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Review #3055: The Secret Circle 1.4: “Heather”

By Entil2001 @criticalmyth

I’ve been waiting for the writers on “The Secret Circle” to move past the preliminaries and get into the darker portions of the story, and thankfully, it didn’t take particularly long. We’re now four episodes in, and matters have taken a decidedly nasty turn. Considering that this is more or less the same universe as “The Vampire Diaries” (or so I assume), we know that messing with witchcraft can have serious unintended consequences.

Review #3055: The Secret Circle 1.4: “Heather”

We also know, from the previous episode, that there are unresolved issues lingering from the actions of the previous generation’s circle. Cassie and her friends are barely to the point where they are willing to speak with one another, so delving into the mistakes of their forebears is not particularly intelligent.

What makes this work is the fact that the circle has, so far, jumped into situation after situation with typical teenaged over-confidence and little concern for lack of information. This is despite knowing, on some level, that the individual Book of Shadows for each family is incomplete; everything was designed to force the circle members to work together. Even if Cassie doesn’t recognize this, I would think that Adam would.

To be fair, Diana does try to warn Cassie about the potential negative consequences of casting a spell with little or no information. But leave it to Faye to tempt Cassie into moving forward anyway. Since it turns out that Cassie’s mother was in on a spell to have Heather possessed by a demon, this is not a good thing. And it’s somewhat worse that the demon has a bad habit of moving from host to host.

So now Melissa is now possessed, and considering that sex was mentioned as part of the demonic possession spell, I think we can safely say that things are going to get awfully interesting for the circle. Would Nick recognize if Melissa were to get a bit more aggressive? Depending on how her personality changes, of course, though I doubt that the writers will allow this to linger in the background.

One thing this will do, however, is demonstrate just how dangerous and even malicious the previous circle must have been, if they were willing to put Heather through this particular situation. While some indications point to more than a few ignorant mistakes that led to Heather’s possession, there are undertones that this might not be the whole story.

Writing: 2/2
Acting: 2/2
Direction: 2/2
Style: 2/4

Final Rating: 8/10

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