Okay, so I watched Season 1 on netflix a couple years ago and was hooked. Season 2 was released on netflix a month or two ago, and I just haven't started it yet. Definitely want to catch up though! Such a creative show, imo. I enjoy the characters and the kind of adult themes they have. Also, I like their concept and execution of magic in the world.
Completely agree. And I also just enjoy the fantasy story inside a fantasy story. I think that setup is very well done, maybe it's a bit cliche, but it's executed really well. It kind of reminds me of a fanfiction for Harry Potter. lol. In that, you love this novel series about fantasy adventure and magic, only to discover it's all real and you get sucked into it.
My favorite thing about this episode (and I feel like it may be the case for most of this season) is watching two stories at the same time: Julie, Q, and Alice in our world and Eliot and Margo in Fillory. The Magicians can have these two very different settings at the same time: grungy urban fantasy and a bright kingdom where the characters go on an adventure and meet pirates. And since all the characters are tied together by one quest, it feels cohesive when it could so easily be disjointed.
I just binge-watched all of season 1 and most of season 2 (I'm just a couple of episodes from the end of the season). It's quite a fun show, mixing drama with both sophisticated and childish humor (the "essence" of Ember and his befoulment of the well being two prime examples of the latter). I'm surprised that the sci-fi channel airs all that swearing (or do they bleep it, and it's only on Netflix that it's uncensored?).
I'm hoping to finish up the second season in the next few days so I can catch up on the new season before the season premiere disappears from Comcast on-demand.
The really cool thing about this season of The Magicians is that the quest lets them explore different settings and kinds of stories. So this episode is essentially in an alternate universe: timeline #23.
We got to see doppelgängers. Margo and Eliot were more like how they were in season 1. Penny seems different but there’s a familiarity in his attitude. Quentin is power-crazed and evil.
It’s fun to see different versions of familiar characters, and it must be fun for the actors, too, to play out different personalities.
I can't wait to see Season 3 when it makes it to Netflix! I finished Season 2 a while back and enjoyed it! I agree with you that it wasn't as great as the first season, but it was still a fun watch for sure. I'll be sure to come back here and talk about Season 3 once I've seen it!
This episode was a perfect season finale. It tied up the overall story arc but created new things to explore in season 4. I love how it seemed like the characters were parting ways and going off to do different things and then that went sideways. I love how the characters' faults became the reasons bad things happen.
The Magicians is really good at creating characters and circumstances that are scary because of the idea of them — not because of what something looks like and what you see on the screen. It seems like they writers are going to play (no pun intended) with this theme in season 4.