The Magicians

So…last week I promised to watch Beauty and the Beast. Unfortunately, I’ve not been well, so going out is a no-go (Also, it’s currently Saturday evening and I didn’t preorder tickets, which is how I failed to see Get Out last weekend). Maybe next week?

Please enjoy this article by Cracked author Ian Fortey on that gay scene instead! It’s Cracked.com, which is full of sarcasm and cursing, so consider it not family-friendly reading.

Anyway, I have been getting into The Magicians, which is currently running its second season on SyFy. I’ve been watching season 1 on Netflix and I’ve made it through the first 4 episodes in probably less time than is healthy.

There’s nothing that I flat-out dislike about The Magicians, which is unusual for me. I’m not crazy about the emphasis on mental illness… Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) is institutionalized/admits himself for depression and perhaps suicidal tendencies, but when he discovers his magical powers his struggle is chalked up to “you haven’t been depressed, you’ve been alone. You aren’t crazy, you’re angry… Everyone medicates out there. Here, we hope you won’t have to.” (Dean Fogg, played by Rick Worthy).

Uggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I’m so over media acting like the cure to depression is love/magical powers/talking lions/tootsie roll pops.

But that aside, it’s pretty cool. I like the emphasis on hand motions rather than wand waving that we quickly became accustomed to with Harry Potter. They draw protection wards and symbols on the floor to help with their magic as well, which certainly isn’t new, but is less common.

While the story centers heavily on Quentin, Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley), Penny (Arjun Gupta), and Kady (Jade Tailor), it also has other storylines the show has, as of episode 4, continued to follow. Most notably it follows Julia (Stella Maeve), who was rejected from the school the previous four go to, Brakebills. She seeks magical teaching in all sorts of less ideal places, like the local hedge witch safe house with a psycho named Marina (Kacey Rohl).

Humorously, later episodes (no doubt initially spurred by audience reactions) focus also on the outlandish Eliot (Hale Appleman) and Margo (Summer Bishil). They play a practically inseparable team hellbent on debauchery in all its forms.

 

It’s at least got pretty good effects, and good talent going for it, but it isn’t fantastic. At least, it’s a wild ride as long as you don’t think about it too much!

 

Image Source Credit: http://www.kernelscorner.com/2015/10/new-trailer-for-magicians-tv-series.html

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