The Secret Circle: Father Time (PHOTO RECAP)

We did it! It finally happened! John Blackwell finally arrived in Chance Harbor! Now, it takes some straight-up audacity for a sister show of The Vampire Diaries to base its first season around the reappearance of a presumed dead character AND name that episode "Return," but it turns out The Secret Circle is just that audacious! Obviously John Blackwell is no Katherine Pierce, and also "Return" is no "The Return," but if you can look past that unfortunate (and unfair) comparison, this episode of The Secret Circle was pretty darn fun. Personally I thought the Blackwell character was a total blunder, but we'll talk about that later. Averaging things out, "Return" was certainly a worthy follow-up to last week's awesome "Valentine," suggesting we might be on the verge of a winning streak here. Who can say? I'm not a scientist (anymore, criminal charges, long story).

We began in Diana's bedroom where Cassie was turbo lying to everybody.

She decided to move back to Jane's house, claiming her grandmother was returning from the hospital that night. The cool thing about that lie is that nobody will ever know it isn't true. But in my mind I think this had to more with the fact that Cassie felt awkward accepting Diana's hospitality while secretly dating Adam.

Charles swung by with a brand new 'do and a chipper attitude. I loved that he brought in some college brochures for them to look at and also referred to Cassie as his second daughter. I think that kind of behavior probably comes with the territory when you murder a girl's mother. It's just good manners!

Back at her house, Cassie immediately noticed that the front door was ajar. I love when intruders leave doors open. That is such good intruding! I liked how Cassie wielded an umbrella for defense:

Remember when she incinerated some dudes with her brain? I kinda think she should stick to that as a defense tactic.

Anyway, false alarm:

Just kidding, un-false alarm: Jake was investigating the open front door also, plus he noticed the ring of ash that encircled the house.

Honestly, this was just more rude of the witch hunters than anything. Cassie tracked it onto the rug and everything! When Jake suggested that perhaps she needed help looking after herself (aw, Jake) she insisted she had it covered by, I guess, TAZING him bro?

Personally I think the episode title "Return" had a double meaning in that it also referred to the return of JAKE'S V-NECKS. (Not deep-Vs though, it IS the middle of winter in Vancouver and that would be irresponsible clavicle exposure.) But yeah, this was a good scene in that it was funny and both characters seemed to have distinctive personalities all the way through it. Jake usually only behaves that way with Faye, so I'm definitely getting the impression that this show is redoubling its efforts to give the love interests more spark. I likes it! Sassy Jake is the best.

Oh, this was crazy: Cassie got a job!

I'm not sure when she found the time, but ultimately it does make sense. She has no income, right? She's basically the Matt Donovan of The Secret Circle. Anyway, it was nice when Adam tried to teach her how to waitress. Adam is impossibly square, but sometimes you really need someone like that in your life to help you figure things out, you know?

And Cassie's new job meant good things for Faye, who now had a new hangout at which she could torment Cassie. Anyway, that's when a certain voodouche spotted Melissa.

Faye was NOT having it, but then it was funny how she just did not care about Melissa's well-being at all when Melissa said she was going to go party with the dude. I guess Faye had forgotten her promise to Diana that she'd have Melissa's back?

Back at Cassie's house (and FYI this is STILL the cold open) Cassie was just wrapping up a convo with Jane.

That's when she heard a knock at the door.

So, John Blackwell. First thing to note is that he wears grey and NOT black. Second thing, he's just as inappropriately attractive as the rest of the parents. Third thing: Not nearly the badass as we'd been led to believe. But for this scene he still had the benefit of mystery; we wouldn't learn the full extent of his lameness until later. Note the misdirection when the front door flew open magically. (He did not do that.)

Cassie was definitely pretty stunned to see him (although she probably shouldn't have been, right?) and the scene was as appropriately awkward as you'd expect. When Blackwell noticed Adam pulling up, he made her swear to keep his presence a secret.

Haha! Take that John Blackwell.

Meanwhile Diana needed to know what exactly happened to Melissa.

Faye tried to play it off like she hadn't been a bad friend, but I mean, Melissa HAS a cell phone. If she wasn't returning texts that's kind of her fault right? Anyway, it was time for the ladies to pay a visit to a certain voodoo schemer.

And his comatose girlfriend:

There was a funny beat in the garage when Lee recalled his most recent interaction with High Diana.

She was predictably mum on the subject, most likely because since that time she'd fallen head over heels in love with pizza and right now there was nothing, absolutely nothing, that could keep them apart. #PIZZANA

Meanwhile Cassie had agreed to meet John Blackwell out on a dock (because that is considered a private area in Chance Harbor) and it was REALLY emotional. She basically just shouted at him for being such an awful father, and he mostly just accepted it, albeit with short explanations that he'd gone into hiding in order to protect her. Very New Moon of him!

That's when he committed a major Abandoning Witch Dad faux pas:

Cassie felt PLAYED and boy was she was steamed!

But then UH-OH!

So then Faye and Diana arrived at the world's most disgusting "party." Seriously:

Just absolutely the worst! Can you even imagine what it smelled like in there? Like, I GUESS it was supposed to be a voodoo party, but it seemed more like a room full of vagrants dropping acid and playing D&D;?

Anyway, that's when Callum busted out some more of those garbage-on-a-stick totems and they buzzed each other's pleasure centers.

And that's when he discovered that Melissa is a witch! I guess I thought he already knew that? But whatever. He started getting that schemin' look in his eyes.

Back at the witch house, former owner John Blackwell arrived and couldn't have been happy with the decor.

That's when he met Jake and they had a handsomeness stand-off.

At this point Jake pretty much knew that Cassie had been kidnapped by witch hunters, so he lied and told Blackwell she was probably at the Boat House while he rushed over to the witch hunter lair.

Jake had devised a plan by which he'd save Cassie by handing over Blackwell. It was a surprisingly solid idea!

And I loved how he didn't even think twice about it. I guess all that compartmentalized psychology comes in handy sometimes.

Meanwhile, THIS was a nightmare:

Aaaahhh!! Awful!! They put junk in her eyes and mouth! (Fun day of work, Britt Robertson?)

Over at the Boat House, Blackwell continued his newfound hobby of revealing his presence to everybody.

Whoops, there was some bad blood between him and Ethan! Wonder what that's about? Just kidding, no I don't. I mean, honestly, the parents are just there to fight amongst themselves, and now they have a new person to fight with.

Then Callum locked Melissa in a storage area and started acting real creepy.

So she just threatened him with theoretical magic and walked out of there. Oh, but at least she'd learned the true purpose of those garbage totems and told Faye that Lee was probably lying to her about it.

Meanwhile out in the woods, Jake lured Blackwell out to go meet with the witch hunters.

But in a surprise twist, Eben didn't want Blackwell at all... He wanted Jake!

And then upon letting Cassie go, she discovered she'd been mind-controlled into murdering her own father! She even made a magic wand out of ivy and everything.

Now, here's my biggest complaint about Blackwell: He has no powers?!? Putting aside the fact that he's probably lying (he IS a Balcoin), this was about as fatal a flaw as I can imagine. You're telling me this character we've been waiting to meet is just another handsome-yet-conflicted grownup without powers? Don't we have enough of those already? Seriously, anyone paying attention to this show must've envisioned a darkly sinister, unpredictable, ruthless man who gets women pregnant just by looking at them. He had quite a reputation! Plus, it would've been more understandable if he'd abandoned Cassie in order to go live a jet-setting warlock lifestyle, but instead he was just chillin' in a duplex in Tacoma or whatever? Very frustrating! Even if Blackwell DOES have powers and was just lying, this episode was his INTRODUCTION. He just walked around in a cool coat and looked vaguely pained. No magic. No hero moments. No villain moments. Just rolling around wheezing in a ring of fire. Great first impression! I honestly do not understand the rationale here. But anyway, yeah. Blackwell doesn't have powers. What a disaster. No offense, The Secret Circle, but WHAT KIND OF SHOW DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? You can't be pullin' junk like this so late in the season. I'm worried about you, girl.

So while the Blackwell character was, so far, a conceptual failure, it's fortunate that there was still some pretty major awesomeness to be had. And it involved the circle!

Just when Eben was about to kill Jake, this happened:

THIS WAS THE BEST! I <3 GROUP MAGIC SO MUCH. They even did my favorite thing, which is standing in tableau while looking badass! Now THIS is the show I tune in for! Forget Blackwell, just give me more of this type of thing. So good.

But then uh-oh: Eben disappeared!

We'd already been given hints that he was a supernatural creature of some kind, but I think this might've confirmed it? That's just scary and cool right there. Stakes be raisin'!

Anyway, then the circle turned their attention to Cassie, who was still a slave to whatever brainwashing Eben had exacted upon her.

Again, it was really fun seeing the circle come together like this. Ugh, so good.

It worked! Cassie did not end up murdering her own father! Take that, witch hunters with your bizarre schemes and whatnots.

Because it's unclear what exactly Eben IS (not a witch, according to Blackwell), John Blackwell was going to stick around to keep Cassie safe. Or something. I am already sick of Blackwell, not gonna lie. He couldn't have had a triumphant moment of magic usage? Is that so much to ask on a show ABOUT MAGIC? But look, if I were to be a silver lining type of person, the one good thing about Blackwell is he represents a much stronger link between the kids' storyline and the adults, so hopefully we'll get to see much more blended storytelling in the future. It's just too bad when I have to IMAGINE things that I'll enjoy, you know?

Then Faye came home to find Lee sneaking around her bedroom. He'd climbed up through the window, because of course he did. I guess he'd felt super guilty about that garbage totem so he was there to destroy it and, I guess, make it up to Faye.

And they kissed! But then, whoops! Look who woke up:

Then there was this hilarious scene where Jake was literally just sitting on the corner of his bed doing nothing and a grown man just walked into his bedroom.

It had something to do with Blackwell kind of admiring Jake for selling him out in order to save Cassie. That is exactly the type of person Blackwell wanted to set his daughter up with.

And the episode ended with this weird non-cliffhanger in which Cassie just nestled up on Adam and they looked out the window all sad. I have no idea what it all meant, except that maybe her dad has better taste?

This was an entertaining hour of television! But I'm not gonna lie, I'm increasingly outraged about just how badly Blackwell was introduced in this episode. He was obviously a victim of high expectations, but was it so wrong to expect that he would have powers and/or a save-the-day moment of badassery or villainy? To continue the unfair comparison that was invited by the episode title, Katherine Pierce arrived in Mystic Falls and in a span of five minutes proceeded to make out with a main character and then SLAUGHTER a villain. That's just crowd-pleasing right there! Simply put, The Secret Circle DOES NOT need more wishy washy adult figures hanging around this town bickering about crystals. I'm truly astonished here, you guys. It's like sometimes I don't understand ANYTHING? One of these days I am just gonna turn off the TV and walk directly into the ocean because nothing makes sense to me anymore. Oh well.

Hey see you next month!

 

QUESTIONS:

... Were you satisfied with John Blackwell's introduction?

... Are you worried about Lee's ex?

... If Eben isn't a witch, then what is he?

... Should Cassie install better locks in her house?

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1.) no

2.) im not really worried bout her but about faye for all of what happened

3.) ummm a wizard na probly not oh well

4.) she totally should install better locks cause u dont ever see anyone going into or breaking into any other peoples houses
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ANSWERS:



1)...No! It's he the BAMF and incredible powered Jhon Blackwell? I don't think so! *I don't think so face*



2)...Not really, who cares?



3)...I'ts Batman!



4)...Totally, she should ask Faye's inter-decor advice!

*Plus I can't wait 3 months NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*





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So, I'd say it's obvious John came back for the medallion so he could have magic. I don't think he has anything against Cassie, but that's what he returned for, and now that it's gone, he's sticking around because he wants a crystal. That's safe to assume, right? If he'd been looking for Cassie, why would he have returned to his old house? That's right. His crystal. He's probably going to join the hunt for the crystal. So yay for the teen witches. Without them this show would basically be a power struggle between procrastinating 'old' people.
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While I think you are spot-on, a teeny-tiny part of me is still hoping that he turns out to be awesome. Failing that, I'd settle for Ethan becoming a (possibly sinister) BAMF.

What is WITH the adults on this show and their fascination with jewelry and/or weirdo knick-knacks. Just go to Hot Topic, already.
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You guys do realize that these photo recaps are way more entertaining than the show itself right? Still won't miss either once it's finally cancelled and cancel it they will. Them, you know.
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I'd have stopped watching if it wasn't for these recaps...
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I stopped watching after EP5 and only check the photo recaps from time to time. Because... they are funny ... sometimes.
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--I'm satisfied with the casting, but the introduction was very Secret Circle. What do they eveR reveal about a new character in their first episode? I could have gone for a little more James Bond stealth/MacGuyver magic kind of heat with his entrance. just somethingg more. Even at the least, more oF him. I wonder how he will tie into Dawn and Charles' schemes, since he can't access his power either? I hope he brings the knowledge in with the next episode. I need something enormously satisfying and groundbreaking for all the stringing-along this season.



--Ahha, I agree with mcarson, show is beggin' for a girl fight! Coma ggirl is gonna get tag-teamed.



--I have no idea what Eben is. He's creepy. What all teh h3ll is up with the witch hunters, man?



--Cassie is from TWO strong bloodlines on both her mother and father's side. I think the rumors of overpowering "dark" Balcoin magic could have been overshadowed by a handful of twisted witches throughout time, but is able to be channeled into powerful Good magic depending on the heart of the witch. Cassie is likely going to be much stronger than her father. Did she ReaLLY "destroy" the medallion completely? I'd rather see her protect herself magically than watch Adam lame his way through moving in on her and her house. I'm stubbornly still CAKE and the notion of Jake and Blackwell teaming up to do the dirty work gets me pretty hot and bothered.
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--- All hype just like an iphone!



--- No this show is begging for a good girl fight.



---Voodoo witch doctor.



-- Nah she can stay with Adam.
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Of course its voodoo witch doctor! It seems so obvious now with all the intro to Voodoo and stuff. But because Cassie wasn't involved and I'm not expecting much from this show was a bit like meh. good call.
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John Blackwell's introduction was well done but when he finally came in, he was rather... well, as you said, lame. I thought that he'd be some awesome twisted evil character but, he seemed rather tame and trying to be a good person, not very interesting. Lee's ex seemed to not want to be awake so it makes me kinda feel sorry for her, and here she wanted to sleep forever. I think that Eben is some sort of super human or they're going to make him some dark past saying that he's made some deal with the devil or has connections in the "dark side." Yes, to the last question, Cassie definitely should install better locks in her house, get better security.... Hmm... I wonder what really happened to the Medallion, I was hoping for a father-daughter show down. Oh well, shouldn't get hopeful because apparently John's turned "good" though next episode's promo has got me hoping.
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Also I don't think John needs a crystal for his magic. Again he is a balcoin so it would be something different. In the promo he is searching for someting desperately i think thats what he needs.
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Ok. John blackwell as an actor was an excellent choice. He carries himself with authority. When he told cassie that the spell the elders did stripped him of his magic i don't believe that. The reason being he is a Balcoin. Just as he can't be killed like regular witches so he magic would have to be stripped by a specific ceremony/ritual. But the elders thought him dead so i don't think they bothered with that. The demon angle relates to the following. Why where Dawn, Charle's etc stripped of their magic? For a long time i assumed it was because they caused the boat fire. As we saw in "witness" that was not the case so why strip them of their power what possible reason to do that to them. I believe it is possible John helped by a select few of his circle summoned the demons to gain extra power perhaps to fight the hunters. Remember when Nick was possessed he went up to Dawn and told her that she had summoned him. Well the summoning would have taken place before they lost their powers so its possible thats the reason the elders stripped them of their powers. Also without magic how has Blackwell remained so well hidden for 16 years that no witch with active powers could locate him? He must have been mystically hidden somehow but how??? His intro was nothing like we expected because be honest, fans of TVD as i am one, we expected a katherine sort of intro. But her character wasn't introduced or rather didn't actively come on the show until season 2. So why bring Blackwell on so soon?? perhaps to lower our expectations and when he does something bad ass we are left gaping. Or perhaps to build a story arc to the second season. If he does go bad,powerful watever you want to call it i think it will happen in the last two episodes of TSC.
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Yeah, I agree, a bit lame. I must also remember not to watch an episode of Fringe right before this, as anything doesn't look quite so good after that TV show....



It needs more darkness, it needs less character naivety, and it needs to make us think that some of these characters should have witch powers. At the moment, I'd say just take away all powers from all of them! They're just all too silly to be anywhere near this stuff.



My advice to SC writers is, make Adam someone darker and more powerful. Either as a new addition to his powers, or from some history. He proved in TSCC that he can do the powerful, young man-in-charge thing pretty well. So more of that might help.



All in all, I'm getting bored. Everyone is just milling around make stupid mistakes. And it really needs either more magic or better stories (or ideally both!). Right now, Britt Robertson and Thomas Dekker are way underused.
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I don't think the only thing disappointing was Blackwell, but rather the episode, very lame indeed.



When I first saw him when the door opened, I thought, awesome, it was all downhill from there...
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Although Blackwell's intro was terrible, the next episode looks promising! He will hopefully team up with Dawn in search of crystals and get their power back.



Don't you just love how Lee's ex is in a coma with a face full of makeup? They should of made her look like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.



Jake has said that Eben doesn't like witches and Blackwell claims that he isn't a witch. But he is definitely supernatural since a branch in the chest didn't kill him and many witches fear him. He must be a wizard or a ghost then.



No locks because then there wouldn't be any more umbrella shenanigans.
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A disappointing introduction which made this a disappointing episode.
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I'm thinking that Blackwell has something to do with the parents power removal (suppression?) or that he knows something on how to get their powers back.

The only things I can think of that the parents want from Cassie was either the Dark Magic and/or Blackwell, because from what I can tell they needed Cassie for their powers to return... I think that makes sense...
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Quick question: Anyone else wondering how the abandoned house (should we be calling it John's house?) still has working lights? I get that there's an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere because, hello Chance Harbor (see also: burned, boats and decrepit, churches), but why is the city still running power (and probably water) out to an "empty" building?

Is this what the Circle is using it's magic for? Getting out of paying utility bills? Think big kids! Try for free college or something. Honestly, baby show. *smh*
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My money's on Adam. What do you wanna bet Adam is paying the bills for that spot?! I mean he's the one that always appears like the house's "keeper", the fact that he pretty much has taken care of his drunkard father for so long and the boathouse. Adam seems like the guy that balances his father's checkbook, pays all the bills, and his knowledge of the county records and such isn't lost on me. The kid grew u pfast, he's like an adult in a teen body so I'm willing to bet he takes care of the place legitimately...because we all know they aren't using spells to keep the lights on!LOL!
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What I wanna know is, who the hell's paying for Cassie's cars? We all know Adam *would*, but can he..?
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I think that the SUV she rolled last week was Jane's/someone else's. It really looked like one of the cars the kids used to "carpool" to Faye's Granddad's that one time. This week she was back to driving the station wagon looking thing that Charles stalled out during the pilot and that Faye smoke bombed (also the pilot?). Apparently, neither stalling out nor being smoke filled was enough to decommission a station wagon. But that SUV. Seriously! How are there not insurance folks, police, or any ADULTS aware of that crash?!?! Is Charles really so poor of a parent that he doesn't notice when his kid's BFF (and his "new daughter") is suddenly missing the brand new SUV they had been driving? I mean, that's the sort of thing which comes up during basic small talk in a town this size. "Hey neighbor, what's new? Not much, but I did total my car the other night, what's new with you?" See?? It's not that hard to have basic human interactions and tell people stuff. And really, Chance Harbor, I realize it was "the middle of nowhere" but has NO ONE stumbled upon that crash site yet? Even Sheriff Dunce Forbes would have found it by now.
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I don't know but Cassie should seriously just invest in a scooter...it's easier to explain the disappearance of those. Plus it'd give us awesome photo caps of "clip, clop, slide. Clip,Clop, Slide."
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I thougt exactly the same thing. the show was teasing us with Blackwell for weeks and then he just stands there, in the sunshine without a cloak or whatever. Also his behaviour was very irratic. At firist he let Cassie promise him that she didn't tell anyone about him and then went around to introduce himself to Chance Harbor.

I understood the ending with Faye and Lee in that was, that Faye and Lees old girlfriend somehow swithed and Faye is now trapped in Lees Old girlfriends body.

Also i am getting tired of magic threats when we never actually see magic. Uh ah, i am so powerfull, get out of my way. I could even be funny if we knew for a fact that she is that powerfull, kind of like Buffy was hilarious when Vamps thought she was just another perky, blond appetizer.
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If you're right, it'd be the most intelligent thing they've done on this show...by miles.



Have you been watching this show long?



But seriously, that would be pretty cool. I only watch this show once a week with my gf, and we're usually complaining about it so much, I guess we wouldn't notice something sneaky if it happened.
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holy crap, how did I not notice that?!!!!!! omg.....
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That's an interesting idea of Faye being the ex girlfriend now, but it's not exactly plausible considering the fact that they are in Faye's bedroom and Faye was upset about him sneaking into her housr. But damn, that would be cool.
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i think he means when the Eva girl woke up, the reason she looked so scared is because that was Faye.
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John Blackwell.... wow, just introduced and already hitting the top of lame-ass chars on TV. Almost gave the same feeling I had when looking at what's-his-name that killed cassie's Mom and turned out to be such a lame-wad, crying for a crystal. But what a missed chance, and I like him so much in that flash-back. How cool was that? Anyway, If he ends up crying anytime in the show, I'm done! "the elders took our powers" WTF is that?? Do they take Dark magic too?? And it's not like the elders are such a power to reckon with as all these old geezers are either killed or are send St. Mungos to clear their heads.



Who knew that the stupid Voodoo story line would end up being the most interesting on the show? Take a hint writers and do something!! I like Lee's ex, hope she kicks ass and is some voodoo enchantress whatnot.



Eben probably is some sort of Hybrid/wizard/Warlock/mage/Supernatural/idontknow... just any name that's not witch. Let's see how original/creative the writers are with this.



Who needs locks when you got umbrella's that can shoot wind?
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1. Not really, as early as the ending of the episode before this one he was this faceless entity with a dark magic hand scar and was as theoretically terrifying as the ghosts that had chased Cassie. Then he shows up and he looks and acts like a washed up sad man? I mean I guess it was an interesting direction to go in, maybe they're going to play him like a dark-magicholic? Like he'll continue this well intentioned 'I'm glad I have no magic, the dark ruined my life, I jsut want to rebuild now' and then slowly he'll give into temptation and do something unforgivable to Cassie to gain her power? He already metaphorically grabbed at the medallion with both hands.



2. I'd say I'm 'slightly intrigued' at the moment, the stakes need to be a bit higher.



3. A day walking vampire? Maybe Esther from TVD had another affair she REALLY doesn't want others to find out about. "Quick better kill all my children before they find my second love-child" (CW doesn't shy away from clichs and policitcal in-correctness.)



4. Would it really be so hard for her to install spelled locks that only magic can open? Hey-presto! No witch hunters. She could just come round and open the door for her gran the five seconds she's on the show.
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What do you mean by "Is it Friday yet?"



1. I completely agree with you, Blackwells introduction was completely underwhelming. I am imagining great things, secrets, lies, mystery and whatnot with him. I just hope the writers have read my mind.

2. Lee's ex, Ava I think her name is, looked really freaked out so I she sort of just decides to go back to sleep. Yay problem solved and Lee and Faye can continue there thing.

3. A jedi? jks

4. She should get better locks and a motion sensor flood light for the porch, and maybe lazers and stuff.



Thanx Luv Savvytvfan91 xoxo
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I didn't expect Blackwell to take over the high school, kill 2 students and turn his head into a talking skull. I dont believe him when he says he has no magic, I just don't. I wish Dawn, Charles and Jane were around but I guess that's for AFTER the hiatus? I think his arrival was designed to make you think he's scheming. So I'm ok with it.



I'm not worried about the ex, even tho I know she's gonna have a tiff with Faye. I'm worried about Faye repeatedly associating with people who threaten the Circle and I really hate that the writers keep writing about Lee at all. I may be in the minority but i think the Fayana 'ship needs to happen. Period.



Who cares? He's got creepy eyes, cool accent, and he bampfed himself off a tree branch, he's bad ass.



They all should install better everything on their houses. Why havent they spelled their abandoned house so people can't just walk into it?
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Am I the only one who thinks that the writers wrote Blackwell the way they did on the return episode for a reason? If Blackwell comes in guns a blazin', we won't get much character arc, and therefore, won't get much Blackwell. BUT, if he comes in subtly, playing the innocent misunderstood father, he builds trust, ultimately getting him into a position where he can get what he wants (because we ALL know he wants something). He says he doesn't have powers. I CALL SHENANIGANS. I think he has power, but is keeping it hidden to hide his true intentions. The medallion crest, which we know channels dark magic, was burned into his hand for pete's sake. Don't give up on Blackwell just yet. I don't think we've seen his true nature.
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When he said "i dont have any power" I was like "really? that's your way in?"
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Where do I even start. I've remained loyal to this show regardless of the sometimes lame things they do, but I'm beginning to get a little tire of it all.



First, how stupid was it to bring John Blackwell back without his powers and all nice and cuddly? Blackwell has been built up as this supreme incarnation of danger and (likely) evil for the entire season, and now he's this warm teddy bear who just wants to protect his daughter. That's a serious let-down.



Second, WTF is going on with the whole voodoo story line? I think this could be a great "B" story line to have in the series, but they are showing signs of being wishy-washy on it like they have on everything else.



Third, how do the demons that appeared early in the season fit in to this whole thing, or are we just suppose to forget about them and move on to other things? That was played up and then simply dropped. Do they think that people don't follow the stories and want some continuity in them?



Fourth, I am highly peeved about the destruction of the medallion in the previous episode. My problem wasn't that it was destroyed, but that it was destroyed so casually and with very little effect. Don't the writer understand magick at all? It was built up as this hugely powerful artifact that had the power of thousands of witches trapped within it, yet Cassie just crumbles it in her hand with no more than a few cuts to show for her effort. First, an artifact like that should have been very difficult to destroy (I mean, if serious magickal artifacts were that easy to get rid of, then Frodo wouldn't have had to traipse all the way to Mordor to destroy that pesky ring, now would he), and when she did destroy it there should have been serious magickal nukage, even on the prime material plain there should have been an explosion or something, and on the astral and ethereal plains it should have knocked out practically every witch in Chance harbor.



Finally, back to continuity issues. Why is Cassie's SUV in perfect shape a few days after she flipped it? Either she did some serious magick to get it back in shape, or the repair people in Chance Harbor are inhumanly fast (maybe that's where all the demons are).



Anyway, I will continue to watch TSC, but I think the shows higher ups need to do some serious castigating of people on things like I've mentioned above and work on better executions of story lines. Just my opinion, but I think it hurts the show to be like they are now.
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Way unsatisfied with JB's return. Even if its in their back pocket that he is bad and just foolin' us, who cares? They have filled us with expectations for a scary chili pepper and gave us a marshmallow instead. It's not Lando's fault. He looks good and played what they gave him. It's what they gave him that sucks! They just need to get a coherent storyline going and maybe it's too late, but you cant keep making people thinks Chas is a great villain and then take that away and then build up the JB angle all season and he arrives in a whisper not a bang. BAD WRITING. And they are wasting so much time with their voodouche (wonderful term you coined) story that is meaningless when they could be working on the core. And another comatose woman? Really? Why? Same reason the psychic was here and gone. They don't know which way to go. And what DO the witchhunters really want and why? When Ethan sees JB after all this time, after he was supposed to be dead, he merely says you arent supposed to be here. HUH? I'm angry with it because I really like the cast and the premise and instead of capitalizing on those assets they come up with a detour a week. UGH is right. But as always, your recap was hilarious. Hope you feel better soon.
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Seriously, is Jake's house only compromise a bedroom because people just barge in unexpectedly.

... I agree Blackwell's introduction was a complete let down, knowing him as a menacing bad guy then comes in totally powerless, UGH.
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Sometimes, what a show REALLY needs...is an ROUS. Rodents of unusual size? Yes please! I'd like to see some messed up s*** on this show, and what's more messed up than the thing that nearly killed out beloved As-You-Wish-Westley? Nothing, that's what.
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lmao. Definitely agree with you there!
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Well, I prefer when they write a show with their own vision for it, unlike CROWD-PLEASING TVD...because you never know WHICH crowd to please, right?

I actually quite liked Blackwell, I know everyone expected him to do something badass in the same episode he appeared in, but it was a bigger shock to me that he just acted like a decent guy...maybe he can be a father figure in Cassie's life after all? I just want her to have a parent, you know? And damn Blackwell is so handsome so I forgive him everything. lol



Lee's ex seems lame, and why is he kissin' Faye when he has a plant of an ex lying in the bed about to come back to life? OMG MAYBE THAT KISS SEALED THE DEAL, maybeee it was maagical. lol IDK WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON



I don't care what Eben is, I have no interest in witch hunters at all.



Cassie should just use her magic to set some kind of a protection shield around her house, tbh.



Adam and Cassie are cute, and I no longer ship Jake/Cassie. I want him to be sassy, like he is with Faye. I want him with Faye and Diana with Lee...



and none for Melissa apparently. She can hook up with Adam's dad?

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You know the 9 thumbs ups are for this idea, right? "and none for Melissa apparently. She can hook up with Adam's dad?"



And I think you may really be onto something there: "OMG MAYBE THAT KISS SEALED THE DEAL, maybeee it was maagical." That'd be a super-cool twist, cool-blooded cool Lee.
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that would be cool, I know.



And don't tell me 9 thumbs up are just for that and not my hilarious self? I'm kidding, I didn't bother for this comment hahah nothing much to mock this time, I guess lol
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I think the problem with this show is that it's a big teaser rather than an actual show. I like it more than TVD nowadays, but this show really needs to take off. It's just tease, tease, tease, and then when that big thing comes, it's very underwhelming.



I think at this point we have to feel like there is a circle rather than Cassie and Jake doing all the work while everybody else is going to parties and getting high. We just need to see things happen. There are so many things the show is introducing, but they just haven't explored anything. They talk about "evil" Voodoo and all we get are ugly sticks that we saw from last episode. They talk about "dark" magic with a book about skeletal figures, corpses, and people being taken over by evil but that isn't Cassie at all nor do we see it in any of the children. All Cassie has done is accidentally choke Adam and burn a dress.



Whatever happened to Cassie's crystal? What happened to Cassie being the leader of the circle? I really hope the producers realize that they need to make something happen rather than leave us with underwhelming witches, underwhelming dark magic, underwhelming vodoo, and underwhelming witch hunters.
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"but this show really needs to take off. It's just tease, tease, tease, and then when that big thing comes, it's very underwhelming."



Best summary of the show so far.
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hhahaha much like Pretty Little Liars...



there you get like AH-MA-ZING trailers and then nothing happens on the show. lol
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Cassie was totally channeling Hagrid with that umbrella wand thing. Now we know her favorite book series is Harry Potter.



1. I expected more creepy/broading but whatever

2. the whole Lee's girlfriend waking up thing reminded me a lot of this past season of Misfits..

3. a douchebag?

4. Cassie doesn't just need locks, girl needs some bars and basically groupd magic herself a forcefield around her house. everybody's breaking into her house like crazy.
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OMG me too! however, i was expecting a body-spirit transfer that led to kelly being stuck in a comatosed body.
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. Were you satisfied with John Blackwell's introduction? Not really. i expected more badass.

... Are you worried about Lee's ex? oh yeah. give us faye-lee-lee's ex-jake square :D

... If Eben isn't a witch, then what is he? .... chuck's norris' son.

... Should Cassie install better locks in her house? not only Cassie but also Jake. everyone is walking into his room like a store.

PS: one month without u ..... this will be hard. got ur own show on tv!!
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Jake said "what the hell?" three times in this episode, all in the same sassy yet generally wondering manner, and it was perfect. First when Cassie Marry Poppins'd him with her umbrella. Then when he found out Eben wanted him instead of Blackwell. And then when he realized Eben wasn't dead on that tree branch anymore. PS - Was he really that entranced by Adam's girly lashes that he didn't notice that the man who had just been staked had somehow floated off his tree house resting place into safety?
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Loved the Recap!!! Thank you Price for making TSC more entertaining that it actually is....



Yes Blackwell's entrance was disappointing like hell - he looked like a guy on a middle life crisis with a bad cold or something ... instead of the hot superdangerous villain i was expecting... I hope he perks up and begins to break a few hearts in this boring town... look at all the fun they are having in Mystic Falls with the Original hotties...
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Yeah, I definitely was not expecting Blackwell to be what was presented. I get that he (like most of the other adults in the show) could be seeking a way to regain his powers... there just hasn't been anyone on TSC that I have completely despised, but I would like for it to be him. Enjoyed your recap as always!
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Every time I see the word "crystal" as related to this show, I think of your "crystal. Crystal? Crystal." screengrabs... so great lol. Loved the Grease reference btw. Keep doin' what you're doing, these recaps are the best (both TVD and TSC).



... Were you satisfied with John Blackwell's introduction?

Eh. It was a little anti-climactic. I was definitely envisioning someone like you described. I also thought it was funny the way he kept revealing himself to everyone. I was like 'Didn't he just say that he didn't want anyone to know he's alive?' Looks like he hasn't been all that truthful judging the March promo though so maybe they're building to something?



... Are you worried about Lee's ex?

A little. Why would they have her wake up if it wasn't to cause trouble?



... If Eben isn't a witch, then what is he?

Hmm... I guess we'll find out.



... Should Cassie install better locks in her house?

YES. I'm surprised how little she values security actually, what with all her near-death experiences.
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I know what was with him revelaing himself so much?! He's all "shhhhh don't tell anyone I'm here, m'kay?!" then ten minutes later he's all at Ethan's boathouse looking all smug talking about "Sup". Annoying. How secret can you be in a town of fifty people prancing around in a long trench coat meeting up with blond teenage girls.
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In his defense though, he thought Cassie was in danger and he had to find her, whether it meant making his presence known or not.
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I agree. I think he didn't want to reveal himself but was forced into it. I mean he has been hiddng for 16 years. But Hiddng from whom?? If it was the witch hunters he figured they already knew about him being back from cassie anyway. As I think Ethan betrayed them 16 yrs ago to the hunters i think he didnt want to reveal himself to Ethan so he wouldn't go and tell the hunters but with cassie at stake and the possibility that they already knew i think he just went with it and went to the boathouse.
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No i was not satisifed at all john blackwell is supposed to be this awesome character and he was just kind of dormat. Anyone love the part where he's tells cassy she can't protect herself and yet he has no power...sure. I hated this episode because of that but it was sort of redeemed when they all got together to attack Eben. It payed homage to charmed (<3 charmed 4ever) and does anyone else see how much they try to make cassie taller did you see her 4 inch wedges? what they can't deal with having a short chick? does everyone have to be tall? and why do they freekin insist on cutting melissa out of every storyline she's involved in really cw? I am hoping she is the other balcoin child b/c i hate how her character is getting no face time..( i think price stated before but as cassie is the matt donovan of the secret circle, melissa is the bonnie bennet of the secret circle) Such a shame and she has a lot of talent. Okay and if eben isnt a witch then he just has to be a vampire i mean really what else are they going to say a fairy? then everyones reaction will be like sookies on true blood (how fucking lame!) the only other thing I could think of is a werewolf but meh vampire seems more appropriate here. It would be cool if we could do a secret circle vampire diaries cross over so than bonnie could learn what the witches world was really like since we were jipped that in the vampire diaries. And as for the last question cassie might as well leave the doors open w/ normal everyday locks they are not what she needs, she needs the security system of the pentagon. Okay and I'm so sick of this bad writing even for faye i mean last episode she cared so much for melissa's well being now she's like yea go to the party and get laid? Since this show is only in its first season ill give it chance because first seasons are pretty rocky but still like vd it has alot of potential but it means nothing if the writers can't find their footing.
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... Were you satisfied with John Blackwell's introduction?

He seems to be another male-teddybear in a long list teddybears, just like all males in the show, basically. So, I guess, the writers are all female?



... Are you worried about Lee's ex?

Naah.



... If Eben isn't a witch, then what is he?

He is a B....ch? I know you all thought Baywatch ;)



... Should Cassie install better locks in her house?

She should get better windows, better doors, better locks, better everything!
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IMHO,i feel TSC hasn't find its footing or mayb the writers are just not CREATIVE enough,pls no1 shud take this the wrong way,cos am a fan of the show,and i want it to do well,but am just nt feeling the show at the moment.Does this show want to focus on romantic relationships or magic/powers/abilities??.cos you have to focus MORE on 1 than the other and to me,it feels they r more on the love triangle,romance than the magic/powers/abiliy/supernatural stuffs,which is so overdone and boring and can kill a show,esp a supernatural show,if it isnt accompanied by its magic and stuff.



I don't know what's happened to this show but it has really gotten obvious and predictable..like faye&lee,who didn't see that coming,cassie always to the rescue,cassie always running towards danger or away from it in every episode,jake can do separate magic,but he never does it,the other members can do magic,but they never do except when cassie comes and saves the day...there r lots of loop holes that r just so obvious,and i kinda get angry when it happens the way i predicted,cos its just so obvious.



The introduction of blackwell was disappointing to say the least,almost every1 tot he was gonna be the ultimate twist that will set this show in motion,but surprise,he is just like every other adult looking for crystal to save himself..i mean what happened??..the Charles i was introduced to in the beginning is now a shadow of his former self,was he nt d 1 that set Amelia on fire?,killed nick??,altered jane's memory,where has that bad ass Charles gone?,let me remind TSC that gale harold once headed a show that lasted 5yrs or more and has a huge fan following,why aren't they utilizing this man to his full potentials..



This show promised lots of things when it started,they told us pple will start switching sides,good/evil/power struggle..i haven't seen anytin happen so far just same old story,boring triangles,and less magic..more talk than action..give us ACTIONS!!!.



The circle can not still do individual magic,we dont know if they even have powers asides magic/spell,i tot witches can do all things telepath,see the future,make prophecy, mind control and other cool abilities,why aren't they doing any of this??,if its nt talk about crystal,it is dark magic,if nt that, it is the boring love triangles...i cant even keep tract of the triangles cos its TOO much,you have diana/adam/cassie, faye/jake/cassie, adam/cassie/jake, jake/faye/lee, faye/lee/eva, holden/lee/diana/adam, callum/melissa..and others,i cant even keep up with it..you even have diana/melisa/faye.. wth?? with all this triangles all over the place....TSC get it TOGETHER.COM..



Talk about cliffhangers..i haven't seen any since the death of nick and Amelia,nt even a reveal of the other balcoin child...and the lil magic they do in this show is just not helping..i hate to comapre tvd,or even other witches related shows/movies to this but i keep getting references to them,which is nt showing CREATIVITY at all from the writers.Where are the HUMANS in this show,cos it got to have a balance btwn the witches and them..where are the humans..where is SALLY?,has she graduated from chance habour high,HUMANS pls...



Tsc just aired its 15th episode and now they are on break,this is the time to get things back on track for the witches,parent ,humans and elders,stop unnecessary triangles,crystal talk and make MAGIC/ABILITIES/POWERS/SPELLS and other stuffs,this show is not about comedy nor relationships,its about WITCHES with powers,at least thats what i got from the pilot,sad to say this but the best episodes so far have been the pilot,the episode where nick was killed and valentine..others are just nt matching up,no consistency and lack of creativity....



TSC needs to really make adjustment in the remaining 6/7 episode left,so that pple can still be interested,more creepy twist,focus more on the supernatural aspects put the relationships on the back burner for now..and make MAGIC,cos thats y most viewers tuned-in in the first place..so they don't start giving up on this show.I Love this show,hope they come back with good plots,scrap/change your plans and make good stories...i only decided to critic this show cos i know it can deliver,and i love the show..so pls take corrections and don't take it personal...i love the casts,crew and every1 on this show...pls deliver so they can keep me and other viewers interested....



and now to price questions..

1.NO! 2.I don't care cos thats nt what the show is about,am only worried for faye's safety..the show is called "THE SECRET CIRCLE" about witches not "love triangles".am nt here for that. 3.half human,half spirit,or mayb god who knows..4.stupid cassie keeps repeating same thing over and over again..she should do whatever she likes,cos she keeps getting stupid....



On a brighter note,price iLY,you always find a way to make a not so good episode better for me through your recap,that i just keep going back to give the show a chance..pls keep doing this..you r a genius..and GET WELLSOON!!



Am a big fan of the show and am really expecting much from it cos the pilot delivered so much,and i will gladly erase some episode off if TSC is willing to make a good comeback for the remaining episode,give us cliffhangers,unexpected twist and turns,more humans,abilities/powers..any future prophecy,who is gonna die or whatever,thier pedigree..and lots more...





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Isn't Lee' girlfriend the girl from the episode of Supernatural, "The slice girls"?
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Wow, you're awesome to spot that! Really cool :)



http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2145177/
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Oh, also, didn't Cassie 'clip-clop' so much better out on that boardwalk deck?
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Dammit, your description of Blackwell totally took the wind out of my mock rant. I was *gonna* say something like:



"How badass is Blackwell?



Cassie: "So you're my dark magic daddy?"



Blackwell: "I am, baby girl."



Cassie: "But you stayed away to protect me and my mom, even though our family inherits our power and everyone would come after us anyway? And to protect me again, you want to take the power-sucking medallion back? The medallion that you consciously opened your hand and dropped down a drain 16 years ago before your douchestepping outside, leaving Baby Jake and his mom to fend for themselves? And after the months of talk and worry about your Dark Daddy Magic, you don't have any more magic than the rest of the parents? And all that's left of you is a hated dick who gave up burlap hoodies for a weird grey suit?"



Blackwell: "Correct."



Cassie: "Welcome to TSC!""



But now, I can't say any of that, because it would just seem silly .



Anyway, Melissa was looking especially hot this week. Got all dolled up, had her hairre did, and the voodouche totally blew it. He could've corrupted her for weeks to come, turning her into a dark, sexy, left-path voodoo mama, but noo. Typical TSC buildup/letdown. Mark my words, this is the beginning of Serially Undatable Melissa.



But it might be the beginning of Bitter Vengeful Diana. Diana's really competent when she puts her mind to something (TEAM DIANA!!). That was a good moment when Cassie was moving out.



Diana: "You're leaving, Cassie? Well say 'hello' to my ex's penis. Kidding. Make Adam shout my name...like he used to. Totally kidding. You have fun now..walking all over my old hopes and dreams. Still kidding."



Faye sucks. Still has cheekbones. Moving on.



Lee's ex is hot. I anticipate very pretty, mostly boring things from her. Briefly. Before she dies. Tragically. RIP: Future This Girl 2012-2012.



"Is this Grease? 'Cuz you're the one that I want." - I actually used that one a while back. Ah, good times...
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And how did that Grease line work out for you? Bonus points if you pulled it off without either of you laughing.
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Nah, even I wouldn't have played it from a serious angle. Fresh Prince of Bel Air reruns taught me that much.



It went...



Me: "Well...I'm Acrobit, I'm a Scorpio, [other rudimentary details]...and I know 200 lame pickup lines."



Her: "Haha, is that so? Gimme a couple."



Me: [Insert Grease line, Insert Visa line]



Laughs were had, but results were positive. Only the results matter.
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Price Peterson, you are THE FUNNIEST with these photo recaps. Dream job working on tv.com and seeing you putting a "WHY I NEVER" on a screenshot. I agree so much

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Ha Ha! Love the "Don't taze me bro" ref. Hilarious. Great recap. Is it Friday yet?! Oh and I hope you feel better soon...although it hasn't affected you being on your A game so kudos. : )



-I....wasn't. For all the reasons you pointed out. I fear I broke one of my cardinal rules. "The best way to avoid disappointment is to have no expectations." I suppose expecting Blackwell to be this super hot, badass, super powerful warlock with obscure reasonings and a great deal of duality to his overall character was having too high of expectations for him. Apparently my expecting him to have powers in general was reaching for the stars and getting pixie dust. Instead we have another power-hungry adult to add to the lot with the rest of 'em. Learning that he didn't actually return for his daughter and he isn't really staying for his daughter's sake ontop of him being a powerless hap, just made him a dead beat dad with no redeeming qualities.Even his promises of protecting her left me dubious seeing as how can he protect her? The man who was cowering in the middle of the woods and had to rely on his daughter's friends (Umm how super badass does Diana look when she's channeling?) to save him from Cassie's magic stick. Him...he's going to protect her...especially by teaming up with Jake...the guy who had to rely on his friend's...you get where I'm going here. Although I still can't wrap my head around a warlock from his bloodline devoid of any power.Hardly seems plausible. So perhaps there is hope in here...somewhere...maybe.

-No. Unless she somehow becomes like an extension of Faye...which would be AWESOME.

-Hell if I know. Is it deliberate storytelling or an oversight?

-Cassie needs to live in a Safe House at this point because everyone just waltzes in. Same goes for Jake's house...umm question Nick wasn't living alone in there that whole time was he because who kept up with the place?!



Solid episode.Blackwell was a bit disappointing to say the least, seeing as a lot of us were banking on him being the gamechanger.There were a lot of throwaway moments so overall it seemed to lack momentum. Like the partying...while I don't mind actually seeing Melissa in anything, what was with the Voodoo party? Which in actuallity looked like a 90's rave, I half expected to see the two Cory's (my bad R.I.P Cory 1) and Courtney Love dancing around in the background with acid washed jeans while listening to to Kurt Cobaine (R.I.P dude). Only to reveal that Callum found out Melissa was a witch? I thought he already knew that! And that he and Lee steal from witches?! I thought we already surmised that as well. Although I suppose it's kind of cool that they introduce another aspect of magic...because I'm getting the impression that dark magic is different from the circle's magic which is what? Light magic? And Voo Doo is in a whole other category so I suppose that makes up for the lack of other supernatural beings (except whatever the hell Eben is). It was a solid episode but when I look back on it it was filled with mundane almost nonsensical filler stuff. Cadam snuggles at the end. I like Adam and even I got nauseated. Blackwell revealing himself to Ethan after saying his identity must be kept secret...sure okay. The random phonecalls to remind us that Jane still exists.



As for the other Blackwell child. For a while I was thinking Diana. Because Faye obviously has to be a red herring...it's too obvious. And even though I would have loved to have taken Charles (nice hair cut btw...gross misuse of the great Gale) being all sappy and fatherly with Cassie as a foreboding for the revelation that neither Cassie or Diana are his actual daughters because their Blackwells but nope. I think that moment was strictly a chance for TSC to make fun of themselves with that great snappy comment Diana made about all the men loving Cassie. So true. Wish TVD took a page out of that book because Elena has like six or seven dudes fawning over her in some way or another. So now...now I'm back to Melissa. Maybe the spark Callum felt wasn't merely that she was a witch but that she's like all dark and twisty with the witchcraft...maybe I'm still trying to find a reason why that party scene was relevant. Maybe I'll stop now, and resign myself to waiting patiently for the Ides of March for a new episode. Which is rather easy to do.
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Even I got a little angry when Blackwell said he didn't have any powers. I said "Really? Even YOU? REALLY?!"



I think Callum and Lee just steal energy from stupid chicks who go to cheesy fake voodoo parties, and hadn't had an actual witch before Faye and Melissa. That's why Callum was so surprised at the amount of energy he got from Melissa.



I mean, it's either that....or Melissa's actually a pretty badass wi--nah.
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"REALLY? EVEN YOU? REALLY?" lololol!!! That was my reaction exactly! We goy punk'd.
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1)No!I completely agree with what you said about him!

2)I don't care about Lee or his ex girlfriend or his make-out scene with Faye!Both voodoo freaks need to go.

3)"Maybe he's a ninja turtle.Or a zombie,a werewolf!".-Stefan "Brave new world",TVD.

4)She's a witch!Why does she rely on locks for her safety and not some spells?
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lmao "um wtf r u doing here?"
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btw,,, this was a very good episode,,, but... i expected much more for the return of her all time evil father,,, still though,, great episode,
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hahahah,,
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All I have to say is that if I'd have known all it took to get the hot chick into bed was breaking a stick I'd have been in the woods a long time ago.
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Chance Harbor = Land of DILFs?
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Wait, so has everyone here read the books? Am I the only one that just jumped on because TVD is so awesome?
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I've only read the TVD books. I jumped onto TSC because (IMHO) TVD >>> Vampire Diaries books.
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Yeah I have read a few of the TVD books but the show is a million times better than the books and I started watching TSC because of the team behind it.
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Awesome, am not alone in this. Thought for a second I was intruding on a pre-established hardcore fandom...
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1). I'm going to be an optimist and say there's a reason for the wimpy character he was introduces as. He has no power, but apparently he was ridiculously evil? First thing he asks for is the Medallion? He and Ethan have 'unfinished business' (I think)? I do think that they should have either postponed his arrival, or they should have waited to bring Eben in at a later date. Blackwell should have been introduced in a way that allowed him to interact with each of the parental units seen on the show, as well as each of the children on a one-to-one basis, because I firmly believe he knows which one is his other child, and these interactions would have given us a better understanding og the character and his purpose. BUT I'm choosing to accept it because the next episode appears to be about dissecting his character, so perhaps we'll get to see him in a darker light, introduce some more mystery. Though I'm sure he's just going to be seeking out a crystal, like every other parent on this show. But Cassie has one...which leads me to think there COULD be a power struggle between Cassie and her father. Which I'd love to see.

2). Not really. She looked terrified to me. It'll be interesting to see what happens with her, but I'm almost certain she'll be dead in no time. Could be wrong. But I'm sort of hoping I'm right.

3). I think he really is just human, but has - as was hinted at in the episode - some 'consulting witch' or something, most likely a witch he 'pays off' in order to assist him in destroying the witch kind. Or maybe he just tells this person 'I won't kill you'. Wouldn't it be awesome if this person was Ethan? Witch hunters be double crossing you, Ethan. (It's probably not Ethan).

4). Nope. No point. S**t's gonna happen either way, and if it's witches she's dealing with then it's not going to do her any good anyway,



So, Adam's still not my favorite character, but I found Cassie and Adam to be rather adorable in this episode. I mean sure, it's like he was stalking her at work, but I guess they are boyfriend and girlfriend, so all's good in the 'hood. But they really were very cute. Now, I'm not too into the love triangle, but I do think it's one of the better ones I've seen. Cassie may be more fun with Jake - and that umbrella scene was just great - but she seems to have a super sweet time with Adam, as opposed to just frowning and fretting all the time. So it's nice to see that even though Adam is currently one of those brooding types, he doesn't actually turn his love interest into a snoozefest. And he's not getting on my nerves as much any more! That's a plus. I'm still pro Cassie and Jake, but not hating Adam and Cassie right now. The show sort of timed it well.



Faye on the phone to Diana was hilarious. I mean, I'm SURE Diana didn't fall for that. Oh, and speaking of Diana, wasn't that line early on in the episode sort of strange? Especially following her phonecall with Adam last week? She said something like 'Why do all the men in my life like you better?', and then blew it off as a joke, but POOR DIANA. I don't think that was a joke at all. I'm sure she knows her father doesn't love Cassie more, but it's easy to imagine how she must be feeling when Adam's so entirely focused on Cassie, and Ethan is breaking her and Adam up so he can be with Cassie, and now Charles is acting all doting of Cassie...it will be interesting to explore that, because I want to see Diana do something other than accept that everything is becomming about Cassie all around her. I'm a fan of Cassie, I am, but I respect Diana too much for this show to just glaze over the jealousy there.



Another thing I hope they don't glaze over is the SLIGHTLY badass Melissa we saw in this episode. She hasn't gone full BAMF yet, obviously, it was only very minor, and I no longer think - but do still hope - that she's the other Blackwell child, but I think she'd be an awesome badass for this show. Faye is the one who sort of uses her words more than she does her powers because, I think, she's secretly a bit afraid - or put off - by actual conflct, Diana is the quiet, sensible but powerful one, Cassies is the force to be reckoned with I guess, but I want Melissa to become the badass who will trick you into thinking she's a fun little party girl, then just pull the rug from under you and unleash pure rage. Sort of like Cassie, except I guess Cassie IS ultimately the good girl, just with dark magic and a bit of spunk. I really want to see badass Melissa already.



That first shot of Lee made me laugh. I liked Grey Damon as the (maybe) nice guy that I saw in the Nine Lives of Chloe King, and there's bits of that character in this episode, but damn, that first tortured-soul shot made me laugh. He was getting the Chad Michael Murray squinty-eyes on, which was also a little annoying, becasue it reminded me of how CMM ALWAYS LOOKS like he's about to cry, and then I laughed, because this show has one of them too...Ethan!

This point is sort of irrelevant...



Anyway, about theother Blackwell child...it sort of HAS to be Faye, right? I'm thinking she just hasn't 'tapped' into her lone abilities yet, maybe because she's rarely actually been prompted to act on her magic alone. It's always selfish, trivial things. I think the first instance of Cassie's dark magic was when Luke was about to kill Diana, right? Cassie just let rip. I can't think of a time when Faye's anger has welled up inside of her so much that she wanted to cause someone actual pain...the most angry I've seen her has been when she trashed Lee's place. So I'm thinking she hasn' tapped into her lone abilities yet. It can't be Adam or Jake, as this show is steering clear of incest, and it can't be Diana or Melissa, as both of them were effected by the spell that was supposed to take Cassie's magic, but it turned out to be too powerful so it took the circles magic instead. It must be Faye, or else this show has some serious explaining to do. And Cassie 'connected' with Young Faye in Beneath, which is either a result of her lone magic, or the bond between Faye and Cassie. Personally, even though Faye or Diana having dark magic would be awesome, I think it has to be Faye. And it also means that I called it before we even knew there was another child, so there's something worth bragging about! But I do think, if we're being logical, Faye is the other Blackwell child...just look at the interaction between him and Dawn in the promo for the next episode! It may not be the most surprising thing if Faye turns out to be the child, but it's one of those rare situations where being obvious and predictable doesn't bother me too much. I'd loveto see how the characters respond to that.



Price, was that last picture a reference to Britt's previous show? Because if so...respect! I miss Life Unexpected. That wasa good show, right there. Better than TSC, if I say so myself.



TSC could really learn a thing or two from the movie Chronicle. That's how to turn a character evil. That's how you shoe good dynamic between teenagers with magical powers/superpowers/etc. Not that TSC doesn't do these things well, but if it's big impact they want to make, then Cassie needs to go on a rampage. Sure, Chronicle did the whole 'Black dude dies first thing', but still. Also, I need to stop turning this into a movie recommendation.



Okay. I think that's it.

Oh, and Price? Here's hoping you get better soon! Only awesome people can commit to photo recaps on weekends...it takes someone EXTRA awesome to do it while the feel like death. You're an inspirational photo recapper. The photocappers of the world have a lot to learn...the force is most certainly with you.
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I love your optimism chica. I'm working on being that optimistic...but for now I think I'll deal with faux indifference.LOL! Maybe if I pretend as though I don't care...it'll work in my favor. Maybe.



I totally ship Cassie and her umbrella. Umm, apologies, didn't mean that in a lewd way, but point being I kinda like Cassie single. Oy is it such an unheard of notion to have the hot female lead single and laser focused on more important shizz like trying to figure out who the hell she is and how come she has so much damn power?!



I totally caught that Diana line too and was like Oh Snap! Diana sort of pulled a Melissa where she made fun of the show IN the show. Love it when that happens.



I think I will check out Chronicle. Even if I will get annoyed when they do the whole "the black dude dies first" which throughly ticks me off. Mostly because it never makes sense. White people on movies...venture out into the woods alone, enter houses with doors slightly ajar and walk around in the dark looking for the lurking evil, run towards screams instead of away from them....so why the hell do they choose to kill off the black person(or insert other ethnic minority) whose sane enough to at least attempt to avoid running toward their death is beyond me. LOL!



I always love reading your stuff! : )
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I think I like the sweetness of her with Adam, and the cheeky way she and Jake interact, but your spot on in saying shw would be better of single. For now, at least. She doesn't need to be a lone ranger, but I think she'd make for an awesome one-woman ass-kicking machine, especially when there's so much going on.



You know, they even make a joke in Chronicle where Steve, the black guy, moves a car with his mind, the owner finds it in a different position, and Steve says 'This time it WAS the black guy!' And that gave me hope that they'd go against cliche, considering they were making fun OF a cliche...but nope. I'm sorry for the spoiler about him dying, I didn't think. But the movie is worth a watch anyway :-)



I love reading your stuff too...off to seek out your newest novella :-P
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Word. to me personally she never actually seems romanticlaly interested in any guy because she's so focused on her own personal stuff and that is something that I truly like about her so the love triangle/square/penta...what the hell is it again? Anyways, none of that really interests me as much as most fans apparently.



No worries...is it ever really a spoiler when you see the black person and know they'll be dead anyways?!LOL!



Ha ha! Should be easy to find...look for the post that takes up half the page.*G* I wish I could say I excelled at condensing my statements but nope...still giving Great Expectations a run for it's money. What can I say? I'm a work in progress. Aren't we all. : )
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Yeah, but usually works in progress just ain't so awesome and readable haha. I'm the same. If I like the characters, then sure, I'm game for a love triangle...but the romance takes a back seat when peope crush medallions in their bare hands and summon hot (well, not by my definition, but they had the right idea) pizza guys have PILLOW FIGHTS. I mean, those are what brings the money in. I genuinely prefer watching people hurl pillows at one another than hurling romantic sentences. But hey, could be worse. Jake and Adam could be homicidal maniacs and Cassie could be boring nobody with a lack of self respect like SOME shows I know are trying to convince us is a healty, palatable thing...uh uh, TV show. I ain't down with THAT.
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