Friday, September 23, 2011

The Secret Circle, "Bound:" Once you DO believe in magic...

How did you like the second episode of The Secret Circle? I liked it quite a lot, and it made me hopeful for the direction this series will take. Read on to find out why . . .

First, let me just say that I'm so glad this show finally put right out there the essential question of all CW shows: "Do you even OWN a shirt?" Really, though, lines like this suggest that the show has a sense of humor about itself is always a good sign. In addition, Cassie and Adam's interactions, specifically, are so delightfully, realistically awkward that they prevent a lot of eye-rolling about the "written in the stars" stuff.

So, by this episode, all the main characters are aware of the magic in town, even if they don't know exactly who's doing what. Cassie now believes in magic. And this means that the conflict on the show is now coming from debates about who should use magic, and how, and way, and I freaking love it. I'd pick these interpersonal politics over value systems and applying these systems to life over "Will people find out about the witches?" plots any day. And I was SO PROUD of Cassie for standing her ground - she eventually joined the circle, but her stated purpose is to keep the magic under control, not to become more powerful, the way Faye and some of the others are planning.

And this is related, but my other favorite thing about the show so far is how multigenerational the stories are. The questions that our crop of witches are dealing with are obviously not new, so of course their parents and grandparents have lived through other magical crises and come to a variety of different conclusions about the way the power should be handled. My big hope for future episodes is that they'll have some intergenerational alliances, rather than the groups mostly acting among themselves. At the very least, someone should be spying on behalf of the principal, and someone who isn't thrilled by the way things are going should try to get something out of the grandparent generation.

(I still have concerns about the family setup. There are six families, and six teens. But that makes twelve parents. Did the parents marry outside the circle? Is it the circle parents or non-circle parents who have died, then? But in Faye's and Cassie's cases, at least, it seems that both parents were in the circle. The families could intermarry, but no one mentions being cousins. What am I missing? HELP.)

1 comment:

  1. yeah -- also pretty confused about the # of parents, the way it was explained, i thought there'd be one parent apiece in the previous circle. confusing stuff. a family tree online might be helpful.