The Secret Circle: Forget it Jake, It's Chance Harbor (PHOTO RECAP)

The elephant graveyard of failed TV series is littered with shows that attempted last-minute makeovers before ultimate cancellation. Whether through recasting lead roles, changing locations, killing characters, or just simply altering the basic tone, a good show can be made terrible just as often as a decent show can be made amazing. Although I've enjoyed and admired much of The Secret Circle to this point, it certainly hasn't been without some glaring faults, and it's been exciting to watch this baby show find its legs and finally scamper across the room to jump up and attach itself to someone's neck. Thursday's episode, "Wake," attempted some shake-ups that many other new shows would've been too cowardly to even consider, especially if they were performing as reliably in the ratings as this one has. Kill off a main character? Check. Introduce a new one? Check. Dramatically expand the universe via four or five lines of tossed-off dialogue? Check. Introduce an even deadlier villain? Check, check, so many checks!

What I'm trying to say is, "Wake" was more about set-ups and introductions than it was about action-packed storytelling, but it did all those things so well that I'm even more excited about where things are headed than before. Plus: Chris Zylka, am I right, ladies? Ugh, photocapping this show is going to be SUCH a chore.

Two nights after Nick's death Cassie was asleep in her very cozy witch bed (which is like a normal bed except a witch sleeps in it.)

But then SOMETHING roused her from her slumber! It was loud and sounded like burning!

It was just a typical backyard inferno and a strange dude staring into it. No big deal really. Back to sleep, Cassie!

The next morning Jane was baking up a storm in the kitchen. Dang, more people should drown, those looked delicious! I'm super glad Jane's in the know about Cassie's circle now, because now she can impart useful information over the kitchen island every morning. (Much like how most episodes of TVD start off with Damon and Stefan talking on the phone to each other.)

The gist was that the fella next door is Nick's older, trouble-making brother Jake, who'd skipped town after everyone got tired of his 'tude. Oh, and he's technically a part of the circle whether he likes it or not, so the circle was not broken by Nick's death (your promos were LYING, The CW!). Also Jane casually mentioned that Cassie is the born leader of her circle. So, some important info! As Cassie listened, it was all she could do to not run out of the room, but she did her best.

After Cassie showed up at the boat house where Adam and Diana continued to talk about what bad news Jake was, and he suddenly walked in! Faye was mortified because they had "a past."

Meet "guest star" Chris Zylka, everybody! Why so coy, The Secret Circle? This is a new main character, isn't it? Don't spill potion on my shoe and tell me it's raining! Anyway, this legendary "bad boy" Jake was actually just a normal dude of few words who instantly had more charisma than his brother. Now I'm not turning this piece into an anti-Nick thing, but I think it's cool to talk about why Jake is such an improvement. First of all, look at him. Sorry if this sounds weird, but he's one of these people who looks almost bizarre he's so handsome. Also you'd think he'd just continue the grand tradition of handsome blonde douchebag but instead he comes across as sort of soulful? I don't know, I just think he's good okay? And here's another good thing about him: He seems to be the first cast member taller than 5'7"?

Haha just kidding, I know the other actors are taller than that. Faye's like 7'4" right? I don't know, I'm just saying it's nice to have a male presence who's effortlessly imposing. Adam is appealing and interesting in his own way, but would you trust him to change your tire?

So anyway, Adam HATED Jake. It had something to do with Jake having robbed The Boat House? Oh I'm sure that incident had NOTHING to do with Adam's alcoholic dad making a bad decision, but whatever. Adam definitely had it out for the guy, especially whenever he so much as looked at Cassie, which Diana picked up on immediately.

Anyway, later in a truly laugh-out-loud moment, Faye urged Melissa to get over Nick's death and move on, and to stop lying on the floor listening to sad music all the time.

To which Melissa replied, "It's been TWO days" before storming off. So good! Again, I don't want to turn this piece into a compare and contrast against Vampire Diaries, but I will if I'm trying to pay a compliment: Did this feel like a dig at TVD to anyone else? The Secret Circle is basically saying, "Death is real. Our characters actually mourn things." And because it has only a fraction of the characters TVD does, it actually has the time to give us these these smaller emotional moments. For a newborn baby show, I think it's doing emotional inner lives pretty well so far. Credit where credit's due!

Elsewhere Jane was having a rare coffee meeting with fellow BAMF Dawn. Jane just basically came right out and said that Nick was possessed by a demon and his death wasn't accidental.

And Dawn just straight up got a knife out like some kind of Kill Bill-style knife fight was about to happen!

It ended up being more of a friendly conversation in which Jane "informed" Dawn that their kids had bound the circle and would Dawn please keep an eye on them? It was interesting when Dawn nonchalantly asked if Jane intended to "inform the elders" and have their powers stripped, but Jane was basically like, "No, then they'd be vulnerable." Ooooh, I bet Dawn was PISSED.

Back at the clubhouse, Cassie attempted to convince the rest of the circle that they need to recruit Jake in order to make magic. It was interesting how the only person who had Cassie's back was DIANA (have I mentioned how much I like Diana?) because Adam and Faye both despised Jake and Melissa seemed offended that someone could just up and replace Nick. Obviously this was the show's big meta moment because, Duh. Yes someone can be replaced. And yes, it does seem crass, but you do what you need to do, you know? Anyway, that conversation was interrupted when someone set fire to the front yard!

The fire was in the shape of a crescent moon, much like the one Jake had "extinguished" in his own back yard. As Jane informed Cassie, the symbol represents "conquest" and is typically used before a witch is driven from his or her home. So, uh-oh. Enemies had arrived.

In one of the more awkward reunions imaginable, Faye put on a sexy outfit and confronted Jake down at the docks. They flirted, she insulted him and then immediately expressed sorrow for his deceased brother. Just a perfect Faye moment, basically.

I realize I talk about Faye all the dang time, but it's possibly because she's one of the best characters on television. Obviously she's got presence and gets many of the show's funniest lines. But I think what I'm responding to is an inherent cluelessness, as though she's a robot who is struggling to understand the emotional lives of human beings. The girl just whiplashes between insults and earnestness, and her better traits make it so easy to overlook her monstrous ones. She doesn't seem like she's the greatest friend except when she's the GREATEST friend. I feel like I've known a bunch of Fayes in my life, so this character just rings true.

Okay, this is NOT a nice thing to point out but it made me laugh so much. Because Faye and Jake were talking so close to each others' faces, did it look like they were sort of cross-eyed?

I promise you, these actors are not cross-eyed, but it made me laugh to think that this is just a thing that happens when two ridiculously attractive people look at each other for too long. Your eyes just go crossed and there's nothing you can do about it!

Cassie got attacked again:

Luckily Jake was nearby and he saved Cassie from certain slashing! Now don't get me wrong, I love horror and the fact that this show will have a constant revolving slate of villains who will be attacking the kids at any given time. I just hope it doesn't feel like a procedural, you know? Who will be attacking them this week? Maybe switch it up with a slimy monster or something? A hammerhead shark on legs?

Jane didn't seem super comfortable with Cassie hanging out with Jake so much. I should probably mention that you shouldn't let these dreamy screengrabs fool you, this show wants us to think Jake is a possible villain. Keep it in mind, regardless of how heroic he looks in these pictures. And he DOES look so heroic right? "Did you ever know that you're my hero, [Jake]?" - Betsy Midler

The next day Adam screeeeched his Jeep to a sudden halt.

Yeah. Adam was definitely losing it.

In a pretty moving scene (that I nevertheless feel the need to make fun of), Melissa let herself into Nick's house and said goodbye in her own way.

I love me some full-faced sobbing, so props to Jessica Parker Kennedy (who is amazing, have I mentioned that? Ugh, these girls.) for going full-sob on this one. This was a nice way to remember Nick, especially if you DIDN'T remember Nick. He was mostly a jerk to her! Sorry, but she's better off.

In a fairly huge moment, Jane gave her power crystal to Cassie, which will now allow her to use magic outside of the circle. But everyone knows its biggest strength will be as a MacGuffin that villains will attempt to steal. Good luck, Cassie! (Do her jean skirts have pockets?)

Meanwhile at a seedy hotel, shock of all shocks...

Jake KNEW the intruder! Except, no, wait, he still hates her:

He basically broke in and stole back the blood sample the girl had taken from Cassie. They argued about something involving "my people" and "true believers." I don't know, you guys. Cryptic stuff. I think we were SUPPOSED to believe they were in an another, evil circle of witches (which, AWESOME, there are other circles??) but this was looking like something else.

That night at Nick's wake (cool child modeling shots!) everyone did their best to remember Nick by abusing every substance in sight.

How charming was it when Adam picked a fight with Jake completely out of NOWHERE? Also unprovoked? And at his brother's WAKE?

Tht was some OC stuff right there! It should go without saying that only Adam ended up getting punched. Oh, Adam.

Meanwhile, saint that she is, Diana decided to bring some black coffee to Adam's drunken dad.

He thanked her by telling her that Adam is destined to be with Cassie, no big deal.

Acting. Just some straight-up acting, you guys. Diana barely even said anything but you knew exactly what was on her mind. Quick question: Where did Shelley Hennig even come from? Was she born like normal people or did she just appear one day? I kind of miss how her character from the pilot was more Tracy Flick-ish, but I still like Diana a lot. Poor lady!

Faye was out on the porch railing just doing her thing. I probably don't even have to say this, but she said something mean to Melissa, then said something super heartfelt, and then they hugged.

Things were not as happy-go-lucky between Jake and that goth intruder:

Luckily Cassie had followed him and hung back in the shadows using her power crystal to knock the knife from the girl's hand.

Somehow she ended up getting stabbed in the heart. It happens!

In another perfectly pleasant scene for these characters, Cassie and Jake had a heart to heart on his front porch.

They both talked about what loners they were in life, basically.

There was more to it than that, including Cassie having to lie about using the crystal (smart girl!) but more than anything there was an easy chemistry between the two of them.

Cassie is NOT a smiler, but we could tell she was pretty thrilled Jake would be sticking around a little longer. It's actually not always easy to tell what's going on with Cassie... She basically just PUTS UP WITH things that happen around her, so who knows if she likes the dude (or the rest of the circle for that matter). But that's probably why Cassie works, she's just so low-key and cool about everything. Don't we all wish we were that way in high school?

Meanwhile: THIS scared me.

It was Diana and she came over to DUMP Adam!

She actually made some good points about how SHE deserves to have a soul mate written in the stars also. As a viewer though, this was a great way to destabilize the character dynamics. I'm not sold at all on a Cassie-Adam hookup, but everyone's definitely more interesting now that they're all free agents.

I actually found it pretty poignant when Diana turned to Cassie for friendship.

I don't know, Diana's just so sad, and Cassie's just so chill. They seem like they really could become besties, as Cassie had earlier mentioned they were.

Oh, but were you hungry for an excellent cliffhanger reveal? You were in luck!

Not only was Jake a witch, he was also a WITCH HUNTER. So basically he'd killed his co-worker in order to keep this status a secret from Cassie. In the very last moment he basically said his goal is to rid Chance Harbor of witches in order to avenge his dead family. Don't think about the statement too long, it's kind of brain-bending because WHAT? Anyway, witch hunting seems kind of harsh. It's not like they're vampires or werewolves who feast upon humans. These witches just seem like super chill liberal teens who hang out and make water droplets float. What kind of monsters would want to murder them?

ALSO, his BOSSMAN! He plays a WEREWOLF HUNTER on Teen Wolf! I love Teen Wolf, I just try not to say it too often in mixed company, but I do, I like it. It does music and visuals better than most other shows. In fact, for a while my dream show would've been a crossover of the girls from Secret Circle and the fellas from Teen Wolf. Just imagine it! But you know something, this Jake character is shaping up to be just as good as I'd hoped. I'm excited about where things are headed. Are you?

 

QUESTIONS:

... After how many episodes will Jake be redeemed into a full-on hero? One episode? Two episodes?

... Can Charles get any sadder? Get it together, guy!

... Which characters are you shipping hardest now?

... Chris Zylka, am I right, ladies?

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love jake and cassie
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don't you think that lady witch hunter looks like Miley Cyrus?
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YES! I was thinking the same thing!!!
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God this made me laugh SO hard. But this show is beyond addicting. And Cassie is super hot, and I believe is 20 years old (I looked it up so I didn't creep at 23!) haha.
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-I think he will definitely be Cassie's hero in a couple of episodes. The rest of the circle might not agree.

-lmao Charles is so sad right now. Dawn had to practically drag him away from spilling his guts

-I always ship Faye and Melissa. I also ship Jake and Cassie b/c I would love to see Faye's reaction.

-u right Price. Chris Zylka is smokinnick who?(...too soon?)
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miley cyrus look-a-like
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"Need this 2 make tea!" LOL..



Jake character does it for me.. i was tired of the sick-puppy looks Adam used to give Cassie..sick puppy is boring, jelous sick puppy, i can watch that!..
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Chris Zylka...Ha. No, sadly not doing it for me. But hey, I think he adds a bit of zing to he plot :P
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"who looks almost bizarre he's so handsome" I have to say you read my mind! That's exatly what I thought.
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Is it just me or did that Adam and Diana's break-up seem too convenient? I mean they've been together since they were like 5 or something this can't be the first trouble their relationship has seen and if it was you guys break up basically a lifetime long relationship for what, some romance filled glances? How superficial had that relationship really been?
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Well, I think the fact that one half of the couple is destined to make up one half of ANOTHER couple is a pretty significant game changer. I see what you mean, obviously they'd have had their issues in the past if they were together for so long, but being told that your other half has a destiny that is 'written in the stars' and doesn't even involve you is a new scale in terms of romantic trauma.

I think the writers wrote that well. If they had written it that Diana pretended she'd never found out, tried to pretend it didn't matter, then honestly I - and a lot of other viewers, I'm sure - would be a little annoyed, and very confused. I could see Melissa doing that, her character pushed aside issues with Nick - such as him admitting he basically didn't love her all that much - so she could be with him. But Diana has so far proved to tackled problems head-on, and frankly she seems to have too much self respect to force herself into that type of painful commitment. I also think that maybe Adam's dad's warning about messing with fate may have, in some small way, factored into it - Diana is nothing if not wary of such warnings.

I think the writers for this show are very smart. They have characters making choices that actually make sense, for those characters. I feel like any other reaction from Diana would have been a blatant fraud to viewers, if you know what I mean. I think she loves Adam so much that she mentally and physically can't stand the thought of being with him when she has the knowledge in hsi mind that he will ALWAYS have stronger feelings for Cassie. Maybe she'll grow to miss him too much, and they'll reconcile at some point, but it was more realistic for that to be her instant reaction to such a shocking revelation. From her long-time boyfriends father, no less.
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Great episode with fun surprises and twists. The series finally feels like it's picking up and I can't wait to watch more!
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This is a mix of many fantasy themed series with an interesting twist.........man all those soulful eyes
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Well...still not 'dying to see the next one' but it was a good episode; plus I really love your recaps.



1) Don't know...don't know if I care. He is cute and he will probbly fall for Cassie and be unable to kill her at the end, but there's something about him I don't like and I can't quiet put my finger on it yet;

2) Chales who? Haha, the dude's kind of lost to me;

3) I might be the only one how thinks that Adam and Cassie will turned out NOT predestined to be together...and it was all a mistake? lol. I really don't ship anyone ATM;

4) Like I said, he is alright, but it takes more then pretty actors to make a good show...

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Another hilarious recap, Price, thank you! I think Jake is going to be like Damon - he'll do heinous, hateful things but we'll always forgive and forget because he so gosh darned supernaturally gorgeous.
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Not too thrilled with the witch hunter story angle but at least it was better than last weeks episode
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Jake to be the bad guy for a few eps yet can't have him turn hero straight away.



Charles didn't last long as a BAMF first ep and been losing it ever since.



Love Fay. Diana's ok, Cassie kinda bugs me. Melissa & Adam meh.



Chris Zylka? You are so right! Especially in the 'Chemistry, look it up' shot. Daaaamn!
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"Need this 2 make tea" Oh god, I started laughing out loud and my mom was like "wtf are you doing?"

Okay I don't understand why people are being like "well I just don't think I'm going to keep watching." This show is good, and it's still growing! If it has a good premise and some good acting or characters (and who thus far hasn't loved Faye, I mean come on?) why would you give up so soon? I don't know, this is just me ranting.

And Charles is pretty pathetic at this point, you can see the guilt in him. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if in the next couple of episodes they start suggesting Dawn will kill Charles to keep him quiet about Nick's murder, but that's just my theory.

And I'm also wondering when we will ever find out the point of those witch drugs. They don't seem like they do anything, yet.
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is it just me or are these crystal things turning into this show's version of the damned moonstone that TVD had?
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Actually, I think crystals were a big part in the TSC books too. I just can't wait for them all to have their own so they gain individual powers again. I'm guessing if a witch who has powers compared to a witch who doesn't have powers, the crystal doesn't run out of juice like it did for the parents. However, it can be recharged.
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Secret Circle pilot was brilliant, second episode was ok, but since then is all good. Plus, was very happy to see that The vampire diaries really stepped up their game in the last couple of episodes.
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we need jake to be a villain for at least 1 to 2 eps more then to be exposed (at least 1 ep) and then some redemptive moment which is at least another ep right? he's the damon of the secret circle....
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Yes! That's exactly what I was thinking. Jake is to The Secret Circle as Damon is to The Vampire Diaries. At least, if the writers play their cards right, Jake can be a popular and very important character to the show and its overarching plot.



The worst part of the show? Having to wait a week to see the next episode. Haha, especially because "Masked" (the upcoming episode) is the one I've been looking forward to the most!
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I dont like Jake. Charles will get sadder and cant believe Diana dumped Adam.
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"Kill off a main character? Check. Introduce a new one? Check. Dramatically expand the universe via four or five lines of tossed-off dialogue? Check. Introduce an even deadlier villain? Check, check, so many checks!"



Hum you"re kidding right? Everything you've mentioned here are a bunch a clichs TSC has compelled itself to. Especially the last minute introduction of a vilain in 5 lines. You see that in EVERY shows (I'm pretty sure it's a comic book thing, that tvshow's makers have taken). Introducing a new character everytime another one dies is also pretty common, it maintains the balance between characters and as for the new character...charismatic? seriously? The guy looks like a mannequin, not an actor, I get that the CW only wants to put pretty actors in their shows because they think it will appeal to a young audience (i'm not convinced it's true though) but this guy has simply no credibility.
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I meant 5 lines as in the casual mention of "other circles" or "power scavengers" and the existence of witch hunters. Those are huge concepts for this show! I see your point about these being common changes to a show, but the point I was trying to make was changes don't always work for other shows, but it definitely did for this one.
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Ehhh Idk. I'm starting like this show less. I'll give it a full season before I quit though.
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I'm not super into Chris Zylka, but it is remarkable how much he looks like Alan Ritchson. Everytime I saw Jake I thought of Thad Castle, which actually made me like him a little more!
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(Sigh.) Yes.
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Well this was more about information than action but it was still good. I am so glad that there is now individual magic in the show again, because that could make for a story line, specially if Faye gets a crystal. Like vampire diaries and this the whole vampire/witch who hunts other vampire/witches has been done before in Blade. This Jake could be interesting and Adam was a Jerk this episode, so glad they are broken now the pairing can begin.
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I don't know about you, but I am getting restless for everyone to just find their Book of Shadows and power crystals already. I kind of just want to skip to the part where everyone is fully equipped and can do more powerful magic. THEN bring in the stolen crystal drama.
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I am declaring for Team Adam right now. Jake is an ass. and Cassie is too blinded by his good looks to see it (typical).



Charles is a strange guy. Killing Cassie's mom was totally ok. BUT killing demon-Nick is where he draws the line? Makes you wonder.....

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Exactly. Maybe he should get Cassie a gift certificate or something?
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I thought I was the only one who considered Jake to be a dick. I mean, that crack about Adam's Dad was pretty low. There's also the little matter that HE WANTS TO KILL EVERYBODY! (I know he'll eventually come to the good side, but the original intent is still there.)



Maybe Charles blamed Cassie's mom for what happened to their circle, so killing her was easier on his conscience.
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I don't know, I think burning someone alive in their home is pretty harsh, but that's just how I was raised. And yeah Jake had his d-bag moments, but I was just interpreting that as the show trying to convince me he's a bad boy. I might have been too hypnotized by his face to be honest.
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Great recap. My favorite part was "Adam is appealing and interesting in his own way, but would you trust him to change your tire?" And everyone looking short.



Disagree on two points, though: I liked Nick better (I don't know why, I thought he was SUPER HOT), and I don't like Faye, in fact, she almost makes me not like the show.
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Yeah, I don't know where all this Faye love comes from (I think she's hot in a bitchy looking sorta way) BUT she is abhorrent. If I was Melissa, I would have totally punched her in the face by now (even if I needed to climb on a stool to do so!)
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Yeah, I think it's the flaws I'm responding to, plus how she seems to have a heart beneath it all. But yeah it's totally a personal preference.
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Nobody denies she's a bitch. But, it's her redeeming qualities that make her so intriguing and genuine as a character.
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I just LOVE your recaps!! Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that something is going to happen to Cassie's grandma? I don't want anything to happen, but I just got this feeling that now that's she's in the know and helpful she's a gonner. Wait, but if she dies then what happens to Cassie because she's still a minor...ok I just confused myself. Thought over.
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"I just LOVE your recaps!"



-I second that notion
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Yeah, I believe eventually Cassie's grandmother will die - after all, she did die in the books as far as I know. HOWEVER, I want to see more of Cassie's grandmother in the show and I want to see her really teach the circle more about magic and what they can do. I'll be okay with her grandmother eventually dying, but I don't want that to happen until the moment is right for it. Maybe in season 2 or when Cassie is coming of age as a legal adult. Like how Jenna died right when Elena was about to turn 18.
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A species vs heroes witchie woman death match is coming!!
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YES!
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not very creative , with the TVD and TSC with the hunters story line but I do like the twist, with that once a circle is bound it ties the whole family, but unlike the charmed ones, the circle is weak on individual level where the charmed ones had their own powers to protect themselves, now Cassie has a crystal which could be a down fall, IMO their has to be a way to break the circle
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Charmed still rules!
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yes Charmed was plain awesome
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I kind of agree... it was weird that Jake was automatically part of the circle. Don't you lose individual powers when you bind the circle? So did he notice that suddenly his powers disappeared after his brother died?
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But he did magic by himself after his brother died: he put out the fire.
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My big question is:



Why was a clearly powerful witch (Jake) so scared of this guy? Does the 'big bad' have some sort of power other than looking at you smugly?
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Yeah, seriously curious about what Witch Hunters are. Are they just jerks who murder witches? Or do they have ulterior motives (like stealing powers). The comment about "true believers" made it sound like they're a religious cult, which could be pretty cool too. Who knows why Jake's helping them.
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I was thinking about why he might be afraid of witch hunters with his ability to use magic. But magic doesn't protect you from a sniper rifle 200 yards away that you never even saw. Plus to use magic he has to incant something, which takes time. Plus that guy has a long resume. Witch hunter, werewolf hunter, and Tok'ra.
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Been reading your recaps for TVD and TSC and they're always just sooo good!



I really enjoyed this week's episode of TSC. After this episode, I took Nick's death as the show's turning point, and Jake's arrival as the show's opening to new possibilities for where it can go. I love the show though, and it's sort of my new television addiction right next to The Vampire Diaries. Haha



I agree with you on hoping they don't make the show too procedural with new people coming in every week and then dying at the end. I hope it builds up its story, plot, etc and sets up a nice flow with it every episode like TVD does; surprising us with unexpected twists and turns, and then leaving us shocked and wanting more at the end of it with a nice tasty cliffhanger. With the Dawn and Charles' plot, I hope they keep moving ahead with that, and now with Witch Hunters and Jake's foggy past and secret he's keeping from the circle, I hope we can have this push the show forward into an overarching and really fun plot for the season, leading to something bigger by its second season (fingers crossed!).



But, I LOVE this show though. Witches, the supernatural, it's my favorite sort of subject!
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The thing that excites me the most about the witch hunters is that Dawn and Charles will mobilize into protecting their kids rather than just scheming to steal their magic, so they'll be way more heroic than they had before. I love when Dawn gets all pro-active, so I can't wait to see what they do about this new threat.
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Dawn and Charles having to become more proactive and stepping up to protect the circle from hunters. I didn't even think about that one! It really does lead to a lot of new changes and possibilities for the show. Niiiice. :)
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IDK, this new guy actually looks better on your screencaps than he does on the show.

Loved the part about mourning a dead characters for already two days - but they can't do that in TVD, nobody can be sure he/she will be alive by the evening himself, so...
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1) I think this show is all about the ambiguity of its characters. Are they bad, are they good etc? In that stream, I wouldn't be surprised if we have to wait til the mid season finale before we can properly categorize Jake in either side.



2) I think Charles should be sad. He killed a kid. When you think about what happened to his Circle, its hardly surprising how upset he is. He probably attended Nick's parents' funeral too.



3) FAYE FAYE FAYE FAYE!!!!! Love her. Love Diana too. And Jake is a lot more engaging than his brother was. I see big changes for Cassie too. All of a sudden she has a commanding tone. She's semi leading the Circle already and she only found out she's supposed to be the leader 5 mins ago. Its kind of sad how she's literally stealing Diana's life. When you remember the pilot, its kind of strange how Adam is now the weakest and least engaging member of the circle. When I watched the pilot, I put him 2nd.



4) Same as pcsjunior002 below. I wouldn't be surprised if Chris Zylka and Trevor Donavan are related somehow.
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If they're gonna make Charles sad, I hope they address his murder of Cassie's mom... Would love to see some resolution there. I totally agree about how weak Adam is and how Cassie's already trying to keep the group together even though she was reluctant to be involved. And yes, I think both Chris Zylka and Trevor Donovan are from the CGI family. They don't look real, which I love.
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uh is it just my missing any recap photo of gale that I IMAGINED it says Gale Harold on the kitchen exposition cap or was that his credit on the show? LOL. Maybe it was a subtext of grandma's fantasy as she yaps to Cassie? (ummmm love me some Charles....what? as i was sayin' Cassie...}Your recap is always spot on, hysterical and also gets the show. Love love Diana in this one, so much angst and good heart from the scene with Daddy to the break up. Love Cassie's kind of clueless go with the flow attitude. Always adore Faye and now Melissa has won me over. Poor Chas. Man up, bro. Pls. We don't need another whining, sappy, useless, meddling loser like Ethan among the grown ups. Drown him, Chas and make it snappy, he broke your daughter's heart among other things like being a complete loser. New guy is hot. Not shipping anyone yet.
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Yeah I should have included an "i'm sad" one for Charles since that is basically all he does now. I'm guessing the writers decided that he shouldn't be a villain since he'll be on the show for a long time, so instead they've gone full-depression with his character. I just wish it was consistent... Like did he feel this bad when he made Cassie an orphan?
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I'm still not sure why most people were initially disappointed with this show, given how much stronger it's first few episodes were in comparison with 'Diaries. Even so, I loved this week and I'm very excited to see where this show is going. It's a consistent hit for me each week. Even though Faye is far and away the best character this show has, I think Diana is growing bit by bit, and I'm delighted she isn't as one dimensional as I first thought she would be. Great review Price.
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1) I'm going for two. They'll let us stew over it for a "while".

2) I think he can, but we'll see...

3) Faye is awesome. The girl works. I also like Diana (and no, I'm not just agreeing with you), who is the most mature and adult member of the group, and how she sees the situations.

4) I'm a man (and straight). That being said, I've seen worse. Much worse.
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Cool ep
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This was a great episode! I definitely thought they were going to drag out the Adam/Diana relationship for a lot longer, I'm so glad they broke up!



I am loving this show so far, but the one thing I am having a hard time with is how old the parents are... Adam's dad said that the town 'can't stop burying teenagers', so does that mean that the kids' parents were married and had kids while they were still in high school? Or did I miss something?
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Yes! It's crazy, but the timeline suggests they all got pregnant their senior years of high school? I think the parents are in their 30s still, which is nuts. I'm really hoping this gets addressed, especially why the parents all had kids at the exact same time. I'm hoping there's a Village of the Damned type explanation, like they didn't have a choice.
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Well it got addressed in the books, but i don't want to spoil things, but lets just say that so one played match maker. This would explain how Adam got born considering that Adam's dad loved Cassie's mom so much, but still had a baby with another women. Also i heard a rumor that Melisa's cousin is coming to town.
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WAIT... WAIT... WAIT....

So CW has a vampire vampire-hunter are Vampire Diaries and now a witch witch-hunter on Secret Circle?

That's..... interesting.......
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Yeah Thursday is self-hating monster night on the CW!
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And I remember how Teen Wolf used to have all those ridiculous visuals in first few episodes, tbh.
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There's a moment in the finale where the sound drops out and it's just Scott running through the woods to this creepy song. It was so cinematic! Teen Wolf was definitely a show that should have been horrible, but ended up being way better than people may know.
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I totally agree. But people still give me the side-eye for watching it hahaha.

I remember how I actually laughed at the whole scene in the episode one with the porch and everything because it looked soooo fake...yes it got better afterwards but there were still many glitches with the music, some scenes that were supposed to be scary but the animation went wrong etc...
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Didn't that witch-witch hunter kinda remind you of Mikael, the vampire-vampire hunter?
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1] i would say one

2] agree here. he was such a badass in the beginning. :/

3] FAYE, best of the best of the best. :D But i like other characters as well, Diana is so awesome, i like Jake, Melissa is great and Cassie is one of main characters i actually quite like (not like Elena cough cough). Adam is not cool thou. So boring and next to Jake, so plain.

4] Yeah, Chris Zylka, u re right ;DDD

5] I WISH U CAN WRITE RECAPS EVERYDAY HAHA. love it
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5] I might die. Fridays are hard!
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I liked this episode.

Faye remains to be confusing. I mean, when she's a good friend to Melissa, she's GREAT. I'm a straight girl, and I want a Faye hug. They look nice and comforting. And she can be badass, but in a strictly 'I'm going to do some magic and mess with someones day' kinda way, which, yes, is more realistic than her - at age 16? 17?...and she already has a super handsome ex? What? Are all teens like this in America? Maybe I should move to America. - going around KILLING people, but the confusing - and possibly best - thing about her is that she goes from THAT character to sympathetic and naive in SECONDS. She seems all badass waking up a catatonic woman, but then the catatonic woman attacks and she just runs and screams, which is fine, because obviously she'd never have had lessons in fighting demonically possessed women who just woke up from a 16-year-long coma, but still, it's such a difference to her other self. Which, again, rules. I like how she's flawed and how she has her 'strong' front and her 'bad girl' complex yet she's obviosuly VERR VERR emotional under all that. Still, I can't make up my mind about her.



I don't miss Nick that much. He had three, maybe four redeeming scenes, but mostly she just looked bored. I like Jake, cause Jake - like Faye - has some real depth.



I felt bad for Diana and Melissa here. Melissa deserved a bit more from Faye. I know Faye gave her a Faye Hug and said like, one nice thing, but seconds before she said that HORRIBLE thing I've banished from memory. Anyway, I felt bad for Melissa. And Adam's dad? What a buzz-kill. I'm intrigued by what the character could become, but dude just flat out destroyed a 16 year old girl. Anyway, poor Diana. I mean, Adam still needs to be a bit more fleshed out before I can ship him with any other girl (starting to feel bad for Diana and Cassie, Diana's put up with that brood for years and now Cassie is destined to be with it for the rest of her life) but still. I thought it was sweet how Cassie comforted Diana, and Diana went to Cassie. That brought a really fresh dynamic to the relationship. You don't see thant whole lot in TV or movies, there'd usually be a catfight. So props to the story-boarders and writers for doing that, it's a great dynamic to bring between the two of them.



I love Jane. Maybe this goes back to my Heroes days, that woman was hilarious in that role...what's the dogs name again? Yeah. That was awesome. Anyway, Jane rocks. I'm thinking Cassie may be my favorite, simply because she's so chillaxed, she doesn't go to people for comfort, she deals on her own, and also she wa so sweet with Diana. And she kicked ass at least ONCE and episode so far (even if it was through the medium of a crystal this time). And also, she has a The Cure poster on her wall. So yeah. Cassie's cool. And she's been pretty funny a couple of times.



I also feel KINDA bad for Adam. Even if he does pout too much, the actor who plays him is great, and he's protective of his father which I think is sweet (i'm sure the sentiment woul work vice versa, if his dada was ever sober, but I think we'll get a glimpse of him being an actual dad at some point in the near future. Here's hoping.)
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I REALLY dig what you've said here, I think you've summed up my feelings about this show pretty perfectly. It's weird to admit this, but everything seems slightly more heartfelt than on other shows. The teens are complicated and emotional, and they're all essentially kind people, even "bad boy" Jake. Heck even Dawn and Charles have their moments. It'll be tough to keep things dramatic when everyone's so likable, but I think this breakup will be a good thing for the characters to deal with. But yeah, well said.
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Exactly, the breakup will sort of maybe bring them all closer together I think. There'll be less of a 'Diana and Adam' 'Melissa and Nick' think going in. I'm sure there'll be another couple within the next three episodes, or Diana and Adam will have reconciled, but even if that does happen, you have to admite the fact that the writers dealt with the break up so realistically. It was less about Diana feeling sorry for herself, or thing Ada 'deserved' better, and more about Diana wanting more for herself, which is a pretty human trait not a lot of teen characters are given in teen shows.
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I only wish I had an hour to read what she wrote. Novel much?
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Haha I like your snark, but I wish all comments were that long if they actually had good points. I do photorecaps because it's hard for me to actually have anything to say, so I admire when people actually take the time to get all their thoughts out.
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@christieg77 This is a discussion forum and CiaraGlynn was discussing her thoughts on the topic/s at hand. That's constructive.



On the other hand, what are you doing?
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I apologize...I have a tendencie to just write and write and write until my keys fall off their board. Well. not really, but you get what I mean. I write too much.
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Not too much at all! I promise
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I read it, it's not that hard. You should try it sometime.



There were some pretty good points. :)
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Why thank you kind stranger.
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Hilarious photo recaps! Thanks for this one. Personally I thought the high points of the episode were the hugs between Faye and Melissa and Cassie and Diana. Is that immature? Yes, but I can't help it.
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I love stuff like that too. Crying, hugs and villains doing nice things (Charles basically apologizing to Jake for killing Nick)... Things like that get me every time.
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Well, I guess you might have misunderstood what I meant. I enjoy women hugging because then their boobs press together.



But yeah, I see what you mean. I guess all that emotional stuff is nice too.



(Was this meant to be a joke? I don't even know if I'm supposed to take my own comments seriously any more.)
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Don't worry. I've never taken your comments seriously . . . . That WAS meant to be a joke.
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This show definitely could use more shirtless hugs.
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I love these summaries of TSC, every week it becomes more hillarious:) I kinda hoped you would mention how Melissa bursted out - finally!- to Faye about how neither that night nor what has been happening was about her or Jake but about Nick, whom she loved.. (yet you adore Faye, so you just passed it right?:D) I was like "yeah, right!" watching it, I kinda feel like slapping Faye once or twice in every episode, so I am glad that the writers fulfilled that need in a way:) there obviously was sth about Jake from the first moment but employing a witch as a witchhunter? well that doesn't seem very promising, no matter how hateful he is about witchcraft.. and Nick's book was in Jake's hand -at least that's what I understood- which is also a very important information revealed.. now I am looking forward to the point where Jane will understand what kind of a person Dawn is, and what precautions she will take.. also wasn't she so villainous when she told Charles that "if you are not up to, then..", God that gave me chills..



with the fast flow of information, opening of new issues every episode, and increased tension followed by that; good acting, realistic script-writing and imaginative plot, I think this is the best new show of the season so far..
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Good points, especially Jake's Book of Shadows. And you're right, I generally overlook Faye's bitchiness, usually because she redeems herself within minutes after saying something mean.
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Price, I wasn't sure if it would be possible for your reviews of The Secret Circle to match those of TVD. Elena and the gang have consistently delivered this beautiful, almost purposeful ridiculousness, that is so salaciously susceptible to your sardonic wit. And I didn't know if TSC could offer the same high quality of satirical material. With this review, all those doubts are put to rest. I think I laughed MORE from this weeks TSC's recap than TVD's. Not to mention how great the actual show is becoming. Could you imagine the endless possibilities if these two shows did a cross-over? (I know it will never happen, but I can dream, can't I?) Faye alone makes TSC worth watching, and there are so many other great characters. I can't wait for the first group meeting with Jake. I imagine it will be wonderfully awkward. CW's Fridays now have a great 1-2 punch (And so do TV.com's.)
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I agree, TSC recap was funnier than TVD recap this week :P
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Dang, you just made my day! I tend to gush about The Secret Circle because I think more people need to know how fun it is. I'm so glad you agree.
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My husband last night after watching TSC: "Oh oh!! S#*t just got serious, now is witches VS aliens", lol... in a side note, Melissa broke my heart, must be really sad when u are grieving the lost of your love and your best friend can't be bothered because she's more worried about getting into her ex's pants... Douch...
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Witches vs aliens? That would definitely be "genre-bending!!"
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Wait, there are aliens? That would be kind of amazing. And yeah, Faye's kind of a bozo sometimes but I think it's kind of charming how she doesn't even really realize it.
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