|Episode Title||Air Date||Rating|
|Once in a Blue Moon||17/10/2004|
In the episode "Magic Hour", the charmed ones encounter a woman who is transformed into a wolf by night as part of a curse, while her boyfriend is transformed into an owl in the day time. The only way the curse will end is if she gives herself to the evil boss/sorcerer/broker guy, or if there is "a night in a day" (note how this considerably less poetic than Ladyhawke's "Day without a night ... Night without a day" bit). There is one wolf-to-girl transformation scene, done with simple, slick morphing effects.
Later, in "Once in a Blue Moon", the old Lycanthropy/PMS metaphor is employed once more, the metaphor of women turning into savage beasts for three days a month. This is a long-standing tradition in werewolf movies, probably best shown in "Ginger Snaps". The sisters are complaining about PMS, and all start having weird, violent dreams before they discover the truth about their moonlight activities. It isn't subtle, but the idea is used fairly well, though it isn't fully explored and doesn't always tie-in all that well with the other storylines here.
The attacks are nice and gruesome, which is good, but the design of the creatures themselves isn't too great. They are entirely CG, and they look, well ... see for yourself (middle photo). It's another of those cases where the less screen-time they get, the better. They do appear suspiciously like were-rats rather than werewolves, but since they aren't identified as either I thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt. There are transformation scenes, but the witches transform instantly and then revert fully-clothed. Odd, most odd.