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I wasn't particularly bothered (or surprised) to learn that The Secret Circle has been cancelled. Though I probably would have watched Season 2 because I felt the premise of the show had potential. In fact, I was surprised that the show made so very little out of it. Often, it just explored the most mundane and bland "stories" when much more exciting set-ups seemed right there.

Then I read what would have been plans for a possible Season 2. And now the reasons have become abundantly clear to me: the showrunner really has NO instinct for storytelling. Like none whatsoever. He seems all gleefull over character-developments that seems to come right out of "creatively broke R us".

In which case, cancellation is just as well.

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embroiderama
May. 13th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
I stopped watching TSC after the first ep or two when it was clear that they'd taken away pretty much everything that was interesting to me from the books. I'm behind on TVD but from what I've seen they've done a better job at doing what's necessary to create a TV show without getting rid of the interesting things from the books.
astri13
May. 13th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'm unfamiliar with the books but some things they have done struck me as downright weird for a TV show, like this "binding their magic thing". A huge part of the appeal of a TV show about teenage witches should be seeing them getting their magic on, together and individually.

I mean, Charmed, apart from a few hightpoints, was never the height of creativity either but even they had the good grace to give each sister their own magic to use.

In TSC, unless they were grouped together all the character were useless as lumps. And it did make Cassie seem to stick out even more as some Mary Sue.

Also, word on TVD. Also don't know the books but shit happens on a weekly basis in this show. The pacing is off the charts awesome. And the character work ain't horrible either.

Edited at 2012-05-13 01:27 pm (UTC)
embroiderama
May. 13th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
In the books they could only do powerful spells as a group but most of them had their own smaller powers that they could use alone. There were also twice as many kids including more interesting female characters and the parental situation was different. Also, the "big bad" took a long time to fully come onto the scene, and I think that lead-up made him scarier. I haven't seen enough of the show to know more differences, but those things were clear from the get-go.
astri13
May. 13th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
In the books they could only do powerful spells as a group but most of them had their own smaller powers that they could use alone.

That sounds a lot more appealing for storytelling purposes.

I don't know about more characters, though. This can feel overcrowded in a TV-setting. And of course, they couldn't even manage to write for the ones they had.

Also, the "big bad" took a long time to fully come onto the scene, and I think that lead-up made him scarier.

The Big Bad was all over the place. It's this, not it's that. Oh, it's really that. What was definitely missing was a consistent throughline. Potential interesting stuff was set-up, then trickled out into nothing. And rinse/repeat.

Meanwhile really boring side characters and really mundane "plots" got ample screentime devoted to them. There was literlly a (completely charisma-free) love interest introduced at the eleventh hour for one of the characters and we got all these "zomg, couple troubles" scenes between them that noone cared about. I think everybody waited for that character to be tied to plot in some way, lest they not seem to totally pointless but it didn't look like it.

It's stuff like that which makes me think the showrunner can't tell stories. It would be like instead of seeing Luke duel Vader on the Death Star in Jedi, we spent the time following "who takes over Jabba's palace". Sure, it was introduced earlier in the movie but for the big climax? Who gives a shit.
mareen
May. 14th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I think I could have lived with all of the show's faults, and just continue to hope the storylines would get better. But it's the main actress who killed it for me, and the way she was written most of the time. Then there was the fact that they managed to make Thomas Dekker look bad. And from the few meaty scenes he got, I'm pretty sure that Chris Sylka is a pretty good actor, too, just that he wasn't allowed to show that anymore either..

In fact, I thought the writing for all of the characters was bad, maybe except of Diana. Faye started out slightly interesting, but she turned stupid and annoying. The other gilr never made an impression with me, and they actually killed off the one character I really liked only to bring him back when I wasn't watching anymore...

Edited at 2012-05-14 04:00 am (UTC)
astri13
May. 14th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Then there was the fact that they managed to make Thomas Dekker look bad. And from the few meaty scenes he got

At least there were plans for a story for him so arguably he could have shown his talent more.

In fact, I thought the writing for all of the characters was bad, maybe except of Diana.

Unfortunately, I think Diana got the worst "character arc" out of all the youngsters in the final two or three episodes. They really diminished her in my eyes.

Faye started out slightly interesting, but she turned stupid and annoying.

Meanwhile I would say Faye got better after a mid-Season slump. At least her and Jake managed to draw up some chemistry.

The other gilr never made an impression with me

Melissa? I think she worked really well in some later scenes but would have needed a storyline other than "grieving widow".

and they actually killed off the one character I really liked only to bring him back when I wasn't watching anymore...

That was the most pointless "bringing a character back" I have ever seen. It was basically a cameo with no lines to be killed off again without much fuss twenty minutes later. He could have been any old braindead zombie from the street. No idea what the writers were thinking there.
aizjanika
Jun. 3rd, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Aw, I suppose it is just as well, but I loved this show anyway. I don't even know why since it was so ridiculous at times and, yeah:

Often, it just explored the most mundane and bland "stories" when much more exciting set-ups seemed right there.


A lot of the shows I liked this past year have now been canceled or ended. :(
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