The Magicians: Season 5 (2019)

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Season 5
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 15, 2020
2
Air date: Jan 22, 2020
3
Air date: Jan 29, 2020
4
Air date: Feb 5, 2020
5
Air date: Feb 12, 2020
6
Air date: Feb 12, 2020
7
Air date: Feb 19, 2020
8
Air date: Feb 26, 2020
9
Air date: Mar 4, 2020

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Critic Reviews for The Magicians Season 5

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If it can find a way to tie together these various mourning, screwed-up heroes, and have them keep battling their way toward the best versions of themselves, there's probably always going to be a good reason to watch The Magicians.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Based on the evidence, the show is still charming enough, tongue-in-cheek enough, and the cast game enough that I'm willing to stick around to find out.

Jan 27, 2020 | Full Review…

It feels at once like it's moving on from the loss of its central character, but also still feels like the same show I came to love.

Jan 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I think the premiere is fabulous and does its job of setting the tone for the entire season while tying things together from last season.

Jan 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite its dour start, The Magicians is a joy to watch moment to moment, and the canvas feels wide open in a way it hasn't since the show's stellar third season.

Jan 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Does what this show has consistently done well for years: introduce several different threads at once and somehow make it flow.

Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Just like grief, Season 5 of The Magicians makes it feel like he could turn up at any moment-in golems, shrouds, and dreams. And, just like grief, it's painful when he doesn't.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Magicians: Season 5

  • 17h ago
    Each season brings episodes that make the storyline both more familiar and more surprising. Season 5 is no exception. I miss Q too but no doubt he's boozing it up with Dumbledore somewhere.
  • 4d ago
    The show has become overtly too focused on making a statement instead of making a good show. The show's chemistry feels lost.
  • 4d ago
    I disagree with a lot of the negative feedback of this season. While Q was an important character, the strength of the show has always been the cast as a whole. So far six episodes in I feel this season is just as strong as the other four. If not even better!
  • 6d ago
    First of all, killing of Quentin AND continuing the series is a terrible choice. He's the main protagonist, bar none. Yes like ANY show that is created off books they must make the story follow other people at times. Watching the same person on screen all the time is tedious. That does not mean that they can just get rid of him. If they made it so that his sacrifice in the very end is what saves the day then that's a bittersweet conclusion to the series. But doing it partway, it's cheap and their reasoning is even cheaper. As reader of the books I still thought seasons 1-4 were fantastic, if not a bit lacking on cohesiveness at times (especially towards the end of season 4). We had two different Magicians' versions that stood up on their own. But season 5 just wreaks of tropes and replayed character arcs. They leave so much on the table that Quentin was meant to over come. Yes he gets kicked around by life and no he does not always get what he wants. But ultimately it was him who in the very end was the hero. Especially his minor mending ability. The way the show did it was just so disappointing. He was meant to obtain godlike powers and fix Fillory as the apocalypse was happening, so that his 'minor' mending ability is now on a god-like scale. Then, having grown up and realizing the story isn't always about him he returns the power to Fillory and leaves it behind him. His creation of The Magicians Land was just now casually tossed aside probably for one of the other characters to pick up, but it won't be nearly as fulfilling because of all the trials and tribulations our main character had to overcome. How he finally finds that place where he can be content after just constantly feeling that the 'next best thing' never makes him happy. The death of his father was meant to make his magic stronger, his story with Plum and what they do together to save the world, Mayakovsky being seen as a father figure to Quentin. Just so much left behind because "we killed him for being the white male." And putting his death and loss of story aside, Julia losing her godhood? It doesn't look like it's ever returning as announced by the new god who just shows up and leaves in one episode. That was also Julia's main story-line, her also facing hard trials and tribulations just like Quentin in order to ascend to who she is meant to be. She was meant to become the new god of Fillory and they just throw it away. Or Penny becoming a master magician and working for the library (not the underworld branch) with his mechanical hands and still constant sense of superiority. Elliot and Margo (Janet) ruling Fillory together with Josh and Poppy. These story-lines for where the characters were set up in the beginning of the series to go is now totally irrelevant. Now don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the series enough to be entertained at this point and I thought spending the first 3 episodes really showing that impact of Q dying was heartbreaking and fulfilling. But now that they've stopped mourning him there's still a hole in the fan's hearts, or at the very least my own. I do think what they are doing with Elliot is right, being controlled by the monster and having to face it while also facing the loss of the man he loved and never had the chance to tell him. That part is great. But there's so many other parts that are just replayed. How many times does it need to show us yet another sexist character or mindset. We all know how badass the female's on this show are, often surpassing that of the males. But we don't need yet another lesson of it. We get it. The show just doesn't have that same organic feeling any longer. There was a natural progression of events and now there's just so many anticlimactic moments that should have a big impact. Like they just fix the moon in one episode? Why not play that out over time, their magic going haywire during the surges now that all the conditions are messed up. They introduce important characters and then we won't see them for several episodes, like Plum and the Dark King. It's like they're trying to do too many things at once. Season 1 to show us this world with magic and to stop The Beast; Season 2 is finding that even a world of magic and wonders is still just as screwed up no matter how much they try to fix it; Season 3 to find the Golden Keys and restore magic; Season 4 to save Elliot and stop the Library from having total control; Season 5 is what, stop the Dark King, stop apocalypse 1 (Earth's harmonic convergence), stop apocalypse 2 in Fillory but we gotta do it because of girl-power, let's toss Fen aside yet a billionth time, and whatever is happening with Plum. I just keep finding myself asking "where is this going?" If this were the final season of the series, I'd be okay with it. Not super happy, but at least entertained with the ending. But I doubt it will be, it's Syfy's cash cow. It's going to run itself into the ground because it went on too long.
  • 6d ago
    I disagree with a lot of the negative feedback of this season. While Q was an important character, the strength of the show has always been the cast as a whole. So far six episodes in I feel this season is just as strong as the other four. If not even better!
  • Feb 13, 2020
    Nice pointless killing of the main character, way to ruin the show. You know how game of thrones killed main characters regularly? That's because they didn't have an actual "main-character". They had many main characters. The Magicians clearly had a true main protagonist, and killed him off for cheap tears. Bastardizing his story, his struggle, his battle with suicide and his decision to live.
  • Feb 11, 2020
    I've really loved all of the previous seasons and was devastated by the end of last season but it was beautifully done. That being said, I've been extremely disappointed in this season so far. There not only seems to be a disconnect with how frequently they jump around to each story line that feels hurried but there even feels like something is missing from one episode to the next. I really want this season to get better but I'm not sure how they can revive this at the moment.
  • Feb 08, 2020
    OK guys, Quentin is dead for good, deal with it. I loved the character too, but this series is much more that just Q and his insecurities. If you insist in degrade The Magicians just because you miss him, SciFi will be canceling this little wonder as quick as you send a rabbit to Fillory, sooooo stop acting like millennials and keep it up with them. Signed: a boomer.
  • Feb 07, 2020
    I wasn't sure they would be able to pull off another season - but I am gratefully surprised. Season 5 is every bit as entertaining as previous seasons. Such a fun show!
  • Feb 06, 2020
    Insulting storytelling and lazy tropes have made Season 5 flounder in comparison to the show's previous offerings.

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