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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Charmed question
I don't usually watch Charmed and don't care much for it, but I sometimes leave it on in the background. I am really, really confused right now. Is it supposed to take place in the future? Because Alyssa Milano is only, like, two years younger than I am, and she's got two older sisters. At the moment, the show has the sisters back in time to the summer of love, meeting their grandparents. That's 1969, last I knew, not that any other point in the sixties would make a lot of difference. I was born in 1970 when my mother was 19. So how does someone who's my age have a grandmother who's not yet a mother in 1969? Is there some weird time warp happening? I mean, I guess that's possible. I'm actually just confused.
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harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: March 15th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I never watch it in primetime, but I've caught reruns off and on. As I recall, they meet their mother in that episode (she has since died). There's some episode like that, anyway, and that would be the right decade. As far as I know, the show takes place in the present.
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: March 15th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I just checked TvTome, and the episode I'm thinking of is #17 from Season 1. It's called "That 70s Episode", and the sisters go back in time to try to prevent a warlock from making a pact with their mother. Sound familiar?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 15th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
No, this is some very late season, when Phoebe is in Hong Kong and Paige is apparently living with her boyfriend. She tries on a pair of boots from 1969 which take her back to her grandmother. At the end, they let slip that they are her granddaughters, and the ghost is called "Grams." Maybe the mother existed somewhere that we didn't see her and she was never mentioned?

I'm just really confused.
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: March 15th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Evidently that part of the episode took place in '67, and I think Alyssa Milano is several years older than her character (I don't think she had been away from home all that long)but it still doesn't make sense. You're right--you'd think the writers would be a little more careful than that.
necessaryspace From: necessaryspace Date: March 15th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The key to surviving an episode of "Charmed" is to not apply logic to any of the episodes. =)

In all seriouness, the show isn't very good at following rules it's established. Every episode seems to contradict an earlier episode. Which explains the age fiasco.
rikibeth From: rikibeth Date: March 15th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Pop culture check, yes, Summer of Love was '67, *before* the Chicago Democratic convention. You might have been confused with Woodstock being '69.

(born 1970, just did a lot of pop culture history for school projects)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 15th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah. Still doesn't make sense for a woman without children in 1967 to have a grandchild born in the early '70s!
mincot From: mincot Date: March 15th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
No,I never figured that one, either. (my first winter here I got a horrible flu, and the only thing even semi decent was Charmed--at least ranting about the sisters' wholly inappropriate clothes kept me from thinking about how sick I was). I think that was a bad flint. It is had been thier mother, that might BARELY have worked, but noth their grandmother. Silly writers!
snowbryneich From: snowbryneich Date: March 15th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Charmed never makes sense but surely there mother must just not be around in that episode because their grandfather dies in it meaning she must be born already(which is meant to be the reason the grandmother turned to fightingfighting)
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