The Circle USA Season 1 Thoughts

We are jumping into 2021 with a brand new reality show.

So I remember when the Circle UK was first announced and I knew it was going to be the show for me. Sadly, I never watch live TV and kind of forgot about it so I never actually got around to watching it. Cut to a couple years later and I’m on Netflix and this is the first thing that shows up on the homescreen.

I was hooked from the first episode and I really wanted to binge it right away, sadly though I was watching with my boyfriend and he believes in “rationing” shows, so I could only watch one episode a night and it killed me inside a little. But I’m finally finished and I’m ready to share all my thoughts.

First of all, those apartments better be soundproof because the amount of yelling and jumping that goes on from people is actually insane. Like you’re telling me that no one could hear Sammie screaming everytime something big happened? Or no one heard Seaburn jumping up and down in glee? Sure Jan.

Second of all, that social media platform “the Circle” must have the best voice recognition for text to speech – that or me and my boyfriend pictured some guy in the basement listening to their conversations and having to do all the typing in real time. If that was the case then I feel for them, I really do.

Now onto the real dirt, the contestants! I want to talk about everyone individually because I got my thoughts and feelings on all of them and it seems like the most organised way to do it. So let’s jump in:

Alana

I’m going to go in the order they arrived. So Alana was there for one episode lol. I thought she might have lasted longer but in hindsight, she does seem like the kind of girl that would be easy to catfish. So it’s not the worst that she got kicked out, but it would have been interesting if she had stuck around a little longer.

Antonio

I don’t know what kind of game that he was playing but it was not a good one. That’s all I have to say about him to be honest. He was not very memorable to me.

Karyn/Mercedeze

I feel like she was kind of aggressive sometimes. I love that she got along with Chris though. She was definitely being too obvious about Antonio going to visit her with her pretending she was waiting for him and he didn’t go see her. Plus when Sammie was out there with the #AntonioKnowsTheTruth I was screaming, it was too good. She knew. And even though everyone was sure she was a catfish, I’ll never get over the looks on everyone’s faces when they saw her video.

Seaburn/Rebecca

Most of my thoughts around Seaburn involve Shubham to be honest. Like I just kept thinking how upset Shubham was going to be when he found out the truth.

Though Seaburn played the game real well, I’ll admit sometimes he was too sensitive and he went way over the top with his Adam relationship feelings that I was surprised people didn’t suspect him sooner. It was also really funny to watch him try to have girl talk because he was not prepared lol.

Also you gotta love watching him flirt with Adam and they both were catfishing, definitely a highlight.

Chris

Chris was so nice! He is definitely the kind of friend you want in life and he was fun and got along with everyone. I know everyone thought he was kind of fake but I never saw that for him. He was always the one I noticed in the early episodes with is notebook ready to play the game and I loved that. You gotta be smart in this place.

I was sad that he wasn’t shown as much as the series went on but he always provided the comic relief we needed. I also love that he connected with all the catfishes the most and was so accepting of everyone. Honestly what a king. Glad he made it to the end.

Sammie

I feel like I went back and forth on Sammie a lot. But ultimately I liked her, I thought she was fun. I especially enjoyed seeing those vulnerable sides to her when she connected with people like Shubham. That really helped me to like her, because otherwise she looked like the attractive, mean girl that I would be intimidated by in real life haha.

I also have to say her line tattoo bothered me a lot in the beginning because I had no idea if it lead somewhere to another design or was a mic cable or something but she made a YouTube video and just said it meant nothing so…there’s that.

Shubham

I loved Shubham. He was precious and I felt like he needed to be protected because Seaburn was catfishing hard. I was glad that Shubham did so well and I wasn’t expecting it to be honest, like influencer 4 times in a row? Wild. At first I thought it was going to be hard for him to make relationships because he wasn’t very talkative in the group chats (I mean I would be the same) but I’m glad he had an alliance with Rebecca early on and ended up becoming good friends with everyone.

I also like that he was probably the most average person there, in that he wasn’t super out there with his photos and he was just being his genuine self, and we love that for him.

Also his bromance with Joey was honestly so fun and I love that and if they could just have a show together I would watch it all the time. I see them as a quirky comedy duo going on adventures together.

Joey

Not gonna lie from the second he showed up I thought I was going to hate him. He was loud and obnoxious and just seemed like the usual douchey kind of guy you wanna avoid. After a few episodes, he’s still loud but he actually becomes really likeable. I mean he was very straight forward with everyone and he was a nice guy.

I think it was interesting to see how he became the most popular at the end. I mean he seemed to be working over time just before the last vote to make sure he had everyone on side but he did it really well.

Sad he edged out Shubham but he has the more outgoing personality so, I saw it coming.

Miranda

Miranda was one I was unsure about in the beginning, like I didn’t know what her intentions were or anything. But she turned out to be a nice person, though there wasn’t anything particularly special about her for me.

I did enjoy her relationships with Joey and Sammie though. At first I thought maybe there was some rivalry there with her and Sammie but they ended up becoming cute friends. Plus her and Joey definitely had some sparks.

I think it was great that she went to see Joey and they had their little moment. Sad that they didn’t really get to continue that outside the Circle but at least they had a good time.

Also annoyed that they didn’t show her leaving video! It was the only one we never saw and I just wonder what it would have been.

Alex/Adam

One I wasn’t sure about when he came in. I feel like he was trying too hard with the persona in the beginning and the flirting with Seaburn was kind of painful. Like neither of them were saying normal things? It was all very exaggerated, with him being overly sexual and Seaburn being overly emotional and lovey. It didn’t really work out.

I am also surprised that he was saved in the elimination when Miranda went home. I was not seeing that from Shubham but I guess they talked a lot more than I knew.

I did love when he went to see Seaburn and they had a whole happy moment. The mutual catfish understanding meant neither could be mad about the situation and I loved that. Plus I was just WAITING for someone to see Seaburn because I wanted to know how they would react.

Bill

Bill was in the Circle for five minutes and was not memorable at all. I don’t know if he is a nice guy because honestly all we saw of him was coming in at the beginning and then immediately leaving and calling everyone fake lol. I think he was just bitter he couldn’t break into the clique with the O.Gs.

Sean

Sean was really nice though I was surprised that she was giving up the catfish game so easily and didn’t play it out until the end. But she was super cute and I think it would have been interesting if she had been genuine from the beginning. I know Shubham would have 100% been her friend for being real. And Chris, but Chris loves everyone and he loved Sean no matter what anyway.

Ed/Tammy

Super weird for them to throw Ed at the very end, but also weird that he decided to bring his mum into the game with him. I think it would have been better to throw them in during the middle of the game so we could see more of a dynamic between them playing Ed on one profile.

Also wasn’t sure if Ed was “big braining” by accusing Seaburn of being a catfish or if he was just guessing but interesting that he picked it up quickly.

Overall they were fun to watch and I think if he hadn’t have been so new at the end he might have gone a bit further in the competition. I mean don’t get me wrong, it would’ve been so impressive if he managed to pull it off and win the thing but there was no way he was breaking through the original five bond.

And those were all my thoughts on the Circle! Naturally I am following everyone on Instagram because I got attached to them while watching the show. I wish we got more footage of everyone hanging out after the show ended, I think it would have been interesting to see them interacting more in person. But I guess that’s not what the show is about haha.

I’m excited to see where they go in the next season and of course I will be checking out the original UK version of the Circle. I know it’s going to be so different but I am interested to see how it goes, plus apparently they use the same apartment building so that’ll be weird because the apartments really suited these contestants so I wonder how they suit others.

Aside from the reality shows I am also making my way through the Crown with my boyfriend and I’m slowly watching the Originals by myself. But there are still many a show on the “to watch” list so at least if we still aren’t leaving the house so far this year, there is lots to keep me entertained.

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