Many fans carried their resentment of season 5 over into season 6, with many anticipating another season of magical tomfoolery. In a select minority, I happen to think that season 6 is one of the most consistent seasons the show has to offer, with some classic Charmed on hand, and its worst episode nowhere as awful as season five's barrel scraping.
With all of that said and done, season six starts off competently enough, with a lot of the plot seeds planted during last year's finale at the forefront. It's not exactly riveting stuff at first glance: Piper losing her memory, Phoebe gaining a power, and Paige having a dog hump her leg for the best part of an hour; things do start off a bit on the slow side.
Where the hour excels is during its visually impressive scenes at Valhalla: watching Leo try out his best Russell Crowe impersonation is definitely a new look for the Elder. And while Chris on paper seems an intriguing addition to the show (and firmly - and refreshingly - in grey territory; he's willing to help the sisters but has no problem killing a being of light), Drew Fuller lacks the chops to animate the character. He makes Rose McGowan look like an Oscar Award Winner.
The hour, in general, looks great. The show has clearly been given a hefty budget for the year and the writers and director make full use of a flashier Charmed than we're used to: effects work is solid and the general direction is impressive.
Zippy one-liners, some neat set-pieces and a very intense finale make it worth the watch. Phoebe channelling Piper's rage and then attacking Leo definitely made up for having to put up with Phoebe ''being very annoying'' (hey, Paige's words, not mine).
A good start.