You may or may not have heard about "The Magicians", but regardless the consensus seems to be the 2016 SYFY show is Harry Potter for adults. As someone who read the books I can say they are nothing like the show, but the bones are all still there. Since it's the Holidays, I binged the show and just couldn't stop. Things get hectic fast. It's a story that lends itself to the fast pace of binging mostly due to the semi-convoluted plot line. The pilot episode is a good introduction to the type of world and story, but you have to make it to episode three for the actors to really get comfortable in their characters skin.
Things I love:
The Villain. People throw the term nightmare fuel around loosely, but this is not one of those times. An enemy that can immobilize entire rooms full of people while simultaneously killing others is already terrifying. Now imagine this villain has no face, or head for that matter, and knows more about you than you. Yeah, freaky, and Awesome. This character seriously had me going and while the villain became a little too obvious a little to early, the ride to finding out who is behind the swarm of moths is well worth it.
The Magic. This show has its ups and downs with CGI, but the inventiveness of the spells used is so much fun making up for some truly surprising moments. Watching this with a couple friends I really enjoyed the amount of gasps that would escape us when certain spells are let loose.
Things I hate:
The Magic. While cool to watch, the parameters of what people can and can't do are so blurry I don't think even the writers know. One second the characters are killing people the next they can't even knock something over. Its incredibly frustrating and really stands out when the rest of the world is so well developed.
Convoluted Story. Now I am the first to concede the books are hard to follow as well. I actually commend the show for being able to extract as much consistent story out of them as they did, however the ending is so rushed the audience is left completely lost. So lost in fact the entire last episode is used as exposition to catch you up to speed so that they can continue in the last ten minutes. In the end they still couldn't make a truly cohesive story and the result is a mediocre, almost unbelievable season finale.
Gratuitous Violence and Sex. We live in a time where every show is trying to be edgier than the next. This is no exception. If you're not into bones crushing, necks snapping, copious amounts of blood, and eyes being ripped from their sockets, YOU WILL HATE THIS SHOW. So just be warned and know what you're getting yourself into.
The Final Word.
Even though I have problems with this show, I loved the process of watching it. Its super entertaining and worth a binge. Don't take too long though or you will forget everyone's name and end up having to re-watch episodes just to understand what's going on. In the end I gave this 4 Netflix stars out of 5.