In television, there are many copycats. Look at TruTV’s Hardcore Pawn, which is the cable channels version of History’s much more popular Pawn Stars. There are some differences between the two, but the have the same setting: it’s about a pawn shop. But once in a while, you find a show made by the same people that make you wonder: why? That’s what sparked in my brain after watching the first hour of ‘The Secret Circle,’ which is basically The Vampire Diaries with witches. Ironically, and not-surprisingly, the show is executive produced by Kevin Williamson, who is also executive producer of The Vampire Diaries.
Before viewing the episode, I was hopeful that the show would be different than it’s Vampire counterpart, and since it was from Williamson, I thought that he would make many distinctions between them. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed. The ‘Circle’ revolves around Cassie, a girl who just lost her mother from a fire caused by a male witch who is also the father, though the reason for the fire is unbeknownst to Cassie. Due to her mother’s death and her father much-longer passing shortly before her birth, she moves in with her grandmother in a little town named Chance Harbor, Washington. When she first arrives to her high school, she meets a girl named Diana, who offers to help show her around after school at a bar. She leaves and seemingly ditches her plans to meet Diana after two girls begin to lightly ambush her. When Cassie enters her car, she finds herself locked in with the engine catching fire, but gets saved by a guy named Adam, whom she also met at the bar. Fast forward from too many boring moments, and Cassie finds out that Diana, Adam, another guy named Nick, and the two obnoxious girls at the bar (named Faye and Melissa) are all witches, and so is she. Her reaction was the usual: she asks if they’re serious, calls them insane, and leaves the room. Eventually, a scene with Adam a few seconds later makes her believe that she’s a witch, but of course, she wants no part in it. That right there is the problem with this show (aside from the similarities with TVD, of course).
The show is so unbelievably predictable, I can recite the lines better than the characters themselves. Also, when the pilot was done, I felt like I was done. I didn’t really want to see more. The show is so caught up in the mystery of witchcraft that it didn’t even focus on all the characters. I hate to compare the show to TVD so much, but the latter is so much better. It has a central focus on relationships, but also has a long-term outlook on defeating the bad guy. Apart from all the negatives, the pilot was beautifully shot, and had a great and calm setting. In conclusion, ‘The Secret Circle’ looks nice, but it’s so predictable and similar to ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ it’s borderline ridiculous. B-