The fourth episode of The Magicians tackled Cancer in a very honest and sincere way, and we experienced astral projection via Penny, played magical chess(of sorts but not really) during the Welter’s competition, and we met the cutest puppy that ever lived. While I am loving this show, and feel they are knocking it out of the park in some areas, there are a few things that I wish were different.
I am not sure they can fix it at this late stage, and it’s why I didn’t mention it before. It bothers me that we don’t get to see the students actually learning magic, or magic being taught to them. I know they already came in with the magical ability, but we are not seeing them being taught to hone their magical skills. We just keep seeing them perform magic without thinking of the consequences. I know I keep saying this but when will they get it through their heads that magic is not something to be trifled with, and that it comes with a price? The Dean keeps trying to drill it into their heads, but he really is just playing lip service, as they either don’t get it, or they don’t care. Dean Fogg needs to show them that he means business in this regard. Dumbledore would have been on this before you could even say Avada Kedarva!
Cancer is a really rough topic to take on, because it has affected so many people, and is very painful to relive. I felt that the writers, and the actors handled it in a very real, and sincere way. I had a friend, and a person who was like a mother to me who passed away from Cancer, and Quentin’s raw emotions were so spot on and real. You really can’t think straight about anything else going on in your life, because it takes up all the space. Cancer is such an awful disease. You do have the same thoughts that Quentin had regarding magic, but in regards to the health advances we have today.
Quentin: What is the point of magic if we can’t fix real problems?
Dean Fogg: We can fix some things. So we fix what we can.
What is the point of all the scientists who conduct research if Cancer or any disease can’t be fixed? What good are all these doctors, and specialists if they cannot cure the people we love? I think this is something we have all felt many times in our lives, so it was nice to see it voiced (again) on a television show, and in such a real,and honest way. Kudos to the cast and crew! Granted, it does go back to my thoughts of them performing magic beyond their abilities, but it was still nice to see. I loved that Quentin thought he had the magical energy enough to save the ‘Cancer Puppy’ but so sad when the puppy died!
Julia continues to play with fire, in her desperation to learn more magic. She is truly behaving like an addict, and she went as far as sleeping with Pete to get what she wanted. She did this easily, without giving any thought to her fiance James, so I’m with Pete here, in that if she loved him, she would not have been so quick to sleep with him. I did think it was cruel that Marina took his memory of her away, and I don’t blame Julia for being ticked, but she is taking her desperation too far.
Who knows how much pain she could have caused James in the end, what with all the lying, and sneaking around. She also could have killed him, and maybe herself, with her ‘Google’ magic. Although, I do wonder if the safety of James wasn’t Pete’s only motivation for having his memory removed. He did want Julia to go away to another safe house with him, and I bet he would have taught her magic then. He would not have been under Marina’s rule as well. I wonder what her next move will be, in her quest to practice, and learn more magic. I better get to reading these books!
The Welter’s competition was very interesting, and entertaining but I am not sure I can explain how it was played. Eliot mentioned it was like chess (but not really) and that might be the best way to describe it. The point of the competition was to throw a ball onto a piece of the game board, and perform a magical spell to clear, and claim that piece of the game board.I was really impressed with the amount of magic that we saw at this competition, what with the tutting and spell casting but it still brings me back to the point that we didn’t get to see the students learn how to cast spells.
I will probably sound like a broken record, because I am not sure I can let it go. I find the magic they are performing believable, but still would like to know how they go to the point. The amount of class time we have seen, or lack thereof, is weird. Penny is the only one we saw receiving any type of instruction, when it comes to being a traveler but even that has been sparse. The term mentors was mentioned in this episode, but seeing as no one was assigned a mentor, I could hardly see the point of one. Who knows, maybe the mentors will show up again in a future episode.
Speaking of Penny, and mentors, why is it that he was the only one assigned a mentor? His name is Stanley, and he has a wooden leg. He received that wooden leg because he traveled to Mount Everest, and received severe frost bite. Side note: how cool is it that a traveler can go to place such as Mount Everest, and gain all the experience the world can offer? Kady is right in that it would be cool that he can travel wherever his heart desires! I wouldn’t go so far as to become a thief, but traveling anywhere without flying, or going through customs to boot, sign me up! You would think he could just picture himself already on the summit of Everest, and therefore no frostbite! I suppose that would take away the fun, and thrill of the climb though.
Stanley is probably not the worlds greatest mentor, as his advice of astral projection to go unnoticed or what not, did not really work. I think the highlight of this episode was Quentin’s story, and this one that involved Penny and his traveling shoes. While practicing his meditation, he traveled once again, due to hearing the voice of a woman begging for help. It turns out that Stanley’s claim of Penny being the first traveler in years was not quite true. There was something else that was not quite true, in regards to statements made by Stanley, for Penny was seen when he traveled to the dungeon that was housing a missing student from Brakebills. I was not surprised that Penny traveled with his astral self to Fillory, of all places, where he was seen by the Moth Man! I would have been as freaked out as Penny, and I would have been running out to get that tattoo as soon as possible!
It seems like we are getting closer to learning more secrets, and I am glad that Quentin won’t have to deal with the Fillory stuff alone. I hope that Penny and Quentin become good friends. Everyone could use a few good friends, especially ones that are capable of great magic. He already has Alice, and Eliot, but Penny and Quentin seemed destined for something huge. What did you think of this episode of The Magicians? Sound off below!
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