The Secret Circle Review:Vanilla Awaiting Fudge

I didn’t expect much when I first saw the promos for Kevin Williamson’s new show “The Secret Circle” , the fact that a series creator  with a sucessful show would do another one with a similar concept is pretty scary (Shonda Rhimes anyone?!).

After watching the pilot I can definitely see some fan base forming maybe a slightly younger age group than The Vampire Diaries . I  for one am not a part of this age group. I didn’t hate it but I will not be tuning in next week, at least I will wait till season one finishes and watch it on DVD over the summer vacation (yes! in my line of work I get the summer off, jealous much?!)

The setting is different from The Vampire Diaries which was a relief because I swore if I sense any similarities there will be hell to pay (Kevin Williamson get ready to block me) but i didn’t see any except it was as dark as TVD was in season 1 (lighting wise).  I liked some of the characters and I hated some; I liked the girl Cassie played by Brittany Robertson she wasn’t your typical teenager,that actress has fire in her and I think she’ll be great in this role. I also liked the obvious badass Charles Meade played by Gale Harold -who looks like TVD’s Elijah’s brother- I mean that guy is cool, he burned a house while playing with matches, he made a guy drown on dry land and whenever he walks into a room he has this ominous energy around him, I pretty much liked all the grown ups and hated all the teenagers -except for Cassie- and that is why I say I am probably not the target audience of this show. I especially hated the girl-bitch character Faye Chamberlaine played by Phoebe Tonkin, she was really bad at being “a mean girl”, she added nothing new to the stereotype of an actor trying to act malicious, the limited evil look and the Melissa George mouth did not do it for me, i could feel her “acting” every step of the way.

In all, the show offers nothing earth shattering but …I liked the setting and the rich back-story. I feel like it has a potential of becoming a good cult show, for a pilot it did not impress me that much but still they avoided a lot of typical pilot mistakes.

Best scene: Gale Harlod torching the house with matches and drowining a man on dry land as the poor guy spits water, Awesome!

Worst scene : Phoebe Token’s character Faye Chamberlaine turning off lights and conjuring up a lightning storm to finally try to make stop by simply uttering the words “Stop the storm” I felt it was under whelming and poorly thought out.

KILL!  the creepy theme  music please , I know it suppose to carry out a message of mystery and fear but it just creeps me out and not in a good way. 

so guys what do you think?


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About lonestarjrs

Primary teacher who loves TV like crazy. I watch more TV a week than anyone i know. I usually have crazy pairings on TV that no one sees but me and a good eye for spoilers. Twitter account :http://twitter.com/#!/lonestarjrs

Posted on September 16, 2011, in TV and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more!! This review is SPOT on. All the cool scenes had to do with the adults. The kids, with the exception of Cassie, just didn’t do it for me.

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