The Secret Circle Review: One Shady Sibling

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The death of Nick Armstrong grew even sadder this week on The Secret Circle. Because I felt bad for various characters, most notably Melissa? Eh, sure.

Mostly, though because it led to a rather gloomy, dare I say it, boring hour of television. Granted, "Wake" was faced with the challenging task of following a pair of outstanding, shocking, suspenseful episodes, but that doesn't change the irony of the episode title: I found it hard to stay awake.

Jake and Cassie

I hate to pick on a young actor, but Chris Zylka did very little for me as Jake. The character isn't exactly oozing charisma, is he? He's stiff, he lacks a personality and yet he was the major focus of this episode.

Fortunately, the final scene teased an intriguing set-up for Jake's presence. I'm less surprised and fascinated by the fact that Jake is a witch hunter - did anyone really trust this guy at any point? - than I am by the fact that there are witch hunters in general out there. This clearly raises the stakes, along with numerous questions. The most pressing:

Is this the outside danger to which Dawn and Charles constantly refer? Are these people the reason they want to regain their powers? Are they responsible for the events from 16 years ago and whatever the heck Blackwell is? Or whoever the heck Blackwell is? Ethan wasn't entirely clear on that one.

Can we pour the guy some more drinks and really get him talking?

Outside of a look into Faye's troubled history, a lot of crying by Melissa and Charles moping around over his murderous actions (Dawn clearly wears the cold-hearted pants in this relationship, loved when she squeezed his face), two other developments stood out this week:

Cassie has a crystal. This can be tied in to the fact that the Blakes are apparently one of the original witch families, which forced grandma to give granddaugher the Peter Parker speech: with great power comes great responsibility. Step up, Cassie. You need to be a leader. That's a lot to dump on a 16-year old, but remember how we first met Cassie: changing her own tire, laughing off her mom's offer to help.

This is one independent, strong witch. I say she's up to the task.

Diana no longer has Adam. I wonder what she'll do with all that leftover whipped cream now. Can't say I was shocked by this split, but I was happy to see the truth just laid out there. Ethan told Diana the truth (or his version of it, at least), Diana relayed that to Adam and then even to Cassie. There's no lying here, no backstabbing, just one honest conversation after another. That's not exactly the norm on teen-based primetime soap operas. I like it.

I'm also curious about Ethan's running theme: don't mess with destiny.

So, am I being too harsh on Jake? What are your feelings on the older Armstrong brother? Are you on Team Cadam now, anxious for them to officially get together? And, seriously, can we come up with a better nickname for this potential couple?


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:rofl: That was hilariously funny. Im still lahunigg. Oh those men, when are they going to figure it out. LOL I loved that you had both the technical defenitions to those words and the right' defenitions. That was a great end to a wonderfull series.


I'm in the UK... haven't watched this yet. Nick was a witch but his brother is a hunter how does that work?


I really like the idea of Jake and Cassie together. I actually disagree with Jake being stoic because I feel Adam is too stiff. I don't know why but Adam reminds me off another Robert Pattinson which is not a good thing. Jake and Cassie definitely have chemistry and I'm curious to see where this goes. I'm not sure why the whole "destined to be together" thing is so relevant because Amelia seemed as though it did not affect her because she fell in love with someone else. I'm looking forward to seeing where this will go.


I liked Jake, i'm sure his looks helped ;) but still, i liked the mysterious bad guy who is probably not that bad after all. Cassie and Jake had good chemistry, imo she had a lot more chemistry with Jake then with Adam. Jake and Cassie kind of remind me a little bit of the Phoebe and Cole storyline in Charmed.


It annoyed me that people were giving Adam a hard time about his attitude toward Jake. I mean the guy stole from from his family and it appears he was never punished for it. Add to that Jake's apparent lack of remorse and I'd say Adam has every right to be violently angry at Jake. It's pretty obvious that Jake is not a very nice person yet at the same time Cassie's kindness toward him has Jake a bit torn about killing her along with the rest of the circle.


I agree with youngnan, trough all the episode I kept thinking why isn't anyone sorry for Nick being dead...besides Marissa. That is not very realistic.And Cassie- she's hopeless with her surprised face all the time, seriously Diana should be the leading character. Everyone is doing better then Cassie and Adam- they are so unlikeable.

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@jacim - "Assie" has a cool ring to it, I'm voting for that one :) I have mixed feelings about this episode. Jake doesn't do it for me at all, hopefully that will change over time. My favourite type of bad boy needs vibe that this guy doesn't have. But maybe it's too early to judge. The little spark he has with Cassie is nice and gives some hope for the future. Btw he's here to avenge the death of his family, but he doesn't really seem to care about his brother... Charles is a complete wreck after killing Nick. It's interesting, but on the other hand that is the same guy who killed Amelia and didn't show any remorse after that, right? Faye and Melissa are both a mess, each in a different kind of way. I like that and I hope they will be given some screen time to develop that. Diana impressed me once again. She left Adam before he could leave her (or hurt her more likely). Adam was desperate to stay with Diana, we all know he didn't just stop loving her after Cassie came into the picture. But he can't control himself when it comes to Cassie and he needs to figure it out instead of pretending that everything is fine. It's great that Diana pushed him in that direction. Come on, Adam! Be a man and figure out what you want.


I really really like Jake. I hope he develops into a good guy because he seems like one badass dude. I love him wifh Cassie, but I really feel for Melissa and I wish Nick wouldn't have been killed off. :(


I'm not sure what to say about the episode, I haven't really enjoyed any of the them this far... I wish they would stop focusing on the parents, they are boring! Another thing that really bothered me during the whole episode was how much Jake looks like a blond (taller) Taylor Lautner. And it's not just his looks, he's just as stiff as TL. But he does have chemistry with Cassie. Hookup? I really liked the Diana/Adam break-up though. I sort of like them together (even if they have no chemistry) but it's obvious that he likes Cassie so it was the right thing to do.

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