It has been almost two weeks (Monday) since The Magicians aired its first season finale. Time really does fly, doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday that we all watched the previews, and watched the first episode online early. How quickly we all became hooked on a show that moved at a fast pace, but never lost its ability to keep our attention!
I remember when I first started writing for this show in January, I was fairly new here at Three If By Space, and I was writing for two shows at the time, Once Upon A Time, and The Expanse. ONCE was on hiatus until March, so I had plenty of time to put into writing for The Magicians, and I was very excited about it!
I recall saying in one of my first posts about this show, that I really did not know how to describe the show ,because I found it was not fair to continue comparing it to the likes of Harry Potter, or the Chronicles of Narnia, or any other magical book out there. I knew I had finally come up with something, so I searched through my past posts, and saw that I said something very simple. I thought it was the perfect way to end a review!
AN EARLY EXCERPT FROM A PREVIOUS REVIEW
While The Magicians will make the viewer initially think of Harry Potter or the Chronicles of Narnia, it is soon apparent that this show can stand on it’s own merit. I was having trouble with trying to figure out how to describe this show, but then realized that I don’t have to. All you have to do is watch, and you will see what I mean, it simply speaks for itself. By the end of the first episode, we know we are dealing with something the likes of which we have never seen before in other magical pieces we have read before.
WORLD BUILDING AND MORE
The world building that occurred in each and every episode just kept expanding on itself, and by the time we all got to the season finale, it was nothing short of amazing. I loved how each world had its own color, New York was kind of dull and dreary, Brakebills was very colorful, and full of life. The Neitherlands was set in an almost black and white tone,which made it look very eerie, and the scenes at Brakebills South were set in blue tones, making it apparent that it was really freaking cold there!
While a viewer always ends up having a favorite character, the whole cast is amazing. The whole team, from the writers, the producers, costume and set designers, and the actors did a phenomenal job of bringing the viewers into their world. It’s the mark of a good show, when it can draw a viewer in, and keep them intrigued and fascinated enough to stick around for 13 episodes. The writers, and the cast were absolutely wonderful in regards to interacting with fans on Twitter, and it was a treat every week.
Despite the fast pace of the first few episodes, eventually loving all the characters and rooting for them was a slow burn. I usually favor the lead or main character in most TV shows, but I had a hard time liking and opening up to Quentin.I did find myself sticking up for him when it came to Julia though, so maybe I had opened up to him a bit. I always did appreciate his love of the Fillory books, as I am the same with my fictional story worlds. I don’t know exactly when all the characters took up a place in my heart, all I know is that it was a slow burn. It was not until the last few episodes that I really took a shine to Julia, the poor girl. I thought each characters arc was showcased very well, and I loved how those arcs came together and fit in the end.
BOOKS vs. SHOW
I am a book purist, for the most part, and it is something that I will never be able to part ways with. I have tried to separate the books from the TV adaptations before, and I can never fully go there. However, with that being said, I do understand that changes have to be made to fit the adaptation, and that not every single event in the book can be filmed. I understand time constraints, and budget woes prevent that from happening. I also don’t mind if the show takes another path to get to the same place, and most of the time it works out well. My only pet peeve is when characterizations are messed with so much that it ruins the whole arc of that character.
I did start the first book, but then noticed that I was comparing both mediums, and so I quit, because I did not want to go down that road with this series. I have enough of that with another from page to screen adaptation. I want to be able to enjoy the show, and the book series without the other coming into play. Since I know how I am, I put reading the series on hold, because I can only concentrate on one medium at a time. At least this way I won’t be comparing the two mediums, and it has been quite refreshing not knowing what is going to happen ahead of time. I found I like the element of surprise, so I can just be a fangirl and say “OMG!” right along with everyone else! I have the series on my Kindle, Mr.Grossman so they will be read!
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
The show did start out at a very fast pace, but it wasn’t too hard to keep up with. I thought everything came together full circle, and when there was a point where the viewers might have been shaking their head in confusion, it all made sense in the end. I love shows that keep me guessing, and I am really looking forward to what the writers have in store for us in Season 2! What did you think of the season as whole? Sound off below!
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