The Secret Circle Review: Secrets and Lies

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There were a lot of twists and turns in "Curse" and it left the future a blank slate. John? A liar. Lee? Dead. Eva? Powers gone. Adam and Cassie? Their love vanished. Let's analyze how it went down.

What did I miss with Jane? I knew she was away, but not in a nuthouse. I was very confused. It was helpful that she was out of her mind, because her thinking Cassie was Amelia made her spill her guts about the curse with very little motivation. It was as if that's all she was thinking about and the entire reason she was in her predicament in the first place. 

Of course, at that point I didn't know John was magically moving Jane. John the liar, that is, with the magic he said he didn't have.

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Was it any surprise that the curse would kill the only other male in the circle?

I noted in the Secret Circle Round Table this week that there was an overabundance of teen girls and older guys in Chance Harbor, and this might be a clue as to why! Maybe the sexes skipped a generation. Most of the current circle lost their moms and the current circle was made up of girls... I had no idea what the formula was, but it's definitely not balanced to give everyone a fighting chance at love. Once again, I didn't know as I was watching that John chose Jake specifically to feel the "curse."

The curse? Fake. There was never a curse. John made it up to keep Adam and Cassie apart. But everyone still thought there was a curse. That said, I had to give to thumbs up to Adam. When Cassie was hell bent on using her magic to help him during a fight with Jake, he screamed not to dark magic and to focus on him. Maybe he could help her through her issues with her magic and they could overcome things together. That was a pretty strong moment; when a hallucinating bigger, stronger witch was on top of him, Adam was thinking of Cassie. Impressive.

The question then became whether their love would live through the spell that John forced upon them in an effort to keep them apart. But John was a little rusty, and he screwed up. The potion he made erased Adam's love for Cassie, but she's still deeply in love with Adam. Way to go, dad! What was funny was that until this episode, I never bought that Adam and Cassie were in love. I was not on board. It seemed there were generational forces in action that made it unreal.

In the end, that is exactly what John did. The Secret Circle quotes had some heart crunchers this week, too.

I just didn't expect Cassie to end up alone. Whereas I earlier thought that maybe their love would work together to control her dark magic, I'm even more concerned about Cassie's dark magic being alone. John didn't think it through. He told Dawn his magic was weak. He better keep his act up as loving father or he may find himself fighting Cassie, who was in great pain and possessed with strong magic. Actually, I'd like to see that happen.

Additionally, I would like to withdraw my invitation for Faye to find John interesting upon her 18th birthday. She could do much better than him. I knew Faye wouldn't just let Eva get away with ripping Lee out of her hands, but the look on Faye's face when she saw the state he was in pained me.

She was hurt that he was dead and genuinely freaked that Eva was using her own magic against her, demanding she bring Lee back to life. I don't think Faye could have imagined her own powers were that strong if she hadn't seen them in action through Eva. So while we didn't lose Jake, it was confirmed that Lee was a permanent Raisinette and gone for good.

The playing board for the end of the season is wide open. I have no idea what to expect. I hope the circle grows closer, that someone in the circle figures what John is up to and that the kids get some payback for being strung along all their lives. Their parents didn't much enjoy being puppets of when they were younger, but they don't seem to have a problem dropping that same crap onto their own children.

It would be kind of awesome to see season two be the younger versus the older generations in a quest for freedom to live as they please. What do you think?


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Well all Jake and Cassie fans should be happy now. The only reason they had Adam and Cassie break up is so she and Jake can hook up and Adam won't care. Whatever I might be one of the few people who liked Cassie and Adam together and I think it really sucks the way they ended it for them. I mean making Adam forget his feelings for her wtf?! Whatever they are soulmates. They'll find there way back to one another eventually.


- Well after this episode, after Faye and Jake, I also suspect Melissa as another Blackwell kiddo. To be honest, Faye vs. Cassie would a super awesome storyline but Melissa as a half-sister is a great thing too! Melissa needs a proper storyline :] - Wow John Blackwell, that was super cold from you to put Adam and Cassie apart. To be honest, in this episode, it was the first time I believed in their love and it was heartbreaking to watch Cassie crying over Adam. But good for TSC, at least this love would be more epic and exciting!!! - Eva is a psycho. Psycho hidden behind a doll face and sweet voice. But Lee might be dead but I dont think he is dead like never coming back to life. Poor Faye. - These kids will never graduate with these kids of problems. They should focus on school as well :D - Anyway, a good episode. But TSC needs a real storyline now!!!

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Good to see Charles and Dawn in their plotting glory again. Can we please have more magic related interactions between generations now? How much longer can we act like they are all blind and stupid?

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You're such a bad guy, John Blackwell! I love it. He's really getting interesting. This episode showed me once again, why I like Jake more than Adam. When Cassie told Adam what the potion will do to them and he was all sad about it and said all that "there's no way I can forget what I feel for you" stuff, I couldn't help myself and… yeah, ok, I kind of laughed. That's not the way you should react on the most romantic scene ever, right? On the other hand, when Jake woke up the next morning and had that "Cassie saved me, even though I killed Calvin" moment, I actually felt moved. The other thing I felt moved by was Cassie. My God, that girl really was in pain. I loved how she acted all cool with Adam, like she didn't feel anything anymore and the second he left the room she totally fell apart. We had some great acting from both Cassie and Jake this week. R.I.P. for Lee, I guess. Just when I finally got on board with his character. How typical.


Didn't like the episode. About four episodes ago I stopped liking the show. The best angle they had going was the Cassie-Jake connection and then suddenly one episode late she's in love with the pathetic, selfish, self-centered Adam. And there's something about Cassie that I don't like (Considering a LOT of viewers feel the same is not a good thing). She's supposed to be strong but it comes off completely wrong. She wants to find daddy and she has this connection to him but as soon as he's back she's giving him the cold shoulder. Faye is more accessible to the audience and she's supposed to be the bad girl. The only part of the show I like is Jake and John, Faye and Lee (and now Lee's gone:( ). But I'll stay tuned in and watch next week and the week after to see what else can happen to make me dislike the show even more.


Melissa or Faye is johns daughter they have to be I think that jake has a chance now that Adams gone ( good ridens )


Lu, finally someone to tell it. Adam sucks!!! He's weak, selfish ,and frankly too gay looking. Cassie should end up with Jake who at least has some character.


I hated this episode, the only good part was when Adam and Cassie broke up, i dont like that couple at all...she has to end up with Jake, cmon!!! And Lee dead? really?? Faye finally deserved him after what she went through with Jake! Terrible!
Hope the episodes get better..


Blackwell. I hope the writers will find a way to keep him or have him return in season 2 if it is picked up.

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The Secret Circle Season 1 Episode 17 Quotes

No one is dying. It's just a story your great greats told their kids so they wouldn't have sex. It's an abstinence program at work.


If you awaken the curse, someone in your circle will die.


The Secret Circle Season 1 Episode 17 Music

  Song Artist
Frankie rose moon in my mind Moon In My Mind Frankie Rose iTunes
Beach fossils daydream Daydream Beach Fossils iTunes
The ting tings hit me down sonny Hit Me Down Sonny The Ting Tings iTunes