The Magicians “Marry Fuck Kill” Review
At this point in the season we haven’t really taken the proper steps forward for the magicians to actually fight back against the Library or Irene McAllister, but surprisingly that has not been much of an issue when there’s so much misadventure to make up for since the return of magic. Not to mention the good and the bad that comes with being a part of the world of magic. The monster roaming free hasn’t quite made things any easier either.
What shocked me is how we are once again at an episode that primarily focuses around Josh. This is a character who to me used to have the tendency of flying under the radar more than he should have. It took some time for him to play a bigger part in the previous season, but here we are where there is no ignoring the part he has to play in this new world order of magic. After the events of last week’s episode, the difference between him and the rest stood out clear. He may be on the same mission to save magic, but he’s not willing to throw away his humanity so easily to reach that goal. This week they even took things a step further when we finally get around to what this “Quickening” is for Josh. It was a clever storyline for the fact that lycanthropy is quite unique to the universe of Magicians. This led to some gruesome scenes, and some pretty entertaining scenes because Josh has his own way of handling things. It really helped that he could also have someone to play off of at a time like this.
I mean, who would have thought that Margo of all in this group would be the one to help Josh? Her actions this week somewhat make up for the position that she put him in. Now that wasn’t even the most interesting part because this storyline was written well enough that Margo was also able to benefit from this side adventure. Not only is it an uphill climb for her to find a way to get Eliot back, she is in a position where it sucks to be alone throughout this madness. Odd that she would fall on Josh for company, but it makes sense at the end of the day when she needs someone with her who has a moral compass. Margo’s range in character knew no bounds when Josh was somehow the kind of influence she needed to really go out of her way to help someone other than herself. Just when you think you have run out of ways to admire this character, they hit you with a new reason that makes you fall in love with her all over again.
This was a great week for Julia fans who have been awaiting the answer to why she is still technically a Goddess. I know I was because this is a new concept where you can still be indestructible and be powerless at the same time. We may not actually get that answer this week, but that is her actual focus right now. Where this took Julia made sense since this is one of those times where you would expect magicians to play it a bit safer alongside gods.Having Penny 23 accompany her made for a cute dynamic since they have finally cut to the chase about the feelings that he has for Julia. It made things a bit awkward sure, though anything is better than playing puppy too afraid to speak up.
Considering what happened last week, it was about time that we could finally be introduced to Quentin’s mom. This made everything clearer about the relationship between himself and his family. What I didn’t see coming was what the monster could have to offer him in these moments. It was captivating to finally see some personality shine through, and just in time when it could have been a drag to see Quentin caught up in his feelings too long. Some things he shouldn’t need such a push to experience like happiness, though for the sake of what we got in his scenes this episode you can overlook it. Especially when you have to be impressed by Hale Appleman’s ability to play two very different characters.
Where Alice ended up when saved from being caught was one heck of a surprise. The Library apparently knows no bounds when it comes to who they are willing to lock up and use. That was one heck of a twist, but nothing like what was thrown our way by the end of this episode. This one had to do with the monster and it was exactly what we needed to hear at this stage in the season.
The Magicians “Marry Fuck Kill” had a lot going in this one hour. Some could argue that we are getting pulled in a lot of directions at once, but this show handles these multiple storylines very well. Everything we need to know or experience comes when it does. Not to say that we don’t have the right to go crazy over the things we have been anxiously awaiting since the first episode.