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The Secret Circle: The Dark Is Rising (PHOTO RECAP)

Magic! There was magic on The Secret Circle, you guys! And I don't mean magic as in cool moments that gave us brain-tingles (there were some of those, though), but the actual witchcraft kind of magic that this show about witches has been so stingy about. "Darkness" was the first new episode after a seven-week hiatus, and while it definitely contained a few series highlights (a coffin exploded out of the ground!), I couldn't help but feel sort of restless, you know? We're 10 episodes in and it still doesn't feel like there's tons of forward momentum going on. Sure, the Witch Hunter Jake plotline distracted us for a handful of episodes, but now that it's mostly wrapped up, what we're left with is a show whose flaws (and there ARE flaws) are starting to seem less temporary and more fundamental. Sure, you can kill off a weak character, but what do you do about a weak premise? Individually powerless witches who don't seem terribly interested in practicing magic? Evil, scheming parents who are not evil and who don't have an apparent scheme? Crystals? Get it together, babyshow!

But don't worry, I definitely DID enjoy this episode overall. I watched it three times! We might as well talk about it.

Things began in Cassie's bedroom, where a strange noise led to a surprise reunion:

Hi Jake! Cassie was probably super ticked about getting woken up in the middle of the night, but it's Jake, you know? How ticked would YOU be if he swung by your bedroom? Anyway, it wasn't the most romantic reunion, as he immediately started laying into her about her dark magic and how her bloodline can basically be traced back to the Devil.

And then THIS happened!

Oh no, poor Jake! Luckily none of it was real.

Sigh. Now, it's not The Secret Circle's fault that this week's TVD ALSO began with a witchmare, but that doesn't mean I can't rant about dream sequence fake-outs for a second. The dream sequence fake-out is probably the most tired, lazy device a writer has ever devised. It's about one step removed from a cat jumping out of a trash can. Go to Netflix Instant Streaming and watch the opening scene of the worst horror film on there, and there's an 85 percent chance it starts with a bad dream. Cut it out, writers! If you want to begin a story with a suspenseful dose of prophecy (don't, but still) how about not making us feel like fools for having been invested in your fiction-within-a-fiction? No stakes, no care.

Plus, you know, this fake-out also made the awesome final shot somewhat less so. It's hard to feel too excited about the return of a romantic lead when the last time we saw him, he was being a bossy jerk and bleeding from the mouth.

So the next morning Cassie was paid a visit by Adam, a truly nice, truly forgettable guy she was supposed to have romantic chemistry with at some point. (Whoa, sorry, this Dayquil I'm on is making me moody!) Basically he just came by to check on her.

It was actually nice seeing them just hanging out together. I'd find a brother-sister relationship between these two much more compelling than a romance, and I liked that Adam seemed to genuinely want to help Cassie without tryin' to get up on her.

Anyway: dark magic research party!

In Adam Cassie found a confidante and made him swear to keep a secret that seemed to be common knowledge and didn't have any apparent consequences. Everybody in town knew Cassie's father was evil, and at this point her "dark magic" abilities looked more like "weak regular magic" to me. Still though: Zip it, Adam!

On a more highly awesome note, we got to meet Diana's grandmother, Kate!

Kate's a truly great character, and I love that she continued this show's tradition of casting forty-something-looking actresses as grandmothers. Why not? She also did the hilarious thing that only happens on TV when people just show up at front doors (or bedroom doors) without calling or texting first. Kate's reason for visiting was to help comfort Diana over her break-up, OR SO SHE CLAIMED.

Back at school Melissa was still mourning Nick, and while I respect this show's realistic take on mourning dead characters, at this point it's just wheel-spinning. Fortunately Faye seemed to agree, and reminded Melissa that Nick wouldn't have wanted to see how boring she's become (fair enough). But Faye also had a wonderful solution for cheering her up: Voodoo. Melissa didn't quite make the connection about how helping Faye get individual powers would help her get over Nick, but oh well. It's Faye.

So Grandma Kate went all Melrose Place RIGHT AWAY. She basically barged into Dawn's office at school and immediately called her out for killing her own father-in-law and for also only pretending to be dating her increasingly mentally handicapped-seeming son.

Elsewhere Adam was doing some important research:

Cool URL! I'm gonna go type that in right now. Oh, but it was hilarious when Diana caught him reading about black magic and he closed his laptop all quick like it was porn.

Anyway, Diana pretty much immediately guessed that Cassie had a dark magic issue, and Adam made the mistake of confirming that suspicion right when Cassie was in the doorway five feet away from them.

Heck hath no fury like a Cassie annoyed! So she pushed him like she had pushed Jake in her dream (but whoops, that point of reference never happened!) and he started gasping and wheezing.

Cassie felt super bad, but just so you know, you can undo a dark magic spell by shouting "I didn't mean it!" That's for all you dark magic hobbyists out there, make a note of it.

So then the circle confronted Cassie, and is it just me or was everyone super mean to her about it? Even Melissa was throwing shade her way, all sneering "What's wrong with you?" Honestly, if one of my friends was struggling with a dark magic issue, the LAST thing I would do is be disrespectful. I just think you probably shouldn't upset people who are struggling with dark magic issues, okay? That's just how I was raised.

Meanwhile, Dawn was increasingly nervous about what Charles' mom was doing in town. She had a wonderful solution:

Haha, oh Dawn. She is so trigger happy when it comes to nosy seniors.

In what was becoming a recurring theme, Diana then walked in on Cassie while she was dabbling in black magic.

Cassie admitted she'd been attempting an "attraction spell" which would somehow draw Jake back to town. (Um, did you try texting him?) But that's actually beside the point, what matters here is how awesome of a friend Diana was. She was pretty understanding about what Cassie was going through and invited Cassie to come stay at her place while Jane was chillin' at a healing facility getting her brain unbroken. Diana just seems like a good person, you know? I still think it was a mistake to glam her and Melissa up so much (sorry, straight dudes!), but I find her utter decency so winning! It's weirdly surprising, I don't know.

Back at the lair, Faye was Bing-ing voodoo.

If this Lee LaBeque is half as good at voodoo as he is at web design, Faye really found a winner!

Melissa spent most of the episode giving people the side-eye like it was HER JOB.

Later, at Charles' house, Dawn crashed Grandma Kate's dinner party. It was pretty funny when she just laid the gnarliest french kiss on him right in front of his mom.

Haha, nice try! Anyway, Charles was slightly suspicious about Dawn's motives, especially since she kept going on and on about the wine she'd brought for Kate.

It didn't end up coming to anything except yet another hushed conversation between Charles and Dawn about whether or not to murder an elder. So no, the wine was not poisoned.

Oh, check out Lee LaBeque!

This reaction pretty much summed things up. Grey Damon is handsome! Lee LaBeque was just some dude who lived with his parents and ran a voodoo operation out of the garage. It was funny when he mused that Faye and Melissa probably wanted to just get some revenge on their school's mean girls and Faye replied, "We are the mean girls." Very The Craft, Faye! Faye <3s The Craft so much.

Lee's ritual was slightly sexy in that it required Faye to remove her jacket so that he could finger paint on her upper bosom area. Melissa was NOT impressed.

Later that night, Cassie awoke from yet another nightmare (which we didn't see because DREAMS ARE NOT IMPORTANT) and ran into Grandma Kate in the kitchen.

Right away Kate asked Cassie about her dark magic and then told Cassie that her father had once been an innocent who allowed his dark magic to overtake him. See, it's always fun when there are some inter-generational witch conversations going on. This show has been so pokey about blending the teens with their parents that it just seemed straight-up refreshing for Cassie to actually consult with a HIGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE PARTY.

Anyway, Kate offered to help "cleanse" Cassie of darkness, but she would have to follow her into a remote area of the forest (cleverly called "Harbor Woods") where a casket and a dagger awaited them. You know, nothing scary or ominous about that scenario.

Haha okay this is not a knock on this show per se, but I can't stand it when people in movies or on TV intentionally cut their palms. Ouch! You're gonna need to use that, okay? Also, continuity always becomes a joke afterward when their hands mysteriously heal later on. Anyway, yeah, Cassie got her palm cut, she bled onto the weird flag thing, and then immediately the forest started going crazy with wind.

Then Kate opened the coffin, pulled out a "death branch," and broke it!

Don't worry, Cassie didn't die. They should've called it a "pass out for about ten minutes branch."

Meanwhile Diana was rifling through Kate's suitcase and came upon her collection of paraphernalia.

And it did NOT look like friendly stuff. There was even a baggie of Mandrake root in there, which this show would like us to know is fatal to witches.

Anyway, then Cassie woke up in the casket and it did NOT seem fun.

At this point Kate finished the spell and the entire forest floor CAME ALIVE and the coffin was swallowed up into the ground! The special effects were truly awesome looking and it was all just very creepy. Plus it was capped off with Kate saying that the only way to cure Cassie's darkness was for it to BLEED OUT OF HER AS SHE DIED. Dang, grandma!

After being left to die, Cassie quickly got control of herself (it was seriously creepy how quickly she became serene) and then dug deep to figure out a solution.

And then THIS happened:

That's right, a COFFIN EXPLODED OUT OF THE GROUND!

Seriously, this was just a perfect TV moment and maybe my favorite Secret Circle moment ever. It was the best example yet of magic's practical applications in this world as well as just a straight-up triumphant thing for our heroine to do. More exploding coffins, please!

After Cassie crawled out of the rubble from her EXPLODING COFFIN, Diana and Adam ran over to find her. In a truly perfect exchange, they sort of dumbfoundedly asked her if she was okay, and she responded, "I don't know." Not sure if I've given Britt Robertson enough credit, but she somehow imbued those three words with like forty different intonations. Such good acting, seriously. This lady's an MVP for sure.

So back at the house Kate came clean to Charles about what she'd been up to.

It turned out that she'd come specifically to deal with the Cassie situation, but I'm not gonna lie, I kind of didn't completely understand what was going on here. Kate tried to murder Cassie to cleanse her of dark magic, then she said it was merely a test to see if Cassie was powerful, but then talked about how Cassie was "just what we need" to tip the balance between good and evil. Pardon me, but who is WE? Is Kate working with Charles all of a sudden? And which side did Kate want to tip the scale toward, anyway? Isn't Kate sort of evil for being so quick to murder a young girl? Maybe it's obvious to everyone else, but I thought this conversation was so vague for some reason. I don't know, I'm not a genius. But I DO love this Kate character, she is awesome.

Needless to say, Faye's voodoo solution didn't work, and it mostly had to do with the fact that Lee had used Halloween store blood and a fake (?) feather.

So after she tore apart his garage (Melissa had declined to join her on this particular errand), Lee just calmly told Faye that he knows she's a witch and he'll help her now.

I'm sorry, but what? Why on earth would she trust him now? If this show weren't so shy about its magic, he could've taken this opportunity to, I don't know, SHOW her that he is indeed the real thing. But nope, telling is just as good as showing in this world. It's a bummer because this is a pretty promising storyline (and looks to be pretty interesting in next week's episode), but in this episode it basically felt like a dream sequence fake-out.

We closed with a nice scene between Diana (the best) and Cassie (the BAMF). Diana was asking her all about her dark magic skills and Cassie owned up to how good the power felt.

I liked how Diana was both worried and understanding, yet also seemed kind of jealous? See, THAT would seem real to me. Teenage witches should be OBSESSED with magic, not blasé or disinterested.

Oh, but shhhh... the excellent soundtrack is starting to get louder! Diana asked Cassie just how powerful her magic is...

Powerful! Guess her "attraction spell" worked after all! Or maybe Jake just re-upped his minutes and finally got her texts. Either way, this reveal was so well done that I clapped at my TV like a society lady at the opera. Good stuff. Awesome song. Perfect Jake.

So, sorry to do this to you, but I think I'm gonna have to put on my critics' hat for a second. (It's more of a sombrero, but still...)

The following should serve as a time capsule for when I'm re-reading these after the Season 8 finale and appreciating the evolution of The Secret Circle. But as of January 7, 2012, these are my biggest concerns about this show:

1. The binding of the circle has been a disaster so far. Don't tell me this is a show about witches and then systematically remove their powers. This is a show about a secret group of teenagers who use magic and the dramatic tension that arises between them. Be about that.

2. If the idea is that the kids are powerful together, then show it. I don't think we've seen a satisfying use of group magic since the kids sent their stalker to the ceiling in Episode 3. And don't tell me teens wouldn't have tons of uses for even petty spells (athletic advantage, natural perms, winning scratchers). If their magic has to be a consensus, then show them doing it council-style, where they each bring a wishlist of spells, debate them, and then vote. I don't know, just more magic please! The Secret Circle has fallen into a bad habit of telling us the witches are witches rather than showing us.

3. The parents' plotline is awful. It's one thing to de-fang the villain (and has Charles been acting slightly mentally handicapped lately?), but Charles and Dawn's scenes have been incredibly repetitive and pointless. They want magic. So what? Show them actually doing something about it. Or better yet, let them interact with other people (or their kids!). Sure, they sorta broke up in this episode, but whatever. Fighting over a crystal is just not interesting. Also, it was completely unforgivable that they were never made aware of the witch hunters. And I laughed out loud when Diana suddenly worried that Kate knew about her witchcraft. You come from a multi-generational family of witches! This sort of storyline segregation is not only implausible, it's pretty much killing the dramatic suspense.

4. More story, please. This episode felt padded like crazy, and looking back on ten episodes, simply not enough has happened overall. The Secret Circle has now had ten episodes to play with, and it's nowhere near built up any season-long suspense. If you look at what cable series can accomplish in only 12 episodes, you'll realize that's why cable shows are absolutely murdering network series when it comes to quality.

5. Cassie's exploration of dark magic is interesting, but don't tell us there's any possibility that the HEROINE is in any danger of turning evil. This isn't Breaking Bad. (Clearly.) Anyway, it's 2012 and the average TV show NEEDS to be savvier about audience expectations.

6. The Cassie + Jake plotline would've worked better if they'd had an actual romance going before he left. They kissed that one time, I guess. Oh well, hopefully he'll loosen up now that he's back.

Okay, I'm sorry, I probably should quit complaining so much. It's just that I love this show, but I'm starting to fear that I'm simply in love with the possibility of this show and not the stuff that's actually happening on screen. I don't claim to know what the thinking is on any of the behind-the-scenes decisions, but I'm holding out hope that its more compelling elements will finally gel sooner rather than later.

But let's be honest, I'd probably watch these people read the phone book. Such good actors!

 

QUESTIONS:

... How awesome was Kate?

... Were you excited to see Jake again (at the end, not during the blood-coughing part)?

... Would you let Lee draw a fake-blood star on your upper bosom area?

... Is Melissa just completely over it?

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I totally agree, this show's not getting better even if it could be. I can't believe they're turning Faye into 'that'.



1) She was kind of bad-ass (and they need that in this show)

2) Not really...

3) Well, he is kind of hot

4) No and it's getting old...actually, besides Cassie, these characters have no real plot.
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- lol she was aight. not sure if we're gonna see her again though.

- I was sooo excited to see him again. He's my second favorite character (besides Faye obviously). They really need to make him a regular.

- Any. freakin. time. I hope we'll get to see him a lot more, no matter if he can do magic or not.

- lol I think at this point she just doesn't give a shit anymore.



So one thing that's been really bothering me is the whole Adam/Cassie thing. Or Adam in general. This guy is the most uncharismatic dude, he's not even cute, he's not badass or interesting in any way. He's just boring. And he has zero chemistry with Diana or Cassie. So why does Hollywood try to sell us that he's like the bachelor number one in [insert town name here]?
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the show is completely horrible, let's face it. it's absolutely boring, and i can answer your main question - why these witches don't do any witchcraft - because the show isn't about magic, it's about pretty faces. actors and actresses can't play, it seems "play" in this show means just talking crap and looking good.
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Hahaha Price, I totally clapped at the end too. My boyfriend was looking at me like im nuts.

1. Kate is the awesomest. (Kate is short for Katharine....huh? huh?!!!)

2. Yes

3. Double yes!!!

4. I like her sass, i think she is fairly realistic in how surly teenagers who've lost their kind-of-sort-of boyfriend to a demon recently should act. Also, teen witches; if this is supposed to be emulating the craft in anyway, then its all about the sass.
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"Melissa spent most of the episode giving people the side-eye like it was HER JOB." lol yesss! I don't really get the point of Melissa anymore. I like the actress but they don't give her anything to do.



1) I don't really like Kate to tell the truth. She and Faye's mom seem cut from the same cloth.

2) I love Jake so I'm glad he's back.

3) Lee can do whatever, wherever.

4) Honestly yes! Like I stated above I just don't get what Melissa's purpose is.
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At first, honestly I loved this show, there was a kind of romance between Adam and Cassie and I was digging that. And than, my friend loaned me the books, three books that completely changed my opinion of the show (sadly) It's really sad that they cut the "circle" down to the six of them, when it was really thirteen, it's even worse that they made sweet, strong, Diana into such a bitch. And they made Adam a brunette and lets face it a sissy. I know that once things go to television they become crap, look at the Vampire Diaries, but now I seem to be forcing myself to watch a show that is just using a few names from the book, and making it's own tween drama. What is even worse, is the typical sub-par acting, the only phenomenal cast member in this entire show is Thomas Dekker, and even he has dumbed his acting down for his fellow cast mates. Oh and the character of Jake just sucks, give me a romance between Cassie and Adam and I'm all for that, but the "bad boy" Jake is trying to play makes me wonder if maybe the writers are just trying to copy everything they did with Vampire Diaries. I've given up on watching the show but I'm sure it will be one of those hits like Vampire Diaries is.
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Your first mistake was reading the books before the show ended. 99% of the time, adaptations are made by people who can't write. Should've known the show wouldn't compare.
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Love the photorecaps!
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It looks like the action really picks up tomorrow, Price; so I think your wish will be granted. Major chiz is gonna go down. ( I hope)
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-Kate was fantastic. She effectively started beef with Dawn AND Cassie in 1 episode.. Very intriguing.

-Not really. I saw it coming.

-I would do the drawing, if Faye wanted ;)

-The show used to open with her, now she's just been saddled with being the resident mourner. Not cool. Hopefully she punches Faye in the face soon, then steals a car and drives to Mexico.
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I would love for the show to let Cassie slowly become the villain. She looked so awesome blowing up the coffin. Becoming more and more powerful to the point where her circle conspires agianst her and her subsequently going on a magic rampage, maybe making a movie in the prosess and calling it Terms of Enrampagement. Dream on.

I can understand your concerns about the lack of magic in this show though. But, since this show plans to stick around they need room for the magic to evolve aswell. If they started out with powerfull cool looking spells what would they do in season 5? Also, show me the one spell Faye and Diana can agree upon on performing. So thats not gonna happen. Finally, a group of people working toghether for a common goal is so 90s. You don't do that anymore. Like Lost, they are all in the same boat and would be better off working together, but thats not how it is. Individual jerkiness always prevails.

One thing i agree with you on completly is the lack of comunication through the generations. While i love the whole powerfull elder idea, they do get taken out fairly quickly. Plus, if you are a family of withches and you know your offspring will be one aswell, why al the secrecy?
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haha great review... and I agree with you. The show needs something. I don't know what it is exactly, but is missing. The plotlines are vague and disconnected ( I mean, there's Faye and Melissa; then there's Diana and Adam and Cassie; there's Cassie and Jake; Faye and Jake,sometimes Cassie and Faye but their plots don't connect. EVER. they are on a freaking circle and I just don't feel like their relationships are going anywhere...)

Okay... I'm calming down LOL

But I believe that these weird plots and weird Dawn/Charles meetings might all mean something in the end, you know. I gotta feeling the writters might wanna make a surprise in the end. Let's just see.

(1) meh I don't know why but I simply couldn't like her.

(2)YES! Finally! Because Jake is awesome and he is great with Cassie too.

Because let's be honest here...Cassie and Adam are just urgh -as you said, they're much better as friends or bro/sis; (I still believe adam and faye should hook up and no one will change my mind LOL)

(3) No way. WHAT WAS THAT? LOL I didn't know if I should laugh or hide (But Lee is hot, I gotta admit :D)

(4) Melissa is just...annoying me.

Seriously, she was one of the best characters before and now she's simply useless! I don't get why and it isn't fair!



Okay I'll finish my comment know because I'm moody today :D
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I have been meaning to comment here for a long time now, and I'm finally ready! Be warned, this will probably be LONG. I hope you read it though, because it is filled with a lot of cool ideas, thoughts, and theories.



First off, I agree with all of your points. I literally LOVE LOVE LOVE this show, but I know it can be better, and I hope that is the direction it is headed towards. Now, moving onto all of the ideas and thoughts I had after watching this episode; which by the way was actually very good!



All through watching "Darkness" I felt this different vibe from this one particular episode compared to the previous 9. Maybe it's because of the long break, but there was something different about it. In a good way though! For instance, all the new scenery and areas shows were great! The show needed that.



More importantly though, I thought this episode set up a lot of new possible set ups, especially through what was being said. For example, when Charles asked Dawn if she wanted to basically kill off all of the Elders, I actually think that's exactly what she wants to do and it could have been a bit of a foreshadowing of events. Think about it, Dawn wants her power back and she blames the Elders for taking it away from them. She feels resentful towards them, and whenever any of them is on their tails she is quick to kill them. She killed Henry when he threatened to tell the Elders, she pulled a knife when she thought Jane knew what they were up to, and she was quick to want to kill Kate when Kate wasn't afraid to confront them. Dawn hates the Elders, and I wouldn't be surprised that if she gets her powers back, the first thing she's going to want to do is go after the Elders in revenge. There is another theory I have on what Dawn may want to do once she regains her powers back, but that will come later. Just keep reading!



Sticking with the adults, I think this episode pretty much set up the fact that while Dawn and Charles may be after getting back their power, they don't have the same overarching goals after that happens. I pointed out what Dawn may want to do afterward, but as for Charles, I'm still not exactly sure. He seems to be the type who generally just loves power and the feel of it. It's like him having power is what makes him feel strong, confident, and it makes him happy. I don't think he's actually a bad person, however. He may have been portrayed as a bad person, but "Darkness" sort of hinted that he's just a lost guy in search of what he wants. He's not bad, but he's under the influence of someone who is, and it rubs off on him. So, Charles' story will be interesting to watch once we see it build.



As for Kate, first off, I love her and I hope we get to see a lot more of her. Watching the episode for a second time, I realized, Kate isn't actually evil considering she wants Charles to come out of the darkness. Sure, she attempted to kill sweet Cassie, but I definitely feel she knows what she was doing, and her plan was indeed to test Cassie and see just how powerful she is. However, like she told Dawn before and she told Charles later, she's willing to do whatever it takes, even if it means being pretty drastic about it. I think she genuinely wants Cassie to use her excessive power for good, and in that way, they can tip the scale between Good and Evil. Now, here's where the fun idea comes to play! No one seems to know there's a second Blackwell child out there in the Circle. Therefore, to them, Cassie is the only existing person who is the one who can give Good the edge. However, once we determine who the second child is, they too can tip that scale with the power they will have, and I have a feeling the second child of Blackwell will find themselves under the same fate as John Blackwell (Thanks to Kate for telling us a little bit more about him). They'll let the darkness take over them, and so they will be placed on the dark side of this war between good and evil.



Moving on! Remember when I said this episode set up a lot just by what was being said? Well, I think they definitely dropped a few hints for us along the way. No one seems to take a lot of notice to the scene where Adam and Cassie was in Cassie's room and Adam mentioned how they should check out Diana's Book of Shadows because it's filled with stuff about black magic and demons. HINT HINT! That line was really never picked up on much throughout the episode, but I feel like it opened the possible idea that Diana could possibly be the second child of Blackwell. Or, that her family line has a dark side to it. For me, I took it as a possible foreshadowing on what's to come, because obviously these Book of Shadows have a part of the history and mythology of the show and they are important.



Getting to Cassie, I think this episode and exploring her dark magic and trying to manage control over it has made Cassie's character a lot more cooler (DUH!) and a lot more dimensional. Before she was just the nice, new girl in town getting a lot of attention. Then we came to learn she comes from the original line of witchcraft, letting us know she's actually quite the special witch. However, it was all very flat. She was all too good. Now, we have to see Cassie fight with her own inner demons on trying to do the right thing with her powers and trying to fight for control over her own magic, as we know dark magic can take over. Cassie is going to have to fight that, because now she's not the perfect little nice girl anymore; which if good, because it leaves a door open for Cassie to become a main antagonist at some point.



In terms of Faye, she's a lot like her mom, yet she doesn't know it. She is so eager to gain power and have power of her own, rather than having to depend on others. Which is very realistic for a teenage witch. What teenager wouldn't want to practice magic, right? However, she's becoming quite obsessed with the idea and goal to gain individual power that sometimes she's willing to do whatever it takes as we see in the next episode to come. Faye is a complicated character, the most complicated character in the show, and there are a lot of layers to her. It will be fun to watch all of these layers unfold, because I definitely think that Faye will play for the bad side, and she doesn't necessarily have to be John Blackwell's second child to do it. All she needs is her own magic back and to fall under a bad influence. However, it is her layers of her character that will have to be fleshed out over the seasons to bring Faye back to being a good person in the end.



I really liked that this episode came back to playing with the love triangle between Diana, Adam, and Cassie. Obviously, Adam seems to be moving on from Diana as it appears and is really enjoying spending time with Cassie. However, the scene in Diana's bedroom when Adam came up, I think was basically there to show the fact that while Diana broke up with Adam and is willing to move on and meet new people, she still has feelings for him and it sort of hurt her when Adam's sole purpose for visiting was to really see Cassie. Just a small step for the breaking point of Diana (because I still believe she won't be this nice person all the time). However, I liked that you pointed out her envy in Cassie for having so much power, because lately Diana has given me reminders of Piper from Charmed. While Diana may like being a witch, I still think there's a part of her that would prefer to live a completely normal life, which she herself hinted on back in episode 5 "Slither" when she said she sometimes wished she never found her Book of Shadows. Diana is one of the characters who we still have a lot to see from. I definitely believe that.



In terms of Melissa, her scene where she stood up to Faye was one of my favorites. Props to Jessica Sarah Kennedy, because she did that scene really well. Now, it's time to see Melissa really mean what she said to Faye and see her cheer up and stand on her own. Now, here's where a theory comes to play about Melissa. I think she's the second child of Blackwell. Just think about it, without getting into all of the complications about the family lines (although, because Melissa gets her Glaser blood from her birth mother, then it really wouldn't be that hard for Melissa to be the other Blackwell child), wouldn't it be cool to see Melissa discover she actually has a lot of power; more power than her own best friend Faye? I have this idea that if Melissa was the other child of Blackwell, then this path to being an independent person can actually bring her to the dark side. No longer wanting to be overshadowed or overlooked, she'll let the power of darkness overtake her, and she'll start to lose control of her own self. This is where the scale between Good and Evil, and the fight between Good and Evil wages in between Cassie trying to make the Good side stronger, but Melissa being the one to give the Dark side the upper hand, and Faye, being Melissa's friend and totally into power, would be right there to help her. The demon did choose her, and it is the short and quiet ones you have to look out for, right?



Coming right back to that other theory I had about Dawn and her intentions after she regains her own powers back. The scene where Cassie was performing her Attraction Spell (which by the way was mentioned back in Episode 7 by Faye; Yay for continuity!), Cassie mentioned how she was really looking to call someone back (Jake). That got me thinking of the possible idea. What if Dawn really wanted her powers back to summon John Blackwell back to life? We already know she's summoned evil before, when she brought up Abadon, the demon, oh so many years ago, why wouldn't she want to bring back Blackwell from the dead? Here's my thought on how this can play out. We know Dawn had a thing for John. However, we don't really know if John had a thing for her. John could have probably always looked down upon Dawn, and to gain his respect,
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(CONT) bringing him back from the dead would be a pretty good way of trying to earn his respect. And on top of that, they can then plot together to go after the Elders, just like my original idea I mentioned earlier, because I really don't think that if John Blackwell is alive or comes back to life, that he's going to really like the Elders very much. He is evil after all.



For now, that pretty much sums up everything I've gathered from this episode and what we've known before. It's quite a lot, isn't it? Now, I hope I'm not right about everything, as I'm sure the writers may actually have something better up their sleeves in store for us, but this is what I've come to theorize about.



My guess though is that by the end of this season, the circle will have individual power back (I HOPE!), Dawn, Charles and Ethan will have their power back, some people will end up dead (I just hope Jane is NOT one of them), and relationships will be made! Also, I don't think the first season will end with the Circle all happy and holding hands. I think things will become A LOT more complicated between everyone leading into quite the Second Season (I HOPE!). Also, I definitely think that all the big secrets about what the adults did will be known to today's Circle and that will lead into further complications between friends and family as everyone is going to need to choose a side. Also, Cassie and Ethan finding out who really killed Amelia could lead to a nasty situation between all three of them. Can we talk about how epic that will be!? We'll also know the back story of what happened 16 years ago (Episode 12!!) and I think the witch hunters story arc will come to an end (not a total end though) as we lead up to something bigger for the next season. Maybe more towns people will find out about people practicing witchcraft, and the high school will be against the Circle like they were in the books. That would be fun to see too! Like Sally Mathews (I hope she comes back!), what will she think if she finds out the truth? So, I definitely think this first season is building up to something, we just have to hit that streak to get there as you said and so the suspense and drama will also build up for the show.



With nothing more to say, I shall end this ridiculously long comment!



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Oh, and I also think the rest of the remaining Crystals will be found, and the other Book of Shadows will be found as well!
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Wow. Awesome analysis. I feel more interested in the show now! lol
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darn chica, and I thought I was bad! I'm so loving this by the way and loving you for getting all in depth. You make some very interesting points!
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Thanks, haha! I'm a guy though. lol
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Thanks for this! You've definitely got a keen comprehension of the show, but I think what we have in common is that our imaginations are running wild regardless of what's on screen. It's hard to say what will happen until we see it, but my hope is it's still early enough that the season could still heat up much faster than it has so far. Again, I'm totally on board so far, and I've enjoyed what I've seen. But it has begun to sink in that we should've covered more ground by now. Even all of your predictions, if they are right, should've happened already. Basically, I just want there to be enough going on that my imagination doesn't have to wander too much anymore.
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Stepfanie Kramer (Diana's grandmother) is 55. Clearly not in her 40s. But she looks great :)
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Right, and she could literally have a granddaughter Cassie's age. Kate could have her daughter at 18, the daughter could have Cassie at 17, and Cassie could be 15 all the way to 20. Kate could have a 20-year-old granddaughter by now without shame.
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Serves me right for trying to compliment an actress' youthfulness. All I know is MY grandmothers never looked like that!
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One of mine did, proud to platonically say.
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She didn't crack, I take it. Good on her. I keep my ears to the streets. *shoulder bump*



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Fair enough!
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Same here...though I could make a somewhat inapproprite, vaguely racist for the sole purpose of being funny statement aboutmy own race but...yeah, apparently I have a very young looking, somewhat hot grandmother as well.
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Great episode but most of your concerns have valid points.

Kate was Awesome, it was great to see such a wonderful actress in that role.

I suppose though it was inevitable

No

Perhaps

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I love Adam!! but I think it's just because every time I look at him I see John Connor. Come on guys he's the savior of the human race if he wants to longingly look at Cassie he can longingly look at Cassie, but seriously dude shouldn't you be thinking of some inventive ways of bring down a T-1000?
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Kate was awesome, although when Diana said 'Grandma' I kind of rolled my eyes... a lot. You're right, the ages are totally stuffed up with the generations. Do the writers think that people older than 50 don't have enough oomph to be a serious character or something?



The dream thing was the stupidest thing in the episode. It was clearly a dream from the get go (there is no way Jake would have returned that early), and the only use I really saw in it was to show what could have happened with Adam later (which wasn't even addressed and was pretty much a given (minus the blood, maybe)). The closing shot with Jake on the lawn was brilliant, though. However I am curious to why he is back, I didn't think Cassie had finished the attraction spell so unless she could do it with black magic/subconsciously wanting his brooding looks of screen, he must have returned by himself [fingers crossed for explanation next ep, but I was half wanting a tad more suspense with when he would be back]



.....No.



Lord I love Melissa, and her you go girl moment was brilliant. She is now my third favourite character. Diana and Jake being tied for first: my reasoning: DEPTH. All three of these characters have a bit of substance to them which is portrayed by the actors beautifully. Sigh. I vote more Melissa having a say (especially to Faye).





Still overall this episode was kinda blagh. Sure we can see that Cassie can be awesome when she wants to, but the plot didn't really get further than that.
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Stepfanie Kramer is 55.. so yeah they cast over 50...



She used to be on Hunter... and has always looked that good. Aging gracefully :)
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I don't know the time line of this show is super confusing it seems like everyone in the previous circle had at least a baby before they graduated from high school and everyone in the current circle is about 15 so the grandparents being about 50 seems to make sense. it's like 16 and pregnant but witches addition...maybe this show should have been set in the south...
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Ugh, baby show, what went wrong? I used to really, really look forward to this. Has the show gotten worse, or did my affection for it fade during it's 7 week absence? Now I can't tell if it was ever better, or if I just THOUGHT it was better? Maybe I was just charmed by the new-ness of it and the potential it held, now it seems like that great looking dessert at a buffet that turns out to be sugar-free, low-fat, old-person pudding. Seems really promising before you dig in, but turns out to be a disappointing letdown.

Also, does anyone else have a problem mistaking Charles for BAMF Elija? Anyone? Just me then, huh?
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I wouldn't say it's gotten worse. It is what it is. I just think your vision's gotten better...unfortunately for you.
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OK so seriously "Either way, this reveal was so well done that I clapped at my TV like a society lady at the opera." I cried laughing at this and mostly because I so did the same thing. Also I wonder if I love the idea of this show or the show sometimes also.



A little Secret Circle viewing tip...Don't watch it right after Vampire Diaries. I wait until the next day and it is much better. I find that the nail biting edge of my seat pace that TVD sets just isn't a great set up for TSC it leaves you feeling unsatisfied.



Back to the ???'s



I loved Kate an elder with some sense, also hated her for trying to kill Cassie.



Already covered squealing and clapping for Jake at the end. Jake is for sure an asset to this show.



Lee was so questionable I'm suprised these girls went along with it I mean can't they do magic together??



I wish Melissa would get a backbone I'm really not loving her passive interation with everyone especially Faye.



I also would love love love to see some Freaking Magic on this show.



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Except if we don't watch it live, then the show could get cancelled, and we don't, or at least I really don't want this show to be cancelled. I never have a problem enjoying TSC right after watching TVD though.
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The shows still get the ratings as long as you watch within a week on the DVR.
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Think your TSC viewing tip would work in reverse? If we watched baby-show first and then actual-show second, then maybe TVD would be Even. More. Awesome.
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Actually it probably would work in reverse. I'm always so excited for TVD that I didn't think of that.
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Also, my favourte Melissa moment happend when Lee was pretty much groping Faye, and she said "Hey". And when they were leaving she fixed Faye's top and pushed her out the door. I don't know if it's just me, but it was awesome. She was pretty much defending Faye's honour, and you can say what you like about it, but usually it's dudes doing that. Which is awesome guys, defend away, but I thought it was a nice beat. Melissa could be just as awesome as Cassie, I'm sure. If they gave her some screentime. Generally girls just wait for guys to come and help THEIR friends in situations like that, and while it's clear Faye was enjoying it - a bit TOO much - I appreciated them showing that aspect of Melissa's character. Sort of like a big sister role. Go Melissa!
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I agree. I do think sometimes Melissa isn't given enough credit because she is sort of Faye's keeper. She's the only one that can handle that girl 24/7. They have a nice friendship though, because what started off as seeming as though Melissa was just Faye's Lackey, you've seen on various times by both girls that they truly do love and care for one another. They are both are very protective of the other, so it's a genuine friendship.
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She's still on sidekick status unless they give her actual solo projects, and with her cousin doing the Minority Vanishing Trick, I don't see any serious plans for her. I think next week will tell.
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Sadly true. Gotta love the Minority Vanishing Trick. For all we know Sally's wondering around their hallways with her mind totally fried. What happened to that girl after Faye "killed her"? She could have added a nice little element being the human friend being kept out of the know.
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(continued from post immediately below this)





Oh, the scene with Charles and Kate - I actually got a few different things from it. We know the adults toyed with demons and that somehow the demons were related to the fire. It seems like the Elders stripped the now-adults of their power both as punishment and to keep them from being able to mess with any further dark magic. From what Kate was saying, it sounds like there at a point in time when good and evil are closely balanced and a shift one way or other other is likely to happen.



I think that Kate saw Cassie as being one of two possibilities: A witch strong enough to tip the balance of power to either good or evil, or a witch who wasn't that strong, but who had enough dark magic to be a danger to herself and those around her. By testing her strength in a potentially lethal ritual, Kate would either emerge with a strong witch she plans to use to make that shift in power between good and evil, or she would have killed off a potential threat to the next generation of witches and presumably brought to the end a line of evil magic (though it wouldn't have been the end since we know that Blackwell has another child in the circle.) I believe that Kate is working on the side of good and wants to use Cassie to defeat evil, and I think Dawn is her counterpart, working on the side of evil. Dawn, however, has probably not let Charles in on her ultimate goal, but rather has reeled him in with talk of using Cassie to restore their OWN power.



The one thing that I find kind of irritating is that when Zach first confronted Charles, he pointed out that since the kids had bound their circle, he would only have to kill one of them to weaken them all, yet we've seen almost NO effect on them or their abilities since Nick died - and while I know that Jake is "connected" to the circle as Nick's brother, he never accepted the binding like the rest did in their ceremony, so they shouldn't be functioning as a full circle right now.



ANYway, that's my thought on things after seeing this week's episode.
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I thought the same about the bound circle thing. I've pretty much accepted at this point that this show has more holes than Swiss cheese. It can be difficult suspending belief, realism, and good ole common sense to accomodate all of it, but it's manageable.
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I didn't have a problem with the opening dream sequence fake-out because, for me, anyway, the way it was filmed *told* me it wasn't actual reality. The washed-out black & white footage - especially after Jake started choking and the blood was such a vibrant red - made it clear to me that this wasn't our normal reality, so I never expected it to be real. I saw it as we were getting a glimpse into Cassie's inner conflict - her fear of her dark side, her attraction to Jake combined with her uncertainty as to whether she could trust him or not.



I haven't had much trouble with the show's pacing until I read comments from people complaining about it, and then I think "well, maybe....." but when I'm watching it, I've been fine with it.
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1). Awesome.

2). Hell yes.

3). I wonder how many Chloe King fans will love him now despite the majority of them having been more interested in the annoying prick that was Alek. *Sigh*

4). I don't think so, but I think she's gotten over the heartache. Now she's just dealing.



I quite appreciate the slow pace right now. Sure, it would be nice for them to give us an inkling of an idea as to what Charles and Dawn are up to. I want to know what Kate's plans are. I want to see Cassie's mom again (call me crazy, but we never saw her die.) I want more Ethan, especially in scenes with Adam, as that's one relationship that could really make Adam's character grow if we see more of it. I want more Melissa, because I've grown ill reading descriptions of TSC episodes that end with "Jessica Parker Kennedy also stars". But for now, slow pace works well. Call me crazy, but shows that give us a good half a Season to learn about the world and characters, and THEN launch into the story, are a lot easier to handle. Lost didn't throw it's first big hurdle until, what, the twelfth episode? Eleventh? I'm not saying everything worked out on Lost, I stopped keeping track after a while, but what I did see was engrossing. TSC isn't at that level, obviously, but as a teen show that caters to fans of the ridiculously paced TVD, I admire the fact that it's not break-neck yet. Let young audiences see what character development looks like! (Especially Adam and Melissa...PLEASE).



Anyway, I agree about Britt. She's fantastic. I loved her in Life Unexpected, particularly in one of the last four/five episodes, in which it comes to light that one of her previous living arrangements involved being pushed down a stairs and having to physically fight her father figure to stop him...well, you know. She does a great job at portraying characters who have a lot of conflict coming at them but refuse to be weak.



I know Faye being the sibling is too obvious, and I'm still holding out for it to be Melissa, but I'm warming to the idea of Faye being the sibling. I like the dynamic between Cassie and Faye. Of course, I want to see a friendship between Melissa and Cassie, but I'd like at least one of her girl friends to not have guy conflict, or power conflict between them. Forgiving as Diana is, Adam will surely become a larger factor in that friendship. It's sure to cause some waves. So I'm warming to the idea of Faye being the sibling. But still, MELISSA. Also, has Melissa ever interacted with Diana or Adam on this? Apart from a couple of seconds in moments of conflict with outside parties...has she? She needs to have more ties tahn Faye to the circle.



I hope the TSC writers allow Cassie - even after the whole fighting the darkness inside storyline, which can't go on forever - to be a badass for good. It would suck if they took away her powers and she suddenly became Bonnie Bennet. I'm pushing for Diana to stay pretty much the same, for Faye to continue being sarcastic but be pretty much good - after some character growth of course - and for Melissa to exell to badass levels. I truly think she and Cassie could run the show.



As for the love triangle...I don't know. She has chemistry with both guys, but moreso with Jake. I'm torn, because I love both actors equally at this point, and somehow that factors into it. Don't ask why. Maybe I'm just biased. They'll have to REALLY evolve Adam's character and his story for us to ever fully accept that he'll hold a candle to Jake. And Jake will have to become a bigger part of the circle for us to think Cassie would ever be able to be with him. The thing I like about this love triangle is that there's not conflict between Cassie and either of the guys. Look at Twilight: how many times has Bella been manhandled, yelled at, judged, yelled at (somem ore) by Jacob and Edward? And even TVD, which I'm warming up to despite some remaining issues, it seems that Elena must be angry at one of the brothers in order for her to be able to get along swimmingly with the other. Here, Cassie is friends with both guys. I hope they resolve the conflict beteen those two by the way - TSC could totally use that bromance to it's advantage. (I am a bromance lover. Please, TSC. Pretty please.)



Oh man. I look into these things WAY too much. Sorry for the long comment. I should get a blog or something, but I'm sure I'd just get tired of it haha.
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lol I still love him.. :)
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Awesome awesome, yes, yes, what?
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I really didn't like this episode, as it seemed to me the writers had been watching Star Wars. Because both the plotline of cassie, and many of the quotes was like taken right out of the films.



SW - Fear is the path to the dark side

Cassie - Fear powers my dark magic and i'm starting to like it.



SW - Darth Vaders signature move is the force choke grip.

Cassie - Her new signature move is the dark magic choke grip.



SW - You are refering to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the force.

Dianas grandmother - She might be the one in the prophecy who will tip the balance of good and evil.



If this storyline continues i'm expecting a masked villain to appear later on, and tell Cassie he is her father........
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Okay, first of all, Star Wars didn't originate the idea of fear being a sort of motivation for a person to indulge in the darkness within - or a persons violent side. All Star Wars did was take the idea and give it to somebody in space.

And I don't think Cassie having some sort of premonition about accidentally choking a guy, before accidentally choking another guy, means choking people is now a signature move for her.

And the whole 'restoring the balance between good and evil' thing? That story arc dates back to Gandalf knows when. I get where you're coming from, but those similarities don't mean it rips off Star Wars. Nor should Star Wars be praised for coming up with those ideas.
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-Kate was awesome. A total GILF, am I right fellas?! I think it's kinda sad when I find the adults more interesting than the teens. Honestly, she confused me though. I don't know what the hell is going on with her? Who is she working with? What is her agenda? Is she another one of those ambiguous characters, a savior, or a villian? I also got utterly confused during that scene with Charles but I like her.



-"Can I trouble you for a lozenge?" LOL! I wasn't excited to see Jake.Just indifferent. Eh, the guy doesn't really interest me all that much.Plus his entrance was lame...playing music outside of a window with his hoodie on ub the last half second? It seemed like some scene from an 80's movie...just not nearly as epic.I suppose I just don't know what they plan on doing with him just now. It is true that he never built up the romantic lead role...Jake needs some more work.



-I'm a lady. Letting some grunge dude fingerpaint me up in the dingy voodoo garage of his parents house is unacceptable. At least not until he took me out to dinner first.



-LOL! I think Melissa relates to your critiques (which are spot on by the way, when all joking is aside there really are a host of things that they need to work on. It was fine for the first few episodes but we're practically at the finishline and they have to up their game exponentially). But yeah, I think Melissa will be the character that's a subtle dig at the flaws of the show. Close up on her face when something ridiculous happens. Questioning the absurdity of some of the situations. Every show needs that character that's basically the writers making fun of themselves. I am sick of the mourning thing. Melissa still needs some work...some time to shine because she does it so well. Then again so does Adam.



I share similiar sentiments regarding Charles. I went from loving and loathing his total badass villianous ways...to being protective of him like a kicked puppy out in the cold. He went from badass to sap. I kinda hate that. I also agree that unless we learn more about his and Dawn's agenda they may as well not even bother showing them anymore. It's getting stale.



Adam and Cassie. I'm one of those few people who seems to be a fan of Adam. I get him. He has so much potential that he hasn't been given the chance to reach yet. I think he's more the possible romance type down the road perhaps...but for now, I just like the fact that he's as protective if not more so of Cassie the newcomer as he is with everyone else. He's a sweet guy, a great friend. I do see where it can be more of a sibling thing, and if that's true I wouldn't be disappointed in that either. I think non-romantic relationships are by far the most interesting anyways. It's easy to throw two people together and pretend as though they have chemistry, it's more work to give them the depth of a platonic relationship that's equally if not more valuable. What can I say, I love the "pair of eyelashes in a hoodie". Though I'd love to see both him and Diana outside of being the responsible parents of their little group.



Another thing. I keep having this feeling that Adam's dad can really be the key to giving this entire thing some momentum! I mean really. I love his character and he's another one who is grossly misused. I just wish they'd give him more!



eek, that sums up my sentiments.I really need to work on condensing.I'm hardly this talkative anywhere else. lol
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Questions: 1) really don't like Kate. 2) Yes! I also clapped at my tv...just like an eight year old girl. 3) Yes please. 4) I've always found Melissa extremely boring...more so than Nick. Is it too soon to ask for another replace-a-main-character death?



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Unlike TVD, I don't think the writers have any long-term plans for the plot. It seems like the main characters are busy with trivial sub-plots while the writers think of something better. They also keep introducing storylines and then shrugging them off, ex: Melissa's brother lusting after Diana, witch hunters...where did they all go? But I stick with it because TVD's first season wasn't that great and look at it now! Something that I find extremely annoying is how Adam shows up wherever Cassie is to say he's sorry. Ever heard of a text message? That scene between the both of them in Diana's bedroom was just plain awkward to watch.
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LOL! Every show needs a lurker and Adam's the resident lurker? Apparently they don't use phones much, otherwise Cassie could have called or texted Jake rather than summoning him via spell and Adam wouldn't just pop up...well, anywhere, nearly as much as he does. You'd think they have some witchy smoke signals or something.



I know what you mean about sticking with it though. I mean apparently it doesn't take that much to entertain me but this show has so much potential and such great actors...so it's kind of worth it to stick around it see how it all unfolds. I just wish they'd up the excitement...finish a storyline...or for that matter stick to a storyline long enough to finish it. I also would love more from the characters. I know Cassie is the lead but characters like Melissa and Adam have so much potential...I just hope they get to develop more. I'd like to see more going on w/o it necessairly having to center around Cassie. Also the elders and the parents are so interesting but we don't know nearly enough about them, their agenda, or well anything. I'd love to see them interact more with thekids. I'd love to see their conversations actually mean something, rather than that eluding to things but not coming right out with it. It has potential but it needs some more work with the characters and the writing, and it kinda sucks because you almost feel compelled to compare it to TVD if only to hope that it kicks off like TVD did.Chances are I'll always keep watching TSC but I'd like to keep watching it on the edge of my seat. After awhile the delayed gratification gets old and uninteresting.
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Ps- I really hope Cassie goes craxxy with the Dark power and gets sucked in ! That would be fanastic to wtach however maybe a little to early in the show~
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I totally agree with your last statement. I'm in love with the show.. or the possibilities this show represents. I keep watching it, hopefully it will get better. It just sort of seems like everyone is 'just' acting to me. There was no real chemistry between Adam and Cassie.. I DON'T like Cassie and I am having a hard time with that. After watching last weeks episode, it kept giving me flash backs of Joss Whedon's Willow.. so, i laughed so hard when you posted that picture.

Well, Done article ! I love the commentary comments in the picture.
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Evil Willow was badass, though. Cassie, on the other hand...



Maybe if she said something like "I find your lack of faith disturbing..."
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Well, another day, another life in Teenage Witch Drama....

I have to be honest, I didn't like much of this episode having watched TVD first and than this. Maybe not a good idea, but hey. I thought most of the acting and scenes were just appalling. The whole first witchmare (nice wink to TVD btw Price ) sucked big time and when it's happening you just wait and wait... wake up... wake up... now?... now?... OK, I'm bored...



I share your complaints and also finding it hard to guess where this show is going.... it's not really delivering and it could do so much more.



But I have to admit that Britt is making an impression whenever she's getting the Dark Magic flowing!!



Was surprised that you didn't mention the stupid Adam scene at the end... Just wanted to say I'm sorry for the 100th time... OK, that's it... bye !!



What was that about??



Sometimes I find myself screaming at the TV... STOP WITH THE STUPID SCENES!!



Kate was cool, and too young to be a grandma, just like Cassie's grandma.

Maybe this'll be a storyline too you know ?? There's some freaky magic going around and everyone's getting pregnant all of a sudden...



Still looking forward till next episode but it does need to get it's act together!!



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One other thing: the Elders/Grampies. It might make more sense to actually stop showing up one at a time if they call themselves investigating. It also might make sense to use a phone and call one another when they find that something's up. They aren't that old that they can't use a phone.



Okay, two things: the 'Soak Evil Into the Earth' spell. That spell makes perfect sense, right? The land could never in a million years become saturated with ancient evil, right? No one could ever come back at channel ancient evil from the land...right? Even aside from Kate leaving the scene like Dr. Evil, it was just a stupid spell.
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I understand that V-Neck needed to return--and that's great, really--but the dream sequence? Shouldn't a cheap and tired attempt at adding shock value fool us for at least a second?



And now Cassie's dark-blooded badass. Cassie. So when I play the Drinking Game every time she runs out of a room, I can do a kicker if someone's on the floor choking. Cassie looks like one of those Tiaras for Toddlers kids when she's raging. The cute just overwhelms everything else.



Still, it's nice that Adam's still around and looking after--ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Something needs to happen with this guy. I mean, it could be something good, just something. His dripping around is sogging up the floors.



Uh-gin, they really need some friggin powers. Where would TVD be if Damon and the others had been turned into humans after a few weeks? Even Bonnie would be laughing at these guys.



And what happened to Melissa's 'WTH-Am-I-Doing-Here' cousin? I never thought he'd be gone so fas--LOL jk. I don't mind Lee 'I-Look-Like-I-Was-Born-On-The-CW' LaBeque, I just want him to be good at something besides hooking up with Faye. Really...how hard is that?



Lee: "I could have you, y'know."

Faye: "I know."



Lee 10 minutes later: "I know ur mad, but I could still have you."

Faye: "I know."
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Agree about Adam! It's killing me! I mean chances are this guy may have a fairly interesting backstory that could be worked with but there is nothing going on there. I actually like Adam but he isn't getting nearly enough to do, outside of wrangling in Faye when it calls for it, and checking up on or being supportive to Cassie and Diana. The kid is a bit of a mystery....he's the guy taking care of his drunken father and his father's business while taking care of and watching out for everyone in the circle...has to be more in there for him.
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To begin with a 7 week hiatus was more than ridiculous for a starter show.. a fringe, TVD or supernatural viewer could easily wait but for show that begun slow already, that hiatus slowed things even more and this episode defined a new level of slowness.. it never is good when people watch things and think about other stuff.. all through the episode I kept thinking "what happened to cassie's grandma? what went on in the boat? how did they resolve the betrayal of Jake?" and in the mean time there we had a chats about "dark magic" and surfing about it through the net , exchange of looks between an endless combination of two people (adam-cassie, adam-diana, diana-cassie, melissa-faye, etc.) and other not-that-important stuff.. Disagreeing with most of the following community, I find Faye and her "mean girl" act pretty annoying; and liked it when Melissa told her she is done with her.. Faye's jelaousy of Cassie was pretty sweet though "if anyone had to have powers that should be me!":) I am expecting her to be involved with Lee and find that he happens to be another witchhunter in like 2 episodes, and to be saved by cassie.. sorry but I liked it when she could not stop the storm, when she almost killed the girl in the party and will like it every time she gets it right in her face.. yet, would I have let lee draw a fake-blood star on my upper bosom? yes I would, why not:)



For the parents and the elderly, I dont think charles is as handicapped as he was before, on the contrary, in the both this and previous episodes he, very strictly and strongly refused Dawn and now I wonder where her anger and ambition will lead the story too.. kate was not really awesome as there was nothing surprising in her "darkness", her presence screamed trouble in the first scene (and I totally agree that the explanation made on the cuffin burying thing was really confusing).. yet, introduction of another female villain to balance Dawn is also promising, only if the writers use it of course.. up until now, all the elderly acted pretty "elderly" and "uncapable" (other than the scene with cassie's grandma destrying the snakes).. I mean Kate can feel people's magic and henry or grandma cant?



lastly, Jake was soo coming back, there was nothing left to be excited about.. if only he returned like 2-3 episodes later, than, maaaybe it would have been an excitement.. and Adam, oh Adam, please stop being a "meh" character and get yourself together adam.. your sad, puppy looks does not attract neither of the girls, stand strong, be a man, take initiative, do something please, something interesting!
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Kate was a great addition, but she is no where near a 40something actress! Kramer is closer to 60, just some great genes in that witchy little family.



Please give the adults a real plot, before we start thinking the accident was simply because their circle was so dumb that they simply just blew up the boat, while smoking and filling up the gas tank! Stale plot aside, no one can kiss like Gale Harold. But he needs to stop worrying about the crystal & get some chapstick, his famouse lips were a bit chapped.



Jake, meh, not impressed. Lee is yummy.
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I like this show, but I have to agree with you. It has in no way reached its potential. I hope you can get your comments seen by the "powers that be" over there and shake them up a bit. I think all of your comments are right on and someone needs to pay attention to them.
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They really do need more magic on the show. It kind of feels like im watching a teen drama some episodes.
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Kate is awesome not just because of what she did in this episode but the eeriness she will bring for future episodes. What side is she really on good or evil.
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Am I the only one getting a Star Wars vibe here? Like Blackwell is Darth Vader and Cassie and Adam are like Luke and Leia with the whole "Cassie is the one who will restore the balance" or whatever Kate said!
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Am getting that Star Wars feeling but not between Adam and Cassie but between Cassie and Faye. Kate did say that Dawn had a crush on Blackwell. Maybe when Blackwell was overtaken by his darkside, he and Dawn got it on maybe.
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At first I thought Faye too, but it seemed like they were trying to lead us that direction a little too hard, I think Faye's character can be awesome without the dark magic so I hope they give it to one of the less interesting characters and liven up the show! I don't know, I guess I'm using my Vampire Diaries thinking cap, maybe I shouldn't expect a fakeout at all!
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No, that's spot-on. And I like what you say about Cassie and Adam being secret siblings. That would definitely help clear up that "written in the stars" stuff.
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Love it!! don't really get the star wars stuff, left that fandom to my brothers, but a way to backtrack out of the lowest chemistry having could be couple ever would be awesome!! than she's free to hump on jake!!!!
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Jake creeps me out, I'm not sure why, I should like him, and yet I don't, I actually kinda liked Nick better!
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Maybe Adam's mom got sick of her husband pining away for Amelia ad decided to sleep with Blackwell to get even and got pregnant with Adam!
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Yeah I could see that too.
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The episode is so-so for me.. But one particular scene I love: When Melissa was rejecting Faye's offer to trash Lee's place, then she went on about how she's now her own person and not a follower anymore. And faye was just, like, "No need for big drama!"

I laughed at that. too many CW shows have too many characters saying self-help quotations when they can just simply say "No."
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Yeah, that was great! Also I thought it was a nice moment for Faye, who'd just gotten told off good. Instead of fighting with Melissa she tried to resolve things, and then Melissa seemed to feel kinda weird about having flown off the rails. I actually found it really believable.
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They totally should use their powers for "petty spells" like you said. In the books, one girl who isn't in the show got the whole football team to sleep with her! And that was 20 years ago! That's real witchcraft right there.
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THAT is what I'm talking about. Magic should seem like fun! Teenagers make bad choices! This show should be off the hook.
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LOL I vote Faye for that storyline
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Agree that I'd rather Adam and Cassie had a brother - sister relationship than a romantic relationship. I like Adam but not when he's gazing longingly across the room. When that's all he's doing, he's just kind of boring.



I LOVE Diana. She is my favorite of the girls. But I agree, I don't like her glam look. I liked her preppy look in the pilot better, and I wish they'd go back to that.

I love how she's all sincere and sweet. And amazingly hot.



Kate was awesome, but I agree that her speech to Charles about why she tried to kill Cassie kind of left me "WTF?" It would be nice if we had some idea of what the goal of the adults was.



I love Gale Harold, and I like Charles better now that he's standing up to Dawn. But I want his character to be the total BAMF he was in the pilot - maybe he's trying to protect the kids, now that he's killed the one who was possessed by a demon and all, but I want him to be out killing people and being all ruthless and mean while he's doing it. Let's see him kill the head witch hunter and show no remorse.



I'd be more excited to see Jake if he was naked. He's completely expressionless, and I don't think he's a good actor, so let's at least see what he's good at: having a great body.



I would let Lee draw a fake-blood star on any part of me he wanted to.



Why do they keep ignoring Melissa?



Love the recap!
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Thanks, I'm glad you agree about Diana. In my head she should be running for class president and getting straight A's. More of a Tracy Flick type. If both Diana and Melissa are glamorous, then it takes away from Faye's hotness. I mean, sure it's nice to see a bunch of hot girls on a show, but it detracts from how relatable they are. I don't know. Perhaps I just liked the pilot too much.
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1)Sorry,I wouldn't call her awesome.I don't know what year it is in the TSC universe but whether it is 2012 or 2011,people act like they're stuck in the Middle Ages! Kate was going to kill Cassie just because she had dark magic in her not b/c she actually did know what Cassie had done to Adam.And the witch hunters were going to kill 4 teenagers just because they were witches.

2)I was excited to see him but the last scene was lame.I liked him better in the dream before the blood coughing thing.

3)Lee is creepy but Jake?!Absolutely!!

4)Why is she a character still?And where is her cousin??

Do you think Bonnie should enlist Cassie's help to open the coffins?
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LOL@Do you think Bonnie should enlist Cassie's help to open the coffins? *awesome*
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Haha I forgot about the cousin!! Holy moly, this show.
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Haha you continue to be super cute when you comment about what you would do if you were them. Adorable.



1. Can this show have some real magic? I'm tired of this weather nonsense. I want someone to turn into chicken or something like that! That would be a promising start.

2. Poor Charles, he's now oficially a whiny baby.

3. Why are they obsessed with Bing?? And lol at that link www/bing/ LOL

4. Kate knew that Cassie would escape but if she wanted Cassie on her side, I guess that wasn't a particulary good way to make her get on it. Cassie will be pissed.

5. Cassie gets so much hate from fandom, and I don't get it. She's awesome! That's a main character I would root for (Elena take notes!).

6. More shirtless Jake, please!

7. I like Adam. I know that everyone hates him, but he's just adorable. I didn't like him at first, he seemed boring as hell, but his actions are just hilarious. And the faces he makes...lol I would like to see him and Faye together haha

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Oh right, I forgot that Faye almost destroyed the town via a rainstorm! Dang, they really DID have cool powers didn't they? What happened? I actually love Cassie as a main character, particularly Britt Robertson's performance. Cassie's really strong and relatable and funny, all while being a great audience surrogate. I'm pro Cassie for sure. I also like Adam, I think he's a decent guy, but I wish something terrible would happen to him that would change his personality entirely. He needs to be dark and tormented and mysterious. You know?
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we already have Jake for that lol
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Great recap Price - As usual with this show... better than the ep.... Hopefully now that Jake's back things can get interesting...
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Well things will definitely get handsomer at least.
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1) Totally :) I thought she was even cooler when she 'tested' Cassie. is that wrong?

2) Yeeeeah, TVD en TSC both had squeal-worthy endings

3) Pass. But let me say I totally understood why Faye let him.

4) No she's not, but I'm pretty sure that the writers are slowly figuring out that Melissa just HAS to get over it.

Three remarks: the dream sequence was horrible (especially since she did the same thing in the 'real' world to Adam. Minus the blood, sadly enough.) The only upside: it was not as awful as Bonnie's on TVD.

Secondly, Melissa and Faye especially were unbelievably rude about Cassie's dark magic. Melissa was practically yelling that she was a freak and Faye.. I mean, her remark wasn't even funny. Diana was at least a little decent about it. I agree with you Price, they're not acting like great friends. Then again, I'm not sure they are even friends yet, they're still split into two groups. The main interaction is always between Diana/Adam/Cassie or between Melissa/(Nick)/Faye. That worked for a while, but as a circle they need more 'togetherness' or something. If that makes sense?

Lastly, I think the show has a lot potential. The first episode was infinitely more exciting that TVD and the mid-season finale was actually very great, but in between and after.. nothing is really happening. I mean,always the same stuff. And yes, the coffin-blow-up was amazing, but we need at least FOUR coffin-blow-ups per episode. All the elements are right THERE, but ... it needs more. Of course I will keep watching, but I don't like the fact that I know this could be a much better show.

PS: you should really find some kind of special expression (like: 'is it friday yet?') for people cutting in their handpalms. Because it is seriously effing annoying.

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Haha we are connected at the brain. I agree with you so much.
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Liked this recap. And I agree with your concerns. I actually think that Charles has been acting handicapped for a while. He lets Dawn walk all over him. At least in this episode it was a little less. I love the whole black magic plotline though. But you are right. They should show more actual magic.



And it's a good thing that Jake's back. Did you notice the legs at the corner of the screean when Cassie had just been buried? I'm pretty sure that was him checking out what would happen.



Makes me wonder if he wanted so save her if she couldn't save herself. And if he was sent by the witch hunters to check up on Cassie or did it of his own free will. You never know, maybe Kate's working with the witch hunters.



And no, no fake blood stars for me, especially not on my upper bosom area. The whole thing screams Run! Danger! Danger! Faye's lucky she hasn't run into any yet. I love her character though.



Melissa? Ugh...I like the actor. I've seen her on other productions. She might be able to do more than they're giving her credit for.
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OMG no! I'm gonna go check the episode right now!
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Okay I just rewatched it, and I think that's just Kate stepping back into the frame to watch her handiwork.
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On Friday's Supernatural, Dean cut his arm, no palm!

I'm afraid for this show. the suspense is so little for me that I'm not even sure I would miss it after a summer long break and it didn't come back... I don't want that, but it's pretty blah.

I wish they could start over, could you imagine if Jake was cast as Adam?? That whole destined to be together would've been so much better! Adam is so teeny and nerdy, and is it me or does he wear guy-liner??

Wasn't the big cliffhanger that someone else has black magic? They completely ignored that this episode!!
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Watch out, the guyliner thing is a very controversial issue... Dekker's ALL natural and his legions of fans will throw down over it. And OH YEAH I forgot about that cliffhanger entirely! I agree with you... My creeping dread happened over the hiatus when I realized I didn't even really care what happened next. Contrast that to the episode where TVD left off. Stefan STOLE the villain's family! Like, dang, now I gotta see what Klaus does. But on this show I was just like, oh well, come back soon Jake. And then I didn't even really think about it until it was back.
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Don't you wish TVD was a soap opera we could enjoy on the daily??!! :)
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oh yeah I forgot about that! did we decide on Faye or Diana as the half-sibling? You're right, its pretty forgettable at the moment, I remember actually getting excited about that and yet I haven't thought of it since...
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Wasn't the best episode, but I still have high hopes for the show. And awesome coffin-exploding.



-It's always nice to see someone trying to murder off the main character. Also, that led to the awesome coffin-move.

-I think Jake being back is a good thing, or at least it could be.

-I am not a girl, so my opinion on that probably counts less, but still, no. 'Twould feel weird.

-I think so? I'd like a little more exploration into her character. I think it would help.
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Yeah, I think the Cassie stuff worked like gangbusters. The episode wasn't even completely terrible... it was still expertly done, and the actors are uniformly great. I just felt like I was tapping my foot too much, you know? Get on with it, show.
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I agree completely. I couldn't quite place my finger on all the reasons this show is slackin', but you nailed it as always. Oh and your TVD recaps are pure genius. Your word choice is brilliant. From buff-bros to resplendent, it's just entertaining and enjoyable to read your work. If you ever wrote a book I'd buy it.
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Oh my gosh thank you. I better get crackin' on a book!
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I totally feel like Melissa, watched the entire show from the side of my eye. I agree with your criticisms, but I would watch Phoebe Tonkin do anything, so I'm stuck here complaining week after week. More magic! Less talk! More Grey Damon! Less Bing! And for the love of all thats holy would the grown ups please stop killing the children? Does this town not have a sheriffs department?
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Haha, good point. Here I was laughing at TVD for having the world's worst sheriff, but at least they HAVE one!
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