For one thing, the new series begins with the murder of the Charmed Ones mother, which originally took place years in the past when the girls were just children. The fact that none of them grew up knowing their mother was a huge storyline in the fist series, and that's now been turned on its head since two of them did grow up with their mother in their lives in the updated version. Another big change is the sisters all have different fathers, which is a different take on the original twist of Paige (Rose McGowan) being the only half-sister of the bunch. With all of them being half-sisters this time around, the family dynamic just got a lot more complicated — and a lot more interesting.
More changes come in each girl's characters and storylines. Differences in the third and youngest sister's power, for example, shakes things up a lot. Originally, Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) had the power of premonition, but that has been changed to telepathy for Maggie (Sarah Jeffery). This shift will inevitably change the procedural element of the show since the sisters won't get their "innocent of the week" missions from visions of the future anymore. Mel's (Melonie Diaz) storyline adds an LGBTQ component to the mix, which was woefully missing from the original, and the fact that Macy (Madeleine Mantock) happens to be a scientist means we'll be getting some scientific explanations of magic in the new series. It turns out potion-making is a lot like chemistry, go figure!
There are a few other, minor differences thatdon't have huge impacts on the series (that we know of) but are still fun to point out, like Latin spells taking the place of rhyming couplets or the orbing effect getting a whole new look! The jury is still out on that particular difference though, given the potential twist with Harry's (Rupert Evans) identity...
Finally, one of the biggest differences is that the Charmed reboot has been aged down a few years. Originally, the Charmed Ones were in the mid-20s with careers to balance with their magical double lives. In the reboot, two of the sisters are still undergraduates in college, and the oldest works as a researcher in the lab on campus. Rather than opening restaurants and running auction houses, these girls will be dealing with sorority parties and campus rallies, giving a new, fresh energy to a series geared towards a younger audience!
Charmed premieres Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c on The CW.
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