THE SECRET CIRCLE “Loner” Review

The Secret Circle

THE SECRET CIRCLE “Loner” Season 1 Episode 3 – With their circle bound, the teens adjust to life with restrained powers. For Cassie, the near impossibility of accidentally doing magic is a relief. For Faye, the reliance on other members of the circle to do magic and spells is frustrating. But the ability to work together helps form friendships and even save lives in this week’s episode.

When Zachary, an old friend of her mother’s, accosts Cassie, she is forced to work with the other members of the circle to find out why. Zachary blames the circle’s parents – the previous circle members – for something that happened to his girlfriend, Heather. The circle assume she died in the boat fire sixteen years prior, but Zachary tells them what happened is ‘much worse’. He tells Charles that he knows he is up to something magic related, and attacks Charles, before going to the school dance to kill one of the new circle members.

We know it’s a sound plan. With one member down, the circle’s power is greatly reduced, but would the remaining members become unbound and gain their individual powers back? It’s food for thought. The circle manage to take down Zachary with their combined power, and pass the mess – and his unconsciousness – of as a result of him ransacking lockers. Dawn (who actually knows what really happened) tells them he’s a local addict and has him sent the police. Which is really code for sent to her trunk. She later ‘marks’ him with her blood, allowing her to track him wherever he goes, and sets him free.

Behind the magic, love is in the air. Or at least unresolved tension. Cassie and Adam continue to make eyes at each other, and even Sally, broken armed but still alive, notices and tries to urge them towards each other. The episode ends with Cassie assuring Diana that nothing will happen between her and Adam. Cassie did have another possible romantic interest in the form of Luke, Adam’s friend, but after she was distracted one too many times, Luke decided that it was a waste of time. A shame, really, he seemed like a pretty good guy. And Melissa and Nick tentatively start shifting from friends-with-benefits to actual friends with potential for more, oddly enough thanks to Faye. Poor Faye is the only one of the circle who didn’t have a love interest this week.

The Secret Circle is a shaping up to be a really solid show. It’s still a little uneven – Nick and Melissa seem to skirt on the edges of the plotlines that don’t involve their FWB/tension situation, and Adam seems to exist solely to moon over Cassie, but those are pretty minor quibbles this early in the series. The underlying mystery behind the previous circle is intriguing, moreso this week with the hints that Cassie’s mother may not have been as nice as we assume she was. Was Amelia a victim of the boat fire? Or was she more like Dawn and Charles than we would like to believe?

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