I thought that was the one point the show HAS been consistent about: that the kids specifically do not want the previous generation to be aware that they have accessed powers because that generation was de-powered by the one prior to it.
To me, this seems like a good reason to be leery of the grandparents
more than the parents. We audience know that Charles and Dawn are not to be trusted, but from the kids' point of view it could very well look like the Elders are the trouble.
If anything, the parents having no witchcraft should reassure them: what could they do to the kids in their state? The kids would be the ones with the power in that relationship (which would make for e gripping storyline, IMHO: how do you deal with the idea that you are more powerful that your parents?)
So, no threat (in theory) but a cachet of useful knowledge: sounds like it would be worth exploring to me.
Also, my random thoughts on the episode:
- While I approve Cassie (finally) feeling a tad crass about sleeping in Diana’s bed while pursuing her ex, I have to say, staying in your house all by yourself when every day is another Assassination Attempt Day? Not very smart. On the other hand, it’s Cassie.
- I don’t know who I’m more pissed off with about that “second daughter” crap: Charles or the writing team. Charlie, I get that you momentarily panicked at the thought of a healed, pissed-off Jane coming back, but really? Shitty thing to say in front of your kid, especially about a girl you’ve known for a few months max. (Seriously, did Shelley Henning sleep with the SO of someone on the writing team? Why they keep doing awful things to poor Diana?)
Writers, fuck off. That was cheap and totally unearned. Stop with the Everybody Loves Cassie or at least give me some scenes that explain why they would.
- Fayanalisa (bless Phoebe Tonkin for her awesome portmanteau name for Faye/Diana/Melissa) keep being miles more interesting than Jake/Cassie/Adam (Jassiedam?), I'd say because ofa)
Better actors: Shelley Henning managed to make me believe someone could really be in love with Adam simply by looking it so much and seeming devastated in a good number of post-breakup scenes; Phoebe Tonkin manages to raise her character from Faith-lite to an engaging personality even while playing the bitch, no mean feat; Jessica Parker Kennedy makes Melissa so damn real and sympathetic she made me feel sad about Nick’s death even if I really didn’t care about him and keeps on being one of the most believable characters around. In the other corner, Thomas Dekker has previously shown fair acting chops but is being given shitty material, Chris Zylka is made to be looked at and not much else, Britt Robertson may be able to emote but I’ve yet to see proof of it.b)
Better plot: just the fact it’s not a Love Triangle should suffice, but it has other good points. It ties into Faye’s eternal quest for power, Melissa’s still lingering grief and self-worth issues and Diana’s efforts to redefine herself post-Adam, while introducing new characters and other magical practices (omg, we see magic
on a magical show!)c)
The Power of Friendship: ok, so it is
a sort of love triangle, but this one is about female friendship. Not only are Diana and Melissa and Faye and Melissa friends, but Diana and Faye are learning to work together no matter their reciprocal differences and hopefully they’ll all grow to be the better for it in the future. Kinda like what a functional circle should be.d)
It’s not about Cassie, Cassie’s powers, Cassie’s daddy issues or getting into Cassie’s pants. Thank god for that.
- Cassie, can you make up your mind about your dad? The last couple episodes you were all about wanting him to be alive and coming to you, now you’re pissed he’s here. You’re not wrong about that, but if so, why getting worked up before?
- I like that john Blackwell doesn’t seem like much, instead of being the overtly evil guy we’ve all been expecting. I REALLY don’t like that he doesn’t seem to have any power: looking
defanged is one thing, actually being
defanged is another. We’ve been hearing all about how this guy is a badass witch and in his first appearance he’s the one that needs to be saved? Lame.
- You know, the witch hunters are a bunch of bigoted, hypocritical, genocidal maniacs but holy cow, they are very efficient and even smart. To this point, they’ve displayed more magical savviness than the witches themselves. If it wasn’t for the genocidal thing, I might start rooting for them.
- I was totally stoked about seeing some circle magic and I’m totally cool with them impaling the witch hunter, I’m just curious about how that worked: was someone in charge of the direction of the throw? Did they agree to it beforehand? Do they have a hive mind?
- I loved the whole “Lock unlock” thing. Faye must have felt really good saying it.
- Speaking of Faye, oh dear. Lee might be cute and I’m all for you getting Jake out of your system, but you know he’s shady as hell and you shouldn’t trust him.
All in all, another Cassie Is In Danger episode, this time with bonus Cassie’s Dad Is In Danger (maybe it’s genetic?) Not exactly thrilling material, but at least the witch hunters make for competent, ruthless (and apparently immortal or teleportating) villains and John Blackwell is sticking around. With luck, this could possibly bring the parents and kids storylines in contact and maybe we could learn more about the other Blackwell spawn in the circle (I’m hoping for Diana because I have a feeling that Dark!Diana could be awesome, but I’m ok with Melissa too. Just not Faye, it would be too obvious – which means it’s probably Faye.)
Edited by Alkja, Feb 19, 2012 @ 10:31 AM.