Even if you try and excuse the show for struggling to fill time with an obvious transition episode, this is still pretty horrible. Can I ask what tool on the writing staff thought it was a bright idea to dedicate so much of the second-to-last episode to those Oirish asshat leprechauns? As well as the hideous collection of ogres, fairies and wood nymphs that make up the 'magical community' on this show? Ah, remember the days when this poop didn't exist to permanently stink up Charmed?
The leprechauns are particularly annoying here, and the accents worse than ever. They kind of speak the truth about the sisters treating them like cannon fodder, but completely lose any brownie points once they later trash the Charmed Ones for abandoning them when they were attacked. Way to lose any perspective, dumbasses. Thankfully, we did get a hilarious scene with a bunch of demons killing their annoying butts, which was fun.
Most of Gone with the Witches is an elaborate means to get the sisters banished to the Underworld, and it sure takes a long time for that to happen. In the process we get a trilogy of resurrected 'possession' stories and, like a similar collection of retreads three episodes ago, all it did was make me wish I was watching Sin Francisco instead. Love that episode.
One major misfire occurs with the arrival of Billie and Christy's childhood imaginary friend Dumain, who is secretly conspiring with the limbo-occupying Triad to gain ultimate power when both sets of sisters hopefully kill each other in the upcoming final battle. First of all, I dislike that another villain has been thrown into the mix so late in the game. Second of all, it was fine already with Christy pulling the strings, now we discover that she's kowtowing to some dude? It's unnecessary and undermines what was (for season eight, anyway) a strong character.
Gone with the Witches is full of story padding and annoying contrivance engineered to make everybody turn against the Halliwells. It's an interesting approach, but ruined by bad acting and the continued insistence on making stupid magical creatures so integral to Charmed's mythology. D
Guest stars Marnette Patterson (Christy Jenkins); Anthony Cistaro (Dumain); Leland Crooke (Candor); Michael J. Anderson (O'Brien); Michael Gilden (Liam); Soren Oliver (Baliel); Steven J. Oliver (Asmodeus); Victor Webster (Coop)
Writer Jeannine Renshaw Director Jonathan West