Investigating Charmed: The Magic Power of TV (Investigating Cult TV)
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'Investigating Charmed' is the first comprehensive guide to this groundbreaking series. It brings together for the first time expert contributors - all fans of the show - to explore the show's unique brand of witchcraft and fantasy. From notions of upturned sexuality and alternative forms of family life, to ideas of feminism and the portrayal of female heroes, this book penetrates the very heart of the 'power of three' and their crusade against the demonic population of the underworld. Looking also at the fans' relationship to the show, as well as the novels, fan fics and blogs it has spurned, the book on this fantastic magical show concludes with a complete Episode Guide which covers all eight seasons.
first Charmed episodes anyway, this is familiar material; Charmed fans had been through much of this with Phoebe in the first season – she also was more interested in men than in a career, willing to bend the rules surrounding the use of magic and frequently reprimanded by her older sister. But there are some important diﬀerences here. Paige, for all her irresponsible inclinations, actually works as a social worker, a demanding job that requires a great commitment from her; she is even tempted to
course, witchcraft. For instance, the triquetra, the three interlocking circles on the cover of the Book of Shadows, is an ancient symbol for the triple goddess as Maiden/Mother/Crone. The interlocking circles represent life, death and rebirth as well as the three elements that symbolize these stages, earth, air and water. The triquetra figures importantly in Charmed, for the Halliwell sisters acquire their powers only when Phoebe reads the incantation from the book, ‘Bring your powers to we
Paige’s pale face is disfigured with eleven major punctures that are bruised and swollen with gaping holes. Interestingly, after the fairly subversive moment of bloody attack in contemporary horror television, the abject theme intensifies rather than being disavowed. While Paige’s blemished face continues to mark her as abject, the camera zooms into a series of close-ups of a nurse pressing a needle into Paige’s arm. The scene is constructed through a series of alternating close-ups of the needle
Francisco as the crucible of the Wicca universe allows for the transfer of the New Age love–hate aﬀair with rational science14 to Charmed15-Reisenleitner.indd 162 06/07/2007 12:29:15 There’s No Place Like Charmed 163 the rationality of the city, restoring the possibility of urban dwelling in the digital age through a utopia of young feminine bonds of solidarity and family. The harmony that is restored at the end of an episode is also a restoration of an urban sphere that can operate in as
Season One: First Aired 1998–9 1.1 Something Wicca This Way Comes Writer: Constance M. Burge Director: John T. Kretchmer Phoebe moves back home to live with her two sisters, finds a book in the attic of their grandmother’s house and recites an incantation that gives the sisters strange powers. 1.2 I’ve Got You Under My Skin Writer: Brad Kern Director: John T. Kretchmer Piper fears that she will be unable to enter a church because she is a witch. Phoebe is almost killed by a photographer who