Sunday, November 18, 2018

REVIEW: 'Charmed' - Maggie Fights to Protect Her Friend Who Is Haunted by a Ghost in 'Kappa Spirit'

The CW's Charmed - Episode 1.06 "Kappa Spirit"

With Maggie trying to make up with Lucy, she realizes that there is a new Kappa member she isn't familiar with and enlists Mel's help to find out what is going on. Macy is concerned about what she saw on Galvin and invites herself to his birthday party to investigate. Macy is told a cryptic message about her past that she decides to share with her sisters, but her sisters have a secret from her.

In 2018, it has become very difficult to keep up with every television show out there. It's even more difficult to provide adequate coverage on this site about the episodes that air every week. Not every show can get full coverage because of my busy and hectic viewing schedule. As such, some reviews will now be condensed to give only some summary thoughts. But it also affords a space for me to jot down my thoughts on the various episodes. And so, here are my thoughts on this week's episode of The CW's Charmed.

"Kappa Spirit" was written by Emmylou Diaz and directed by Jeff Byrd

Mel's life is the only one that sees radical changes because of the time-reversing spell that the sisters cast in the previous episode. She did so in order to protect Niko. It's still unclear if that gambit paid off. Niko is safe for now. She isn't seen here at all. But that still seems likely to change at some point. Meanwhile, things are exactly like they always were for Macy and Maggie. Macy is trying to figure out what the mark on Galvin is. And Maggie is dealing with the fallout of her being kicked out of Kappa. In fact, Maggie takes the primary focus this week because the sorority is haunted by a ghost. That's the demonic threat that plagues the college campus here. It's a well-informed story because Lucy has been such a strong presence on the show so far. Natalie Hall has basically appeared in every episode. Of course, that also seems likely to change here because Maggie accepts that her friend needs space to process what happened. Maggie hopes that they can become friends again at some point. Right now, she just needs to save her from a ghost who is trying to kill her. Sure, that also gives the show the opportunity to travel back in time to the 1980s. That's random and unexpected. When Maggie and Mel go looking for clues about this ghost, they get a new tease about why their mother abandoned Macy in the first place. It's a somewhat awkward inclusion in the story though because it seems like Maggie and Mel immediately forget about it. That's true until they vanquish this ghost. They succeed in doing that as well. Harry is actually proud of just how strong the sisters have become in such a short amount of time. They understand that there are some things in this life that they cannot change. But they are still making even the smallest impact in order to improve life for those that they care about. Maggie believes that she deserves to be bullied for her betrayal to Lucy. That's not true at all and her sisters have her back. They support her in that moment and when it comes to save Lucy from the ghost. This spirit is only defeated by severing the connection that she has to Lucy as well. So, it puts things in the right direction to ensure that Lucy and Maggie's friendship is on the mends. But again, it still concludes with Maggie respecting that Lucy needs space. She is able to return home to her sisters who are more than happy to initiate her into their sorority. It's a sweet moment that shows the bond of family. Even Harry is welcomed further into this dynamic as well. He may be moving out but he has quickly established himself as a member of the team. Of course, all of this also distracts from the ominous threat that is lurking this season. That's in addition to the new teases about Macy here. The show explains that there is some inner darkness within her that was present from the moment that she was conceived. Her mother worried about it. It was more than just her existence as a witch too. And yet, the show only chooses to refer to it as "darkness." That is just so vague and nondescript. Everyone has darkness within them. It always remains a choice whether or not to embrace the light and a strict moral code that has been laid out by society. But a big deal is being made about this. It may even become unfortunate that Maggie and Mel are deciding to keep a secret from their sister. They don't want her to worry about Marisol's own reservations with her first pregnancy. However, that could send Macy spiraling further. She investigates the house further to find a clue as to her true identity. That's an ominous note to end on. However, it also feels pretty empty because the show is just barely teasing this as a new mystery the audience should become invested in.