Charmed

Season 7 Episode 20

Imaginary Fiends

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 08, 2005 on The WB
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Unbeknownst to the sisters, baby Wyatt's new "imaginary" friend is actually a demon named Vicus who is trying to win Wyatt's trust to turn him evil. Meanwhile, Piper casts a spell to be able to understand baby Wyatt, but inadvertently brings 25-year-old Wyatt back from the future.moreless

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  • Eh te wa??

    1.0
    Imaginary Fiends was a fairly good episode, if you discount the racism and blatant ignorance about an indigenous culture. It was great to see some positive father-son relationship building between future and present Wyatt and Leo. Especially following the comments made by future Chris in series 6 about Leo's unsupportive parenting style. I was so offended however to see that instead of looking on the internet and researching Maori culture, the writers just invented things!!! That is absolutely ridiculous! Why did Paige bring back a 'bear' mask from New Zealand when there are no bears in New Zealand and nothing in the traditional carvings even remotely resemble that mask. This was lazy and displaying a shocking lack of sensitivity. My next gripe is concerning the distortion of Te Reo Maori, the indigenous language of New Zealand. It would not have been hard for the writers to actually look up phrases in Te Reo and use the actual language instead of inventing words. Imagine a Chinese tv show changing really important cultural aspects of the USA and using made up words rather than actually speaking in American English. (Ok, so I'm aware there are more probably more English speakers in China than in the rest of the world so this wouldn't actually happen, but still, you get my point). My summary would be that there was a positive theme in this episode, but unfortunately it was outweighed by the negative, inaccurate cultural insensitivity that was displayed.moreless
  • Imaginary Fiends

    10
    Imaginary Fiends was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development along with action, humor, and hope. It was fun seeing Leo and Piper dealing with the issues facing Wyatt. The story was well constructed and it all played out perfectly. It was great to see Phoebe go back to school and be challenged. It was interesting to see the imaginary friend issue from Wyatt's point of view as well. I liked how every thing played out and there were many awesome scenes. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Not Much Imagination Here

    4.5
    Imaginary Fiends-Unbeknownst to the sisters, baby Wyatt's new "imaginary" friend is actually a demon named Vicus who is trying to win Wyatt's trust to turn him evil. Meanwhile, Piper casts a spell to be able to understand baby Wyatt, but inadvertently brings 25-year-old Wyatt back from the future.

    Ehw! I would expect that something as dark and twisted as a demon pretending to be an imaginary friend to turn Wyatt evil would have been....you know....dark! But it's like dark and twisted don't exist on Charmed anymore! All that's left is corny and cheesy! I can't even stress enough how tacky the demons are becoming! The one that attack Piper, Phoebe and Wyatt looked like reject from the Matrix with black shades. Also, what was up with the laser wipes?! O_0 The story actually starts out promising with Wyatt taking to some invisible being and we sees it's a demon trying to turn him evil. Sure we've been down that road already with Season 6 but this story still had potential with the Imaginary Friend angle. But once future Wyatt comes into the picture, things just start rolling down hill...fast! Everything that Wes Ramsey does as Wyatt is extremely cheesy! I couldn't help but laugh at the moment where he tells the demons to "leave his family alone" before he unleashes his powers on the demons. Not to mention, once he becomes evil, he turns into this pretentious, cliched bad guy with a forced British accent.Lines like"You always said spanking was barbaric" made me cringeIt's such a drastic contrast from his subtle, dark performance from "Chris Crossed". Vicus was no better and is vanquished quickly, without nothing much to say about him. He was basically a filler villain until future Wyatt went bad. There just really isn't any sense of danger or fear from the characters, I mean Phoebe and Paige are surrounded by over a dozen demons yet they only end up with some scratches?....right! O_0

    I guess the only decent moment is Leo reaching out to little Wyatt and getting him to give him the bear. It's still corny but it's the only time where the emotion felt real between the characters. Then we have a sub-plot with Phoebe and her college professor. I honestly don't know why the writersbroughtPhoebe back to college, especially considering it leads absolutely no where after this episode! I mean I'm sure the idea of Phoebe get her Masters would have been a great story for her for the next (and abysmal) final season, but there was no point to it! Anyway, "Imaginary Fiends" is another potentially thrilling, dark episode given the Charmed treatment with sucking all the drama out of it and replacing it with pure cheese!moreless
  • Wyatt is talking to an invisible friend, and his parents disagree on how to raise him. As it turns out, the invisible friend is a demon looking to turn Wyatt evil, and the solution to both problems is the same thing.moreless

    9.5
    This is also one of my favorite episodes of Charmed. Originally I had thought taking Leo's powers away was a really bad idea, but the writers have done a really good job of keeping Leo relevant to the story even while only being a regular joe. In this episode, he absolutely saves the day when he realizes that the key to saving Wyatt isn't magic but the love of a parent. The future Wyatt is awesome in both guises. It is great to see the good future Wyatt as confirmation that Chris succeeded on saving him. It is also great to see that Wyatt recognizes everyone, suggesting that they are all alive in the future. The scene when Wyatt used some of his power to simultaneously destroy 3 demons was awesome, though I'm not sure what he was waiting for. Evil Wyatt was as effectively dangerous as in Chris-Crossed, though the final scene showed he wasn't so evil after all. The final face off with Leo and the toddler Wyatt is one of the most powerful scenes of the series. With Leo constantly drifting in and out of his kids' lives for so long, it is great to see him finally show his love for his children. In the end, it is enough to save the day.

    This represents the 2nd great episode in a row as the writers seemingly got into a good groove here in Season 7.moreless
  • Oooohhh! An Evil Floaty Teddy Bear!

    2.0
    Imaginary Fiends was extremely disappointing. When I read that the episode would be centered around baby Wyatt being lured into evil by a demon posing as his imaginary friend, I imagined that it could be a very creepy and shocking episode. Sadly, it turned out to be a run-of-the-mill, average hour of Charmed.



    To rescue baby Wyatt, the sisters call adult Wyatt from the future. He's back, not evil and with a new shiny haircut! The imaginary friend demon Vicus steals baby Wyatt's teddy bear (don't ask) and he crosses over to the dark side, meaning adult Wyatt turns evil as well.



    Then, the episode suddenly changes direction as Wyatt kills Vicus half-way through and the sisters have to deal with evil Wyatt yet again!



    Wes Ramsey was absolutely awful as Wyatt and for some reason, when Wyatt turned evil, he suddenly put on this weird English accent. Where the hell did that come from?



    Also, is anybody else getting bored by the constant scenes that appear in almost every episode that feature the demon-of-the-week shouting pointless rants to his sidekick in an underworld cave? And then the sidekick to get killed off soon after? I found Vicus a boring villain and Evil Wyatt was just as bad. We've already seen him evil before so why bother doing the story again?



    This was a boring and painfully acted episode which should be avoided.moreless
Marcus Chait

Marcus Chait

Vicus

Guest Star

Billy Kay

Billy Kay

Hugo

Guest Star

Susan Santiago

Susan Santiago

Miss Henderson

Guest Star

Wesley A. Ramsey

Wesley A. Ramsey

Adult Wyatt Halliwell

Recurring Role

Kristopher Simmons

Kristopher Simmons

Wyatt Halliwell #1

Recurring Role

Jason Simmons

Jason Simmons

Wyatt Halliwell #2

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (18)

    • In the opening scene, Paige says to Piper that the last demon to attack them "looked kinda human", as if this were something unusual. Yet virtually all the demons she and her sisters face look human.

    • In the scene at the attic, Piper opens the book and only the first few pages are opened, then the camera shifts to adult Wyatt. When the camera shifts back to Piper, half of the pages are opened. The next time when Piper is shown (again, after the Wyatt-cut) the book has only a few first pages open.

    • While it makes perfect sense that Piper wouldn't recognize future Wyatt, shouldn't Leo have recognized him? In the season six finale, Barbas conjured evil Wyatt as Leo's greatest fear and aside from the long hair he was still the same Wyatt.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first and only episode where Wes Ramsey appears as Adult Wyatt without Drew Fuller appearing as Adult Chris too.

    • TRIVIA: The song played during the opening credits is Fallen by Sarah McLachlan.

    • In this episode, Future Wyatt destroys demons in the attic with a sort-of "burst" coming out of his hands. In a previous season 7 episode, Leo had the same power as an Avatar. Perhaps, Wyatt becomes an Avatar in the future.

    • TRIVIA: Future Wyatt tells his family that he takes on Whitelighter duties in the future, complete with charges of his own.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that twins Jason and Kristopher Simmons are listed in the closing credits in the role of Wyatt, but only as guest-stars.

    • How would've future Wyatt been able to take little Wyatt back to the future? Little Wyatt would not be able to be raised by future Wyatt.

    • TRIVIA: When the sisters try to turn future Wyatt good again, Leo is the one who ends up doing it, through the power of love.

    • TRIVIA: Future Wyatt drops a couple of hints to his mother and aunts about their future: Piper becomes more of an optimist, Paige teaches him about being a whitelighter and to Phoebe a hint about her future child.

    • TRIVIA: Paige is in full whitelighter mode in this episode, with a New Zealand charge - she also speaks the language and so does future Wyatt.

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt's power of vanquishing seems to have done a little growing in the past 25 years. In the future, he's able to channel his power through his hands, like all the Halliwell sisters do, instead of just thinking about it. His telekinesis has advanced and combined with Piper's power to blow things up. He also can make his voice become loud and echoing to make himself heard.

    • Paige isn't actually speaking Maori, it's just a a random made up language, that they are just calling Maori. Not all New Zealanders speak Maori, most just speak English.

    • If Paige listened to the message on the machine (and remembered doing so), then she would have remembered that Wyatt went to normal preschool.

    • What happened to Piper's power to freeze? Why didn't she freeze future Wyatt when he was trying to take his younger self (he was evil so the "good witches don't freeze" rule no longer applies).

    • Why does adult Wyatt seem to have an English accent when evil, but when good, he doesn't? This was also the case in the season 6 episode "Chris Crossed".

    • When Piper hugs Future Wyatt, her arm goes around the top of his shoulder, but when it shows Wyatt's face during the hug, it is under his arm, and then when it shows the angle of Piper again, her arm is back in it's original position (above his shoulder).

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Phoebe (after adult Wyatt had hugged her): What, did a spell backfire?
      Paige: Ah... How'd you guess?

    • Adult Wyatt: Hey, don't I know you? You look familiar.
      Vicus: Wait. You can see me?
      Adult Wyatt: What do you mean? Of course I can.

    • Adult Wyatt: It looks like you are as surprised to see me as I am to be back.
      Piper: Yeah.
      Paige: Back from where?
      Adult Wyatt: The future.

    • Adult Wyatt: But still this is a fantastic opportunity that magic brought us for me to see the past, for you guys to learn about the future.

    • Adult Wyatt: Look all I'm saying is that someone always told me that whitelighters are the glue that keeps the magical world working.
      Phoebe: Oh Paige told you that!?
      Paige: Don't be so surprised.

    • Adult Wyatt: Okay. So you guys cast a spell to communicate with me right. So let's go talk to me.

    • Adult Wyatt: But till we figure out why magic brought me back we can at least try to enjoy the moment right?
      Piper: How did you become such an optimist?
      Adult Wyatt: From you mom.
      Paige: (to Piper): You must turn over a new leaf in the future.
      Piper: Don't count on it.

    • Piper: Look, you have no idea how much we've already been through just to make sure you turn out okay!
      Adult Wyatt: I know exactly what you've been through and it's all going to work out. The fact that I'm standing here in front of you right now happy and healthy should tell you that.
      Piper: Okay, fine. Then you won't mind ID-ing the demon so we can keep you happy and healthy.
      (Adult Wyatt hesitates)
      Piper: Don't make me ground you.

    • Piper: It just doesn't sound right. Why would demons attack when the phone rings?
      Paige: And they're all different demons, remember? Huh, the last one even looked kind of human. Better add some mandrake root in case they're shape shifters.
      Piper: Wait, the last attack happened when the preschool called, too, didn't it?
      Paige: Yeah, I think you're right. Do you think Wyatt is creating these demons?
      Piper: That's ridiculous.
      Paige: Well, he created the dragons..
      Piper: One! One lousy dragon. You're gonna hold it against him for his entire life.

    • Adult Wyatt: Aunt Phoebe, I think you should hold on to that imaginary friends paper of yours.
      Phoebe: Why?
      Adult Wyatt: For my little cousin.

    • Adult Wyatt (to Leo): Dad, thanks for not giving up on me.

    • Paige: It's just with these charges, and these demons attacking —hey, I'm a little scattered.
      Piper: And that's different how exactly?

    • Paige: Okay, I like the Maori people, but I'm pretty okay if I don't see them again.

    • Phoebe: Who is he?
      Adult Wyatt: Aunt Phoebe, it's me, Wyatt.
      Phoebe: Wy- what?
      Adult Wyatt: This is so amazing.
      Phoebe: Did a spell backfire?
      Paige: How'd you guess?

    • (Paige hears a jingle)
      Wyatt: Your New Zealand charge, right? I remember hearing about him.
      Paige: Yes, well, he can wait because I think this is a little bit more important.
      Wyatt: I thought you said there's nothing more important than your charges.
      Paige: Look, mister, I'm pulling double duty here, okay, so no guilt from the future for me.

    • Phoebe: We're just gonna have to bring a lot of vials.
      Paige: And what, just throw them everywhere and hope we hit something?
      Phoebe: Yeah, do you have a better idea?
      Paige: Normally yes, but sadly, this time, no.

    • Piper (about Wyatt): We try to make the right decisions, and we try to keep him away from bad influences. But ultimately he's his own person. We can't control him forever.
      Leo: And we shouldn't try. All you can do is try to be a good influence on him.
      Piper: And then a demon comes in right under our noses and changes him completely.
      Leo: Okay, well, we knew something was wrong with Wyatt earlier. We sensed it, we tried to do something about it. That's the best you can hope for as a parent.

    • Wyatt: Magic may work in mysterious ways but it always works.
      Paige: Where'd you hear that? That's nice.
      Wyatt: I'm surprised to hear you ask, in the future you're always telling me that.
      Paige: Ha, well that's the future me, I'm me now who clearly doesn't have those kind of brilliant thoughts.

    • Wyatt: Dad! Hey look at you, you haven't changed a bit. Maybe a little less grey and a few pounds lighter.
      Leo: What!?

    • Adult Wyatt (about baby Chris): Hey, is this Chris? Oh, my gosh! He's so small. Hey, little brother. Is this before or after he swallowed that marble?
      Piper: Marble? What marble?!
      Phoebe: Easy on the future information.
      Adult Wyatt: Of course you're right.
      Piper: No, but really what marble?

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