One of the most important mysteries of the fourth season of nuCharmed was the identity of Michaela “Kaela” Danso and how she connects to the Charmed Ones. Last Friday, that connection was finally fully explained and the response was mixed.
Spoilers for nuCharmed Season 4.
Kaela is fortunately adopted and uses magic to discover the identity of her biological parents, a biracial couple living in Virginia. They were assumed to be witches, but when they are accidentally poisoned by Maggie, the shoe is dropped that they are human. This means that they are not related to the Vera family, which is a long family of witches.
In the last episode, it was revealed that when Macy’s father, Dexter, had cancer, she donated stem cells to a program. Kaela had leukemia and got some of Macy’s stem cells. When Macy died, it is implied that the magical energy of these cells was activated even though Kaela should be human. Showrunner Joey Falco explained that the intention was to “break the old trope that you need ‘royal blood’ to be special. It was so archaic and elitist. Instead, with Kaela, we wanted to say … anyone, regardless of birth, can be a chosen one.
He continued, “It’s more about who you are as a person. Basically. Like a human being. And the next episodes will talk more about it. But it was really important for us not to go the Paige way and say you have to be born to some special people to be special yourself.
I understand it intention of that, but I think that falls slightly because (a) those special lineage tropes aren’t often given to women of color, so there’s still room for that, and (b) having Kaela choose to Macy’s stem cell cause still talks about an arbitrary connection to someone with power. This especially didn’t make much sense when Josefina was already there as a family member and witch. If they wanted to make someone not a sister, but also have a diverse choice, Afro-Latina trans Josefina was perfect.
When asked about Macy’s demonic powers, Falco said it would have been explored in season five. “The plan was to explore the potential demon side of Kaela in a Season 5 – it’s SO much to unpack and we had too many stories to tell in 410-413, as you’ll see. As for the other thing… you can’t just steal Charmed One’s blood to become Charmed 411 will elaborate Hopefully this elaboration will show us why Kaela was a subversive choice.
Charm was canceled as part of The CW’s recent huge showdown, and the show will likely end on a cliffhanger – a disappointing ending for the reboot.
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