Let’s get the complaining out of the way first: making the elders “senior witches” instead of…The Elders is a cool, interesting twist. We always wanted more witch interaction in the original show, but the Charmed One’s mother being an elder feels like a Netflix short-lived series type of twist than a show that wants to be a long-running episodic. Also, the character of Charity was a fun addition but, no offense to Virginia Williams, felt like it would’ve been perfectly played by Kristin Chenoweth. In defense of Williams’ casting though, I’d personally cast Kristin in anything, but I digress.
Outside of the jarring deviations from the source material, CONTRARY TO OTHER CRITICS, I think the episode continued down the reboots path of successful improvement. A slow start highlights the witch’s harboring of the Harbinger still possessing their friend Angela. A chunk of time is wasted fleshing out Angela’s connection to Mel and their mother [they supported her when she accused that professor from the premiere of harassment], and after that they reestablished just how dangerous the demon was by having her death touch a mouse, that once Macy analyzed they realized it was creating a smallpox-like virus.
Enter the elders! Or at least “elder” singular, known as Charity, that comes with a dagger for each sister and requests they kill the Harbinger, as well as Angela who they believe is beyond saving. The Charmed One’s are all opposed to the plan and the show explores the themes of utilitarianism that were frequently visited in the original show, with Macy joining their decision to defy the elders when Charity tells the story fo the spell to extract their mother’s pain over a difficult loss (losing Macy).