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Recap/Review: The Secret Circle Season 1 Episode 2 (Bound)

11 Oct

After an impressive pilot episode, I had high hopes for The CW’s new series, ‘The Secret Circle’. However, I have to say the the last few episodes have been a disappointment, with the relationships and story-lines failing to develop quickly enough for my liking. Still, I’m hoping that The Secret Circle, like The Vampire Diaries before it, will improve with time and so I will be persisting with it for now, although my recaps for it may be a little shorter than for other shows.

The Binding

Most of this episode, as the title suggests, focuses on the binding of the circle’s powers. As was suggested last week, Diana thinks that this is a great idea, whereas Faye (and Melissa, who goes along with everything Faye says) are far more interested in using their powers to make fire in Chemistry class. Because lighting a Bunsen burner is so difficult… Cassie is also experimenting with her powers, and the results are always bigger than she expects. Unfortunately, she also has a habit of freaking out every time she performs magic, which kind of detracts from her general witchiness. Why do the characters in these supernatural dramas always have to be so clueless?

To cut a long story short, Faye is eventually convinced to do the binding ritual after she almost kills the class president with a magic-aided shove. Actually, she does kill her, but luckily she has a mother with a magic crystal to clean up her messes for her (more on that later).

The Adults

A spanner is thrown in the works for Dawn and Charles, as Dawn father-in-law Henry arrives to check up on them. He also talks to Ethan about that little drowning incident last week, and it doesn’t take him long to realise that Bad Things are happening in this town. He tells Dawn that the situation needs to be taken care of, by which he clearly means that the magic must be stopped.

Dawn takes care of the situation by taking the magic crystal from Charles (it would appear that the adults can only do magic if they have this crystal). It’s this crystal which she uses to heal Sally when Faye pushes her off the pier. However, her next use for the crystal is less well-meaning, as she gives Henry a heart attack when he threatens to report her and Charles to the elders. I’m guessing that this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing about the elders though, especially as they seem to be heavily against the use of magic.

The Relationships

Of course, teen drama wouldn’t be what it is without a little bit of love in the air. In this episode we see Melissa (a.k.a. Faye’s sidekick) get her own hint of a story-line as she hooks up with Nick (a.k.a. the Peeping Tom neighbour). However, at this point it looks to be little more than a hook up, as Nick shows no sign of giving up his Casanova lifestyle, and is dancing with Faye before the episode is over.

Then we have Cassie and Adam, the star-crossed lovers. In terms of their ‘relationship’ this episode is very similar to the pilot (they do some magic together, it goes extraordinarily well, Cassie runs away), but there is one crucial difference. With a little nudge from Faye, Diana realises that the new girl might want to be more than just friends with her boyfriend. Unsurprisingly, she gets paranoid about this, but Adam reassures her that she has nothing to worry about. Because really, a few light bulbs going out when they’re together isn’t anything, is it?

Let me know your thoughts about this episode in the comments!


Recap/Review: The Secret Circle Pilot Episode

30 Sep

Being a devoted fan of both the (relatively) new The Vampire Diaries TV series and everything ever written by LJ Smith, I was understandably very excited when I discovered that the CW had also picked up The Secret Circle. And when I say very excited, I mean practically falling down the stairs in the New York Metro. (Yes, I am a fangirl. No, I am not ashamed.) The first two episodes have now aired, and they certainly didn’t disappoint!

At the beginning of the pilot episode we are introduced to Cassie, the main character, and her mother, the soon to be ex-character. As Cassie fixes a flat tire on a darkened road, a mysterious man stands outside her house, does a lot of freaky things with his hands, and sets fire to it with her mother inside. Nothing like starting with a bang!

Cut to Cassie arriving at her grandmother’s house, unaware that her mother’s death was anything more than a tragic accident. She settles in to her mother’s old room, and discovers that, as in all American teen TV shows, there is a cute boy across the street. Except this boy takes the phrase ‘Peeping Tom’ to a new level, magically opening the curtains when Cassie closes them (of course, we aren’t meant to know it’s magic yet, but unlike Cassie we’ve seen the promos, so forgive us for not being fooled).

The next day Cassie starts school, meeting the headmistress, who is a little too enthusiastic about her former friendship with her mother (naturally, my mind screams lesbian subtext, but we’ll ignore that for the time being), and several of the students. So far, so Sabrina the Teenage Witch. What sets The Secret Circle apart is the next scene, when Cassie arrives at a local restaurant. Raven, the owner, is a little less subtle about his prior relationship with her mother, which weirds Cassie out somewhat, but things really hot up when the school bad girl, Faye, arrives with her friend Melissa. The pair are suitably perky and fake, and waste no time in letting Cassie know who’s in charge. “Don’t let her smile fool you,” says Faye, in regard to her mother, the principal. “She can be bitchy.” Something tells me she’s not the only one.

And I’m about to be proved right, because as Cassie exits, Faye gazes ominously at her car, which immediately bursts into flames. “Come on, Cassie. Put it out,” Faye murmurs under her breath as Cassie struggles to escape from the burning vehicle, eventually being rescued by (unfortunately spoken for) resident hot guy Adam. Cue obligatory scene in which protagonist knows that something isn’t right, but no-one will tell her what’s going on. You’d think that with the amount of supernatural dramas on television these days that the kids would work it all out quicker, but no! Tension must be created.

However, Cassie’s smarter than some, because the next day she’s badgering Diana, her new best friend, for answers. Diana (having spent the previous evening vying with Faye for the position of HBIC), is happy to oblige, taking Cassie to an abandoned house, where she kills her, thereby ending the series halfway through the pilot. What actually happens is that every teenager that Cassie has met thus far is in the house (including her voyeuristic neighbour) and they (well, Faye) explain to her that they are all witches, and that she is the final witch needed to complete the circle. Naturally, Cassie freaks out at this, and runs off through the woods, pursued by Adam. Trying to explain the situation to her, he takes her hands and together they make water droplets rise into the air in a magnificent display of CGI magic. This doesn’t last long however, as Adam realises that he’s in close proximity to a hot girl and moves in to kiss her, terrifying her for the second time that day.

“You did magic with her!” Diana (who just happens to be Adam’s girlfriend) accuses later. If only she knew. However, for now she’s just concerned with binding their powers before they get out of hand. But Faye, being Faye, decides that she doesn’t want to comply with this and that she’d rather summon a storm. A big one. One that she isn’t able to stop. Luckily, Cassie steps in at this moment, proving that if anyone is in the running for HBIC, it’s her.

Elsewhere, the adults are playing their own power games. Adam’s father, the town drunk, is convinced that his and Cassie’s families are destined for each other, and that her father was a bad man. There’s definitely one bad man in the show though, and that’s Charles, Diana’s father, who cements his reputation by killing Cassie’s mother, almost drowning Adam’s father, and plotting evilly with Faye’s mother all in one episode.

So what have we learnt from the pilot? The kids are witches, the adults are witches, and a lot of s**t is about to go down in Chance Harbor!

Fiction Friday – The Healing Charm

26 Aug

The prompt for this week’s Fiction Friday was this image:

And this is the snippet that I wrote from it:

“You turned her into a fish?” Amy squealed, staring incredulously at her best friend. “A fish? It was meant to be a healing charm! How does a healing charm turn someone into a fish?”

“I don’t know.” William shrugged his shoulders, looking glum. “I said the charm right, I swear.”

“Show me.” Amy demanded. “Maybe if you do it right this time, it’ll reverse the first spell.”

William pointed his wand at the fish, muttering under his breath. With a pop, it vanished, and Miranda re-appeared. At least, he thought it was Miranda.

“You fool!” She wheezed, waving an accusing finger at him. “You were meant to be curing my cold, and I feel as bad as ever! Can’t you do anything right?”

“Uh, Miranda.” Amy cleared her throat. “You might want to look in the mirror. A cold is the least of your problems right now.”

“What do you mean?” Miranda glared threateningly at the pair of them, until Amy pulled a compact mirror from her pocket and handed it to her friend. Then her features froze in horror. “What have you done to me?”

“That’s my cue.” William gulped, dashing out of the room. It seemed the best course of action. After all, there wasn’t much chance of Miranda catching up with him. If there was one thing that OAPs were known for, it wasn’t their running skills.