The Magicians

The Magicians Review

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This is a new series that came out at the very end off 2015 / the very beginning of 2016 – it is based on the phenomenal books series & trilogy by “Lev Grossman” – the books were written for a trilogy so obviously things have been a little tweaked for TV – but i can honestly say i am seriously into it – The Magicians is intriguing, intelligent, witty, dark ( and when i say dark i dont just mean the humour) – this is not a show for kids to watch – this is not dark on a Harry Potter level – this is several levels up!

Rating : 8/10

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The Magicians Review

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This could be in several categories – Fantastical – Badass & intense immersion .. Quentin the main protagonist – he’s got a few mental health issues (or so he’s been lead to believe) hes quiet at start, unsure but fuck is he full of potential & incredibly intelligent .. This series piqued my interest as i had previously read the books and was curious to see how they would portray the story in a different medium. Some things were done exceptionally, and then some parts of the story edits had some room for improvement…. to say the least. This isn’t criticism because things between the transition from book to series, its more that some of the side stories that were tweaked just came across a little redundant or unnecessary. That said, it is immensely enjoyable.

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his best friend Julia is also one of the smartest cookies in New York (and most of the world) shes ridiculously intriguing & attractive (least the happihippi thinks so) .. but shes also clever and intuitive – and has a darker side that is exposed little by little .. For fans of the books; a heads up, Julia’s story is revealed in the first season of, wheras in the books shes disappeared for the majority of it and we only find out in series two what she was up to…

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The Magicians Review

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In this you’ll witness some real magic from some complicated magicians – i would also strongly recommend reading the Trilogy, the books are exquisite and eloquently written, and i must admit the CGI in this series is just perfection. What the series lacks in consistency of quality it does make up for in spades with the embellished characters a surprising amount of chuckles throughout.

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yes people, its everything we’ve been missing since the magical world of Potter finished, although with the phenomenal success of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ coming out there’s bound to be an uptake in quality magical lore.

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We’ve got some seriously dark encounters

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one incredibly attractive indian.

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some hella elegant illusions

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& some V entertaining hazing rituals that are so outside the box – just wow – the show pushes a lot of the boundaries that other series tend to adhere to – its thought-provoking, and a good deal more intellectual than it might first appear. There’s a surprising amount of references to literature and nods to famous works which as an English and Media Studies student i found quite compelling.

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& raw talent

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We see some serious hard work with montages over the courses of the months, to give you a real sense of flow in the show, they didn’t just figure out they’re magicians and have everything come easy to the, magic can only be tapped into by the top 1% of the top 1%, the incomprehensibly clever bears. But why wouldn’t you put your head to the ground and work harder than you’ve ever done before, as Quentin says in the books “They’re going to make me a motherfucking magician!”

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We’ve some foolish uses of power that always tend to come with unexpected repercussions…

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some damn diabolical messages.

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some enticing puzzles – (for any Gravity Falls watchers out there this little sketch really reminded me of Bill Cipher.)

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along with some smart realizations, there’s times when it reminds me a little of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, in its structure and form + character development. We have a boy in his mid-twenties post-grad looking to go to Yale who ends up with a circuitous route that brings him to Brakebills – a secret college that teaches them to utilize their powers and foster them. But the inner monologing and self-reflecting characters are something that continually adds to the quality of the show.

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Our boy gives one hell of an interview.

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whilst diligently practicing some painful looking exercises

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It wouldn’t be a college without some collegic competitive games, Brakebills particular one is “Welters” which i have to say is a much more intriguing game than Quidditch.

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The series holds some seriously hard truths, that can translate to our non-magical lives, pain, agony, loss they all shape you and improve your emotional maturity, things that seem like the lowest point in your life can be something that defines and betters you, “Elliot” (who is hands-down my favourite character) tells us :

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himself and Margo (Janet in the books) are fascinating seniors who carry a lot more depth to them than the first few episodes let on – Elliot is by far the most incredulous and enthralling character + the show is actually a lot more relatable than you’d think, even though its supernatural in nature, there’s some nihilistic thoughts and philosophies, depressing, angst, bliss and just about every emotion that you tend to go through during your twenties.

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They even have a beautifully crafted episode where they end up dancing to Taylor Swifts “Shake it Off” in a mental assylum

im just gonna shake shake shake

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Now don’t be fooled – though it has some spectacularly funny n entertaining moments this is by no means a “light and breezy” show – the characters deal with real-world heavy emotions and struggles – after all – the first place we’re shown that has a connection to our protagonist is :

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that said – its still college at the end of the day – even in Brakebills

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well… what are you waiting for?

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