The Secret Circle 1.20 "Traitor" Review

The Secret Circle has been one of those shows that I want to like more than I actually do. Don't get me wrong, I've (mostly) enjoyed hobnobbing around Chance Harbor, giggling at Faye's dismissive one liners and marveling at how (darkly) beautiful the show's visuals can be. I just felt like this was a show that could afford to take it up another notch, its default setting being angst and its danger being fairly minimal, at best. Everything was there for the show's taking - a pretty good cast, themes that could parlay from their "witch self" to their "teenage self", and yes, those darn visuals - but it seemed like The Secret Circle had been unwilling (or didn't know how) to put them all together to fulfill its potential.

Until now.

Although it's had several very good episodes, I think that "Traitor" is the first time that The Secret Circle has touched greatness. Gone, for the most part, are the show's weaknesses, with very minimal Adam/Cassie brooding, more focus to the storytelling, and a genuine surprise or two along the way. I mean, how can you not adore the circle searching for a crystal at the spooky Hudson Fields, a run-down amusement park where the traitor witch had set up camp? The Secret Circle has been rather adept at creating horror movie-esque scenes in the past, adding in that almost-gothic sense of paranoia to send the circle spinning, and this proved to be another case of that happening. The setting and music created a nice dread about the entire final 10 minutes or so of the episode, but every element (the dead witch hunters, the random power, the claustrophobic hideout of the traitor) clicked here. Read More...


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