Season 2 Episode 3

The Painted World

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 1999 on The WB

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  • Verdas ermos Liberace!

    This is clearly a slower episode after the most excellent start of Season 2. I was fine with the idea of the guy stuck in the painting and then Prue joining him. The problem was the mix of boredom and silliness that followed once Prue got in there. What was with the fire spitting statues and booby traps? Wasn't being stuck in a painting enough? If they wanted there to be some danger to being trapped in the painting, then the writers could have done about 100 times better in creating it. The warlock was about equally frightening, meaning not at all, and the twist of finding out he was a bad had zero shock value. His witch girlfriend also had like zero play.

    Phoebe writes a spell here for one of the first times, and it makes complete sense that she would become the spell writing extraordinaire for the Charmed Ones. This blatant show of personal gain is a little odd following Morality Bites, and much of the humor that this subplot was intended for also came off as silly. Some of it worked. Some of it didn't. Jenny's role in that continued to irritate.

    A positive thing was the continuity shown with Piper needing her club to be remodeled before it could be opened. Very realistic. This also served to introduce Dan to Piper. Those two still continue to have zero chemistry between them, but we all know where this is going.

    Basically, what makes this as good as a 7 episode is the ending. This is a rare time when the fate of Prue and Piper all falls in the hands of Phoebe. All alone, Phoebe has to face a warlock and witch and save her sisters, and she pulls it off. Excellent ending.