The Secret Circle: “Slither”

 Grade: B+

Airdate: 10/13/11

This was definitely the best episode of The Secret Circle thus fur. The episode started out like most. Nick (Louis Hunter) and Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) wake up in bed together. Melissa is acting a little, because the demon snake that was in Heather is in her now. Diana (Shelley Henning) tells Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) that their parents are dating and she is pissed. That stuff mixed with the bad acting and terrible music made it a normal start.

We do find out early on that the power of the last generation of witches (the circle’s parents I’m guessing) was taken by what Diana’s book calls “the elders”.

Melissa starts acting weirder as the day goes on. She has a full body convulsion just after school lets out and a little bit later she tells Nick she knows where her family’s book is. They find it a suitcase buried in the forest. Melissa says they are going to the house to open it and will just be their secret. Nick believes her until Faye arrives and Melissa tells her it will be their secret. The audience knows this is all a lie because we saw Cassie (Britt Robertson) got a text from Melissa telling her to come to the house. The three of think something is wrong, which seemed to mean more coming from usually carefree Faye and Nick.

Adam (Thomas Dekker) and Diana are off having their own couple plot line, which involves dinner and almost having sex. These are very sexual active 16-year-olds.  Cassie eventually calls them and they come to the house too. Nick knocks out Melissa as soon as they get their and they tie her up and lie her on the couch.

Melissa wakes up a little later and starts struggling, yelling and speaking in demon voices. The circle crowds around her and tries to hold her down. The whole experience was a good circle bonding moment because all six of them are not together very often. They realizes this was the same thing that happened to Heather, but they don’t have the power to stop it. Cassie leaves saying she knows someone who can help. Melissa ends up getting herself untied and pins Nick against the wall and holds scissors to his neck. Adam, Diana and Faye try to use magic to make her stop but can’t. Melissa forces them to help her with the spell to open the case.

Cassie gets her grandmother Jane, played by Ashley Crow, who was showing suspicion earlier, and tells her everything. They go back to the house and super powerful Grandma is able to get the demon out of Melissa, but it goes into Nick who runs off. Jane tells the circle that the demons can only be destroyed by fire or drowning. They light the case on fire and go look for Nick, who calls Adam and tells them to come to the Boathouse.

Nick runs into Dawn (Natasha Henstridge), Faye’s mom, and tells her he is the demon. Apparently Dawn summoned it the last time. Dawn, who has been scheming on how to get power the whole episode, calls Charles (Gale Harold), Diana’s dad, for help. He comes and knocks out Nick. The circle arrives trying to find him as Charles and Dawn drag him to the water to drown the demon. Charles holds him down in the water, but Nick wakes up and starts struggling. After a while Nick stops moving. Charles drags him to the shore. Charles and Dawn run off just before Cassie and Jane arrive.

The episode does a very good job of holding us in suspense for a while. We don’t see Cassie reach Nick. Faye gets a phone call, but we only hear Faye’s side. Her reaction pretty much tells us but the scene cuts before she informs Melissa. We are finally told Nick is dead when Dawn and Charles are talking. Charles is upset about what he did, but Dawn is saying it is a necessary evil if they want their power back.

New shows usually kill off what seems to be a major character rather early and I think it always helps the show. Secret Circle definitely in improving. The magic scene were almost at a Buffy level and the story is starting to make more sense. There is still a lot of bad acting and music choice. Hopefully, that improves because I’m kind of starting to like this show.