Three episodes in and the producers were ballsy enough to tackle a Halloween themed episode– to our amazement it actually paid off. We are hooked at this point, and the show seems to get better each week. I’d even dare to say it resembles the original a little more each week (at least in spirit), but we still stand firm that it is standing firm on its own.
The episode opens with the sisters in a magically simulated demon hunting session brought to them by their friendly whitelighter Harry, which gave us very similar vibes to the original series episode “Blinded by the Whitelighter” where the original sisters where trained by more by-the-book Natalie. Also, it was used to highlight the issues each sister is struggling with — Maggie’s susceptibility to being impaled when distracted by her “normal” life, Macy’s overthinking and overanalyzing, and Mel’s overconfidence in casting the biggest spells and attempts at super-witchery too early.
All of these things come back to bite them and/or serve as big growth points later in the episode which features a hunt for the episode’s main demon the Harbinger. Macy notes a murder in the lab and starts the hunt, but the demon ends up possessing Maggie’s former sorority rush mate who was in a coma and then goes on the prowl around campus for virgin flesh. Speaking of Kappa, Maggie volunteers to host the sorority’s Halloween party at their house. This leads to her asking the Book of Shadow’s for a spell to help and it recommends glamours. It all snowballs to be a little campy when she not only glamours costumes and decorations, but also the food and drink? Seems like there was a little conjuration but regardless here’s a nice little look at the entry from the Book.
The actual demon ends up crashing the party and they hilariously overlook her scary appearance assuming it is a costume. The inclusion was well done and at one point Harry has them attempt to seal the house from evil when the spell falters and they realize the demon has been lurking from inside the house! Macy decides to lure it out by using herself as bait by spilling a little of her own virgin blood. The plan works almost a little too well because when the demon first catches them, their spell fizzles out due to Maggie’s overused glamours draining her power/focus/whatever and Macy has to make a run for it.