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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Faye!Uhhh when she isn't in the focus after Cassie,she is really a Brat!And a bit annoying!I really thought they accelerate her pain over Lee, but than they remade it in the bassement scene!
Adam!The potion has some side effects!So it seems at least!Or is this the real boy who isn't in need to be perfect BF!
JB! He really works his stuff! Such a strong performance! But yes he has power, more than the circle? I doubt it!? The circle must first learn to use their power right!


a pretty good EPISODE! The tension slightly rose till it got EPIC! The show gets better with every scene! Blessed be A.Miller!
Mel become such a delightful character! She really is out of the whole I'm not worthy phase! and she is so funny! can't wait for Nick to rock her world again
Cassie never irritated me so much! I hated how the writers made it all about her! I hope in future when the WH sets down, they take us back to her past! Maybe bring some past "friend" or enemy back! Loved her connecting with Jb just don't know if he is faking it!
Diana and Grant! interesting!There is chemistry!Skating it's all about contact! She is just a poor boy, but I don't trust him at alllllll!


Blackwells speech was very ominous. He wants to destroy the demons and hunters and come out about who they really are to outsiders. Doesn't it sound like and endgame than a season finale plot? Maybe the writers know they aren't getting a season 2. I really wish they would fix up the writing and plots and then maybe ratings will increase.


This ep was slightly intriguing... esp there at the end. Whose bones are those?
I am shocked at how gullible the circle is. They should have been more distrustful after he used his powers.


The Secret Circle is more interesting than its senior TVD now. I feel like we're pacing to a very fantastic finale.
Now, I like John, but I can't trust him at all ever since he lies about the curse. But he frickin' 'crush' a guy in front of his daughter? OMG. So awesome!
Adam/Cassie scenes are like watching an emotional car crash (Good point, Mel).
I love the bonding between Adam, Faye and Mel. Faye's face expressions are so diverse and attractive.
Diana and Grant? Boring! Bring me back the Fayanalissa trio!!!
Overall, this is a great episode. A guy got frickin' crushed! And Adam's dad is missing? Probably the one working with Eben.


Also to the writer of this article, I hate to be nitpicky but you should proof-read your reviews before posting them, there were a ton of grammatical errors in this article! "Sorry, but the dude but doesn't have enough cred to be pulling that kind of crap." "Wasn't it was odd that he let Eben go without a chase?" "Are the other parents going come together and stop John, or help him?" Sorry its just a pet peeve of mine! :(


I seriously hope so. I had predicted it would be Faye but still, ruining it in a promo is just not smart. And yeah I think there is a possibility it could be Melissa, only because in last weeks episode Melissa and John Blackwell had a nice moment together when talking about the elixir or whatever, and he said he knew her mother well. I would love that because it would give Melissa (my favorite character) actually something to do!


decent episode.


@Rande I call that missleading! Cassie says she is her sister, but we don't see Cassie talking to Faye, just a weird look in the car! It's probably Melissa cause we see her and Diana reading her Mom's book or Diary!


I think it's 4 eps, but they meant after the next episode only 3 eps will be left to conlcude the story!

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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.


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


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