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Sword and the City 

The Lady of the Lake contacts the sisters and pleads for help. They suddenly find themselves the guardians of the Sword in the Stone. When one of them pulls Excalibur out of the stone, will she let the power go to her head?

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Phoebe Halliwell
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Paige Matthews
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Leo Wyatt
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Richard Montana
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Dark Knight
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Head Dwarf
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Head Executioner Demon
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The Lady of the Lake
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Soul Blaster Demon
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Cranky Satyr
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Ogre
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Sophie
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Fairy
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The Lady of the Lake contacts the sisters and pleads for help. They suddenly find themselves the guardians of the Sword in the Stone. When one of them pulls Excalibur out of the stone, will she let the power go to her head?

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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9 November 2003 (USA)  »

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This is the first episode where Paige orbs an object independently into another place without touching it. See more »

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When Paige orbs the stone into the attic at the end of the episode, she doesn't call for the object, which is how her power works. See more »

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Mordaunt: It's simply a transfer of power, that's all. And now, all that remains to do is to eliminate the true recipient of Excalibur before he grows old enough to fulfill his Destiny as the Son of a Charmed One.
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Baby gets a new toy
12 September 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

The opportunity was probably too good to pass. Personally, I don't mind seeing the story of Excalibur rewritten, and the fact that the thing is basically orbed around for 45 minutes only adds to the fun. Besides, the crowd of magical pretenders will come back now and again for the next episodes (sometimes even the next seasons), which is just brilliant. I also appreciate that the manor sorely lacks a handyman now that Leo isn't around anymore. Ha!

But on the downside, WHY is it always Piper who gets turned into a murderous leather-clad warrior? At least, Holly Marie Comb seems to be having a lot of fun waving that sword around, but it is a bit hard to believe that in barely 10mn Piper would go from "This is just a big scam!" to "Let's recreate the Round Table with Harpies and Grimlocks!" I understand that it is meant to illustrate the old say that power corrupts, but the result is that the plot focuses on action and completely sacrifices character development.

Finally, it is very logical that Excalibur should prove to be Wyatt's heirloom, as the boy seems to be a sort of magical beacon. The only trouble is that the fabled sword won't do much in the future (I think it reappears once), so this is a lot of setup for nothing; and the fact that Chris isn't even here doesn't help connect it to the plot or the characters' evolution. Put the episode anywhere else in season 5, 6 or 7 and you won't see much difference.


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