Absence hasn’t made the heart grow fonder as far as Circle and I are concerned – the mid-season break gave me a chance to wonder whether there isn’t anything more fun I could be watching for 40 minutes a week. On the strength of this episode, the answer is one the writers wouldn’t like to hear.
It’s not that it was bad exactly, more that it badly needed a sense of humour. I mean, let’s recap: Cassie now knows she has the super-powered, mega-watt, dark magic to end all magic flowing through her veins, so suddenly she can’t stop smiting folk. Dawn is so crazy-desperate to kill anyone who even looks at her funny that Charles (Charles! The man who killed Cassie’s mum, killed Henry, killed Nick – Charles!) has to rein her in: “Dawn, we are not killing anyone else. Certainly not my mother.” (Heh. Okay, that did make me laugh.) And Diana’s Grandma Kate turns up – because Cassie’s gran’s away for the week and there’s a gran quota to be fulfilled, obviously – and turns out to be a crazy psycho nutbar! Oooh.
Played tongue-in-cheek, all this would have been gold, but unfortunately, like a lot of things on this show recently, it was all done in such a painfully earnest and serious fashion that it fell slightly flat. Except when Cassie blasted her way out of the death-box trap: hurrah for that silly, awesome stunt, amongst all the agonising and hand-wringing. Lighten up, guys! It’s a CW soap about teen witches, for pity’s sake, not a serious commentary on the human condition. Faye has the right idea, camping it up like nobody’s business, but everyone else really needs to start treating the material with a lot less reverence.