Season 1 Episode 13

From Fear To Eternity

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 1999 on The WB

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  • Hit Me Barbus One More Time

    This episode is the first to feature Barbas and it's a shame as it's completely ruined when watching it during re-runs as you just aren't interested in him anymore, due to his constant appearances in almost every other season of Charmed. He was an effective villain at first but it's annoying that he was used to death.

    From Fear to Eternity has Barbas, the demon of fear, unleashing the sister's worst fears on them, which ultimately will kill them. Barbas needs to kill 13 witches by midnight on Friday the 13th to obtain freedom from the Underworld.

    The motive behind Barbas’ killings is really good in this episode and it's annoying that in his later appearances on the show, his motive is never used again and he just pops up without any real purpose. From Fear to Eternity has some brilliant set pieces and the writers used the various settings very effectively. Prue almost drowning in the shower was a very tense moment, as was the scene when Barbas was about to kill Tangella. The death scene of the apartment block witch was also effective and there were some good special effects used as she burned away.

    Billy Drago is the only down-point of the episode. His awful portrayal of Barbas is just plain bad and it's a struggle to take his character seriously when he's shouting lame threats like "you're frozen in fear!!!" at anybody who cares.

    From Fear to Eternity is probably one of the best episodes of season one and the good points of the hour far outweigh the bad ones. Recommended.

    Rating: B