What we said then: "'Secret Circle' certainly does some things better than others -- the climactic showdown in which Faye channels an out-of-control thunderstorm, for example, is epically cheesy -- but it presents a pretty compelling pitch in its first outing."
What we say now: After a shaky first handful of episodes, the show found its footing when it killed off main character Nick (Louis Hunter) and brought in his hotter, more interesting older brother, Jake (Chris Zylka). Not only did the death prove that "Secret Circle" could roll with its BFF "The Vampire Diaries," but the relationship between Jake and Cassie (Britt Robertson) offers the chemistry she lacked with Adam (Thomas Dekker). Plus, we're seriously girl-crushing on Phoebe Tonkin as Faye. Her sassy moments are so fierce and her vulnerable moments are so heartbreaking, we're willing to ignore the fact that she grew up in Washington and has an Australian accent.
-- Carina Adly MacKenzie, Zap2it