Thursday, September 15, 2011

TV Review: The Secret Circle Premiere on the CW

All right, my lovelies - I will be talking about tonight's premiere episode of the Secret Circle. If you don't want any spoilers before you catch up on your DVR, skip this post!

Last night, I wrote up a brief review of L.J. Smith's Secret Circle series in anticipation of the show's premiere on the CW. I then spent too much time checking out the promos in the show's IMDB page and, by the time the show premiered tonight, I was practically drooling with anticipation. The story might be quite different from the books, but that's not always a bad thing!

So, let's recap, shall we?

The Story

I'm not sure how I feel about the writers killing off Cassie's mother in the opening scene. I was really looking forward to seeing their relationship develop, and it's disappointing to have that taken away right off the bat. I also thought that Cassie's nonexistent relationship with her cronish grandmother would have been important to the storyline. Her ignorance of her heritage makes less sense when you consider that she knows her grandmother. Why wouldn't she have visited, yet had a relationship?

The curtain scene with Nick was cute, but I think that she should have met Adam first, since they're soulmates who are destined to be together. It's symbolic! But no, they had to start the love triangle (quadrangle?) early. The stars on the ceiling were a nice touch, though. Clearly there is symbolism there, just like Adam's dad mentioned - stars rather than silver cords.

So many weird little changes - Faye Chamberlain's mother as the principal, Diana being played by a dark-haired beauty instead of a blond bombshell (there goes the symbolism!), etc. Adam's character feels like he should be a little more rugged, too. (Or maybe I'm just getting old...) It's nothing against the actors; I just don't feel like they're entirely representative of the characters. Then again, I suspect the writers have completely twisted the story around to fit their weird and twisted storylines, just like they did with The Vampire Diaries, so it probably won't matter in the long run.

Charles is super creepy. I can't believe he's Diana's dad! The writers are clearly trying to add in an extra layer of drama by having the adults hiding secrets too. I liked it better in the book when the parents were oblivious, yet the grandmas knew everything. That's dramatic and funny at the same time.

I think it would have been nice if Cassie had discovered something for herself, or if Diana had a little more control over the Circle, etc. etc. Overall, though, I thought it was a good pilot! I'll definitely give it a few more episodes.

Phoebe Tonkin

I was most looking forward to Phoebe Tonkin's performance as Faye Chamberlain. I adored her as Fi in Tomorrow, When the War Began and even loved her performance in the Aussie show H2O: Just Add Water... which I started watching because I was in total TWTWB cast withdrawal. She seems to have always played "good" girls, so I was very excited to see how she would handle the "bad girl" role. I still think it's a little weird because of how I'm used to seeing her, but she did a fantastic job with Faye's character. I totally bought her as the badass. The clothes and makeup  helped, but she definitely has a spunky attitude underneath her nice girl exterior. The semi-innocence means that people will underestimate her when she needs them to. I suspect that Faye will be using that to her advantage later on in the series. Love it! Phoebe's American accent was very well done, as well. I am so happy to see her breaking into the American market. Go Aussies! Now we just have to get the rest of the Tomorrow cast over here... :)

So, did you watch the Secret Circle? What did you think?

1 comment:

  1. I loved the series when I was in high school. I should probably check the series out.