The World In the Walls was so surreal that it was frightening. At first, I found myself completely confused, as I had no idea what in the world was going on. Quentin wakes up in what he thinks is his room at Brakebills, when he is really in the same institution he voluntarily placed himself in the pilot episode. I thought to myself, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” because the last we saw of Quentin, Alice was yelling at him for using the grifin box. I wondered how he got to be back at the mental ward, and then I wondered if he had been dreaming about the magical place of learning. Surely, there was more to this than meets the eye, and it soon becomes apparent who is behind this deception.
I was very entertained by this episode, and for so many different reasons. There were so many great moments that I am not even sure where to begin, all I know is I spent the majority of the episode laughing my ass off. The first recognizable face Quentin saw was of a jacked up ‘Me love you long time’ Eliot, who was begging him for drugs. I admit to watching that scene several times, as it was quite entertaining. When Alice sits down at Quentin’s table, you think that she knows this institution is not the real, and our boy is relieved that he is not alone with his thoughts. Then, along comes Dr.Fogg, letting us know that Alice is referring to an episode of Lost in Space, to which Quentin instantly corrects him that it’s actually Star Trek. The highlights of this episode for me belong to Arjun Gupta and Jason Ralph, because they were simply hilarious!
DOUBLE THE PENNY, DOUBLE THE FUN
Why not have two of them, when it was so damn entertaining? If you all recall, Penny is a Traveler, meaning he can go in between the worlds, and I was glad to see this particular brand of magic,show up again. It was a good thing that it was happening sooner, rather than later, because Quentin was in need of some major help. Who would want to be trapped in a world you knew wasn’t real, especially one in which you were a mental patient?
Penny’s Doppelgänger was an orderly in this mental institution, and he spoke with a different accent. He was on Quentin about taking his medication, and during music therapy, he muttered something to the effect of “Please not that song”! It was at this time that Quentin had a light bulb moment, and from there on out, hilarity ensued! I will have more on that particular bit of fun in a moment. Quentin’s brilliant plan worked, and the real Penny shows up. Penny is still getting used to this whole idea of being a traveler, and was confused as to what was going on. The look on his face when he sees, and hears his Doppelgänger was epic! I don’t know if we will ever see this happen again on the show, but I sure hope they do more of these types of scenes. It will end up a classic in my book!
THE SONG THAT NEVER ENDS
I am sure you all remember when Penny went up to Quentin, and said “Taylor Swift, really”? It seems that orderly Penny doesn’t care for the song either, because it is the one he was talking about. This is where Quentin had his light bulb moment, and it was so hilarious when he started singing Shake It Off! The song has been in my head for days now, and I just can’t shake it off (see what I did there?)! Jason Ralph deserves some major props for this number, because not only did he sing, but he also had a whole dance routine. He really got into this scene, and it was a joy to watch!
It was a bit like playing musical chairs, because he danced all around that circle of chairs, and where he would stop, no one knew! I liked the song Alice wanted to perform as well, but it might not have been as entertaining! Or would it? It was a brilliant way to get inside the head of the real Penny, and it worked like a charm. The song, and dance routine was done really well, and I admit to going back, and watching it several times over. Quentin was like, and I am paraphrasing here, ‘Good luck getting that out of your head’. I’m not sure that this scene will get out of anyone’s head any time soon there Q!
I normally don’t post two images in a row like this, but I have to make an exception in this case. When Quentin starts singing the song, the reaction of orderly Penny is hilarious, and it is my favorite line of the episode. The way Arjun delivers this favorite line of mine, it’s like that of a whiny kid, and I couldn’t stop laughing. I hope it tickles your funny bone as much as it did mine.
I know Julia, and Quentin are on the outs with one another, but I did not expect her to betray him in this manner. It is one thing to fight about something they both care for, but to cast a dangerous spell like that on someone you consider your best friend is just wrong. Quentin is not perfect, and he has his faults in regard to their friendship, but to do something that could endanger him, is crossing a line. It is one that she might not be able to come back from.
Julia really has been playing with fire, by learning dangerous spells, and in an unsafe environment with people she barely knows anything about. I understand that she is addicted, but snap out of it, because you could have really done some serious damage to your friend’s psyche. I don’t think I would be trusting anyone who calls themselves the ‘Hedge Witches’, and Marina is certainly not to be trusted. She proved that, when she revealed the reason why they put Quentin in such a deep spell in the first place! The only thing she wanted was for the wards to be taken down so that she could retrieve her magical box of memories!
Julia ended up doing the right thing by Quentin, thanks to the intervention of Kady, and told Dean Fogg what kind of spell was performed on Quentin. Kady is not innocent, by any means, but at least she spoke up, albeit in a roundabout sort of way. I would love to know what Marina has on her, that makes her do Marina’s bidding. Marina is a happy camper now that she has regained all the memories of her magical teachings at Brakebills, and she is planning on sharing it with everyone.
The first person she shares it with is Julia, but not in the way that she would have liked. Marina uses her newly reformed abilities to X out every star Julia has earned as a Hedge Witch. It looked quite painful, but I bet it wasn’t near as painful as being kicked out of the club, and possibly never being able to find their little clubhouse again. If I was Julia, I would not even attempt to try and get back in Marina’s good graces, because that chick is crazy. I loved this episode, and I feel the show is really picking up momentum! I imagine with the announcement of the renewal, the cast and crew are on cloud nine! What did you think of the episode? Sound off below!
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