Critic Consensus: A clearer sense of purpose and extra helpings of cynicism and danger lead The Magicians to a higher level of engagement.
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When combined in the right quantities, innovative technology such as heat mapping and old school analog tricks like strobe lights and hidden magnets can still be enchanting enough to charm even the most cynical of us.
Obviously we knew the show wouldn't let the main characters stay dead/incapacitated for long. That's not how TV works. Still, how much fun was it to watch Alice's body heal itself before she went to work on saving her friends?
There are constant reminders throughout the season two premiere and subsequent episodes about how while this show might look whimsical, the consequences are anything but.
The Magicians excels because it never forgets that high dramatic stakes only work when they're rooted in believable emotional stakes.
Audience Reviews for The Magicians: Season 2
I see nothing inventive or ambitious about this aged drama with platitude galore, the books were barely tolerable and now they made all the characters even worse from season 1, I can't stand this.
The magic and adventure continues in Season 2 of SyFy's The Magicians. In the wake of their battle with the Beast, Quentin, Alice, Margo, and Eliot are crowned as kings and queens of Fillory and search for spells to defeat him once and for all; meanwhile Julia returns to the real world and uses the Beast to track down Reynard and kill him. The seasonal arc is pretty strong, with each episode building and continuing the story. And, the writers develop some interesting arcs for each of the main characters. Still, at times it feels as if the episodes are being patted with superfluous subplots. Also, the tone can be a little overly sexual and crude. The mythology too has some problems; going off in odd directions that undercut the momentum of the story. Yet while it has its issues, The Magicians delivers a pretty solid second season.
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