Apparently, what happened is that some dark demonic force who shall remain anonymous managed to squiggle into a random Underworld lair in mid-vanquish, for that's what the shot cuts to in answer to Piper's question. No, it doesn't make sense. Of course it doesn't make sense. This is Charmed. What the hell were you expecting by this point? The blazing demon drops to the dirt and shrieks for a bit before vanishing in an all-consuming ball of flame. The camera jerkily shudders from the floor to take in the vanquish's two witnesses: Leon from Deadwood, and a shorter gentleman with a receding hairline and vaguely British inflections to his speech. "I suppose letting him escape half-alive was meant to send a message," muses Leon, who's toting a goblet for whatever reason. "Yes," the hench-imp anxiously agrees, "that it's suicide to go up against The Triad!" As the two turn to amble back into the lair proper, the hench-imp continues, "We can't afford to lose anymore demons, Xar!" "Xar"? Okay. We'll go with that. Even though "Leon" is much easier to type. You bastards. The hench-imp rather frantically suggests that Xar and his minions retreat even further into the Underworld, but to this idea, Xar simply snorts, "If The Triad gets The Ultimate Power, nowhere will be safe." The hench-imp frets that, now that The Zombie Triad's taken up residence in Not!warts, no one is strong enough to thwart them. Xar gets a twinkle in his eye as he replies, "The Charmed Ones might be." "Perhaps," he continues, turning his head slightly to stare his directly at his hench-imp, "we can get them to destroy The Triad for us." The hench-imp gets all shifty as his eyes bounce around the room while Zar (and that's the fifth time in a row I've typed it like that, so fuck it -- whatever comes out of the keyboard from now on stays that way on the page) smirks us into the opening credits.
Episode Report CardDemian: C+ | 733 USERS: B-
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