If the students at Brakebills haven’t learned that there are Consequences to Advanced Spellcasting by now, then I’m not sure they ever will. It has been at least three months since they entered the university, and cast what turned out to be a very dangerous spell. A spell that Dean Fogg paid dearly for, with his sight, and the use of his hands.
At the beginning of the episode, we hear the Dean basically telling the class that magic shouldn’t be taken lightly, and that it must be taught and practiced safely. Magic can be a dangerous weapon, and it will consume you, if you let it. We see that happening to Julia as she meets her fellow Hedge Witches in a secluded part of town, to practice, and perform some very complicated magical spells.
She did learn a pretty cool spell that caused an ATM to spit out a wad of cash. Who needs an ATM card (or a job) when you’ve got magic? I think that is one trick I would want to learn, but without getting caught! Anyone could have seen her do that little trick, and she would have to answer some very hard questions.
Julia is definitely letting the art of practicing magic consume her, so much so that she is ditching the man she loves. She doesn’t answer his phone calls, and she isn’t really present when they are together. She is too distracted by the lure of magic, and all that she can learn to really pay attention to her boyfriend. Magic is like a drug to her, she is addicted, and it made sense to me when she told her boyfriend that she was addicted to pills. She just substituted drugs for magic, which can be very dangerous, in and if itself.
Meanwhile, back at Brakebills, we learn that the students are going to be placed into a specific area of magic. I thought of this portion as being sorted into your houses. Alice, and Kady were assigned to the ‘physical’ kids or house, and Penny was assigned to the psych house. I bet you were thinking “Hey, what about Quentin?” Well, you are not alone, on that front. I thought “What the hell, Quentin? Do you want to be a nothing-mancer (his words not mine though it was spot on) all your life? I wanted to yell at him like Dean Fogg did, and say “Quit messing around Quentin, and do some bleep bleep magic”!
I really like Quentin, and I want him to succeed at magic, so it was really hard to watch him play second fiddle to others who are actually performing magic. He is still in the physical kids house, despite not being placed there officially. This does not mean that he is not helpful in the magical department, as he is pretty smart. Alice is still trying to find out what happened to her brother Charlie, and Margo helps her out in a major way.
While Alice is receiving help from Margo, Quentin joins Eliot in the search for a missing book, a book that someone stole from the house. This led to one of my favorite scenes, because it was so damn funny to me. This book is just going crazy, in this box that Quentin is trying desperately to keep a hold of, as it is desperate to find it’s mate. It turns out that the books counterpart is at the hidey hole of the Hedge Witches, the very place where Julia has been spending all her time.
This is the first time that Julia and Quentin have seen each other in three or so months, and things are still majorly tense between them. Naturally, it’s a shock for both of them to see each other again, after such a long time. Before I get into their conversation, or rather confrontation, let’s talk about those book(s)! Pete tells Eliot that they don’t have their book, but then the one volume flies out of the box, because it sensed it’s mate! Eliot has this look on his face that said ‘I thought so’ and Pete was like “Are they (dot dot dot)! The books appeared to be having quite the reunion, and it was so damn funny to me! I really need a gif of that!
In the recent interview that several other outlets and I had with Sera Gamble, and Jason Ralph, I asked if we would see a ‘magical’ confrontation between Quentin and Julia in the future, and we did in this episode. I’m not sure if this is the same confrontation that Sera mentioned in the above referenced interview, but it’s clear that these two are going to come face to face with each other again. It was definitely a talk that the two friends needed to have (as Sera said) but they still have some major stuff to deal with, I think. You can read that interview HERE . I felt bad that their friendship seems to be irreparable, but we can only wait and see what will happen. When it comes to the magical side of their argument, I don’t feel sorry for her, because she was the one who first set aside such childish notions.
Let’s talk about Penny for a paragraph or two, shall we? I am really loving the development of this character, and I could tell I was going to like him from the very first episode. I thought it was hilarious when he went up to Quentin with an attitude and said “Taylor Swift, really? ” and Quentin’s soft-spoken voice “I am not singing Taylor Swift in my head”! He basically told Quentin to control his thoughts and Quentin’s shy comeback “Okay, I’ll work on it” and moving around the tree was funny, and endearing at the same time. He looked as if he wanted to disappear down a rabbit hole or something. I really hope these two become life-long friends, and have their own traveling magic show! Let’s make that happen, shall we?!
Penny is not quite happy about being in with the psychics, and is venting to Kady before his little ‘Swift’ run in with Quentin. He reports to the psychic house he has been assigned to, and is told that it is basically a place where one can zen out, and concentrate on their abilities. It turns out that Penny is not just psychic, but he is also a traveler. He has the ability to travel anywhere he wishes, maybe other worlds if he focuses and is properly trained. I’m guessing he will have the ability to transport himself, and others maybe, to those worlds, perhaps to Fillory. That’s just speculation on my part, but I’m curious to see what will happen with this storyline. Now, I’m eager for Quentin to get more in touch with his magical ability, because I get the impression that Quentin and Penny are to be a team of sorts.
Alice finds out exactly what happened to her brother, and now she is even more determined to help him. It turns out that while trying to help a fellow student, the magical spell he was casting, proved to be too much for him (despite being gifted) and it consumed him, I guess you could say. He just simply disappeared, and became what I believe Quentin and Alice referred to as a niffin.
I thought it was neat that in order to summon her brother, she had to use something that was special to them. It turns out that it was singing her favorite song, and it is one of my favorite songs as well. Charlie shows up, and it is not quite the reunion that Alice hoped it would be. Finally, Quentin uses some magic to trap Charlie in a specially made box, and Alice was quite ticked off at him.
She claims she was almost there, and he had screwed everything up. I really have no idea what she thought she was going to accomplish, but I doubt she could have saved him. In my opinion, he was just too far gone. I am wondering if he can escape that tiny box.
I think The Magicians is slowly carving it’s own little niche into viewer’s hearts, and minds, and is looking to set up permanent residency. I’m willing to let it live there, what say you? Sound off below!!
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