Charmed

Season 7 Episode 10

Witchness Protection

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 28, 2004 on The WB
9.4
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The Avatars enlist Leo to protect the Seer because she has information that could help them destroy the demons. Meanwhile, Brody reveals a secret to Paige, and Phoebe and Darryl continue to investigate Brody.

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  • Witchness Protection

    10
    Witchness Protection was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and full of character and significant plot development. It was awesome to see Guest Star Charsima Carpenter reprise her role as The Seer. She was awesome in her role and her story was touching to see her interact with Phoebe and sad what happened to her in the end. I liked how Paige and Kyles relations continued to progress as well. The sisters learn the truth about Leo and in the end decide to hear what the Avatars have to say. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Classic Charisma

    9.0
    Witchness Protection-The Avatars enlist Leo to protect the Seer because she has information that could help them destroy the demons. Meanwhile, Brody reveals a secret to Paige, and Phoebe and Darryl continue to investigate Brody.



    Charisma Carpenter is probably one of the most underrated actresses on TV in the last 15 years. Her work on Buffy and Angel saw the character of Cordelia grow from a loud-mouth, insulting teen queen to a selfless, messenger from the Powers That Be. Sure the writing from Buffy and Angel was great, but it was Charisma'sirresistiblecharm and excellentdeliverythat made her such a standout on both series. It's obvious the writers on Charmed saw this and brought Charisma on for an 3-episode arc that ends with this terrific gem! We've gotten some great scenes with Kira the Seer in "Cheaper By The Coven" and "Styx Feet Under", here we get a fullappearance and it ends up being one of the best Charmed episode since the end of Season 3. Kira isn't just a character spewing countlessone-liners, she's one of the most well development demons the writers have created in a while and her interaction with all the characters felt very genuine, especially her bonding with Phoebe. It's also great seeing how Kira wants to be human, showing a different side to demons, especially considering all the demons of late have been getting very generic and one-dimensional.

    Another great development is the introduction of Zankou, played by already with delightful menace by Oded Fehr. It's about time we got a solid main villain for the sisters to face, since most of the demons since they vanquished the Source have been weak and waste of time. The scene where he kills Kira was shocking and heartbreaking, especially since she's such alikablecharacter but it does make for a great first impression from Zankou seeing he sunk into the manor, impersonated one of the sisters and killed his target with such ease.Definitelymakes things more interesting for the rest of the season. Too bad with all these great characters and developments throughout this episode, yet Paige and Kyle's part in it was pretty annoying. Paige seems prettynaiveand defensive in this episode, not to mention it's a straight up b!tch. Kyle has no idea who killed his parents and only assumes it was the Avatars, so why the h@ll is Paige soadamanton making the Avatars the enemy when Kyle himself doesn't know the whole story? Also, Kyle puts Sheridan into a coma, an innocent woman, and she doesn't even flinch or question his borderline psychotic actions? O_0 It's like Paige has lost all kinds of sense! You'd think after Richard and how obsessed she's seen Kyle act over the Avatars she'd agree with her sisters on this but I guess drama for the sake of drama is typical Charmed. sigh. Anyway, the episode ends with the sisters finally confronting the Avatars and leaves us with a lot of anticipation over what will happen next. Overall, "Witchness Protection" is a rare classic from the later years, one of the funniest and successfully well written episode, with excellent guest stars, a series stand out performance from CharismaCarpenterand solid plot movement.moreless
  • SYMPATHY FOR THE SEER

    9.5
    Sympathy for the Seer



    Another episode which moves the season arc along while raising some interesting issues along the way.



    It all starts when the avatars ask Leo to protect someone they think will help the Charmed Ones understand their plan. Problem is, she's a demon. That's the sisters' first dilemma. She then announces she wants to become human. So do they trust her or not? It's a brilliant twist and it all adds to the blurring of good and evil which has been such a big feature this season. Top marks!



    I'm going to go with the majority and say guest actress, Charisma Carpenter, really steals the show. It's easily one of the best guest slots of the series. She puts enough fun into her character that you're willing her to turn good but never so much that you fully trust her. Even at the end I was expecting her to double cross the sisters. I'm glad she didn't.



    Thanks to Kira, Piper and Phoebe finally find out their whitelighter is an avatar. Kira then gives Phoebe a vision of Utopia. While these visions are always interesting, the choice of scene this time is a little disappointing - it's just Phoebe telling her future daughter that demons don't exist any more. Not sure how this proves anything.



    So the Underworld now has a new leader in the form of Zankou. About time! It's been way too quiet down there since the end of Season Four. I loved his prison too. Very cool. The biggest disappointment for me is Paige and Kyle's storyline. After such a big part for Kyle last week, I was expecting far more. And there's no way Paige would ditch her sisters like that.



    Still, it's a highly entertaining hour and we even end on a cliffhanger. Whatever next?



    Score: 9.4moreless
  • Leo protects the Seer

    9.0
    Leo, Piper, and the kids, have a family picture taken, as the photographer takes the picture, Leo gets a visit from the Avatars asking him to help them have the Charmed Ones see the beauty of the Avatars' ways. Phoebe has a premonition of an idyllic future when Wyatt is 8, Chris is 6, and her daughter Melinda is 4. Other demons in the episode are a Thrull Demon and a Swarm King. There is a bunch of demons who keep arguing but they agree on one thing: the Seer must die. Since the sisters are protecting the Seer, they must find Zankou.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes.

    9.2
    This has to be one of my favorite episodes. The storyline was great and I love Charisma Carpenter as the Seer, definately much better than the old Seer. I was glad to see another new demon, Zankou, introduced. It was also nice to see Paige and Kyle get closer. She really loves him. It was also very sad to see the Seer get vanquished, she and Phoebe really bonded. This is a definite must-see.moreless
Dex Elliot Sanders

Dex Elliot Sanders

Swarm King

Guest Star

Matt Winston

Matt Winston

Manny

Guest Star

Corey Stoll

Corey Stoll

 

Guest Star

Oded Fehr

Oded Fehr

Zankou

Recurring Role

Ian Anthony Dale

Ian Anthony Dale

Avatar Gamma

Recurring Role

Jenya Lano

Jenya Lano

Inspector Sheridan

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Any decent photo studio takes more than one picture. Also, because it's digital, he should have been able to tell that there was something funky about the picture and surely could have taken another.

    • The Seer foresaw her own death somewhere in the Underworld by the hands of Zankou. However, although Zankou was the one to kill her it happened in the attic. So either her premonitions weren't very accurate or the future was still subject to change. So how can they trust the premonition she shared with Phoebe?

    • When Paige says to Piper "I'll be there to vanquish them (the Avatars) with Kyle's potion", Piper didn't seem surprised, it was like she knew already, which is strange because nobody was told about it or knew except for Paige who was surprised herself when she found out.

    • TRIVIA: Oded Fehr (Zankou) is the second actor from the movie The Mummy to play a character the series. The first was Arnold Vosloo, who played a darklighter in the episode Murphy's Luck.

    • TRIVIA: There's a small chain of middle eastern takeout restaurants near the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California called Zankou Chicken. Brad Kern did not know this until he had already given Zankou this name. When the other writers found out and informed Brad Kern, a little reference was made in a few episodes later: Phoebe's line "What's the matter, Zankou... chicken?"

    • TRIVIA: Piper and Phoebe find out Leo is now an Avatar and Kira, the Seer is vanquished by the demon Zankou, who was previously imprisoned by the Source.

    • This episode marks the death of the Seer, Kira, by the hands of Zankou, who makes his first appearance.

    • If Paige orbed into the manor just to get some clothes, then why did she orb into the hallway, a couple of feet away from her room? Surely she would orb straight into her room, instead of making the effort of then walking all the way into her room.

    • The double doors which are seen at the beginning when Piper and Leo are getting the family portrait photo taken, it is exactly the same doors as Phoebe's work and from the police station. You would think that different doors could be used after 7 years.

    • Hasn't Paige learned her lesson? The last time she turned her back on her sisters to be with a boyfriend, he turned her evil. Surely she would take this time into consideration.

    • The Seer is looking through a photo album in the attic in this episode, and alot of the pictures are of actual events that happened in episodes, like one from "Baby's First Demon". These pictures contain everyone in the family, and there was no camera put on a timer anywhere in the episodes, so who took the pictures?

    • The Seer received a premonition of her own death at the hands of Zankou, so why didn't she shimmer out when Zankou attacked? Leo mentioned that she could shimmer, when he first went to save her from the Underworld.

    • After Inspector Sheridan is shown in a coma and Phoebe and Kira are talking to Leo, Leo points at them as he is leaving in a tight frame shot. Then when the camera is pulled out and Leo is orbing away, his arm is dropping and it is his left hand that he was pointing with.

    • How the heck did Piper get the big family-sized portrait of herself, Leo, and the boys on the same day (if not the same afternoon) as when it was taken? No photo studio develops that quick.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Paige (to Kyle): I took your advice and made a home cooked meal...even though I can't cook.

    • Zankou: Hello, Sugar.
      Seer: Did I call you that ever? What I meant to say was, "Hello, swirling particles of scum".

    • Piper: Why in the hell would a powerful demon wanna be made human?
      Seer: Exactly, hell being the operative word. As in I live there and it sucks.

    • Phoebe: What I don't get is why you want to be human. I mean, did the bad stuff just start to get to you?
      Seer: No, the good stuff did...Being a demon is about feeding the endless emptiness. And I'm sick of it. I long for the subtle notes in between.

    • (Paige comes out of her bedroom.)
      Phoebe: How's it going in there?
      Paige: Not loving the demon interruptus.

    • Leo (about the Elders): They want us to protect a demon.
      Piper: They want us to do what?
      Leo: They want us to protect a demon, just until...
      Piper: Yeah, no, I heard you the first time. And the answer is absolutely not! This is how things spiral out of control.

    • Phoebe: There's a downside to being able to feel things sometimes.
      Seer: Well, I'd still take good that's not always good over bad that's never good.

    • Seer (about Darryl): Go easy on him. His wife's had him sleeping on the couch all week.
      Darryl: How does she know that?
      Phoebe: Seer. Get it? She sees things.

    • Phoebe (about the Avatars): Is it possible that they're good? Is it really possible?
      Seer: It's a smart question... one I'm sure to answer for you once I get my labpoo and the ability to feel.

    • Leo: I know the Avatars are good... because I'm an Avatar.
      Piper: What?! That's insane! What does that mean?

    • Leo: Look, I'm the same old Leo.
      Piper: Only ... not! Is this how you went from psycho crazy guy to happy-happy guy? Because you became an Avatar?

    • Leo: Everybody has to come to the truth in their own time.
      Piper: Okay, Leo, you know what? Don't guru-talk me, because you are in far too much trouble if you think...
      Seer (interrupts): Okay.

    • Piper: Even you made the Avatar future seem threatening.
      Seer: Well, duh. If I made it sound peachy, you wouldn't have helped me.

    • Paige and Phoebe see the Seer in the house.
      Phoebe: Paige, demon, no active powers, do something!
      Paige orbs a mirror towards the Seer, but the Seer moves and misses it. The mirror breaks instead.
      Seer: Is that my bad luck or yours?

    • Seer: Furies. Toxic. Heavy in the 'ick'. Hate me. Grimlocks. Heavy on the 'grim'. Hate me.

    • Seer: So why did the Elders tell you to come and get me? They know we had a thing?
      Leo: We didn't have a thing.
      Seer: Mmm. Trying to put that ugly past behind you. I get it.

    • While looking through the photo album, Phoebe keeps touching to get a premonition.
      Seer: Oh, that's it right there. If you're not going to get a premonition, you can at least try and untie that knot.

    • Leo: Look, what if I personally guarantee you get what you want?
      Seer: Oh, I'm supposed to trust you now?
      She snickers.

    • Phoebe (after she comes out of her vision of the Seer's death): I saw the most beautiful thing ever... and the most terrible.

    • Phoebe is smiling during her vision of utopia.
      Piper (to Leo): She's smiling. Right?

    • Seer (to Leo): That surly one's your wife?
      Piper: Surly!?

    • Seer: Just don't let him eat the eggplant!
      Piper: What's wrong with my eggplant?

    • Phoebe: Forget happy endings, we can't even have happy beginnings.

    • Phoebe: Are those my earrings?
      Seer: Yeah. Sorry. They were calling out to me.

    • Paige orbs a plant towards the Seer.
      Seer (while running away) Whaaa! Leo a little help please!
      Phoebe: Did she just call for Leo?

    • Phoebe: My little girl... oh, gosh, she was so cute.
      Seer: Yeah. Not normally big on the rug rats, but she was cute.

    • Seer: I came back, didn't I?
      Leo: Because you need us.
      Phoebe: And because she likes us.

    • Seer: Everything is going to be great. And later tonight, everything's going to be really, really great.
      Paige (smiles): Really?

    • Paige: I'm dressed. I'm not changing. Go away.

    • Seer: Phone.
      Phoebe: Hmm?
      Seer: Phone.
      Phoebe's phone rings.
      Phoebe: Oh, phone! You're good.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: Witchness Protection

      A reference to being under "witness protection" by federal agents, if you've witnessed a high profile crime where your life is in danger.

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