This episode centers around Chris, the mysterious new whitelighter. It shows why he has come back from the future and reveals crucial details that Chris has not told the Charmed Ones.



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Rebecca Balding ...
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Jason Shaw ...
Little Bianca


This episode centers around Chris, the mysterious new whitelighter. It shows why he has come back from the future and reveals crucial details that Chris has not told the Charmed Ones.

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23 November 2003 (USA)  »

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The Phoenix's entry in The Book of Shadows reads, "Descended from the Witch Trials with vengeance in their hearts, the Phoenix are a family of assassin witches who are very elite, very powerful and who are born with the distinctive birthmark of the Phoenix, symbolizing the rise from Salem's ashes. They have no allegiances other then to their own vengeance and they will seek out and kill any bounty they're hired to hunt down.". See more »


In the future flashback Chris has the hairstyle he has currently in the series yet his hair was short when he came back at the end of season 5. Also his clothes are different than the ones he was wearing when he arrived. The episode implies he arrived in the present immediately giving him no time or reason to change clothes or cut his hair. See more »


Chris: [to baby Wyatt] If I can't save you I swear to God I'll stop you.
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The One With Chris's Past...
24 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's fantastic. Not only do we get to see an alternate reality/universe, we get to find out why Chris really came to the past in the first place, as well as seeing it ourselves. I love finding out that Wyatt is actually basically, the ruler of all things evil. It's so twisted, but such a good storyline.

In this episode, a woman tries to kill Chris, or so it appears. She's from the future, like Chris, and she was trying to strip his powers away and take him back to the future with her. Chris gets sick from the non-drainage and passes out. The Charmed Ones try to figure out what's happening. First off, Chris was engaged to this woman. We see his memories of the evil future he comes from and it is certainly not pretty. It actually turns out that Wyatt is the big, bad evil that Chris is trying to stop. So he's not protecting Wyatt from being hurt by evil, he's protecting Wyatt from becoming evil. Bianca, the fiancé assassin takes Chris to the future with her, after stripping his powers away. There, we see Wyatt and he is not happy. Bianca gets murdered by Wyatt in the Halliwell Manor, which has become a museum about the Charmed Ones, but it really reminds people of Wyatt's power. The Charmed Ones discover a broken floorboard and assume that it's still broken in the future, so they send a spell in it, which brings Chris's powers back. After he gets them back, he escapes with the time-traveling spell so no one else can use it, and he goes back to the present day. The sisters want to know what was really going on, but he is still reluctant to reveal pressing information.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Freaking Ridonkulous.

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