work alongside Zankou was actually the best bit of the episode. All the way through I was waiting (and hoping) for him to get busted but it ended with him killing an avatar before being zapped himself. This would have been far more dramatic if we hadn't seen the same thing three episodes earlier. Rose gives a wonderful performance in his death scene but I just couldn't bring myself to feel sorry for him.



    Some of it lives up to the billing: the outbreak of paranoia is an clever idea and nicely acted by the three leads. I also liked Piper's suspicion of Kyle. Overall though, it's a bit of a letdown. And they never did answer Phoebe's question about what happened to the aircraft. I guess we'll never know....



    Score: 8.9moreless
  • I hate this episode so much.

    3.0
    After since the episode "Something to Witch Over Me", I hate avatars. And I hate avatars more in this episode after what they did. They make the world into a "sleeping" world, while the Charmed Ones tries to kill the demons in the utopia world. Kyle is kidnapped by Zankou, who wants Kyle to work with him to stop the avatars. Kyle casts a spell on the sisters, and they got paranoid. You think this episode is interesting? Oh please. This is one of the worst episode in this series. The whole episode is full with crap and I totally dislike avatars and the utopia world. An episode full with rubbish and nothing happened at all.moreless
  • Really good, but im happy to see brody go !!

    8.0
    While the Avatars prepare to transform the world into Utopia, they inform the Charmed Ones that the human world must be put to sleep so that they can kill any remaining demons. Brody, doubting the Avatars good intentions, calls the Elders for help but is instead kidnapped by Zankou and agrees to help Zankou stop the change by placing a paranoia spell on Piper, Phoebe and Paige. During the Utopian transformation, Brody kills an Avatar ith one remaining potion he has left. However, Brody pays a high price for his actions.moreless
  • The Charmed Ones help the Avatars usher in a world where evil cannot take hold...but at what cost?

    8.0
    Ah, Utopia...where nothing bad ever happens. But can anything truly good happen there, either?



    In "It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World," the Charmed Ones entered an evil parallel universe that was necessary to keep their own universe in balance. Forgetting that lesson in "Extreme Makeover: World Edition," they go forward with the plan of the Avatars to rid the world of evil.



    Kyle, however, remains skeptical, and tries to contact the Elders to let them know he has a potion to vanquish the Avatars. When Zankou intercepts the message, Kyle makes a deal with a demon. It culminates in a battle between Kyle and Avatar Beta that leaves them both dead.



    Avatar Alpha's words to Paige, as she begs him to save Kyle's life, reveal the true evil: "The needs of the one must be sacrificed for the good of the many." Who decides what's for the good of the many, and whose needs should be sacrificed? The Avatars, apparently. Paige vehemently objects: "I did not sign up for this experiment so you could play God!" But it's too late; the Avatars put Paige and her sisters into the same deep sleep that has fallen over the rest of the world. When they wake up, everything is peachy keen, and Paige's grief has been transformed into the satisfaction that Kyle has gone to a better place.



    This episode is fast paced, emotion packed, and intelligently written. Rose McGowan displayed both her comic and dramatic skills beautifully. Her chemistry with Kerr Smith was enchanting. How sad to see him go.moreless
Max Perlich

Max Perlich

Laygan

Guest Star

Lorin McCraley

Lorin McCraley

Kazl

Guest Star

Michael Maize

Michael Maize

Zyke

Guest Star

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Agent Kyle Brody

Recurring Role

Oded Fehr

Oded Fehr

Zankou

Recurring Role

Joel Swetow

Joel Swetow

Avatar Alpha

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (18)

    • If Beta saw the potion Kyle had then why didn't she just freeze time and take the potion like last time when Kyle almost killed Leo?

    • How come in this episode when Avatar Beta gets killed by the potion she dies instantly? Yet in the episode season 7 episode "There's Something About Leo", Leo doesn't die instantly? Why didn't Beta get that chance?

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that Leo is shown in an Avatar's robe since he became one in the episode "Someone to Witch Over Me".

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Kyle gets revenge for the murder of his parents. Zankou vanquishes the demons responsible for them in order to get Kyle to help him.

    • When Phoebe is put to sleep by the Avatars and she falls on the couch, her position changes three times. First her left hand is shown to be between her legs, then when the camera switches back, her arm is out-stretched by her side. Finally she is shown with her arm resting on the arm of the chair and Leo never touches her.

    • When Kyle was about to kill Avatar Beta why didn't Paige just orb the potion away from him? Wouldn't she have the sense to know that if Brody was trying to kill an Avatar, the Avatar would try and defend herself and harm Brody, just like she did?

    • Why didn't the Avatars turn the witches into them? It would have strengthened "the collective" - they could turn Leo but not the sisters?

    • TRIVIA: At the end of this episode, both Kyle Brody & Avatar Beta are dead and the Avatars have converted the world into their proposed Utopia. It ends with a "To Be Continued..." on the screen.

    • The Avatars tell Paige they cannot turn back time, because of how far they have come, but couldn't they just reverse it just before Beta gets killed, and then come to her rescue? They didn't have to go all the way back before the sisters changed the world.

    • Didn't the Avatars (especially Beta) remember what happened to Leo in "There's Something About Leo"? In this episode Beta died exactly the way Leo did back then: Kyle throws potion; Avatar zaps Kyle with lightning; Potion smashes on floor; Avatar breathes it in and dies. You'd think Beta would have the sense to disappear rather than kill Kyle!

    • Why was Avatar Beta more concerned with stopping/killing Kyle before he threw the potion, when she could of just disappeared?

    • Phoebe gets infected with paranoia by touching Paige right in front of the Avatars, with a little spark flying. With all their great powers and knowledge and all, shouldn't they have some clue that something just happened?

    • When the sisters and the Avatars at the Magic School unleash the change magic, it spreads outward from them. The camera then cuts to a shot of downtown San Francisco and the magic aura spreading outward from near the Transamerica Pyramid. So now apparently the School is in downtown San Francisco? That contradicts previous episodes where it is both in another dimension, rather then outside of San Francisco.

    • Why are there so many sleeping people in the alleyway where Piper and Paige are ambushed? Most people don't stroll down alleyways.

    • They never do explain how people in helicopters and airplanes survived the sleep-spell. Even a gradual sleep like we see here wouldn't have let pilots flying jetliners over the ocean come in for a landing. Nor would it have saved anyone just starting to land.

    • Why were Alpha, Gamma, and Leo the only ones to put the change into effect? In the next episode we see a bunch more Avatars.

    • When Paige is at Magic School searching in a book with two of the Avatars with her, she has a pink jacket. After the Avatars have talked and the camera comes back on her, she doesn't have it.

    • Do all of the demons in the world live in San Francisco? That's the only place the sisters bothered to look for them, not that it would have been possible to search the entire world anyways.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Kyle (after being telepoted to Zankou's cave in the Underworld): Are you an Elder?
      Zankou (scoffs): Hardly.

    • Kyle: I'm not going to help you. I can't. I won't. I mean, you're demons!
      Zankou: Yes. Yes we are. Which makes us, for better or worse, fundamental to the grand design. It keeps things in balance. It gives the necessary contrast to all you covet—to all that is good. And therein lies our mutual problem. You see, without the one, there can't be the other. Without evil, there can be no good.

    • Zankou (to Brody, about the sisters): I don't want to harm them.
      Demon (grinning): At least not yet! (Zankou turns menacingly towards him) I mean... er... we need them to stop the avatars right?
      Zankou (patting the demon on the head): Remind me why I tolerate you again?
      Demon: Because you're running low on demons.

    • Avatar Alpha: The needs of the one... must be sacrificed for the good of the many. You'll understand soon.
      Paige: I did not sign up for this experiment so you could play God!

    • (After Leo paired Piper and Paige, and Phoebe and himself to go look for any demons faking to be asleep)
      Piper: Why didn't he choose me? You think he's seeing someone else?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Phoebe asks Elise if there was ever a period in her life when all she wanted was just to get away from it. Elise response to that that there was such a period in her life when she was mariied to her ex James L. Connors. That's a nod at Rebbeca Balding's (Elise) real-life husband James L. Conway who is also a producer in the series.

    • Title: "Extreme Makeover: World Edition"

      This is a reference to the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where a group of people completely remake someone's home.

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