Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Secret Circle Season 1 "Pilot" Recap

THE SECRET CIRCLE  "Pilot"  Pictured (L-R): Thomas Dekker as Adam and Britt Robertson as Cassie.  © 2011 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The much anticipated Secret Circle premiered Thursday night and it started off with a bang... literally.  Too soon?  We meet the main character, Cassie in a somewhat awkward scene of her dancing to some music in her car which luckily stops when she gets a flat tire. 

A mysterious man (who we later learn is little miss goody two shoes, Diana's father) proceeds to magically set Cassie's house on fire with her mother still inside. So begins Cassie's life in Chance Harbor, which doesn't start off so well either.  Her car is set on fire with her trapped inside by the "resident bad girl"; Faye, so she could test Cassie's powers.  This seems especially cruel to me considering Cassie's mother was just killed in a fire but oh well!  In swoops Adam to save the day... PROBLEM!  Adam already has a girlfriend, the aforementioned Diana.  A well established love triangle in the first episode? Nicely played CW. 

The CW  THE SECRET CIRCLE  PICTURED (L-R): Louis Hunter as Nick Armstrong, Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake, Phoebe Jane Tonkin as Faye Chamberlain, and Jessica Parker Kennedy as Melissa  Photo Credit: David Gray/The CW  © 2011 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.Cassie is lost and confused and Diana finally leads her to a creepy old abandoned house where the cast bombards her with the news that she's a witch.  But not only that, she is the last piece to completing their "secret circle."  Cassie of course freaks out and runs off into the woods which sets up for one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen.  Adam catches up to her and decides to prove it to Cassie (why didn't they just do that to begin with?)  They make magic together and all the droplets of water begin to float. 

In the end Cassie finds an old journal hidden in her Mom's old room with a letter inside from her mother.  In essence the later stated that bad people will be after Cassie and she should look out.  So who are the bad people?

THE SECRET CIRCLE  Pilot  Pictured (L-R): Ashley Crow as Jane and Natasha Henstridge as Dawn.  David Gray/The CW  © 2011 The Cw Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
From what I got from this episode, I don't think anyone in the circle is out and out evil.  Faye seems power hungry and a bit snobbish but not sure if she is evil.  Faye's mom and Diana's father on the other hand are definitely evil and seem to have brought Cassie to Chance Harbor for a reason.  Cassie's grandmother seems worried about the "children" starting up the circle.  Last time it ended in the death of Cassie's father and some others.  According to Adam's father, Cassie's mom wasn't meant for her father, but rather for him.  I am guessing this means Cassie's mother was good but her father wasn't?  I'm not sure, we will find out soon enough though.

My thoughts... I'm actually more impressed then I thought I would be.  I was a little leary at first because I wasn't super found of Britt Robertson (Cassie) when she was in Life Unexpected but so far so good in this one.  I am still slightly dissapointed in the guy selection, but I seem to be the only one.  So I guess I will suffer in silence and get my fix from Ian Somerhalder in Vampire Diaries beforehand.   Thumbs up for now!

What were your thoughts?

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1 comment:

darci said...

I'm really glad that Britt Robertson is getting another chance at a lead role - I loved her in Life Unexpected and was so bummed when that show was cancelled. Also loved that they used MNDR's "I Go Away" in the first scene of the show - really got me excited (watch at

While I was kind of apprehensive when i read the show description, thinking it might be a little too cookie-cutter, the pilot was very solid. The show has good tone - it's the right mix of dark without being depressive, and it had excellent pacing, which is often overlooked. I'm excited to see if Britt can take this role and run with it!