Season 7 Episode 22

Something Wicca This Way Goes

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 22, 2005 on The WB

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  • Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I liked Charmed i really did.
    But this episode was one of the worst ever.
    Like since when could piper , phoebe and Paige astral project?
    And when piper said "good that before Prue died she learned Leo how to astral project".
    Then comes a new question :"how can a
    whitelighter astral project?"
    And in episode "Primrose Empath" Prue could not use her powers and technically saying a spell is a power and she couldn't use her powers in astral form!
    So why could they do it? The story line is just wrong .

    And the Demons have even better lines then them.
    Deep inside we are on the demons side.

    And there so called new identities in this episode aren't the ones in season 8.
    Even Leo's aren't the same.
    And wen the left the left with smile and Morris just knew that the were alive an those girls are them , don't make me laugh.

    And wen Leo sed "you are the Charmed ones" Way don't He just building a Temple to them.
    I'm probably not the only one hoe thinks that The 'charmed ones' think that the hole wold turns around them.
    The say that the "save the wold on a daily basis" , but the only thing the do , well Wat piper dose is blowing something up.
    In the begin was it learning about the demon and finding a spell.
    Now it's just "Piper blow him up".
    The hole time one of them is having sex with a guy and don't knows a way to brake up with him , and then (usually Paige interferes).
    The just spend 5 seconds of the show daling with a Demon.
    And spend 1.5 seconds faiting with him before They (piper) vanquish him/she.

    Like in thise episode it only toke 1.7 seconds (a new record) to vanquish Zankou.
  • if the sisters are supposed to appear as themselves to the people closest to them then why couldn\'t Leo and Darrel see them as themselves?

    if the sisters are supposed to appear as themselves to the people closest to them then why couldn\'t Leo and Darrel see them as themselves? this episode was pretty good but a lot of things didn\'t add up, the fact that they could all astral project and then the whole glamoring thing. they should have thought about this one a little bit more before they gave the final go ahead. gladly there\'s a season 8 to make up for the whole crappy glamoring plotline because this would have been the absolute worst series finale of all time and we wouldn\'t want that.
  • Something Crappy Gets Even Worse

    A very overrated episode, "Something Wicca This Way Goes" is one which looks good on paper but was ultimately ruined by Brad Kern's style of writing coupled with his unnecessary need to tone down what he sees as dark, with some pointless magical creatures, which is what he thinks the audience would have loved to remember, and a pig.

    Both Combs and McGowan work wonders with the material they're given. Holly's absolutely heartbreaking as she says her goodbyes to her boys and Rose crying too makes for an excellent scene which brings back some memories of last season's finale "It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World Parts 1 and 2." Alyssa however, doesn't put any emotion forward in this scene and it really spoils the mood when the camera goes into a close-up on her face.

    Zankou had been the best villain since Cole during his appearances on six previous episodes. However, his constant need for The Nexus (which had already been done countless times) to destroy the Charmed Ones, as well as the fact that it took him so long to get from Magic School to The Manor and that he couldn't sense that the Charmed Ones were in astral mode sort of spoiled his character and this being his final appearance, there was no way they could have fixed it up. They may seem like tiny nitpicks but in my book, they really count.

    The only other scene, apart from the aforementioned goodbye scene, which was undeniably well written was the ending. I just loved it and it would have been a perfect send off. However, these two scenes alone couldn't save the episode. If Kern had stayed off the magical creatures (vampires included), had taken more care whilst writing about Zankou and had maybe gone a little darker, this episode might have been a whole lot better.

    With all that said, I must however say that I wish the series had ended here. I've already said that I loved the ending and I would have probably loved it a whole lot more if it had truly been the end. After this episode, there can only be more of a downhill. Season 8 never truly delivers with the possible exception of "The Jung And The Restless" and seems weak and slow, and the finale, "Forever Charmed," was light years worse than this.
  • Absolute Crap

    Even though I am a huge fan of the series overall, I thought this episode bombed out. I couldn't believe some of the obvious goofs--like Zankou (the smartest villian they've every come across) not noticing they were the astral forms of themselves, and the FBI really thinking they were dead because a few burned out planks in the basement, and the spell that was torn out coming back from the tossed out spell afterlife. I was also surprised at the stupidity of the sisters--do they really think the demons will buy that they're dead for long? They tend to catch on about these sorts of things after awhile.

    And, although this isn't specifically for this episode, season 7 featured a lot of references to past FBI and police officers--like Andy and Reese, for example. Why were they all coming up again? I think they're just running out of storylines and the next season is going to be a whole bunch of the written off/deceased (like Drake, another good character who was gotten rid of too soon) cast coming back for a big ol' party. I was actually shocked when the WB announced the series was coming back--it's fairly obvious they're going to have to be really innovative to keep the viewers watching new material, not just incessant flashbacks and storylines that are very familiar. (Like how Barbas always seems to come back when stories begin to get repetitive and dull).

    I am still a fan of this show, though--this seventh season just ended on a bad note for me. I think the past seasons were by far better written.
  • Season 7 Finale. Basically, the Charmed Ones confront Zankou and the Nexus, while having to deal with being exposed.

    I would like to begin this review stating that Charmed is oen of my favorite shows, and I never miss any episodes. This is the first time I\'ve actually hated a Charmed season finale, and the first time I actually wish I did miss an episode.
    I thought the ending of this episode was terrible! What is with the whole make over the sisters gave themselves? I mean, sure, its OK if you want everyone to think that you\'re dead, but if they do want people to think so, they can\'t live in the manor anymore, unless someone decides to sell it, and the glamoured Charmed ones decide to buy, which opens up a whole new can of worms (with what money since they barely have any income, what if someone decides to place a higher bid on the house, etc.). And by the way, was the nexus destroyed? Because if it wasn\'t, how are they going to use it for good if they can\'t live in their manor anymore? What if someone evil gets the manor and makes the nexus evil? And besides, the manor has been in their family for ages, so why get rid of it?
    Glamouring themselves also means that they have to basically stay glamoured all the time to avoid anyone recognizing them. And if they do, that would imply that they would have to use the same actresses that they did for the season finale, which makes me wonder: what is going to happen with the original actresses?
    Another thought that has presented itself to me is: if all the demons think that the Charmed Ones are dead, what is the new \'threat\' going to be? The demons \'think\' they\'re dead, so where is the action going to generate from?
    I felt that this season finale was more like a series finale, from the way it ended.
  • the season fianle of season 7

    I just started to really get into Charmed this year, I watched seasons one thur three on video that a friend had recorded, and the rest as reruns on TNT. Well this really through me off. Are the girls not coming back. I think everything just started to go right. And they finally got the right people for the show. I\'m really ready to find out what happens next fall. But I may stop watching if its not the same. They have had better episodes in the past but I don\'t think this was even close!
  • As much as I love Charmed, this episode is far from my favorite.

    I have always been an avid viewer of Charmed, and have loved almost every storyline, but then, this past season ended and I was not ecstatic. \'Something Wicca This Way Goes\' was a pretty good episode, overall, but the ending horrified me. I was very upset that there were these 3 new actresses playing my beloved Charmed Ones. I almost wished that it had been the series finale, rather than the season finale. But I still would have been mad at how they ended the show. Sure, I know Alyssa, Holly, and Rose will be back next season, but I really did not like that the season didn\'t end with them. I will of course continue watching Charmed until the end, hoping that next season will go well, and that the essence of Charmed will remain what it has always been.
  • This episode was GREAT! It was very well written. It did however have a few mistakes as far as the editing goes... but nothing major! It was VERY exciting. It keep you in suspence. Before I knew WHY they "died" I was wondering why didn't t

    Everything started out well. I shouldn't say well, I mean the Charmed Ones were basically screwed with out the Book of Shadows. But, everything was played out well. They made it convencing. The Manor, P3 and the boys were all turned over to Victor. Also Power of attorney. Made it look like they really were dead. Kinda fishy for the cops that they turned it over the day they died! But, I can't wait until the new season starts!!!
  • One of the best episodes in the show's entire history!

    I didn’t expect when I flicked on Charmed for it’s season seven final to see it back for another year. I don’t expect that the writers did either after delivering us, the fans, such a fantastic episode as this. This episode tells the story of what should have been the final day for the Charmed Ones; they can see no hope for the upcoming battle against evil. So in last minute thinking the girls come up with a plan that will allow them to live normal lives, they have to fake their own deaths. This however is not told to the audience and creates a shock ending as we see the sisters walk away with their new faces on. It’s a shame that the show was continued as I doubt that the writers could come up with a more fitting final episode than this.

    I’m just routing for an amazing season eight final!
  • This is how Charmed should of ended, best season finale ever

    This is how Charmed should of ended, I hate the fact they made season 8 because in this episode they tied up all the loose end. I’m so angry at fact they made another season mainly because they create some more loose end, who knows how they will tie up if they will.

    This was I would have say the best season-finale of Charmed I have ever seen mainly because they really out-done themselves with fact this demon managed to get the book of shadows, This has been first ever demon to actually defeated the charmed ones and almost cost them their lives, speaking of which new identity, wow those actress were a lot more attractive then charmed one, shame they can’t replace them. I like the fact they never forgot Pru and her astray-projection abilities, it was rather brilliant of how charmed one manage pull that trick out of the blue.

    Time for season review, this hasn’t been the best season but it defiantly ended with a bang.
  • This episode rocked

    This episode was the best episode of charmed that I have ever seen! I just don\'t want them to change the characters, that\'s all.

    It was great because when you were watching it, it was the only episode where I had thought \"They\'re going to die,\" and it\'s the only episode that they actually put their lives in order, and sorted out where Wyatt and Chris would live when they died. It was intense!
  • Zankou tries to steal the Nexsus from the sisters, while in return the Elders tell the sisters bluntly to destory the Nexsus for the greater good.

    By the way this episode was done, you can tell that this would have been the series finale. If it was it wouldn't have been closer for me. This episode had to have been one of the most depressing seen since Prue died because the strong aura of Death seem to have embraced the sisters. I give this a 9.9 seeing as how I can't wait till next season! What is going to happen to the manor and the sisters old forms? Especially what will happen to the book seeing as how the sisters just walked away from the house leaving it alone.
  • It was good, but not what i expected.

    Ever since i heard it was gonna be on in Australia, i couldnt wait. The whole day i had butterflies in my stomach. But whe they finally got to it (after the double of death becomes them) i just couldnt beleive how much it didnt realy surprise me. I thought it would be really climatic like when they vanquished the source. Basiclly the climatic thing was using astral projection to kill Zankou. And why didnt paige orb the book to her when they were hiding in magic school. or when Zankou had just stolen it?
    In conclusion, this episode could have had more events.
  • When Zankou Hocks off with the Book of Shadows the girls are esstianlly screwed. But never fear the Charmed Ones have done more with with less!

    This episode was fantasitc. Especially where Piper leaves the boys with Victor and they turn Zankou into a pig. Which was a feeder pig rather than a Potbelly pig was a deffinite plus. I will never be able to remove that image from my mind. I was worried that there might be different actresses but since Brad Kern said no, I'm much happier! : )
  • Is it me and my not-so-good taste for blast-blowing season finales.. or did this episode really seemed............. crappy???

    I fact that I don't think most of us can deny is that......... the seasons are going downwards. What's wrong people?? The past 6 years, Charmed cured me from bad-moods, sadness and all.... Lately, I've been turning on Buffy and Smallville more than Charmed. I missed the previous episode... and I caught this one on TV. I was really disappointed with this. Yes, the opening was good the ending was good the middle was good. But the special effects.... the poorly written script.... the what-is that... action-packed?? And those poor L.O.L.s.... It was a good idea, a good plan.... but somehow this episode just didn't finish with a bang...... (No pun intended) Overall, I don't know.... it's just the show is getting downhill each season. And I HOPE and WISH season eight would be better.
  • A great episode

    A great episode that I feel really turned this show around. By the time we reached this series charmed was getting less and less exciting but this series really turned things around and this was the perfect episode to end the series. If you missed this the first time around I would certainly advise you to keep an eye out for re-runs. If you saw this the first time, you should do the same and watch it again!!!
  • All in all a good episode. Brad did what he could.

    I have to hand it to Brad Kern on this one. He didn't know if he was writing a series or season finale, and he did what he could. Can't fault him for that. He was trying to give the fans some closure to the series if it did end up to be the last episode. While not my favorite episode, I really enjoyed it. All in all, it could have been much much worse. The storyline in here is excellent. I cried at the scene when piper is saying goodbye to the boys.

    There are a few nuances that bothered me though. Like, since when can the girls glamour? And why have we not seen this before? And if Prue taught the supposed "astral spell" to Leo before she died, why have we not seen it used before this? Even if she was protective of it, excuse my bluntness, but Prue is dead? Why would she care if the sisters used the spell. It could have helped them out loads before this.

    Again, not my favorite episode, but I thought that Brad did a good job on this one for what he was working with.
  • The series finale that thankfully wasn't

    I agree with a lot of the reviewers here who said this was phenomenal as a season finale, but just probably may have missed the cut to make a series finale. I haven't been much of a religious follower of Charmed after season 4 and 5, but lately I've been watching a lot episodes here and there people recommend, and this was one of them.

    The episode cuts right into the action...Zankou has the house and Book of Shadows and basically they're trying to figure out a way to stop him before he absorbs the Woogy--err I mean, Nexus and becomes psychotically powerful. They can only do so much from magic school (wow I still can't get over how much I disliked the concept of magic school from the beginning) and decide that if they can get him to focus on them instead of the Nexus, they just might have the chance.

    This is where I had the problem with Zankou. He himself tells another henchdemon that you can't go up against the Charmed Ones directly, yet falls EXACTLY for this when he gets distracted/provoked enough to go after them. The other guy who warned him would have had a better chance at defeating the Charmed Ones than him.

    Eventually there's a scene where Piper and her sisters go to Victor and leave him with the papers for the kids, deeds for P3 and the house. Besides being a very touching and wow this might be the end scene, it gave a more realistic touch to the show that often ignores real-life details like that. It didn't feel like just another would be magical and bring back to life dead would be coming, it felt real. Piper as mother does this scene wonderfully.

    Exposure. People complain it has been overdone in this show, and it has been to an extent. And although nothing would be match how shocking and nerve wracking exposure was in All Hell Breaks Loose, the job was done pretty well here. I wasn't too familiar with that Inspector Lady before (I'm guessing she was a hated character), but her death scene was suspenseful and it reminded me of Andy's own death in the manor because of the sudden way it happened (although Andy was a lot more well loved of a character obviously). Which leads me to my next point.

    Allusions to the past. There was this scene in magic school where they were listing all the different ways they might solve their conflict, making allusions to previous episodes and seasons. However it didn't feel natural to me because it felt like they were randomly listing things for the sake of listing them, kinda like "remember that time when this? remember that time when that?". A later reference to Quake and the confidence spell was one of the more better winks. So was the Andy/Rodriguez (among other) files at the police station. I'm wondering why there was a file for a Gordon. I hope it isn't THE Dan Gordon, but oh well haha. I finally feel sorry for Darryl since you finally realize how much he has put on the line for the girls, including a family.

    Spirit of Prue. Ok this part kind of annoyed me as it annoyed other fans. Leaving aside the concept of whether you can "learn a power" (might be remotely possible, I think Phoebe might have used a spell to induce one before), the execution and back story behind it was done poorly. Prue randomly taught Leo who then taught the sisters, because "she was really protective of it" (makes her sound like a greedy power hogger). Paige was able to use her powers in astral form which was also dumb. Good idea, badly written.

    The end scene with the swat teams was suspenseful, though the ending killed it for me. The worst thing you could do on a TV show is recast someone, even if temporarily. The whole let's pretend we're dead and start over stuff was really dumb and would have been a total let down to the substance of the original show had this really been a series finale. I mean talk about writing yourself into a corner with that kind of plot obstacle.

    And finally, an unknown presence "zings" the door shut, presumed to be the presence of Prue, into a much more hated (but necessary) season that should bring better closure.
  • Wasn't actually the series finale, felt like it should be.

    I find myself thinking that the season 7 finale felt like a better series finale the actual series finale, excluding the finale moments and speal montage. I remember when season 7 ended I was so anxious to find out if the show would return and was so glad when it did but I almost regret it. I wish they had ended it there. They had a lot of oppurtunity in season 8 to make great stuff, as they did every season, but to me it just bombed the most. Not to mention the temporary loss of Brian Krause and the add on of Kaley Cuoco, both big mistakes in my book.
  • Not quite up to par...

    This episode barely holds its own as a season finale, and most certainly does not come close to what it was meant to be (a SERIES finale). Even Holly Marie Combs states that after they filmed it.
    The only memorable scene was at the end when Darryl spots the girls walking away and gets a smile on his face. Other than that, it almost gets lost with the other basic episodes of the series.
    However, with all that in mind, it does stand as the second best season finale of the series (behind only the classic season three finale).
  • A good an solid episode, but a disappointing could-be serie finale.

    Considering it could've been the series finale, this is a disappointing episode. It's not even that great for a season finale.

    We get all of this tension built up for the final battle and they even throw Homeland Security and Sheridan into the mix.

    And the girls say goodbye to their father and let him inherit everything and we're crying our eyes out.

    So we're set for an epic finale. And what do we get? Lots of shortcuts. First, they kill off Sheridan just like that. Then, the girls magically learnt how to astral project just like that (how do you LEARN a power, anyway?).

    And then they somehow managed to say a spell while astral projecting, something Prue had never been able to.

    The cellar explodes (and it looked CRAPPY! It was just a shot of the house, some sound effects and bad dust cloud effects!) and everybody thinks they're dead, but they've just glamoured themselves into other people.

    The end.

    Not the epic could-most-probably-have-been series finale we'd all expected.
  • I really liked when Zankou was at Magic schhol throwing energy at the sisters. He need to get Paige's power, but that didn't work.

    I thought the episode was really cool. As I said, I liked how Zankou was feeling cocky about trying to get Paige's powers, but couldn't. I thought it was funny that Paige and the sisters astral-projected without him even knowing. Also,
    it was sad that Paige didn't get to say "goodbye" to her stepdad, she had to be with the boys.
  • Season 7 begun well with the avatars, got boring in the middle but could not end better.

    Season 7 begun well with the avatars, got boring in the middle but could not end better.
    The tension continued to grow as i watched the last episode. It was very exciting although sad at times.
    Zenchu was tough but not as tough as Balthazar. It was a bit funny when Zenchu got turned into that pig. It removed some of the tension.
    It may be difficult to keep the same actors in season 8, if there will be season 8. That's the real sad part. Watching it end with 3 "strange" actors was not that good.
    Lets see how they will get the story around.
  • A nice look back

    I liked this episode because they did recall some moments from charmed past. That is the first time that I have heard any of the girls mention Quake in a long time. I got hooked on the show rather quickly when it first debuted. The first few seasons had some classic episodes. My favorite being \\\"That 70\\\'s Episode\\\" and \\\"Morality Bites\\\". But for Piper and Phoebe to recall Prue makes me feel good about this past finale. I wish Shanned would make a surprise appearance in the series finale, but I don\\\'t think that will be the case. Sadly
  • very clever, very sneaky and also very cool

    this episode explains some details that were given though i didn\'t get that they can actually learn to use some powers becuase it might have been actually useful info for them in the past but other than that this episode rules i can\'t wait for the next season
  • well good

    This must be one of the best Chamred episodes since Prues exit and Paiges entrance. it has lots of twists and surprises. it may look like the end of all, but there is 1 more series coming ur way!
    this leads me to some questions... who had the book in the end? where will they now live? will the police find all the potion ingreditants? will Phoebe have her child? hopfully all these will be answered next time. when Paige, Piper and Phoebe astro-projected out i almost died with laughing on the look on Zankos face! but i almost got upset when Piper had to leave Wyatt and Chris and Leo thought Piper was dead. MUST SEE EPISODE!
  • Best by far!! Left me with question after question. I can not wait until next season. Ratings are sure to go through the roof! The girls have shown so much talent. I hope next season will be as good I as I hope. Come September we will know for sure!

    This episode has to be the best by far. I was absolutely mesmerized. My sister and I were left questioning every motive. Wondering will they be the same? What will happen to the kids? Will they switch off from glamour to themselves? Will the FBI drop everything or still look into them? Major props to the writers. I was starting to loose interest this season. But I must say this is definately a must see! The girls are such good actresses. They are started to come together & fit their personalities. Rose McGowan has really improved her character. This episode shows how much work & deducation they put inro their work. I will be watching the 8th season. I PROMISE!
  • Altough on the whole this episode was amazing, i have to say i think the ending was disappionting.

    On the whole this was a well written, however I thought that the ending was disappointing. although it did leave me wondering what would happen in the next season but i thought it lacked originality and was actually quite tacky. Saying that, the battle with Zankou was excellent. Victor Halliwell was great as always, it was just a shame he had a small part. Unfortunately though i do think that there could have been a more dramatic ending, as this one left me feeling unsatisfied. i hope it is back on top form next season and i cant wait to see it.
  • what should have been the series finale

    "What an end!"
    At least i would have said so if this had really been the series finale (and seeing season 8 it really should have been the last episode forever).
    It would have been a good end. The evil was destroyed, the sisters a free to finally live their normal lifes and everyone is happy. But now we have to watch at least another season till the end and whatever happens in the series finale, i dont think it can top this without beeing repetiv.
    Whats the point in setting up a pretty permanent and good way of saying good bye to the characters,without killing, them only to make the plot around the sisters and their new identity pretty boring and lame at the start of the season 8?
  • Its not a the series finale but by God it should have been!!

    This is an excellent end to Charmed, brilliant in fact. Its true its not necessarily the best written thing ever but then charmed has never been the best written program (always has that element of trash) but then we still love it.

    Rounding up the Zankou storyline was great. The re-use of the nexus was great and, not that she deserved it the nod to Prue was great!

    Darrel gets one last goodbye as he watches the newly hidden charmed ones, and leo walk away and everything just wraps up nicely. The end of this was so rewarding as the girls finally get what they want - to leave magic behind and its believable, for charmed. So what idiot thought 'I know lets make a new series, kill off Leo, not evenmention Darrel who been helping the girls for 7 years and introduce an irritating blonde sitcom actor......oooh and do a half rate actual series finally'? And before you ask I have reviewed that series finally as well.....I think you can guess how it reads.
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