The Secret Circle Review: That Old Black Magic

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Amazingly, "Sacrifice" didn't stop the momentum of Cassie's likeability. Having a father willing to hurt you that much deeply trumps some of your other, more irritating qualities, meaning my sympathy for the main heroine here only increased.

It was weird how that same breakup turned Adam into a cocky, gum-chewing creep. Sorry, but the dude doesn't have enough cred to be pulling that kind of crap. It was kind of embarrassing to watch. I didn't like him helping Faye and Melissa flirt magically. At least he finally told them what he was feeling. Oddly enough, it was... absolutely nothing, and it was that blank slate that was driving him mad. Doesn't it seem like the whole thing is on the tip of his tongue? Like a word he can't remember? Because Jake wasn't highlighted it was even stronger.

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Elsewhere, Grant was back and wooing Diana. They talked about hockey, so they went to the skating rink. Of course. Thanks to his buddy, the fake boat captain, Grant had to come clean with Diana. He was just a member of a boat's crew. Needless to say, Diana did not need a guy lying to her at this point in her life. After giving up Adam for Cassie, she just wanted a nice fella to hang with, but she got a liar. He appeared to be a sweet liar in the end, though. Do you think that will hold up?

After all we learned, the older generation's big plan 16 years ago was to summon demons and use their powers to have greater magic? No wonder their parents took their powers away! Shameful, bratty children. Geez, they already had kids in high school, then they were sacrificing living people to garnish the power of demons? That makes 16 and Pregnant look like a fun romp through the life of a teenager.

When Eben was slicing open his hand to get the demons into his body, and John was busy folding Samuel in half with hand gestures, it looked like John had a similar cut on his palm. Wasn't it was odd that he let Eben go without a chase? Did John once have the demon in him? I wonder if his own experiment 16 years ago was successful. When John dug up his sacrifice from the past, I thought yes. Could the demon still be with him? The circle knows John has magic, and it's powerful as Hell. They couldn't do anything to stop Eben or Samuel, but John was able to make Samuel explode. That's power.

We also learned about the crystals. They were once one giant crystal, but were split to keep the six members of a circle safe. Blackwell said they're the key to everything. But we still don't know why John is back. I wish I could trust him, but to date nothing he did panned out as whole truth. It became especially obvious when Adam told Cassie he had misjudged her father. Saying that is like cursing the damned.

There are only four episodes left, and we have to wait three weeks to get to them. Yes, I saw the upcoming Secret Circle preview, but I can't discuss it yet. For now, what did you think about this one? Are the other parents going come together and stop John, or help him? When they find out how much time he's spending with their kids, something will have to give. Chance Harbor seriously needs to start their child development classes in middle school. See you on April 19!

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It's gotta be Faye who's Cassie's sister. When Lee's girlfriend absorbed Faye's power, she was able to perform solitary magic. Didn't anyone else wonder about that?

Blu

I actually liked Adam in this. He was more layered than ever, in that way that he was in the pilot before they made him cassie s puppy. I loved that they balanced out the focus so it wasn't just about cassir and loved that Diana got in on calling her out on being the center of attention.

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Disappointing episode. But I was SO thrilled that Diana finally told off Cassie. Its nice to see someone else besides Faye getting annoyed with her being the center of the universe. And since Cassie hooked up with Diana's ex-BF, which is a friends no-no, Diana should have ripped her a new one.

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@Leo..ooo, good point about Ethan maybe working with Eben...

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What about Grant? Is he just a nice human distraction or does he have a more sinister plotline? Is he a witch hunter...is he the witch helping Eben?! Or is he that character that will die and drive Diana over the edge?
I do look forward to next week, if only to confirm my suspicions that Faye is John's other child...and that she is going to join the dark side with him.

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And John Blackwell. Well, isn't he shady? He was evil in the books, though, so no wonder. I also don't think he has circle-helping plans for those crystals...I think they will serve him alone...somehow.

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I want to feel more affinity for The Secret Circle, I really do. I loved it at first, and I'd be very sad if the CW did not renew but..I don't know. I am missing something. Confusion over some of the liberties taken by the writers as they invent new magic stuff all the time to drive the plot? The injection of a demon storyline feeling out of place and more suited for "Supernatural"? A growing lack of sympathy for Cassie...mirrored beautifully in Diana's coffee house reaction to her? I just don't know. However, I do know one thing that is holding me is the Adam and Cassie love story...my heart really breaks for her..and I want to yell at Adam to just remember or plead with John to reverse the spell.

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I found this episode disappointing.
The writing was bad, and Blackwell's speech at the end was so cheesy I couldn't believe for a second that they were buying it.
What happened to the other parents, and making them an integral part of the show? Now their names aren't even listed in the credits. Finding out the one of the other girls is Cassie's sister would be A LOT more interesting if the audience had something invested in that girl's relationship with her father.
Had thought the Adam we were going to get post-potion would be better than the sad-sack Adam. Instead, this week we got anger-management issues Adam.
The best chemistry the show had last week was watching Diana, Faye, and Melissa get into trouble together, and this week we didn't even get that.
I'm really disappointed by the quality of the writing on TSC.

Sarah-silva

Melissa is her sister, they are making us think it is Faye but it will be Melissa, the preview did not actually show Cassie face to face with Faye saying you are my sister. Last week Melissa and John were talking and he said how great her mom was so that is still my guess.
Also I wonder what was in the coffin that John dug up

Sarah-silva

While I really liked last weeks episode, this weeks was just okay. I am looking forward to how they end off the season. I read that Nick is coming back I thought that was supposed to happen already.
I really like Grant, yes he liked to Diana but still he is good guy and Diana being all up on her high horse about not being able to take someone lying to her WHEN she is lying to him about being a witch is hypocritical! Also Diana was super mean to Cassie at the coffee shop.
I do hope the last few episodes are good otherwise I may not watch next season.

The Secret Circle Season 1 Episode 18 Quotes

Either Eben is grooming an army of idiots, or you're telling the truth about demons. And, honestly, I prefer the former.

John

I'm grateful. That I never have to see Adam bat his lashes at her undersized head again.

Faye

The Secret Circle Season 1 Episode 18 Music

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Trailer-trash-tracys-you-wish-you-were-red You Wish You Were Red Trailer Trash Tracys iTunes
Donora-boom-boom Boom Boom Donora iTunes
Howl-baby-howl-a-reason-to-give-up A Reason To Give Up Howl Baby Howl iTunes
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