Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Magicians Ep 2 - My Thoughts

Today I watched the second episode of Syfy's The Magicians. S1 Ep2 "The Source of Magic". Pearl investigates the incident at Brakebills and Quentin, Alice, Penny, and Kady face disciplinary action for their role in the Beast's attack, but Eliza, who is called in as specialist, lets them go on probation. Julia meets Marina when she has to pass a test to join the Hedge Witches. Kady is secretly working for Marina.

I enjoyed episodes one but I didn't like several of the main characters and was hoping they would grow on me.. well I'm happy to report that they have. The pace continues to be a bit sluggish but for some reason I don't care. I think I'm enjoying the world and I know the story is going somewhere. There is a bigger picture here and they give me just enough that I'm excited to see what's next. This episode resolved the cliffhanger of episode 1 but they didn't really explain anything. I heard someone say that the main character "Quentin" reminds them of Charlie Brown and that's a good description of his personality. It's a hard character to get behind because of his woe is me attitude. What's funny is one of the characters that I wasn't feeling in episode one has made a 360 and is quickly becoming one of my favorites (Eliot). And my least favorite storyline (but I understand why it's there) is Julia's dealing with Magic outside of the school. To her magic is like a drug and she is definitely an addict.

I think one of the major reasons I'm enjoying this series is the way they preform their magic. It's all about hand movements and gestures. There is some chanting but most seems to be non-verbal and more of just the movement. It reminds me of real magicians and how they use slight of hand and such for their magic. I don't think I've ever seen "magic" preformed that way before on a TV show or movie and I think that's why I find it so fascinating.

This is quickly become "must see" TV for me. I look forward to new episodes each week and watching this fantastical yet based in reality storyline unfold.

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