The Secret Circle Round Table: "Balcoin"

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The Secret Circle ended 2011 with an intriguing set up for 2012: there is a second offspring of John Blackwell in the coven? And both Cassie and this half-sibling possess dark magic?

That was the main takeaway from "Balcoin," an episode that left Round Table panelists Matt Richenthal, Carla Day and Eric Hochberger with plenty to analyze. Join them now as they do exactly that...

What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: The disagreement between Dawn and Charles over the crystal and over Charles' seemingly screwed up spell on Jane. As I talk about in answer number-four, I'm a big fan of this generation and want to see more time spent with these two.

Carla: Sadly, none of the scenes jumped out at me. I guess I'll go with Jake standing stoically on the boat, looking out at the pier. 

Eric: I'll have to go with the easy, obvious choice. Pretty much the entire confrontation on the boat at the end. Right up until the cool shot of the group standing on the dock as we're left wondering: who else has black magic?!? Ooh, good segue...

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Which coven member is related to Cassie?
Matt: I know Faye seems too easy... but it's not like there are many options here. We know it's not Adam. I'm gonna stick with the mot obvious choice and assume they give us an explanation for why Faye has not been able to practice on her own.

Carla: The obvious guess is Faye due to her mother's apparent interest in Cassie's father. But she isn't able to do magic on her own and she has tried. Jake is the only other member of the circle that can do magic on his own, but that could be because he wasn't there for the binding ceremony. So... I'm going with Melissa. I have no reason to think it is her other than she has the least developed background. I'd love to see it be someone we haven't met yet.

Eric: I think the most obvious choice would be Jake due to the fact he's able to practice magic on his own. But, man, that'd be way too incestually gross. Even for the network that brought us Derena. It's not like this is Game of Thrones. Get it? Cause of Cersei and and Jaime? Anyways. Next best, far less gross choice? Faye, based on Dawn's thing for Mr. Blackwell.

Do you want to see Jake return?
Matt: Yes. We need a morally questionable member of the coven, along with another prong to the Diana/Adam/Cassie love triangle. Let's make it a rhombus, shall we? With one side possibly intent on killing all the others! I like it.

Carla: Definitely. I like Jake. I want to see more of him and Cassie together, either as friends or more. Jake is a complex character that is being pulled in two different directions and I want to see it play out.

Eric: Pretty sure we don't have a choice based on the 2012 promo. But, seriously, his character is finally growing on me. Albeit as slow as it takes his face to change expressions. Yeah, that slowly.

Give the first half of season one a grade.
Matt: I'll be a tad generous and give it a B+. There's potential here, no doubt, but I wanna see more of a focus on the elders and I actually think it hurts TSC that it airs immediately after The Vampire Diaries. It's simply impossible not to compare the shows and impossible not to feel like this one is a watered down version of the incredible action in Mystic Falls.

Carla: B. I like the show and plan on continuing to watch it, but the mystery and relationships are lacking depth. When it comes back, I'd like to see less superficial relationship stuff and more exploration of the mythology. In particular, I want to know about the families that make up the circle.

Eric: B-. I think it took too long for the series to give us a real arc to invest in. I loved Charles and the elders, but their storyline seems much on the backburner as we really concern ourselves with the witch hunters and dark magic. Unfortunately, that stuff just came in towards the end as a tease... right before they left us on hiatus.

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Saad702

I would like to add that Nick or Jake could be the sibling because we don't know who blackwell slept with besides Amelia. I know that ppl think that becuz Jane said Dawn wAs infatuated with Blackwell ppl would assume its Faye but don't you think that Henry would have known somehow that Faye wasn't his blood? No I'm sure that isn't Faye. At least I hope not.
the writers need to expand on everything and soon. I think that cassie should take ethan get him drunk and force him to say everything.

Fortyseven

1.I don't know. A Faye scene maybe.
2. NOT Adam or Jake. Faye might be too obvious. Melissa is practically a minor character so it could go either way. Diana is a strong contender.
3. Yes.
4. C+

Saad702

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Best Scene: When Adam tells Jake he must be the distraction and tells him maybe set himself on fire. A comedic moment in an otherwise tense scene. Cassie's Sibling: It has to be Jake. Like I said earlier for the Circle to have been bound properly the first time, there had to be one from the six families I.e. One Conant, Chamberlain, Meade, Blake, Glaser and Armstrong. If any of them were a half sibling of Cassie it wouldn't have work as there wouldn't be one from the six families. Faye has to be a chamberlain cuz clearly her mother isn't from the six original families (not that we know off) the same goes for the rest of em. 3. Jake has to return or the circle will never be complete. I would like them to recast Jake. Chris Zylka is not doing it for me at all. 4. B- The series so far has been a hit and a miss. There have been good elements, like what happened 16 years ago. What's the deal with John Blackwell. Britt and Phoebe's acting. The cassie/adam stolen looks. Diana's Maturity to name a few.
The misses are small things but just irritate me. The main thing is that they haven't explained about the families, they haven't thought out everything yet. They also did one ep with demons and then it was put on the back burner for the witch hunters. It seems like they forgot about it. I also hope they also use more magic and that they finally stop their bickering. If they are to overcome evil, the sisterhood/brotherhood is supposed to be strong.

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OMDS. Fayes mum liked John Blackwell, and I think its talking bwt Faye when he said theres isnt just wun Blackwell offspring;O

Eneci

1.Fav scene? When Jake and Cassie were fighting in his badroom! Cassie saying: You leaving helped Nick!?" A great emotional road!
2.2nd Balcoin!? If it's a inner circle member it must be Melissa! Her mom had a book as she said in Slither, so she was a circle member! Dawn was opssesed butt it would be well known if she had something to do with her! And she wouldn't need Cassie cause Faye would have Black magic!
3.Jake? Become essential! I love Jassie and he and his appereance gave the show a whole new dimension! He isn't a great actor, like britt(from my point of view) but he has that look in his eyes which says be with me or go down trying not to be!
4.Grade? A really solid B! It just has started and it really made me want to watch it! Heather,Slither and Beneath were just 5 pure stars! I hope they continue in this rythm but don't focus to much around Cassie!

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Best Scene: When Adam tells Jake he must be the distraction and tells him maybe set himself on fire. A comedic moment in an otherwise tense scene. Cassie's Sibling: It has to be Jake. Like I said earlier for the Circle to have been bound properly the first time, there had to be one from the six families I.e. One Conant, Chamberlain, Meade, Blake, Glaser and Armstrong. If any of them were a half sibling of Cassie it wouldn't have work as there wouldn't be one from the six families. Faye has to be a chamberlain cuz clearly her mother isn't from the six original families (not that we know off) the same goes for the rest of em. 3. Jake has to return or the circle will never be complete. I would like them to recast Jake. Chris Zylka is not doing it for me at all. 4. B- The series so far has been a hit and a miss. There have been good elements, like what happened 16 years ago. What's the deal with John Blackwell. Britt and Phoebe's acting. The cassie/adam stolen looks. Diana's Maturity to name a few.
The misses are small things but just irritate me. The main thing is that they haven't explained about the families, they haven't thought out everything yet. They also did one ep with demons and then it was put on the back burner for the witch hunters. It seems like they forgot about it. I also hope they also use more magic and that they finally stop their bickering. If they are to overcome evil, the sisterhood/brotherhood is supposed to be strong.

Hochberger

@Ellie - That definitely would make the love square more fun, but I'm all about an already more two dimensional getting the dark magic. Read: Faye.

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Wouldnt diana be really interesting as cassies half sister/the other member with dark magic - it would give this character another side (also you guys have all been saying that she should have a dark side since liek week one) It would make the adam/cassie/diana/jake? triangle even more complicated or explain why adams attracted to both because they're actually really similar/related. Also this might mean charles is not her father (or her mum could be bad) subsequently creating another storyline - it think this would be the less obvious choice which i always like (much more like tvd)and as ive just reeled off would open up some pretty huge storylines

Marissa

My favorite part was seeing Faye,Jake and Adam save Cassie from the witch hunters.
I think that Faye is Cassie's half sister because she may be the most obvious choice but she's the one that would make the most sense and would be the best one for the sister.
I would love to see jake return and hope that if he does he and Cassie would get together or at least become really good friends.
At the beginning I would have given it a B- but now I give it a B+ or an A-.

Omgqt

NICE ROUND TABLE GUYS :] What was your favorite scene from the episode?
= i gotta say i loved when Faye and Adam were working together since it is a rare moment :] :D and ofc the moment in the end when the witch hunter pointed out there is one more kid with dark magic Which coven member is related to Cassie?
= Faye or Melissa Do you want to see Jake return?
= YES! :D Give the first half of season one a grade.
= the beginning was weak and it was improving in every episode. And i agree with Matt. Watching it after Vampire Diaries is not easy. B

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