The Secret Circle “Return” Review

Well, look at that, guys – a decent episode of The Secret Circle. In ‘Return’, John Blackwell came back to Chance Harbor to see Cassie and warn her that until she gives him the medallion, people will be after her. Sure enough, the witch hunters were back to kidnap Cassie. But once Jake told them John was in town, a new deal with struck between all parties: John could trade Jack for Cassie. Of course, the witch hunters had spelled Cassie and she then tried to kill John before the overwhelming force of the circle working together stopped her. One question remains though: who’s the witch working with the witch hunters — if it is a witch at all?

Meanwhile, Melissa headed off to a party thrown by Callum, leading Diana and Faye (and voodoo!dude Lee) to go and find her. They do, but not before Callum plays totems with Melissa (not a euphemism) and discovers that she is a witch. Melissa bluffs her way out of his attempts to accost her in a locked room and meets up with Faye — who she tells about the totems. Lee swears that his totems don’t serve the same purpose, and he later breaks the one he gave to Faye to prove it. He really does seem to care about her and they kiss. Elsewhere, his comatose girlfriend wakes up…

I was surprised at how well done the main storyline – John Blackwell’s return – was done this week. There was nothing new — the witch hunters and spells and the circle saving the day has all been done before — but it was fairly well done. It didn’t hurt that Cassie’s dad was played by Sully (well, Joe Lando, but he’ll always be Sully, IMO).

The whole Melissa/Callum/totem storyline wasn’t great. It had the potential to be good, and I really thought it was going to be, but unless there’s some follow up in future episodes with Callum attempting to get her power or something, it’s pretty flat. As was the Faye/Lee/totem angle. Okay, so maybe he lied and the totem really was supposed to wake his girlfriend up (and she did wake up at the end of the episode), but the fact he has actual feelings for Faye kind of took the edge of this plot for me. I wanted Lee to be a non-Cassie related bad guy and instead he seems pretty decent. Now I’m just hoping that his girlfriend isn’t going to turn things into a sappy love triangle. Is it wrong for me to want her to be a bunny boiler?

And this week we finally got a proper mention of Jane. She’s still in a clinic of some sort (I wonder what she told Cassie was wrong with her?), but Cassie lied about her returning so she could go home. Now don’t get me wrong, I know these circle kids aren’t the smartest folks around, but surely Diana will know the truth soon enough? Charles too?

Speaking of, if this show gets a second season and all of the adult characters are still alive, I would love to see an adults-only episode with Charles, Dawn, Ethan, John and possibly Jane. This show has an incredibly strong cast for its adult characters and it’s an absolute shame how underused they all are. Even the ones who are still in town are pretty much dismissed: we got one short scene with Charles and none with Dawn for the second week running.

Finally, I have one question about something said in this episode. John Blackwell said that when the elders took the former circles powers, it took his away from him too. Including, it seems, his dark magic. If that’s true, why doesn’t John ask the elders to take magic away from the current circle kids? If they don’t have magic, no one can want them dead, surely?

What did you think of ‘Return’? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!