I felt like watching an episode of Charmed after this episode ended. And I still do. Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow. In the meantime, I still want something to cleanse my mind of Do Not Go Gentle. So why not talk about other shows?!
Pick a show or shows and talk about the 20th episode of their third season. And just because I want to cheat with TSC, you can also choose one other season and talk about it’s 20th episode. Do you remember how it made you feel? Was it as disappointing as TVD’s 3.20? Do you laugh now thinking about how involved you were with the show? How did your favorite character fare in the episode? How was the story? Did you feel like it was really leading up to a finale?
And who knows? We might have a couple of shows in common!
I’ll start with The Secret Circle, Smallville, and Charmed:
The Secret Circle’s 20th episode Traitor aired right after TVD, and it was great! TSC’s only on its first season, but I said I was cheating. Other than the Slither, I think this is the one episode where all of the main characters were involved in the plot. I loved the scavenger hunt for the last two crystals. While the episode had a good plot, it also focused on the characters. There’s no better example than Adam and Melissa. They literally spent the whole episode trying to find Adam’s family’s crystal, trying to figure out his grandfather’s uncloaking spell. I loved it! It wasn’t boring and the characters gelled well. I love Melissa, so I think she fared well in this episode. I adored the dynamic between Diana and Cassie. Loved the power struggle, and I want to see more of it. And it does feel like it’s leading to a finale. John Blackwell said they needed to get the crystals and since then they’ve been working towards that goal. They have a timetable, and I felt it this episode. And they succeeded! Not only did they find the last two crystals, but they found out who the traitor is! I also loved the special effect involved in having the crystals find each other. I was also happy that Adam performed his first spell.
The 20th episode of Smallville’s 3rd season is Talisman, and I barely remember the details. I feel like Smallville’s third season was kind of stale? I never think of episodes from that season. I think I’d rather rewatch seasons 1 and 2, if we’re going to talk about the pre-Lois seasons. But I’m doing a rewatch of the whole series, so maybe I’ll rediscover some episodes I like/love. I didn’t watch this season live because I frankly thought the show was lame. I thought it was like Roswell, and I never watched Roswell. I didn’t even know what Smallville was about, lol.
Anyways, I jogged my memory by skimming some reviews, and this episode was heavy on the Kawatche myth/Superman anvils. A guy gets powers similar to Clark’s (second time that happens in the series, at this point. Or is it the third?), and he believes he’s Naman (Superman), and he has to kill Sageeth. He believes Segit is Lionel Luthor, but of course Superman’s Sageeth is Lex. I remember loving Lex’s last scene with Clark where he posed the question of whether or not Segit is the true hero for standing up to the being with the power of ten men.
Considering what the season 3 finale is (Clark goes into the caves with a so-called Kryptonian girl), then I guess it did lead into the finale because the central story revolved around the Kawatche caves which would be pivotal in the finale. It also featured a character who mistakenly believes they have power and they have this great destiny, and in the finale we meet “Kara” who says she’s of the same race as Clark, but she’s actually human and Clark’s bio dad just rewired her brain or something.
I don’t remember how Clark fared in this episode, nor do I remember how I feel about the story when put in context of the episodes that proceeded it.
Charmed! I only looked this up to double check, and I was right: Charmed’s 20th episode is Exit Strategy. Piper gets a new power! She’s my favorite part of the episode (and also my favorite character of the series). Unfortunately, this episode is part of a pretty boring two-parter. The A plot is Cole who has infiltrated the brotherhood. His relationship with Phoebe is also heavily focused. I don’t care for the A plot, simply because I know how tiresome Cole and Phoebe will get later on. I don’t think I watched Charmed’s 3rd season live. I was 11 when it aired, and I don’t think I was into drama shows at that time. I think I was still all about PBS Kids. Lol.
Piper getting a power boost is the highlight of this episode, so I definitely think she was treated well. This episode doesn’t leave me frustrated like TVD did. It leaves me happy because I know when the credits role that I’m done with the boring two-parter :D. Although this story doesn’t feel like we’re nearing the end of the season, it does lay threads that will continue into the finale. Cole kills a witch after a demon casts a spell on him which leads Phoebe to destroy the potion (even though she saw the demon cast the spell on him. No, I still don’t get it). This leads Cole to not only kill the demon, but he goes to reside in the underworld. Which is where Phoebe will join him in the finale, and that will keep her from helping out Prue and Piper.