That is the one problem with having something as awesome as magic in your life, when it disappears it hits and it hits hard. So far this season The Magicians has done an excellent job showing just how terrible life without magic can be. Sure it can do great and powerful, big things — but when you’re using it to grow food, correct your eye-sight, or evade paying taxes on that beautiful house – those little annoyances can add up pretty quickly. But it’s more than just that, magical protections for instance, or assistance with travel can mean the difference between life and death.
“The Losses of Magic” is one hell of a reality check for just how dangerous a world without magic can be. I was happy to see that Alice had more screen-time, it’s pretty clear to me now that she is absolutely “The Torture Artist” that The Great Cock was referring to. Alice is still struggling with her past and those emotions are still raw (and terrifying). It isn’t surprising that she spends the majority of her time arguing with her mother but the lengths that she goes to in order to finally end the lamprey comes at great sacrifice to herself. In order to get the lamprey out of her father, she had to shock him with some pretty intense volts. The lamprey told her that his weak heart wouldn’t make it, and he wasn’t lying. After knowing what she did to all of his children and the sick pleasure she still got out of killing him, I can understand just why that lamprey was so angry. This was a fantastic episode to show where Alice is still struggling and how she is different after her time as a Niffin.
In Fillory, Margot has her own saving to do, because the Muntjac got overtaken by pirates. Margot The Destroyer has been an absolute pleasure to watch this season and in my opinion takes home the trophy for best performance in “The Losses of Magic.” She has really grown into her role as High Queen and has proven herself ruthless when it comes to protecting those she considers family. Not only does she stand up to the Fairy Queen (multiple times) in order to rush to Eliot’s aid, she also takes on the Pirate King with a grace most could only hope for. The Fairy Queen is still the one holding most the cards, but Margot made herself a seat at the table.
Turns out Eliot isn’t in any danger, not from the Pirates anyway – as they’ve disappeared from the Muntjac entirely before Margot’s arrival. After wracking his brain trying to figure out what to do with the first key, the pirates bring an answer. The High King and his family take refuge in their sleeping chamber and almost magically, a keyhole appears. Eliot, Fen and their daughter go through that doorway – so they might be in danger, but we also don’t know where they are anymore.
Julia and Kady put their differences aside and team up once again in the hops of saving Penny. The pair summon a demon to take Penny’s super-cancer out of his body, which isn’t a pretty or painless process. To save his body from that pain he astro-projects himself out during the process, the only problem with this plan, is his body still dies. Sure, Alice also “died” on the show, but it feels a bit different this time with Penny. Is his astro-projection enough to bring the body back, can any of the others even see him? I am really excited to see how they play with this new concept and just how Penny will get himself out of this pickle.
Even with the shocking deaths, Alice’s admission of her tortuous behavior, Julia & Kady’s getting to use magic again, and Margot’s take no shit from anyone attitude – overall “The Losses of Magic” feels more like a plot building episode, creating anticipation and intrigue for the rest of the Epic Quest that needs to follow. We only have one key so far, so the team is still pretty far away from bringing back magic for good. But even if it wasn’t quite as exciting as the first two episode were, this episode weaves together larger plot arcs that will keep us on the edge of our seats the rest of the season.
The Magicians airs Wednesday night on SYFY
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