The Secret Circle: “Loner” and “Heather”

 Grade: “Loner”: C, “Heather”: C+

Loner

Airdate: 9/29/11

I still don’t know what I think about The Secret Circle. I like sci-fi/fantasy shows, so those parts of the episodes are good. But the framework of the show, the music, acting, casting and dialogue is just so bad that it’s turning me off. It’s like having to wade through Secret Life of the American Teenager, General Hospital and iCarly just to get to 20 minutes of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode.

Anyway, this episode starts back up at school with Cassie (Britt Robertson) and the rest of the circle being reluctant to talk to Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) after she almost killed the student council president Sally. There is a dance coming up soon so Adam (Thomas Dekker) tries to set Cassie up with Luke, played by Zachary Abel. Casting for Luke was pretty bad, because I thought he was Nick (Louis Hunter) for a while.

Later on, Cassie runs into Zachary Larson, who was a friend of her mother’s. He tells her to leave town and that he isn’t going to let it happen again. He starts to attack Cassie, but she is saved by Diana (Shelley Hennig). Zachary goes on an attack spree for most of the episode. He beats up Charles (Gale Harold), Diana’s dad, because Charles tries to shop him from taking out the circle. Apparently he only needs to kill one for all their power to be lost. He finds Faye at the house, while everyone else is having annoying teen drama problems at the dance.

Faye narrowly escapes to the school and finds the others. They go through the schools records and find out that Zachary’s girlfriend Heather died in the fire 16 years ago that killed their parents. The circle is able to catch Zachary in a hallway and use their power to restrain him. Diana tries to apologize for their parents killing his girlfriend. He said that what Amelia, Cassie’s mom, did to Heather was far worse than death. They end up knocking Zachary out and Dawn(Natasha Henstridge), Faye’s mom, and Charles take care of him. Nobody finds out anything due to some quick lying on Dawn and the circle’s part.

The episode ends with a bunch of couple stuff. Nick was being a jerk to Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) at the dance. Faye comes in with the bitchy friend save. Diana tells Cassie that she knows about Adam’s feelings for her. Cassie tells her not to worry. So lots of bad and a little good. C.

Heather

Airdate: 10/6/11

This episode starts with Cassie and Adam tracking down Heather. She lives in a run-down part of town with her brother, Wayne. When they get to the house Wayne takes them to see Heather. He tells them that she hasn’t moved in 16 years, which is caused by whatever Amelia did to her the night of the fire. Suddenly Heather moves and grabs Cassie arm and a few seconds later she is not moving again. Heather has someone kind of mark on her arm that Adam and Cassie both seem to recognize.

They go back to Cassie house and she shows Adam her family’s book, because that is where she saw the mark before. Adam said it was left behind be a spell and he finds a way to reverse the spell. Cassie is able to talk him into trying it, because everyone wants to figure out what happened to their parents. Of course, Diana ends up finding out and everyone’s fun is crushed.

Cassie ends up talking to Faye and she agrees to try it. So the two of them go back to Heather’s house and perform the spell. It seems like nothing happened so they leave quickly as Wayne comes home. After a while it works and Heather knocks out her brother and leaves the house. Cassie and Faye go back to Cassie’s house because Faye wants to see Cassie’s book. After a little bit Cassie goes down stairs and Heather is there crying and saying that she needs to find Amelia. Cassie tells her who she is and asks what happened the night of the fire. Heather said there were demons on the boat, because demons and evil follow the circle. A demon snake had gotten inside her and Amelia used the spell to stop it from controlling her.

Heather than goes nuts, knocks out Cassie and goes after Faye. Faye’s screaming catches Nick and Melissa’s attention, who are busying in their own separate story line next door. They come over and Heather ends up running away after she sees Nick, but she runs into traffic and gets hit by a car and dies. Adam, Diana and Wayne all arrive shortly after. The demon snake climbs out of Heather’s body and into the coat Nick is holding.

The circle decides that they need to find out what happened to their parents so they know what they are up against. Melissa ends up going home with Nick again. Adam takes Diana home but ends up back at Cassie’s to help her clean up the mess that Heather made. The episode ends with the demon snake climbing out of Nick’s coat and into Melissa.

This episode focused more on the sci-fi/fantasy part of the story, but about 20 percent was teen drama between Melissa and Nick, with a hint of Faye messing things up. Hopefully the high-school romance/drama part of the show improves.

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