Way more successful than its preceding part, if only because all the annoying corporate-takeover shenanigans hilariously vanish. Seriously, that whole element of the plot is entirely removed. Obviously everybody involved thought it was a bunch of ass. Exit Strategy is pretty fine, but it's again frustrating that the sisters (notably Prue) are background players to Cole and his demon drama. Cole is a great character, but the flat villains he's usually paired with are all so 'blah'.
Exit Strategy is obviously a means to an end, with Cole embracing his evilness at the end of the episode. Being Charmed, the actual storyline is ridiculously convoluted and relies almost entirely on coincidence and chance, but generally it's fine. I also liked Janna the witch. We've seen other episodes where the sisters meet another witch who teaches them various potions and spells, but it's still an effective story.
Meanwhile, Piper has gotten herself a new power: the ability to blow shit up. It's one of those plot twists that in the end suck any dramatic potential from most situations (just like orbing), but it provides a whole bunch of entertainment here. Holly Marie Combs, like always, is straddling that thin line between shrieky comedy and mind-numbing whining, and she mostly works well with the comedy here. Generally the script is a little overwritten, but its intentions are worthy of praise. C+
Guest stars Ian Buchanan (Raynor); Joseph Reitman (Tarkin); Rachel Luttrell (Janna)
Teleplay Peter Hume, Daniel Cerone Story Peter Hume Director Joel J. Feigenbaum