And the part where Eva reveals she has Cassie-like power that she never had before got me thinking. So then I skimmed through “Return” and then through “Valentine.”
Did anyone see which room Melissa overdoses in? I’ve been trying to rewatch the Diana and Faye scenes to figure it out, but I can’t tell. Is it Faye’s bedroom? I think it’s interesting that Eva was the only other character we’ve met so far who also overdosed (both on Devil’s Spirit?).
Just what type of drug is Devil’s Spirit? Does it have some kind of magical or potion-like properties? Could it have interacted with the totems from “Valentine” and “Return,” and somehow created a magical connection between Melissa and Eva because of it? And if Melissa is the other Blackwell, then that could explain why Eva suddenly has individual magic (as opposed to the way-too-obvious Faye explanation).
Edited to Add: I think it is Faye’s room that she’s in! If you look at the clip where Diana walks in after Faye is examining the totem, you can see a wooden thing in the hallway directly across from Faye’s door. Then if you go back to the scene where Diana and Faye rush in to find Melissa convulsing on the floor, you can see a bit of the wooden fixture behind them.
Edited to Add II: It was definitely Faye’s room. I just watched the Lee/Faye scene in “Return” again and there’s a shot of the little round table that Melissa had fallen down by in the room when Faye walks in to find Lee in there.
bookishbeth: Don't mind me creeping on your ask but-- NOTICE HOW MELISSA FELT THEIR POWER LEAVING FIRST. THEN CASSIE. AND NOOOOBODY ELSE. SHE IS TOTALLY THE OTHER BLACKWELL!!! Ahem.
I’m just about done watching the episode and I was JUST coming to make a post about the same thing!
Plus, once again, who was the one character “incapacitated” this episode? Melissa! Because of the drugs, this time, so she probably wouldn’t have been able to do any solo magic if the opportunity had presented itself, allowing Cassie to shine solo with the medallion.
I know everyone’s thinking Faye at the moment (the assumption being that Cassie and Faye might be half sisters, if Dawn really did have more than a crush on John as was hinted at during the fundraiser between Dawn, Charles, and Jane), but that seems too obvious.
Plus, it might be worth noting that Melissa is the only one in the Circle who is biracial. I thought this was purely a casting choice since they were condensing the series for television and instead chose to loosely base an “original character” off multiple characters from the book, so as long as they were doing the “original character” angle, they might as well add in some skin pigment diversity too. (Don’t even get me started on how irritating it is that so many shows are way too “white” - only albinos are truly white - skin dominated and then when they do introduce non-“white” characters, they almost always get the short end of the stick. I was very happy that they went that direction with Melissa, even though I wasn’t sure what kind of intentions they had when they did it.)
But now with the whole Blackwell revelation, I’m wondering if maybe her biracial lineage might also be a plot point? Instead of the Cassie and Melissa half sister angle, could one of Melissa’s parents be an “illegitimate” Blackwell/Balcoin descendant?