For those fans who think Charmed jumped the shark with the departure of Shannen Dorhety, think again. Despite some flaws, Charmed's sixth season proves the show hasn't past its peak.
The season starts off strong with "Vahalla of the Dolls, Parts 1 and 2." These episodes are actually quite ridiculous, and at often times a bit corny-pacifict Leo explains killing Valharies with an over-dramatic "I've changed." But the show has always been entertaining because it embraces its corniness.
The episodes range from lighthearted fillers (Witchstock) to emotionally-charged dramas (Spin City, The Courtship of Wyatt's Father). None are complete flops, though some struggle more than others. This season is full of humor and wit that other seasons lacked, making it that much better. Thankfully, the show seems to know exactly when not to take itself seriously, allowing fairly lame scenarios to work perfectly. In "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell," the girls' severed heads argure while resting on a table, and somehow it was actually funny. I don't think any other show could pull that off.
There's a lot of debate over the character of Chris. But the show really needed a new character to liven things up, and Chris does just that. Played by Drew Fuller, he first appeared in season five's finale, "Oh My Goddess parts 1 and 2." Drew's acting is horrible early on, but he improves dramatically as the season progresses. I watched "Oh My Goddess" and "Spin City" back-to-back and couldn't believe how drastically better he'd gotten. His storyline is also the only thing that makes the Piper and Leo split bearable. The timeline stretch to incorporate Holly Marie Combs' pregnancy is annoying, but the story works if you just go with it.
Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs continue to shine as Phoebe and Piper, though Phoebe's hair is awful. Rose has never been a very good actress, and at certain points seems to have stopped trying altogether. Too bad, concidering Paige gets a massive amount of airtime this season.
The show's not perfect: the major flub in "Witchstock" proves that. But any fan of Charmed will love it. Definately worth buying.