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In the Media

'The Secret Circle' recap: Zach Attack. Friends Forever?

on 03 October 2011. Posted in In the Media

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The CW WHAT LIES BENEATH Poor Diana (Shelley Hennig) has to face a knife-wielding manic and a skinny blonde girl who wants her boyfriend
A stranger with a deadly agenda finally brings the feuding Circle together

Tonight's Secret Circle left me feeling torn. Torn to pieces, I tell you -- absolute pieces! On the one hand, we saw the ever-feuding Circle finally realize that they will need each other to face the growing threats popping up all over Chance Harbor. It's not like they're going to hug it out and start doing that 'we're walking down the hallway arm-in-arm in unison because we're BEST FRIENDS' thing. There are deep-seated, multi-generational rivalries here, and the show certainly needs that dynamic. But tonight's events made it necessary for the gang to put aside their egos and their self-made loner identities to fight for a common purpose, and this new group dynamic should be a fun adventure in the coming weeks.

But on the other hand (probably the left one), I'm a bit frustrated with the pacing. Zachary's arrival and his shocking revelation planted the seeds for what looks to be a really fun episode next week, but how long did it take for us to get there? Don't get me wrong -- I'm a huge fan of a good old-fashioned set-up episode. I'm just hoping for fewer Lost-esque cryptic conversations with little payoff next week. That's all. Let's get to it.

First and foremost -- it's time for a school dance! Fans of paranormal television programs that are marketed to teens know that this will inevitably result in a supernatural showdown that nobody will notice except for the lead characters involved. Like the fate of Cassie and Adam, it was written in the stars. But in the midst of all of the streamer-hanging and punch-mixing, our witches had to deal with the fact that after last week's binding spell, their powers were no longer their own. Faye in particular had a hard time with hers. The poor girl couldn't even open her locker without having to put the combination in! "Imagine me realizing the only way to get something to move is with my actual hands," she said. Ugh, I know the feeling. Read More.

Article by Shaunna Murphy for EW.com

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