As some of you may have noticed, this year’s all about witches coming back to national tv. Whether it’s Lifetime’s Witches of East End or FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, it looks like everyone is one hundred percent in when it comes to doing some bad mojo. Can anyone tell me what happened to shiny vampires and sexy werewolves? Because last time I checked, almost everybody wanted to rub their hands on irony six packs, and I’m not talking about chocolate or muffins that come in packs of six. Wicked women are back to take the lead of that giant army of supernatural creatures that haunted our dreams when we were children, and they’re here to stay.
It was since the times of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed, both shows that turned most of my friends gay, that witches didn’t rule the tv. I mean, with the whole “Harry Potter thing”, which was the longest lasting saga after the Bold and the Beautiful, there’s been enough fairy dust on the big screen to cover it all for almost ten years. But if you, like me, were part of that nostalgic vodoo generation who got into the strangest carnivals just to find that specific stand full of celtic charms and magic gizmos to conjure almost everything form intestinal regularity to A +’s, then our year has come. Almost every show on tv at the moment has got a witch to turn people into everything from garden dwarves to hopeless frogs. Like Regina in Once Upon a Time, or her botox counterpart in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, both ready to conquer magical worlds with the only aid of their dark arts.
And since you’re a very careful audience, because I know you are, you may also have noticed that whenever a witch’s in hand, there is a random reference to Charmed, like in the Witches of East End, which even added a page from the glorious Book of Shadows (which I have actually replicated, but that concerns the chapter of my life in which I’m crazy as a horse) to the Beauchamp’s grimoire, or in the last episode of American Horror Story: Coven, in which Charmed is explicitly quoted as one of the most notorious shows about witches.
But what’s the sense of it all? Do you think that this witches mania is just “another” wave of craziness that’s gonna overcome our media system or something different is in store? Isn’t the idea of powerful women who conquer their destiny fighting against all odds something that we really need, or is there Sex and the City for that? Is it a constructive non-Bieber-centric new trend, or do you think it all goes down to another freakshow of people who chant stuff in very bad Latin? I have my personal answer, but I don’t think you’re going to want to hear it from someone who always brings his triquetra charm with him wherever he goes.
Think about it and let me know!