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Pieces Fall Into Place On The Secret Circle’s ‘Lucky’

By on March 16, 2012

Joe Lando as John Blackwell in The Secret Circle. Photo: Sergi Bachlakov/The CW ©2011 The CW Network.

There are those among us who might have preferred if John Blackwell had appeared in Chance Harbor swishing a cloak and twirling an evil mustache.  The guy has had a 16 year build up after all, and it’s not all that unreasonable to expect some evil confirmation for all our fantasies. But for those of us who were happy with the slightly less dastardly version (outwardly at least), the repercussions of Blackwell’s arrival are paying off in spades.

Stripped of magic, friends and loyalty, Blackwell has nonetheless managed to touch the lives of almost everyone related to the Circle in several horrible ways. Watching last night’s Lucky was a lot like looking at the final moves in game of chess. All the pieces (yes Ethan, we’re looking at you!) are finally in play, and all that’s left is for someone (yes Charles we’re looking at you too!) to set one piece in motion before we see the whole board come crashing down.



Personally, I’m worried for Jake. We were glad when he ditched the Witch Hunters, but there’s no denying he’s still the outsider of the group. Without Cassie, he’s not sure where he fits in, and in Blackwell he seems to see the father figure he clearly craves. Is Blackwell actually grateful that Jake is watching over Cassie? Does it really matter? With Jake as an ally, Blackwell has leverage.

On a side note, was it just me or were Melissa and Jake kind of cute together? Thrown together by loss ….


Adam Harrington as Ethan Conant. Photo: Sergi Bachlakov/The CW ©The CW Network.


This was quite the episode for Ethan. Despite the the warning signs which were in place for some weeks now (remember that boatyard flashback scene?) the realization that Ethan was working for the Witch Hunters still came as a surprise – especially following his attempted murder of Blackwell. (The adults of Chance Harbor are rather fond of stabbing each other, aren’t they?)

The bottom line for Ethan is that he is desperate for his secrets to remain secret and that puts him in a very precarious position.

Question. Is Ethan still working for the Witch Hunters?


Cassie and Adam

Cassie is more cautious than Jake in accepting her father’s good intentions at face value – which comes as kind of a relief. (If she behaved in any other way, we would all probably throw things at the TV.) It was interesting to note however that she cast aside all doubts when Blackwell was attacked by Ethan, a man she has known longer than her own father. Blood is thicker than water it seems!

Although Cassie is determined not to allow a family feud to interfere with her relationship with Adam, we can still see disaster down the road. Why, it’s almost written in the stars …

Adam, on the other hand, is really caught between a rock and a hard place, and we’re not just talking about that last love scene with Cassie! Loyal to his father but determined to be loyal to Cassie too, Adam will find out that sooner or later something’s got to give, and whichever choice he makes will cost him dear.


Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake. © 2011 The CW Network.


Dawn’s attraction to power makes Blackwell look like a winning lottery ticket. However, when Dawn discovers he’s a damp squib will her attitude change, or will she be likely to try to get him on board with her power quest? As Jake mentioned earlier in the episode, even without power, Blackwell is the Circle’s best chance against dark magic, and if that moment up against the lockers proves anything, it’s that Dawn is still currently very much under Blackwell’s spell.



Are we cheating by bringing up Charles even though he wasn’t in the episode? We don’t think so. Frankly, we’re downright intrigued about how Charles and Blackwell will face off against each other after 16 years.

Charles has grown quite a lot over the course of the first season. From besotted lackey to calculating opportunist, this Daddy witch is unlikely to miss a beat where this newcomer is concerned. In fact, Charles may be the only person capable of shaking up the board and realigning its pieces – and frankly, the Circle needs someone like this right now.

Episode 17, Curse, promises to see Charles making a move against Blackwell. This possibly the most exciting thing to happen since Cassie almost bludgeoned Ethan to death.

Is it Thursday yet?


  1. Anon

    March 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I like your reviews. You really get the show well, and it’s fun to read.

    It was almost breath taking when Cassie was going to make a swing at Ethan on the field. I was like “Omg, is she going to do it!?” until Blackwell stopped her. He’s right, the dark magic is taking control of her to the point where she can’t control her own actions.

    We also got a nice explanation, short but sweet, between the different of White Magic and Dark Magic.

    I can’t wait for next week!

    By the way, I’m totally into Diana and Grant.

  2. Luz

    March 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Great analysis. I expect a face-off between Cassie and Charles when she finds out that he killed her mother and what will Blackwell do about it?
    I’m sure Cassie will be taken over by her dark magic at some point of the series because of her use of magic and it’s going to be epic.

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