The Secret Circle focuses on the recently orphaned Cassie (Britt Robertson) who had just moved from California to Chance Harbor, Washington and is reluctant to use her new-found magic powers. That’s too bad because the show would be way cooler if it focused on bad girl, magic happy Faye (Phoebe Tonkin).

So the jist of this episode is that one of Cassie’s mother’s high school friends, Zachary (Dave Baez), finds out that Cassie is back in town. Diana and Cassie use their magic to repel him after he invades Cassie’s personal space. Dawn (Natasha Henstridge), Faye’s mother and Charles (Gale Harold), Diana’s father, also find out that Zachary is back in town. Charles warns Diana (Shelley Hennig) that he is a dangerous person and to stay away from him. Cassie and Diana find out he was a close friend of Cassie’s mother and he had a girlfriend, Heather. We later find out the Heather died in the fire that killed one each of the kid’s parents. This seems like it will be a minor or major thing to be revisited by the series. Zachary goes to the kid’s magic hide out and comes upon Faye who can’t use any magic. He figures out she has no juice and their circle must be bound already.

When Charles confronts him, Zachary beats him to a pulp. At a school dance Cassie is having problems focusing on her date that she was set up by Adam (Thomas Dekker), Diana’s boyfriend. Yes, sacrifice a friend to distract the girl you want, but don’t want to think about you the way you think of her. That dance is just too exhausting. Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Nick (Louis Hunter) are also at the dance mixing their signal on their not date. And that’s where Faye becomes the best character in the series.

All the while dissing and making excuses for Nick, she finally realizes that Melissa is hooking up with him, but wants more. Faye quizzes him about his intentions with Melissa and then reads him the riot act about treating Melissa right. So, while Faye understands Nick is messed up because he lost both his parents, Melissa is trying to make casual sex into a relationship and that she herself may be slightly attracted to Nick; she basically tells the dude to either go out with Melissa or stop stringing her along. In spite of belittling Melissa constantly, Faye does care about her and might even put her friend’s wishes before her own.

Back in the other side of the darkened high school hallways  Zachary enters the school knowing if he kills one of the circle they all will lose their magic and viola, no chance of a catastrophe like the one that killed his girlfriend. There is also a reference that death was not the worst thing that happened to Heather, no something far worse happened. In a showdown the complete circle easily knocks Zachary unconscious and then Dawn covers everything up. Dawn and Charles put a magic tracking spell on Zachary and tell him to not come back if he knows what’s good for him. Diana and Cassie connect and have a brief discussion on Cassie and Adam that seems to put both at ease.

Still three episodes for Cassie to finally start accepting her powers and place in the circle. It’s not even that that bothers me, but rather she is Luke Skywalker whiney. Granted Luke grew out of it, I just don’t see when Cassie will, it seems to be a defining trait. Cassie is not Elena from The Vampire Diaries. And that’s why I’d love for the show to focus on Faye, who at first seems rather selfish and one-dimensional, but is actually a deeper character. That and Phoebe Tonkin seems to steal every scene she’s in.

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The Secret Circle focuses on the recently orphaned Cassie (Britt Robertson) who had just moved from California to Chance Harbor, Washington and is reluctant to use her new-found magic powers. That's too bad because the show would be way cooler if it focused on bad girl, magic happy Faye...