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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

It's not easy being soul mates

8/10
Author: owlaurence from France
3 August 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The third season begins with a reasonable plot, the first that takes place within a court. It's deeply ironic that, when Piper freezes "every innocent" in the courtroom, only two people actually freeze... Among whom poor Darryl, who always ends up on the receiving end of magic spells, but who gamely soldiers on like the good friend and brave cop he is. I really like him, I think he adds a very necessary touch of normalcy and loyalty to the team.

Anyway, although the idea of Guardian demons protecting assassins is good, the main attraction of this episode is to watch the two couples that will be at the core of this year's arc. In particular, this is out first encounter with a character who is a great favourite of the Charmed viewers : the infamous Cole Turner. Despite his hidden agenda, he is a good guy in this episode and I must say, he's got to be very brave, letting himself be knocked out to keep up the pretense that he's frozen. At any rate, the episode makes a good job of easing him in the story, while hinting that there's more to him than meets the eye. The alchemy between Phoebe and Cole is immediate, and it is rather ironical to hear her call him "an angel". This leads us to the second couple with, this time, a real angel : Piper and Leo, whose relationship has and will go through so many difficulties. Their little trip, which was supposed to be a happy event, soon turns to a disturbing mystery as they don't come back, then to a new disaster when it appears that "they" (aka, the Elders) object to the relationship. Piper reacts with bitterness and rejection while Leo is willing to do anything for his couple, and they will stick to these positions throughout the years. That Leo proposes in the toilet instead of delivering the romantic speech he was preparing for, is symbolic in this regard... because in the end, Piper still says yes.

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The Guardians of the Bad Guys

5/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
25 March 2007

Piper and Leo have vanished for one month, and Piper and Prue are wondering if they will ever come back. When the sisters save Darryl from the killer Emilio Smith, the prosecutor Cole Turner builds a case with the testimony of Phoebe. However, Judge William Hamilton uses the pretext of the missing weapon to release the criminal. Piper returns with Leo, and he proposes her. When Emilio attacks Cole, Prue and Phoebe save him, and in the court the Halliwell sisters find that Guardians are protecting the bad guys.

In this Third Season, the mysterious new character of Cole Turner is introduced and I believe this is the greatest attraction of this show. In this moment, the questions certainly are if he is a good or a bad guy, and what are his objectives. The story has the usual flaws and silly lines, but entertains. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Acabou a Lua de Mel" ("The Honeymoon Is Over")

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