The Secret Circle Review: Double the Darkness

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That was sort of a lame cliffhanger, wasn't it?

To conclude its opening nine-episode run, The Secret Circle didn't leave viewers anxious with how a storyline would be resolved, it simply dropped a major plot point on us in order to set the stage for 2012.

A Dance with Jake

Another member of the coven hails from the "Balcoin" bloodline and is the child of John Blackwell. That's interesting to ponder, but two points:

  1. It's clearly Faye, right? A spellbound Jane admitted earlier in the episode that Dawn had a thing for JB.
  2. It's difficult to get too excited or anxious about what a second, dark magic-filled circle member might mean... because we're not even clear on what it means for the first one. We've been given flashes on Cassie's power, but there's a great deal more to learn about her first, making it difficult to care much about a half-sister.

I was hoping for more. Couldn't the episode have concluded with Cassie getting kidnapped? Wouldn't such an action have made for a better cliffhanger than a simple reveal and a wide shot of the group on the pier, all safe for now?

But let's focus on the positive, starting with the next generation: there's a riff between Charles and Dawn, and there's something seriously wrong with Jane. I hope we learn the former duo's end game soon, as it can get a bit tiresome to hear them constantly talking around the question of why they want their powers back. Still, these two are fascinating to watch, especially Charles. He seemed like an all-knowing, all-powerful villain at the outset.

Now, though, we've seen him struggle with killing Nick, pine romantically after Dawn and act unsure over what he has done to Jane. A layered, flawed bad guy is an interesting one to follow.

So is the concept of a witch hunter's "counsel." Isaac referred to this higher authority on more than one occasion. It wants Cassie alive? For what purpose? Who comprises the counsel? Where is it located? What is its end game? All questions to ponder over the next six weeks.

Yes, like The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle is off until January 5. That gives us a long time to wonder why Melissa disapproves of Diana dating Holden (just a protective family thing? Or is there something more about the seemingly very nice guy?) and to brace ourselves for just how dark life is about to get for Cassie. We've only been teased about her dangerous gift so far, but this return promo promises a far more in-depth look in 2012.

And forget Dawn's agenda or Chris Zylka's stiff acting... if Faye really is Cassie's half-sister, and if someone such as her can conduct dark magic on her own, that would be scary.

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@Allison Berry Barbieri - Chill with the spoilers! Some of us don't want to know what happens in the end of the book series! Even if the show does stray, they may decide to stick with some of those storylines!

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I actually think the cliffhanger was pretty good. Overall the episode was kind of meh but I really loved that last line that there is another child from Blackwell in the circle. I agree that it is most likely Faye and I think that is a great development. Would love the sibling rivalry with Cassie and Faye and also how they both have feelings for the same guy.

Allison-berry-barbieri

Oh, also, those of you are guessing Jake as the other Balcoin....are you seriously suggesting that Cassie has been kissing her brother?! Come on. It's the CW, not HBO.

Allison-berry-barbieri

Chris Zylka isn't bad at all! He was good in this episode! Also, I think the other Blackwell is Faye. I recall reading the books years ago, and I remember something about Faye going over to the dark side and siding with Blackwell (who was alive in the books...maybe still is?). I predict Cassie fighting the darkness and staying good, and Faye going rogue. It's interesting to note that, in the books, Cassie ends up with Adam. But TVD seems to stray pretty far from the books, so maybe TSC will too?

Fortyseven

I agree with the review. It would have been better if Cassie was kidnapped. I hope Blackwell is another (7th?) family. Nice to see other pairings in scenes. Adam can't be the other Blackwell. It's unlikely to be Jake. I'll say it's Diana or Faye.

Fortyseven

I agree with the review. It would have been better if Cassie had really been kidnapped. Nice to see other pairings in scenes. Balcoin/Blackwell is a 7th family, I hope. JB probably fathered lots of children. The only one who can't be Cassie's half-sibling is Adam. I don't think the writers would make the half-sibling Jake due to the ship tease. I'm going to say Diana is the other Balcoin witch.

Fortyseven

It would have been better if Cassie had really been kidnapped. Nice to see other pairings in scenes. Balcoin/Blackwell is a 7th family, I hope. JB probably fathered lots of children. The only one who can't be Cassie's half-sibling is Adam. I don't think the writers would make the half-sibling Jake due to the ship tease. I'm going to say Diana is the other Balcoin witch.

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Well, as Jake is the only other member of the circle who can do magic on his own, my guess would be that he was the balcoin guy. However I like the acting chemistry between Faye and Cassie, which if it turns out that they are half sisters would be sooo HILARIOUS!

Omgqt

it is Faye!!! Dawn had a thing for him, didnt she. or it might be Melissa so she would have a bigger part in the show

Amy-jackey

I dont think jake is cassies half sibling. I think its faye.