September 16th, 2011
10:38 AM ET
[Editor's Note: This post includes spoilers for the pilot episode of the CW's "The Secret Circle."]
Attractive teenagers. Love triangles. Supernatural elements. Unexplained deaths. The CW’s “The Secret Circle,” based on the book series of the same name, is everything its target demo could want in a new program.
So far there’s no mention of vampires or werewolves, but “The Secret Circle’s” magic quality – sorry for the pun – should be enough to carry the show.
Unbeknownst to main character Cassie (Brittany Robertson) at the start of the pilot, she’s a witch. (She also knows how to change a tire, sans magic - or AAA - which is pretty impressive.)
While off changing said tire, Cassie’s mother becomes trapped in their burning kitchen. A man watching from outside the house lights matches - no doubt using some kind of cruel voodoo - until she’s engulfed in flames.
An orphan (her father died before she was born), Cassie moves to Chance Harbor, Washington, to live with her grandmother. Given the premise of the series, the quaint harbor town is most likely meant to give off a Salem, Mass., vibe.
After a less than favorable first day at school – people keep staring at her and she’s already encountered the school bully, Faye – Cassie heads to the local watering hole.
There she meets Ethan, who grew up with her mother. Ethan, a heavy drinker, tells her he loved her mom, and that their families are written in the stars. Cue Adam – Ethan’s son and Cassie’s potential love interest. Only problem: Adam has been dating Diana for three years.
Another run-in with Faye, and Cassie decides it’s best if she head home, but Faye has other plans. She uses her magic to lock Cassie’s car doors and make her engine smoke. Realizing that Cassie is unaware of magic, and thus, unable to save herself, Adam comes to the rescue. “I was testing her,” Faye proclaims.
That night, Cassie stares at the glow-in-the-dark stars strategically placed on the ceiling of her mother’s old bedroom. They begin to move, some shining more brightly than others.
Cassie looks for her grandmother the next morning. She needs answers. Her grandma is already in town meeting with Faye’s mother, Principal Chamberlain, to see if the kids are “practicing.” It’s safe to assume she’s referring to magic at this point. Chamberlain denies it, though something tells me she can’t be trusted.
Meanwhile, Cassie comes face-to-face with Diana’s dad – also known as the man who killed her mother. (Though she doesn’t know that.)
Knowing Cassie is distraught over the unexplained happenings, Diana agrees to get her up to speed. She takes her to an abandoned house. There waiting is Faye, Adam and the rest of the “circle.”
What we know so far:
To prove to Cassie that magic is real, Adam helps her use it to make the water droplets from plants and fallen leaves float into the air. One almost-kiss later and Cassie books it for the Boathouse.
She pumps Adam’s father Ethan for more information about her family. He tells her, “Bad things happen when you mess with fate,” and that her father was a bad man. But before he can explain, Charlie, the man who killed her mother, arrives.
With nobody else around, Charlie threatens to kill Ethan should he divulge any more information.
Then Charlie makes his way to Principal Chamberlain’s house. The pair decide they did the right thing by bringing Cassie to town - “She’s got the gift. … The circle will take care of the rest.” It seems these two are aware their children are “practicing” after all.
At the episode’s close, Cassie discovers her family’s book. Inside it is a letter from her mother: “I didn’t want you to have this life, but destiny isn’t easy to run from. … You’ve got incredible power inside you. … People will come for your power, they will come for you.”
What did you think of “The Secret Circle”? Will you tune in again next week?
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