The Secret Circle: A Farewell to Charms (PHOTO RECAP)

The Secret Circle S01E22: "Family"


I fell in love with The Secret Circle basically at first sight. It happened right at the beginning of the pilot but it's probably not the part you're thinking of. Minutes before Charles Meade burned Amelia Blake to death in one of television's best and most brutal cold opens, there was one moment—one shot, really—when I realized, "Oh, this show is for me." It was Cassie driving alone on a dark highway singing along to "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous, her "undersized head" bobbing along to the infectiously obnoxious hook. It was a simple introductory moment that my mind has drifted back to pretty regularly throughout the season. For me that moment has functioned as a sort of thesis statement for the show: Youth traversing dark pathways without ever losing the spirit. Cassie spent 22 episodes traversing dark pathways without ever losing the spirit and The Secret Circle did the same.

We now know that there won't be a Season 2, but let's not turn this thing into a funeral just yet. There will be time for eulogies later, so instead let's talk about what a GREAT finale we just got. Because "Family" really was terrific! In classic Secret Circle fashion, some events were resolved so easily as to be comical, while some things were weirdly under-brainstormed. But that's just how this show rolled! The most exciting things that happened were things many of us had been hoping for all along (Solo magic! Parental heroism! Destruction of the crystals! Evil Adam!), so those particular events felt incredibly satisfying. But even more delightful were the parts none of us even saw coming! FOUR more Balcoin children? Even the backs of their heads looked sexy! Almost every one of the characters ended Season 2 in a better state, narratively speaking. In light of the overall high quality of "Family" and the Season 2 teases it revealed, one MIGHT be tempted to slip back into a sadness coma, but don't do that. Let's just celebrate how good this episode was instead.

Okay I am so full of cake and regret right now, so bear with me and LET'S DO THIS!

We started outside a parked car in which some dude was chillin' and his ladyfriend's head was out of sight. But NO Diana was not doing what you were thinking (looking for dimes underneath the seat?), she was sleepin'! Diana was resting her head on Grant's shoulder and it was adorable. Then she woke up looking much happier than the last time we'd seen her.

Grant had spent most of the evening staring into the middle-distance and also reading Diana's text messages. None of the "OMG CALL US NOW EMERGENCY FAYE'S BEEN KIDNAPPED" messages were enough to get him to wake up Diana, but he DID suspect she was probably in over her head in life.

Though it seemed like Diana was indeed over it ("it" being a life full of frustrated witchcraft, near-death experiences, and a pair of murderous daddies), she wasn't quite ready to run off with Grant. Who might also be bad news himself because WHOSE CAR WAS THAT? He sailed into town right? Pretty sure Grant stole that car, you guys.

Meanwhile Faye was NOT having a good time. For one thing she was still dressed in uncomfortable prom clothes.

But for another she was being roughed-up by witch hunters and they were using her cell phone without permission!

Eben needed Faye's phone to crank call Cassie and she was NOT happy to hear from him.

It turned out Eben's main desire was just ONE of the crystals, for the sole reason of preventing John Blackwell from completing the crystal skull. Ordinarily this would've been a red flag to Cassie that Blackwell probably shouldn't be allowed to assemble that skull, but then again Eben is FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH DEMONS. So there was definitely a credibility issue there.

The next morning Blackwell called his two daughters to a truly unsightly area.

Just kidding, wasn't that location GORGEOUS? (R.I.P. Chance Harbor, oh no here come the water works again... Get it together, Price.)

After a brief squabble during which Cassie overruled Diana's concerns and allowed Blackwell to proceed with the crystal skull assembly, he knelt down and did something I darn near cheered about: He set the crystals ON FIRE.

Then he had each of the ladies pick up two flaming crystals (relax, they weren't meth) and told them to toss them into the lake.

I loved this whole part, honestly. Part of me was laughing at how random and half-assed the ceremony was. "Light 'em on fire and throw 'em in a lake." It was definitely on par with "cut your finger and rub the ground" as far as lazy witchcraft is concerned. One more reason why dark magic is THE BEST. Now THAT is magic I could get into.

Meanwhile the remaining three witches went over to that awful decrepit ship where Faye was being kept. I cannot stop praising this show for finding the best locations. In my recap for The Vampire Diaries' finale I specifically complained about the fact that that show had set much of its climax at a MINI-STORAGE FACILITY. Meanwhile this show had at least TWO stunning locations. Credit where credit's due: The Secret Circle is one of the best-looking television shows ever produced.

Anyway, yeah. This ship was the best:

Also I loved this image of the three of them staking it out. Notice how, although there are three of them, the use of magic doesn't seem to factor into their plan. Anyway, seemingly out of nowhere, Jake got that intense/angry face and decided he was gonna storm the joint.

And Adam did NOT approve:

Because OH YEAH: The circle was unbound! I can't believe I didn't already mention that and then run around the room giving everybody high fives! THE CIRCLE WAS UNBOUND! At the risk of this being an I-told-you-so situation, wasn't this show immediately one million times more fun once everyone had individual powers back? Yes, the answer is yes. It's not my problem that the writers didn't seem to think they could sustain storytelling arcs without handcuffing our poor teen witches. The unbinding of the circle was the first of many exciting developments that happened in this episode that SHOULD HAVE happened from the get-go. Sorry, I should be more respectful, I know and I'm sad still. But I am definitely glad the circle was unbound by the end. Truly a thrilling turn of events.

This lady knows what I'm talking about:

Watching Faye bust out of her chains and go to town on the nearest witch hunter was pretty incredible!

Even Phoebe Tonkin's HAIR looked badass during that scene. Oh man, I'm getting chills all over again just thinking about this.

Oh and look who came back!

Charles' mom came back and she did NOT seem thrilled about being there. Even though she was apparently just five minutes away at the time Charles called her? I know she had left town, but maybe she was just chillin' in her car right outside the city limits? Who knows.

Anyway, Dawn was also hanging out with Charles at the time, and that's when she received a pretty great phone call from her daughter:

I loved that Faye "came out" to Dawn about being a witch before admitting that she was being held captive at the boat. When Dawn was like, "no duh," Faye accused her of having read her diary but COME ON, show. It's one thing to spend the season carefully segregating the kids from their parents, but are you telling me that anybody in Chance Harbor be surprised that anybody else was a witch? Faye knew that her mother and grandfather had been witches... Shouldn't the knowledge that Faye would continue the tradition be pretty much close to common knowledge within that family? Oh well, it's fine. I'm just glad we got a metaphorical coming-out scene since the show never saw fit to include a gay character. (That's not an actual complaint, just an observation that sometimes the gayest shows don't actually have gay characters. #TVD)

OH BUT OKAY. This scene. THIS SCENE. This was the weirdest sh*t I have seen in a LONG time and I loved every second of it. This business with the crystal skull was basically Lynchian in its imagery. Cronenbergian even. What ON EARTH:

Holy moly! This was the best. Just the best. So disgusting and random and hilarious and THE BEST. It's moments like this that make it REALLY painful that the show has sailed into the sunset because this was an example of brainstorming gone right. We knew a crystal skull was "arriving" any second now, but who could've guessed it would've gone down LIKE THIS? A pulsating, translucent BLOB that Cassie fished out of a lake and massaged to completion?!

WHAT:

Seriously. If I'm being honest here (might as well be, right?) the magic on this show hasn't ever really lit my world on fire. It's been fine. It's been about what I expected. Streamlined (not many chants) but still kind of understandable and basic. Harnessing the earth's power, lighting things on fire, etc. But this sequence suggested that the makers of The Secret Circle could have turned the idea of magic on its head: Made it weird, disgusting, alien. This blob scene was one thousand percent more interesting to me than floating dew drops. Because I just DIDN'T understand it one bit and that unsettled me. It truly did. I have so many questions about this blob incident and I mean that as a compliment. What a fearless, bizarre choice the writers made here. Ugh, so good.

Anyway. So yeah. R.I.P. the crystals. LONG LIVE CRYSTAL SKULL.

Only seconds after the crystal skull hardened from its blob state, drama broke out between father and daughters:

Whoops! Blackwell finally crossed over into official villainy. 'Bout time!

Meanwhile Jake and Melissa were looking for Faye inside the boat:

And then Jake found her!

And then Jake's mouth found Faye's mouth!

And then Eben captured all three of them!

Meanwhile the Blackwell ladies woke up on the floor of the witch house. Did Blackwell carry them there? Probably. Him strong!

Awesomely enough, they were trapped in some kind of force-field:

At this point Blackwell began to come clean with them about his true intentions. It turned out he didn't give a dang about Eben or the witch hunters. He just used the THREAT of the witch hunters to mobilize the circle, just as he'd done with their parents' circle. And now that he had the crystal skull, he was going to use it for some particularly dastardly purposes: Specifically, murdering ALL non-Balcoin witches!

I don't know, you guys. That seemed like a pretty harsh thing to do, right? Oh, but this was the kicker, and arguably the biggest twist of the episode: Blackwell informed them there were FOUR more Balcoin children out there just waiting to form a circle with Cassie and Diana. So once the world was rid of non-Balcoin witches, these six would bind together and, I guess, take over the world? Who knows. But still. Four more Balcoins!

Meanwhile on the boat, the witch hunters had dressed our three heroes on black cloaks and kindly found a crate for Melissa to stand on.

I liked that Faye brought up the fact that Eben had sided with DEMONS in order to defeat witches. Eben got 'moded!

Anyway, he wasn't overcome with sudden and paralyzing regret or introspection. Instead he LIT THEM ON FIRE.

Fortunately Dawn and Charles were on the scene (because OH YEAH they'd been given their powers back by Charles' mom and it was a total NBD moment which was weird because of how much it had been built up that Dawn wanted her powers back and then when she actually DID get them back she was like, "Cool" and LOL, this show!). Still though, I got chills when Dawn took care of BIDNESS:

Not to be outdone, Charles did something amazing:

He overpowered Eben and stole his demons! It was a true redemption story: Charles saved the day AND possibly turned into an unstoppable force for evil. But mostly he saved the day, so credit where credit's due.

This made me laugh:

Aw, poor Charles! I THINK he was trying to drown himself, but who knows. Clearly that didn't work on Nick.

Meanwhile back at the witch house Blackwell was hookin' the skull up to the symbol he'd carved into the floor and the witch-pocalypse was under way!

It was a fairly disturbing scenario which only got more intense when Adam crawled into the room and Blackwell started kicking the ever-loving sh*t out of him. Cassie, meanwhile, had to THINK FAST:

And this THIS happened:

Haha AGAIN with this show's incredible stunt-work. Seriously, how nuts was this part? Anyway, it was clever: Diana's dark magic had been ACTIVATED.

Because she is a natural-born gangsta, Cassie immediately took charge:

But there wasn't quite enough juice, so it was lucky when another sister suddenly jumped into the fray:

And just liked that, Blackwell DIED! A great and exciting turn of events. SLIGHTLY hilarious since it involved three people staring at each other intensely while two of them held a crystal skull. I mean come on, imagine walking into the room and seeing that. "Whoops, I'll come back," you'd say.

So then the gang met up at Cassie's (good luck with that mortgage, girl!) and talked about (A) what to do with the crystal skull and (B) whether they should re-bind the circle or not. I loved how quickly the second issue was resolved: NOPE. Thank goodness. The binding of the circle was arguably Season 1's most fatal flaw, so this scene felt like a long overdue acknowledgment of such. As for who'd "dispose" of the skull (because they COULDN'T have a group hammer party?), the group nominated Adam to do the honors. Which was excellent.

Even though they felt it best not to re-bind the circle, obviously they'd all remain witch friends. All of them, of course, except for one of them:

Diana was more dead-set than ever that this town was not for her. Cassie made a fairly heartfelt plea that Diana was all Cassie had left, family-wise. Diana was not swayed and before we knew it she was packed and waiting for Grant at the coffee house. Because haha why the coffee house? Nevermind.

Oh and there was a charming lil' scene between Jake and Faye, who over the past two episodes had evolved into the best and most important romantic relationship. Admirably enough, there were no huge romantic gestures. Just a well-timed kiss on the boat and the two of them acknowledging that they like-liked each other.

Even more impressively, Faye begged off hanging out with Jake in order to spend some quality time with her original bestie.

I loved this moment. Faye used magic for fun. She and Melissa re-established their friendship. They danced to a Silversun Pickups song. It just felt right.

Unfortunately there was the matter of setting up Season 2. It began with an unsolicited package left for Jake by a certain crazy grandfather.

Oh and guess who didn't drown!

And this was as obvious as it was exciting:

Adam seemed to be developing a pretty serious crush on that crystal skull!

Meanwhile Diana and Cassie discovered that they'd received parting gifts from their dead daddy:

Cassie made that fireplace GO!

And then, the final shot:

BOOM. The other four Balcoins! This moment was so Battlestar I squealed.

I loved this finale. It certainly wrapped up Season 1 nicely (save for the fact that Cassie never found out about Amelia's death), but as a series finale it also delivered. More than anything I'm elated to be able to remember these characters this way. Cassie and Adam's eyes ablaze with exhilarating darkness. Diana and Jake wary of the fight ahead. And especially Faye and Melissa dancing on into the night. Perfect. I'm really going to miss these kids.

On a personal note, The Secret Circle has been a pretty important part of my life these last nine months. Photo recaps can take a lot out of me (particularly when they're back-to-back with another show), but these have never once felt like a chore. From the way this show's soundtrack has infiltrated my playlists, to the truly delightful interviews I've done with the cast, to the incredible parade of awesome commenters, to the sheer amount of daydreams this show has inspired in me, I'm absolutely grateful to have had The Secret Circle in my life. Phoebe Tonkin, Chris Zylka, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Shelley Hennig, Britt Robertson, Gale Harold, Natasha Henstridge, Thomas Dekker, and especially Executive Producer Andrew Miller: Thanks so much for this weird, fun, special show.

MAKE MORE THINGS!


QUESTIONS:

... What's hottest: Evil Adam, HBIC Dawn, or literal fire?

... Judging from the backs of their heads, which new Balcoin would've been the sexiest?

... When was the first time you realized you loved this show?

... Clip clop.

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These are my feelings three years after the Premier:

It's been almost three years since a little show I wanted to watch merely because it seemed like an interesting little CW show ended up becoming one of my favorite shows ever. It was nearly right off the bat that I found myself loving it. I was a TVD watcher and already recognized that TSC started off miles better in terms of just overall everything; and if I'm being truthful, I believe that OVERALL The Secret Circle's first season was better than TVD first. Price is right, there were flaws, mistakes, some lazy writing, questionable motivations, etc. but taken as a whole introduction to a series, it was better. TVD didn't get really good until the second season in my opinion. If TSC were to have followed suit, I'm sure season two would have been incredible.

i don't want to get into what shows were renewed over TSC and whether they deserved it or not. The simple truth is that CW had something special on their hands and they turned their heads away from it for whatever reasons they had. I believe it was a missed opportunity on their part and if they would've given it a little faith, TSC would've surpassed TVD in just about everything. (It's obvious that would've come to pass anyway as nearly all of season four and 3/4 of season five was so all over the place and suffered from non-compelling writing - my opinion.)

I have had shows I liked come and go, get cancelled far too early (Carnivale anyone?) by various stations and networks. It was so shocking to me that out of all of them, THIS show hurt the most, like really actually stung, and for a long time... It still smarts a little bit. A show on THE CW and originally planned for TEENAGE GIRLS to enjoy had me so disappointed in a network. For the first time, since CW was normally really forgiving of fading shows (Gossip Girl got three more seasons past the point of being good), I thought to myself "Oh, CW is going to be like NBC and Fox now and keep canceling their most promising shows." In my opinion that hasn't entirely been true, but for a moment I dreaded.

I have been following Price's work for a long time. He is a master at these photo recaps. I believe some of his best and funniest work was for this show. It's probably been so long that he'll never read this, but there is some consolation that these recaps live here. Every several months or so I re-read them, relive the show, Price's commentary, the hilarious screen grabs and captions. It memorializes a show that did struggle a little at first but hit the ground running sooner than TVD did, and once the show was sprinting, it was firing cannons on all levels. This is the one that got away. It's been too long to remount and most of the cast is off doing other (mostly good) things. I'm glad for them. None of these actors should fade into obscurity after this show. This was a great ensemble (yes, I agree, after Nick left - weakest character).

I will of course miss this show and every once in awhile I'll now comment on one of Price's Teen Wolf photo caps and write something like #Pizzana because I still hold out hope that Malia gets a scene where she eats pizza (because, you know, Shelly Hennig). This has been the longest thing I have ever written on TV.com and usually don't comment much anyway; writing this took nearly three years to get up the gumption to write. I think I've exorcised the last of my face-worms (it's still really gross looking to me) and can make peace with this. I may even be able to watch it on Netflix without feeling a sinking hole in my stomach. Maybe for being (at the time) a 33 year old man, I cared too much about a show on The CW, it wasn't Breaking Bad. Well, it didn't need to be. In its little way, it was just as good for me. It is missed, greatly. Oh the times it could've had.

It'll probably be rebooted in a few years. Everyone's running out of ideas. It won't be half as good... but then... nah.
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Omg just finished the whole season (took me 3 days) but I loved it! Can't believe there's no season 2 the finale was awesome and there is some real potential there! Thinking about it there aren't many if any show that I can say I enjoyed all the characters, esp the circle's 6.
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A year later and I still miss this show.....*sigh*.......
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...Evil Adam.



...the Twins, and Susan. Either of Diana's or Adam's BFF.



...when I fell in love w/TVD. LJane Smith holds a special place in my imagination and I while TVD was my introduction to her worlds, Cassie was always the "purer" heroine. Season 1 went slow and cut some corners I didn't always thing were necessary, but man...judging by the finale, Season 2 could have blown ANTM out of the ratings!!



...clip clop.... Phoebe Tonkin, coming soon to The CW. [Please don't take the part on 90210 we all know you are being offered, Supernatural is in need with a Witch like you.]
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Save The Circle getting some press!



http://save.thesecret-circle.com/?page_id=104
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Cant believe Hart of Dixie got renewed!!! It should have been The Secret Circle! No offence to Hart of Dixie. It's just not the tv-show i like my heart is broken
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after I learned about the cancellation I never had the feeling to watch the finale as it will be like "this is the end".. having that moment finally, it made this whole cancellation thing even more frustrating.. having been watching shows for so many years, I have seen only a couple of season finales bearing this level of quality storytelling.. explaining just enought and keeping you wondering just enough.. not the cheap "did s/he died or not" stuff, not the "we are not explaining anything, wait for the next season's first episode" thing, just the very right amount of information and cliffhanging.. the character development throughout the whole season, the following of events, the likability of the main cast, anything is working at a great angle within this show so I find it very, very unbelivable that it lost so much rating since midseason.. the long hiatus was one reason but cant be enough.. I am still sadly hoping some other channel would take it to give another chance or at least a short season to resolve all the balcoin issues and make them live happily ever after..
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Agreed
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Evil Adam is the ultimate!!!

The tallest one methinks. The only problem is that they're all related now, so that limits the relationship possiblities.

When Adam stopped mooning over Diana. Melissa came into her own.

Can't believe this was cancelled, this ended way better than TVD, not just this last episode either, the past few have been arguably better. Don't know what the CW is thinking, but I'm still hoping this will come back.
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This show was SO amazing! I read the books when I was younger and fell in love with the pilot..



I really really really REALLY hope that another network picks it up..



Every aspect of the last couple episodes were SO amazing!! I was planning on buying the season dvd at the end.. but now I want to wait until I know for sure another network will pick it up..



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This show is awesome how can you can this show. So many questions unanswered bring this show back.
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http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/makeawish/saveawitch
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Great!!!!!

$10 from South Africa are already on their way!



Reach your pockets ppl, you know, when ppl says, "I'd pay anything to have them back", well, now you can, so put your money where your mouth is.
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I cant believe this was cancelled they have done everything so well, most of the time i can see where they are coming from but i cant see even a tiny reason why they cancelled this show.
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I cannot wait until I can see it again. I love The Secret Circle, awesome show. It will be missed.
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Well, Price, since TVD and TSC had season finales, I think you should respond to our comments now, at least on these recaps lol
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OMG, I'm going to miss you soooooooooooooo much, TSC!!! ):
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I'll never get to see what the hot backside on the left looks like either......
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Okay i feel compelled to post again...but you just don't fucking cancel a show with a season finale like this and keep Hart of Dixie (with comparable and if not lower ratings) on. I'm sorry but if they think doctors are out drinking and having sex every night is how their personal lives are they are sadly mistakin. Again this show though the first season had its faults, the second season would have been amazing, four more circles with four more balcoins and you now you decide to cancel? I mean I could see if this was mid-season but this show brought it home at the end. ALSO AS I STATED BEFORE ANY SHOW THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO GAME OF THRONES DESERVES IS OKAY IN MY BOOK. The cw is falling to shit its only holding on to TVD.
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I can't begin to describe how angry I am right now, with CW... I just saw their new schedule, which means, The secret circle is definitely out of the picture. All this time I though ABC was the stupidest network, but CW earns the first place with flying colors!
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Watch this, awesome



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqPAtuWRttk
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Good thing Teen Wolf premieres soon. AND that Price is photo-recapping it. Don't know what I'd do with the TVD wait and the recent TSC cancellation that had me bustin' windshields open.
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If you liked TSC, you might like:



The Vampire Diaries

H2O: Just Add Water

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Point Pleasant

Hex

Roswell

The Nine Lives of Chloe King

Teen Wolf

Supernatural

True Blood

Eastwick

Lost Girl

Being Human (UK)

Being Human (US)

Angel

Charmed

Merlin

Smallville

Game of Thrones

Once Upon a Time

Haven

The Gates

Tower Prep

The Dresden Files

Moonlight

Blood Ties
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I have seen most of those shows you listed and all the episodes to boot. Supernatural, Once Upon a Time and TSC are the main ones I never miss.
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Thanks for the memories - an excellent summation! I can only hope that in loosing THIS Secret Circle, another one may be given birth sometimes in the near future on SYFY...
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And I am stunned that spunkbubbles like yo'self persist in posting stuff like this.
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This show is awesome and I swear what's wrong with The CW they have seriously lost their minds!! They're saving all the shows that should be long gone but taking out the really good ones that have just begun... I mean wtf?!!
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GUYS!!!! Apparently, there's some buzz that ABC Family might save The Secret Circle and put it on their channel for season 2 :D TWEET THEM NOW!!!!!! THIS IS OUR LAST SHOT!!!!
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I certainly hope so bonez.
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Is this an official story, though? I think people just relate TSC to ABC because of the NIne Lives show, ABC COULD do a show in the vein of TSC, but I think it may be too late. A lot of fans are discussign the possibility, but I think it might jave just stemmed from wishful thinking.

HOWEVER, *tweets ABC*
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They should totally bring back Nine Lives of Chloe King and pair them up. I mean, it could use a little fixing, but it wasn't a bad premise.
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I know. I mean grant it I watched it just to sort of watch it. Why I still find myself watching teen shows is beyond me..but it wasn't terrible. They could bring it back and pair it off like that.
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It was okay, right? A couple of dialogue issues, two slightly annoying friends, but somewhat enjoyable. And Chloe was likeable-ish! It was an okay show.
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No there's nothing official yet. There's just rumours that they're considering it, like TBS saved Cougar Town after ABC showed it the door. But when there's smoke, there's fire. And as fans, we hold the petrol. So let's get to work :D
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*Fingers crossin'*
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Why Why Why??? This show should not have been cancelled. What will I do without Britt and Phoebe, you're killing me here! The DP was great and presented a beautiful picture. The story line good, the only problem is you had it against other good shows in the same time slot.

I have Direct TV and can only record 2 shows and not be able to watch a 3rd. My wife trumped me on the only shows she likes that happened to be on with SC. I had to sacrifice , because she works and I don't, so she gets priority. Damn.
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Over 22 thousand signatures on http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/please-do-not-cancel-the-secret-circle.html
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Please save The Secret Circle!!!! I really loved this show!
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Please save the secret circle!!!
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I came to this show because of Phoebe Tonkin. I was a fan of her in H2O : Just Add Water and I've watched pretty much everything she has done. I've also watched most of what Britt Robertson has done, but I'm really hoping that Phoebe gets a new gig ASAP.
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Phoebe Tonkin is AWESOME and H20 has TVD/TSC magic in it! #BringBackTheSecretCircle and keep the magic going! Thanks Price/Thomas for giving the Cherry on Top by recapping these shows! (so many giggles and I've learned not to drink/eat while reading). SAVE TSC! Passionate fans are the key to bringing the show back! can't wait for the (clip clop gag reel?) TSC dvd!!!!!
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Shark movie.
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"Save The Circle" campaign in Toronto.com!



http://save.thesecret-circle.com/?p=204
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oke, we have got to do something about this!

http://twitition.com/6m2vl !

sign it!
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Wow it's gone up 10000 since I signed it a few days ago.!
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Seriously... The Secret Circle was original, good acting and solid writing ... there was lots of room for this show to grow. Here's an idea, why don't you put new shows up against less viewed shows and give them some time to build up a fan base. A new series comes out, it get's put up against something like American Idol or batted around time slots .. how is any show to survive. Sad news for cast, crew and fans!
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I've just found out. I can't believe it ! Bring back The Secret Circle!
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So, as my Tv mentor Price would say: clip clop, clip clop....TSC is gone! The dark magic is awsom, but sometimes do things like these: charmed you and then, kaput! stop all of the sudden!. The show was building up in the last 5 episodes, next season it was supost to be amazing and then the magic ran out...However, I will keep reading the best photo recaps of this amazing writer: Mr Price, you hook me up whit these activity, don't you dare stop it any time zoom...Love you and XoXo from Venezuela!!!
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Price, Just wanted to say Thank You for a great year of recaps! You done BabyShow proud! If there is an award for recapping/reviewing stuff in the interwebs, it should definitely go to you!



To the ACP, I <3 y'all but I'm not gonna read/post on this thread. I'm just about commented/scrolled out for this month and I kind of over-participated in TVD's finale-cap. You guys have fun and I'll catch y'all at the TVD summer re-watch and Teen Wolf recaps.



Cause I REALLY <3 y'all, I went ahead and flagged the spam below my post, just to get the ball rolling. ;)
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Just imagine if CW announces tomorrow or by Thursday that they reconsidered and will bring the show back for at least a mid season...
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Hate it when a series ends with a cliffhanger! Anyways there's one thing that's been bugging me: if the circle is unbound when someone dies then how come it wasn't when nick died? Cos Jake still had his in powers after that? Correct me if i'm wrong.



Needless to say that they shouldn't have cancled tsc.
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If the circle is now unbound, why call it the Secret Circle anymore?

Maybe they're making way for a new series that continues the story of the first with the SAME characters and actors, just with a different title?

I deny that I live in denial.
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It's still a circle with out it being bound, what is wrong with some of yall? The previous generation wasn't even bound together...
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Since Diana left, that makes it The Public Pentagram.
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So, something has been on my mind since Diana walked out the door. What contrivance were they going to use to bring her back?
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I've always thought there was something shady about Grant; maybe the writers could use the "heartbreak" trick, althought I really like him, maybe he was being used by the other Balcoin kids... (still refuse to use past tense).
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Grant's death!! But I always say that.



Probably, one of the new Balcoins would follow her wherever she went. If the writers wanted to stretch her return out, they'd send a male to 'get to know' her in her new town to try and test her, to see what would make her use her dark magic over and over. Grease fire in her new coffee house, someone mugging and beating the crap out of Grant, piano being lifted into an apartment building, etc.



Whatever did it, I couldn't see her coming back with Grant. Even CW wouldn't be so cruel...would they?
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Nothing; she made it so that she would come back after she figured out how to deal with everything...
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Bring it Back!!! I miss it already!

Loved this episode, so the show being canceled sucks!
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There has to be a season 2 it's set up was perfect. Awesome recap, hope this show gets picked up.
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What the hell why isn't there foing to be a new season this show is effin amazing and it ended like it would for suspense for a new season this blows? BRING SECRET CIRCLE BACK!!!!!!!!! GGGRRRR :/
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hahah,,,IMPORTANT NEWS #TheSecretCircle! http://twitition.com/6m2vl HAS JUST REACHED THE TOP 10 TWITITIONS OF ALL TIME. #BringBackTheSecretCircle!
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YES.
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Apparently, there's rumours that ABC Family might save it. TWEET THEM NOW!!!!!!
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I just can't get over the fact that Hart of Dixie was renewed and TSC got cancelled.It's such a shame.
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Screw shame. It's a bloody crime.
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Nice said :)
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At least we'll always have the clip clops.
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I personally started out loving this show. For a few episodes that is. Then it actually managed to piss me off (which is pretty hard to do btw). I never imagined the dialogues could sound so ridiculous. And to add to that the show seemed to get more childish with every episode. For once I'm actually OK with a show getting cancelled (yeah... Crucify me :D ). The good thing that might come out of this (I stress MIGHT), is a free spot for some other show with a potential to become great cause let's face it... Neither one can be great from the start :)
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Exactly how I feel. For me, it is more frustrating because the actor talent was there.



TV space is expensive real-estate, and I think most people will see that TSC was not using it as well as it should have.



I know it is horrible when shows you like get cancelled, but at least TSC got to do a part-series finale. And, honestly, everything that was proposed for series 2 happened in the finale (the 4 Balcons, the mark on their hands, death of Blackwell, Dawn and Charles getting powers, end of the bounded circle). It's not a good sign when everything that connects to the next series only happens in the finale.



I keep writing about this because I am annoyed that another great premise was kind-of ruined in an attempt to keep ratings (making it a teen angst show, instead of great magic, darker), which evidently failed.
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on freaking point!!!!!!
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SAVE THE SECRET CIRCLE. WE ALREADY HAVE OVER 12,00O SIGNATURES. WE NEED A LOT MORE. PEOPLE IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TRY TO SAVE THIS SHOW OR GET ANOTHER NETWORK INTERESTED IN BUYING IT THEN YOU NEED TO SIGN THIS NOW! IF YOU DON'T DO OR SAY ANYTHING THEN YOUR NOT A REAL FAN AND YOU HAVE NO ROOM TO SIT HERE AND COMPLAIN. CHANGE WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF PEOPLE BAND TOGETHER FOR SOMETHING THEY CARE ABOUT OR PASSIONATE ABOUT. I KNOW THIS IS JUST A TV SHOW, BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE A SEASON 2 THEN SIGN THIS SO THERE MIGHT JUST BE A CHANCE AND GET THE WORD OUT AND COPY AND PASTE THIS ALL OVER THE INTERNET. I WILL SAY IN THE PAST BECAUSE OF A GOOD FAN BASE AND PETITIONS THEN THERE HAVE BEEN INSTANCES WHERE FANS SAVED A CANCELED SHOW. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS THEN WHY SHOULDN'T THE SECRET CIRCLE BE SAVED IF IT HAS AS MANY FANS THAT CLAIM TO WATCH IT. COME ON SECRET CIRCLE FANS. SIGN THIS NOW! http://twitition.com/6m2vl
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This is just like MOONLIGHT No ONE wanted it cancelled People flooded the network to keep it on BUT THOSE STUPID ANAL EXECUTIVES DID IT ANYWAY They are such pompous asses they dont care. I AGREE WITH YOU

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Last ridiculously long SC rant. End of an era, this show. Ah, Blackwell. So...that happened. Blackwell: "Yeah, so I'm dirt. Acrobit called it long ago, just sayin'. It's all about Balcoin, y'know? Balcoin, Balcoin, BalcoinCrystal Skull. And when my plan to get my Balcoin on comes to fruition, it's gonna be soo Balcoin, cuz' Balcoin, amirite?" Diana and Cassie: "Uhh...no." Blackwell: "K." *dies* I really didn't think they'd kill him that soon, even though Season Two Big Bad was on the way, I thought he'd have a direct hand in their actions once they showed up. I feel like I owe money to the TSC fund, or at least to Safibwana. I hate that so much ;) But back to Blackwell, who. the. hell. was in the casket?! Sure, many of us assumed it was the poor bastard Blackwell sacrificed the first time, 16 years ago, but was that the only reason they showed him digging the casket up? To let us all know early on that Blackwell was an evil, murdering dick who left his circlemates and Wee Baby Jake to die in a boat fire while he peace'd out of the side door 16 years ago? And if so, were all the subsequent episodes of Cassie falling for his BS supposed to show us that Cassie was an easily-corruptible, daddy-starved moron who would risk anything, including her friends' lives for the possibility of her dark daddy's love and approval? Sure, because I got all that; I thought I was just being negative. And, okaythe unformed skull. Let's just call that thing what it was: a giant, foamy jizzbubble, and it was stupid and gross. What, was it gonna turn into Aphrodite? (Heh...mythology reference..) It could've just been a ball of light, or even a crystal ball. A hot crystal ball of light! I mean, c'mon. Another Madam...hug. I tell you, the main audience never would've gotten tired of all that platonic goodness. Nope. Never. But this final week, there was a twist... Adam: "I gotta go save the more important person, even though we're totally platonic forever. You two are good, going into the Derelict Boat Stage to face Eben and the goons alone?" Melissa: "Totes. Now let's get that platonic hug in, buddy." Jake: "We'll be fine. And don't you die on me, bro, cuz' we got our own thing now; you and me, bro." Adam: "Bro. Damn right we do, bro." Jake: "Okay, let's do this! It's time for Team Make!!" Melissa and Jake: "Ehh.." Also, I gotta say, what is it with girls dancing alone in their rooms on these shows? Grey's Anatomy did it, too, but there were a lot that I happily blacked out over the years. Do you guysdo that? My GF says she doesn't, but should I be worried? I do feel bad for you guys that this show didn't work out, but I'd be a provable liar if I said I didn't think it deserved it. IMO, This show dropped from its more-comfortable 'ehh' rating for four main reasons, and it wasn't the hiatus or even the crappy lack-of-magic: - Blackwell showed up after all his buildup and *immediately* sucked. That's what kept the others lingering around, y'know; hoping that someone finally showed up who could do something kickass again (though he picked up later...when it was too late). - Cassie got self-righteous and dumped the bad boy, and never looked back. At least Elena had the foresight to dangle a thread of hope with Damon. - Cassie and Adam drank the last bit of vapid star character romance from the show. That's when the remaining bulk of the audience walked away. They were likely going to start that up in season two, since that they found out Blackwell, but it was too slow. - It shouldn't (I repeat, should not) have been about dark magic. Dark magic, at best, should've been something that corrupted Cassie for 3-4 episodes, and then was rejected by the totally-platonic--ZZZ. Anyway, the show is supposed to be about *their* magic, not Cassie's evil Vader magic. I stopped liking Cassie after the first 15 minutes, maybe 16, but I truly believe that Cassie tossing around inanimate objects with the power of her forehead wasn't a plus for the main audience. Many of us here want a strong, independent young heroine, but many 14-year-olds want to watch something and say "aww" or "soo hot." Cassie: "I am a *strong* independent young blond woman, and I don't *need* a man to define--" Audience: *click* Eben: "Sup. I usually kicked your butt right after you said something like that, just sayin'. I'll justgo back to being dead now." CW and these writers suck for so many reasons, but the worst crime is not knowing their audience. The art is to give the masses what they want, while still making it interesting enough to keep smart people from walking away. I think they did too little of either. So while many of us are angry that this show got cancelled, I'm bothered more because I know the writers/producers/CW haven't learned anything from this. This is another result of network austerity; choking the life and budget out of a show to its cheapest bare bones, and then axing it when its too weak to maintain a brisk pace. - How cheaply can they make a mystical show and still keep their audience interested? Not this cheaply. - How far backwards can their characters progress? Not this far. - How little romance and romantic tension can the vapid star character endure? Not this little. - How many stupid, audience-insulting decisions--k, done. Obviously, I've been hard on this show since at least Day Two, but it's not just to make a baby show cry. If a show can be better--especially when it's easy--it really needs to do so, because every viewer that sees something I see, and walks away from it in disgust, that's one more person less forgiving than I who brings the show closer to cancellation. Cheapness is bad enough, but it's just wrong to lose viewers over Stupid. We get enough of that IRL. Shows like TSC cost money, and so they have to be better than shows like Hart of Dixie, much much better. Hell, I'm from Californiathink I *wanted* to like Hart of Dixie? On a related note, every time we watch a nickelbudget show like The Biggest Loser or The Bachelor, or American Idol, we show networks that good stories and actors not only cost more money, but that they're unnecessary, which is even worse. Like the fountain of homespun wisdom, Dr. Phil, tells us: "You teach people how to treat you." Try not to watch that crap. Do it for me. Do it for yourselves. I'd like to take a moment in this last ridiculously long post to thank Price, whose photo-captioned reviews were great enough to even keep people who'd already given up on the show, and often got them back to watching...simply to better grasp WTH you were talking about. You single-handedly got me to smile waay more than I ever did watching the show. And though I disagreed with nearly everything you enjoyed about TSC, you and your happy captions more than did your part for the show, sir, and for that...[shameless cheeseball moment] you will always have a place to clip clop in my heart [/shameless cheeseball moment]. With all that said, the next question is: who's coming with me to Teen Wolf? See you there? I'll be bringing snaaark..
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I'm sooooo with you on Teen Wolf bro! I always appreciate the snark!



It's no secret that you were hard on the show..and even when I didn't agree I always appreciated your candidness laced with sardonic retorts that made me grin. I respect that. Always have...always will. It's also no secret that from day one I was always on the "I'm soooo in love with the POTENTIAL of this show!" In fact for a while I kicked myself because it went against everything I otherwise preach about...falling in love with potential and all that good stuff. But I do think they made some improvements and I do think it was worthy of another season...and I think they were slow playing in hopes of getting another season out of it ...and at times slow playing it development wise can lose some viewers. I eventually felt like it was understated and clever with some of the writing myself. But I'm with you on the network budget and ad stuff...so with you on that.
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The 'slow playing' was basically the show's thread count. Microfiber to burlap. I'd put this show at around those cheap sheets they sell at Target, the ones that make a sound through the plastic when you run a fingernail over them.



The more content they conclude, the more content they can add. A show can take something that could've been concluded in a few episodes and stretch it out to 8 or 9 (or a season) if they want to, but people aren't as stupid as CW thinks they are, and they can often see when they're not getting their time's worth.



The problem, obviously, is that better and more content is harder to write (and writing is hard already), which is why Joss Whedon is thought of so fondly, and why nerds are raging at George Lucas so loudly.
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I do hear you on that Acrobit.
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Gee thanks! And ditto ; )
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^^ You're good people, and not just when you agree with me.



Doesn't hurt, obviously..
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I gotta admit. I was wrong about some stuff, too. Diana's grandmother was a good guy? Who saw that comin'?
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Nah, she wasn't evil; just a stone-cold zealot. After all, Cassie did have Balcoin blood, and it is corrupting her. Dickish witch hunter one day, bitchy cheerleader the next. The other Balcoins most likely killed innocents, and if this weren't a television show, how many people would Cassie have killed already?



It doesn't mean she couldn't have ended up working with the next Big Bad. Gram would, of course, be a hypocrite once she found out about Diana, but zealots and hypocrites go together like witch hunters and demons.
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@ ^ - Gram working with the next Big Bad, that is. *shakes head*
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I didn't see it coming either. She just seemed so deliciously evil. Who knew that she'd be the ambiguous character and Blackwell would be that evil.
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Get the show back..... Please let Price have more episodes to recap TT_____TT...

Bring Jake baaaack. Lol.
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