4 reasons we’re still obsessed with The Magicians
Season 4 of cult adult fantasy series The Magicians is streaming on Showmax, with new episodes coming express from the US every week. The first three seasons were based on Lev Grossman’s award-winning trilogy of bestselling fantasy novels, dubbed “Harry Potter for grown-ups” by The Guardian>
Season 4 is now in unwritten territory, and in case you were worried, don’t be. The first few episodes have been marvellous, and The Magicians is one of those series that seems to get better and better over time.
Here are four storylines that have us hooked this season:
1Your favourite Brakebills alumni are now in witness protection
After helping to bring magic back last season, Julia, Kady, Margo, Penny and Josh aren’t being paraded as heroes: instead, they’re in a magical version of witness protection, with new faces, fake memories and no magic.
AVClub describes the genius of this plot twist best: “How do you keep a show fresh, season after season? One method: Wipe the memories of all of your core characters. The Magicians starts its fourth season off having given our favorite misfit magic practitioners a hard reboot… They find themselves in a range of very earth-bound situations, all of which feel very broad—the spacey DJ, the mean magazine editor, the goofy Uber driver, etc.—until it’s revealed that they’re all based on characters in a pulpy comic book. This being The Magicians, obviously they’re going to be trapped in some kind of pop culture reference.”
2Magic is back, but it’s rationed
Magic is now being rationed by The Library, the ultimate bureaucrats, whose attempts to keep the world safe and ordered are looking increasingly fascist.
As Den of Geek put it, Season 4 returns “to a world that is thankful to have magic back and terrified to have it taken away again… This atmosphere of fear is the perfect breeding ground for a fascist rule, and the Library, and Mageina Tovah’s Zelda, in particular, is more than happy to step into the role of the benevolent but controlling protector of magic.”
As Marina says in the trailer, “The vibe I’m getting is very 1984.”
3 Eliot looks the same but isn’t
Eliot is possessed by The Monster, who’s forcing Quentin to help him hunt gods. We are so here for this storyline.
“Appleman as the Monster is a revelation,” says Indiewire, and we couldn’t agree more. “Never once does he backslide into Eliot mode; instead, through subtle shifts in tone and expression, he becomes the Monster wearing an Eliot suit. This makes his actions even more disturbing as he forces Quentin — whose new identity is a bookish professor named Brian — to be his playmate in murder and mayhem. When the Monster wants to play, woe to those who don’t comply. His retaliation is swift and brutal.”
4Alice is in jail, one cell down from Santa
Alice is in prison, one cell down from a black, suicidal Santa Claus. You read that right.
To quote Decibel,“For those who haven’t watched The Magicians before, the show doesn’t shy away from edgy subject matter, but suicidal Santa is definitely another level…”