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Watching season 2 of Charmed on DVD. The episode "Morality Sucks," wherein the sisters go to a point 10 years in their future (2009 by the sound of it), and find that future-Phoebe has killed a human out of vengeance. It starts a modern-day witch hunt and she is to be burned alive on a modern-day gas pyre. Prue and Piper try to rescue her, but, knowing what her future self did, Phoebe refuses their help and explains it "has to happen" because, as Leo said earlier in the show "this has to stop with Phoebe."

I have a major problem with this. Because it wouldn't stop with Phoebe. It would just escalate whether she escaped or got burned to death. That is the nature of witch hunts. Humans are not particularly bright creatures en masse to begin with; add fear and panic into the mix with some self-righteous asshole stirring up shit, and you have a recipe for continuation of idiocy. So pardon me, makers of Charmed, but that episode just doesn't make sense.

Now if they'd said that the point of coming to this point in the future was to have the value of forehindsight (hindsight before the fact), and thus prevent the whole thing from happening in the first place, then I could buy it. But no, they give some BS about "it must stop with Phoebe." As though a witch hunt would just go away with one televised execution. Sheesh!


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Jan. 21st, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
I remember that episode and you're right, it doesn't make any sense. But stopping them would have probably escalated the witch hunt deal just as easily, I think. At any rate, they were probably working under the theory that time-lines do not become alternate universes and thus simply going back they could change it without the drama.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)

I was amused and horrified when "man letting his dog crap on the sidewalk" guy turned out to be the witch-hunt crusader.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
That might be fitting.

Giving what happened there, I can see the need for the "dark" forces to take over. When you're a very powerful creature in the midst of a herd of frightened cattle, you're in danger as much as they are. Both groups are a threat to each other. Solution? Fuck the formalities and go to war. Supernatural creatures really screw up the balance of power, but they can't help it anymore than humans can help being as frail in comparison. I could completely understand such a decision, but I have a bit more patience than your average television character, so I wouldn't go down that route, even if I were a powerful demon or witch (in the fictional sense).
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