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The result ends up feeling like a knock-off of the genre works that inspired Grossman, lacking in the wry commentary that made the original books feel so fresh.
In terms of establishing a world and getting the plot going, the show's first episodes are actually pretty promising.
Even as a genre fan, The Magicians compels me less for its supernatural side than its feel for the social alienation that makes fantasy so appealing in the first place.
Magicians is just the latest attempt to conjure up something special. The new series is about a magical school for wizards, but it's not Harry Potter's Hogwarts. Not even close.
The television show, anxious and impatient, rushes through the bullet points of the book's plot and forgoes the emotional complexity that made the books more unique than just the Potter imitation they seem at first blush.
It would take a clairvoyant to know whether The Magicians will eventually develop into an agreeably dark and twisty piece of juicy genre fare, but at this early stage its future looks murky.
Despite its uneven writing and poor treatment of some of its female characters, The Magicians still succeeds in one of its central aims: dismantling the tropes of the fantasy genre and reconfiguring them in ways that are innovative and contemporary.
The Magicians excels at pairing the absurd with an earnest sincerity in a way no other series does. Don't sleep on it.
This season has made a quiet but interesting argument for Julia as the true central character, which delighted those of us who read the books and came to the same conclusion.
Indeed, it's when the television The Magicians goes off the rails and becomes experimental that we see the potential it has.
Audience Reviews for The Magicians: Season 1
Dec 09, 2020I recognize that all of the female character's have all the power will the reset of the male character's don't have much of the power they do
Nov 17, 2020This series is... low budget. The dialogues are stupid, unnecessary and a little bit cringe. The plot is built episode for episode, and this is not good. It's so badly constructed that it's funny.
May 09, 2020I watched the first two eps of Terra Nova and was so bored I didn't finish the second. I watch the Magicians and felt the same. I watched the first half of ep 01 of Eureka and was seriously entertained. Great writing. great acting. great actors. Humour. I will give all three shows a fair try, however - Maybe they'll improve.
Apr 09, 2020The best way this show could have started off. It does an amazing job of introducing you to characters and having you change your view of them quickly. It is also the best and probably only way magic could have been introduced in a show so well, it's relatable in a great way. One of the main characters, Quinten Coldwater, discovers that magic and many of his childhood fantasies are real, but it's all thrown on to him so quickly, and he's unprepared. Him not being prepared for this make him feel like a normal person, someone who has defects. Quinten struggles with depression and other stuff claiming that sometimes his brain breaks and he has to be hospitalized. All in all, it's a definite must-see, with great characters, an intriguing plot, and moments that will bring back some childhood memories.
Mar 02, 2020It's so good that I can't describe it in words.
Feb 26, 2020A new take on the fantasy genre, which has it's better and worse sides. Making the characters so old is a huge miss. The whole plot is about student life, but the actors are in their late 20's, early 30's, if someone told me the main protagonist age was 40 I wouldn't blink an eye. It's just weird, especially in scenes where the main character is acting childish even for a student in it's early 20's. The positives of the plot is the mature and scary stories and monsters, as well as a darker view on magic and fantasy. The negatives of the plot is the lack of good humour and bright points where the protagonist can sit back and enjoy life. Even the relationships and romance is gloomy and depressing most of the time.
Feb 08, 2020Absolutely FANTASTIC ! Not even a fan of fantasy but this series caught me off guard , it was love at first sight , all the mistery just get you even more excited .
Feb 02, 2020Amazing first season!
Jan 31, 2020Loved it, I binged watched all 4 season, cant wait to see season 5. I love all the characters.
Jan 17, 2020Сериал показал действительно, что-то новое в своем жанре. Думал, что будет хуже, но меня сильно впечатлило и затянуло на долго♥️