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|SEVEN DAYS Season Two|
|13: Déjà Vu All Over Again
Written by Alfonse Ruggiero Jr
Directed by Charles Correll UPN, March 23 2000
|Episodes 10 13 reviewed in this issue|
Franks backstep mission is to reach a captured Talmadge before he takes a suicide pill. However, when Frank witnesses a shooting en route, he must decide who to save or find a way to do both.
Obviously deciding that stealing ideas from German films is less likely to be noticed, the Seven Days team have borrowed Run Lola Run, re-using the idea of a simple mission with a time limit that is repeated until Frank manages to save both people. This leads to the most stylish episode of the series so far, with all manner of unusual and interesting shooting techniques used to make Franks three similar efforts look new, and with different things slowing him down each time, from rickshaw drivers to funeral processions. It even has a thumping dance music soundtrack just like the movie.
Its an idea that also bears some resemblance to season ones Come Again?, but these kinds of story are invariably good fun to watch and this one is a particularly fast-paced story as Frank chases around Chinatown. A couple of aspects remain unexplained, such as the reason for the girl being gunned down, but they dont spoil an enjoyable and frenetic story.
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|CHARMED Season Two|
|16: Murphys Luck Written by
Directed by John Behring WB, March 30 2000
|Episodes 13 16 reviewed in this issue|
When Prue saves a potential suicide, she inherits the womans bad luck curse, setting Piper and Phoebe on a race against time to prevent their sister suffering the same fate.
Infused with a dark, brooding tone, this excellent episode has more depth than many Charmed stories, and what begins as a vague Strange Luck-style tale becomes increasingly suspenseful up to a tense finale.
Arnold Vosloo guests as the Dark Lighter behind the curse, with more dialogue here than his entire turn as The Mummy, offering a wonderfully cold performance as the power that drives people to the edge, and then hopefully off it. Its Shannen Dohertys episode, and she convinces as someone whos been to dark places and can be eroded by self-doubt.
As the story hinges around this, it was important it be well-acted, and a scene where Prue gets fired shows Dohertys range goes far beyond wearing short tops and pouting. Her reactions to the curse are helped by a clever script; one cruel twist sees an attempt to save a life nearly destroying it.
And talking of curses, Pipers love life develops another complication. As traditional for the second season, it happens almost in the background: at years end people will look back on all shes been through and wonder why they didnt notice it...
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