The Secret Circle Review: A Double Dose of Sibling Rivalry

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"Prom" was a strong episode of The Secret Circle and, thankfully, different than any other example of a teen drama prom we've seen this year. One thing remained the same - and either television shows are much different than real life or things have changed a lot since I attended prom - and that's the following:

I don't remember one person attending stag.

Even Grant told Diana he that Chance Harbor was weird for that. In my world, if you didn't have a date, you didn't go. Has that changed? That would be one reason to go back in time and revisit high school. To dump my date and have fun.

Diana and Cassie

Poor, sweet Melissa.
Melissa was the only one in the circle to stand up for Nick upon his somewhat strange return, and all she earned from it was more pain. Nick said he needed a crystal to save his life. That's awfully convenient. Whatever Nick became after he died, pushing around Melissa wasn't the only thing he didn't mind doing. Snapping an innocent man's neck was like child's play.

If the demon was possessing his body and keeping him alive, why wasn't his body rotting? It didn't really matter in the end, as the only one strong enough to end his reign of terror was the one who loved him the most, sweet Melissa.

Melissa's mini meltdown in the hallway at prom was very revealing. She pointed out that their circle was so busy searching for crystals and fighting off deranged bad guys that nobody would ever sign their yearbooks or vote them most likely to... anything. I'm glad they took the time to point out how limited their world as witches has become.

They're virtually cut off from everyone but each other. That's why Diana and Grant seem like they will never have a chance. Melissa at least got to experience one magical moment of dancing with Adam. It was a really sweet gesture.

Party on Faye!
You have to love Faye's spirit. Returning dead friends be damned, she was not going to let anything ruin prom! She was at her witty best and once there she demanded to enjoy the night when she dragged Jake onto the dance floor. It was hard for me to imagine that someone as lovely as she would ever wait around for three hours for him to show up, but that was the tale of their previous prom adventure. She had a lot more forgiveness in her heart than I mine!

Kudos to Jake for taking a moment out of hunting down his demon brother in the middle of a dirty wet junkyard to apologize to Faye for once standing her up. Let's all say it together now, awwwwwwwww.

Cassie and Diana make better friends than enemies.
With Cassie's and Diana's little trek back in time, they learned exactly who John Blackwell was and how he manipulated his circle and all their parents to create their circle. But they had no idea why he did it. It appeared that Elizabeth and Amelia shared the same power struggle within their circle as Cassie and Diana do now. They learned a lot from watching their moms, and the revelations left them both pretty shaken up.

With as few relatives as Cassie had left, you'd think that Diana would have thought through what she said to her, but she slammed Cassie good, blaming everything that happened in two generations on her and Amelia. When Diana got home and Charles confessed a sin of his own, she realized just how much bigger it all was than two teenage girls.

Does anybody believe John Blackwell?
Seriously? Eben got away and took Faye with him? Blackwell, you bastard, I call BS! He had to know the circle was turning against him and the only way to get them to use that last crystal and work with him was to let Eben go and take one of their own with him.

Why else would he send all of the other witches away to help Cassie while he dealt with Eben, knowing fully well he didn't have enough power to take him on? Granted, Faye wanted to stay and help, but what are the odds Faye really slipped from his grasp?

The kicker is that I really have absolutely no idea. From one moment to the next, it's like Blackwell is a ping pong ball going back and forth. One minute I'm certain he's completely evil, and the next I sense good in him. Perhaps the end game will be that he lies somewhere in between, as do we all. The game they are playing with him is freaking fantastic, though. Not being able to determine the truth just makes The Secret Circle all the more compelling.

Join us back her one more time this season next week for The Secret Circle season sinale. Keep your fingers crossed that these two episodes kick some butt in the ratings and we make it to season two. I think the show has definitely earned the privilege, don't you?


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Sarah silva

This was a great episode! This week and last have been my favorites of the season!
I like Grant but to do not see how he and Diana could work out unless she tells him the truth about her.
I do like Diana but seriously blaming Cassie for what happened 16 years ago and also blaming her for what is happening now. I can see why at first Cassie did not see the evil in John, he is her dad and after losing her mom and now her Grandma she wanted to believe her dad was good. Then after going back in time and seeing who John really is, there is no way Cassie will trust him so Diana needs to chill out and be there for Cassie not be against her. However now that she knows that Charles killed Diana and that he is not the great guy she thought he was she and Cassie will become a team and I think Diana will move in with Cassie.
Where has Ethan been? I need more Ethan.
Of course John let Eben take Faye. I have really started to like Faye and she does have all the funny lines!
It was nice to see Nick again but we all knew it would not last as he is possessed by a demon.
I still do not want Melissa and Adam together but with 4 girls and 2 boys in the circle Adam and Jake will hook up with each of them or at last a couple of them.

Allison berry barbieri

@nina: No, Blackwell fathered Cassie and Diana but did some sort of witchy ju-ju to ensure the other female circle members were impregnated by their boyfriends...


but adam and cassie aren't siblings?
I'm a a little bit confused right now!
Is blackwell also the father of Adam?


his downfall. I hope not.


The fact that we still hesitate about John Blackwell's intentions, is due to the incredible interpretation of Joe Lando. He makes us believe in the evil side of his character, and here we are ready to send him to hell. And the next scene, he can be full of emotion, and make us believe in his redemption. For now, I think the writers are going to send him to hell, but I hope he has a heroic death, saving the Circle from Eben.


Enjoyed this episode a lot. Gosh, I totally enjoyed the way Blackwell gas-lighted Charles. Now we know for sure that Blackwell knew Charles killed Amelia when he first returned to Chance Harbor, but he was waiting to use that info for his own purpose, and in this episode he got that chance. Joe Lando is the consummate actor who can play a good guy like Sully on Dr Quinn and what appears to be a very evil person like John Blackwell so convincingly. Just love him. I also liked the flashback with Amelia and Elizabeth talking about Blackwell and his intent to grow his own circle. But what we all are dropping the ball on is that even Blackwell said he was a bad person way back then and he is trying to help Cassie not make the same mistakes he did. On the other hand, I think the main intent from Blackwell was to protect Cassie, the inticement of having his full powers back and seeing how the kids in the circle can complete that, is becoming his main focus now. And, that just may be his downfall in the finale. I hope not.

Allison berry barbieri

I did like that the writers acknowledged a few things....Adam mentioning the insanity in their lives in the early part of the episode, Melissa (one of the best actresses on the show and a terribly underused character)talking about how she doesn't have friends outside of the circle and can't have a normal high school life, even Jake acknowledging that he abandoned his brother... Those were nice moments. It's when they try to do too much and have too many supernatural elements that the show starts to fail a bit...

Allison berry barbieri

I liked the episode, but there are things that the writers do the are just without logic!
1) How did Cassie and Diana go back in time? I get the psychic imprint thing, but when Cassie did it with Jake it's because she was entering his memory and seeing what he saw, right? This seems like a kind of convenient plot device to me..
2) And the thing that confounds and infuriates me...they were all pregnant teenagers MARRIED and in HIGH SCHOOL?!? And, what, did they have one huge circle in which everyone dated each other and they were all witches? Really..six girls got pregnant almost at the same time...all friends...all in high school? What?! And, honestly, WERE all the parents witches? Were there just six couples in the circle? This truly needs a better explanation.


I got it all wrong! I thought the show was trying to tell us John Blackwell used Charles to kill Amelia and the scene in the kitchen triggered Charles's memory so now he feels guilty.


I like the edition of Joe Lando. He is so good at playing John Blackwell. You don't know if John's good or bad. I thought he was trying to make ammends for what he'd done, but now I'm not so. I could definitely see John as being bad from the beginning and then when something happens to Cassie or Dianna, he redeems himself just to save them. He has that potential. I hope this show comes back. With each episode, it keeps getting better and better!

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The Secret Circle Season 1 Episode 21 Quotes

Cassie: I've never been to a prom.
Diana: It usually doesn't involve ancient crystals and time travel.

You want me to go back in time with you.


The Secret Circle Season 1 Episode 21 Music

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Adam oliver get it right Get It Right Adam Oliver iTunes
Tanlines rain delay Rain Delay Tanlines iTunes
Song What We're Doing The Danks