The Magicians — All That Josh — Review

By: Michelle Harvey
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Never split up the party is covered in Epic Questing 101.  “All That Josh” proves  that on The Magicians nobody gets left behind even if you can’t keep the party together. I’m not going to lie, I was very excited to hear Josh named as one of the Questers by The Great Cock – and then a little disappointed that we haven’t seen much of him recently. It almost felt as if his importance to the story was forgotten about, much how Josh the character feels in “All That Josh.” But the writing team handles his absence extremely well, making this entire episode revolve around the fact that he has been missing for weeks without mention from any of the other magicians. Instead of adding in a random line of dialogue about his absence, the writing team instead builds an entire episode and key element to the over-arching story into him being gone. Not only do we finally get Josh back, this week absolutely kills it with a fantastic musical episode!

THE MAGICIANS — “All That Josh” Episode 309 — Pictured: Trevor Einhorn as Josh Hoberman — (Photo by: Eric Milner/Syfy)

Kady, Quentin, and Alice – fresh from their Library adventure are thrown right into another Quest from the book. Much like how Eliot and Quentin ended up in the past in Fillory – these three find themselves in the right timeline, but in a very different Brakebills. For starters, they can’t leave the house and it’s full of faces they don’t know. With Josh at the helm and Todd by his side, it’s full on party mode. Magic is back, but only party magic, and it’s pretty evident that whatever this is, it isn’t real. Someone had arranged for Josh to end up with a joy-sucking demon, trapping him in a false reality of his greatest desires. The fact that he felt abandoned by his friends really comes off strongly when they randomly show up here. In order to continue on in The Quest, they had to come together as a team to pick up their missing link. The key allows them the best group-chat I have ever seen and forces them to rely on the others – even if some of their group is literally stuck in another world completely.

THE MAGICIANS — “All That Josh” Episode 309 — Pictured: (l-r) Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice, Jade Tailor as Kady Orloff-Diaz, Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater — (Photo by: Eric Milner/Syfy)

Fen and Julia go back to the McAllister house, in order to help the fairy Sky. Fen is still very hurt and very un-trusting of any fairy, and rightfully so. But it again is so good to see her put that hurt aside, even for just a moment, and go back with Julia to the house. Julia is able to get Sky to do magic, proving that Irene had been lying to her – but at great cost. All of these fairies wear necklaces that begin to kill them if they do magic. A sad and cruel way to keep them imprisoned and without hope or power. Julia taps into her God-Powers and does magic that she can’t even begin to explain or understand quite yet. I can’t wait to see her really begin to develop and take ownership of that ability instead of letting why she has it eat at her. She can make a real difference with it and I think she is beginning to fully see that now. I think Fen will continue to help Julia, even if every fiber of her being wants to do otherwise. It’ll be a hard journey for her, but a healing journey for her soul.

Eliot and Margot are not faring well in Fillory. After outing the Fairy Queen and being taken by unhappy Fillorians, they’ve been found guilty and overthrown by Tick. Which really makes me wonder if he was ever on their side or if he secretly was working on their downfall this entire time. So after all they have done for Fillory, tried to do for Fillory, the rules they followed even though they hated them for Fillory, Fillory decides to cast them out. They are at least able to pick their own execution, though with options like “the serrated spoon” or “the stone-crusher” I’m not sure how pleasant of an end it will be. They end up picking “the infinite waterfall” which of course ends up saving their asses via The Muntjac. I’m not sure where these two are headed, but they have A LOT to deal with in Fillory still.

THE MAGICIANS — “All That Josh” Episode 309 — Pictured: (l-r) Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson, Hale Appleman as Eliot Waugh — (Photo by: Eric Milner/Syfy)

Tonight was a musical episode, and it was fantastic. With multiple performances by Josh and Kady, along with an epic mic-drop group routine for the finale. In order to save Josh and bring him back into the group – our Questing Crew uses the ability of the 5th key – the coolest form of group text ever, where they can all hear each other across space and time. And even though this little musical gig comes at a pretty terrible time for Eliot, Margot, and Julia – they all take the time to be the fantastic group we know they are. Passing the test left by goodness only knows who and keeping this quest alive. It’s another fantastic episode for this superb season of The Magicians – it is no surprise this has been one of the top rated shows for SYFY and why it’s already been approved for a Season 4. The Magicians entire cast and crew has got something really special going on, and it radiates on the screen every week.

THE MAGICIANS — “All That Josh” Episode 309 — Pictured: Jade Tailor as Kady Orloff-Diaz — (Photo by: Eric Milner/Syfy)

Which song did you like best? What song would you love to see happen in the future? I would love to hear your thoughts on this episode! 

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