The Magicians “Ramification” Review
“Ramification”, huh? Sounds ominous, but when do we ever run into decisions here and there not be ramifications for actions? Makes you think things that will shock us, and that is a great feeling going into the second from the last episode of the second season of The Magicians. The Magicians “The Girl Who Told Time” last week has some set-up that gives us so much to look forward to when again we are pushing the boundaries of discovery in magic.
Following our shocking trip to the Underworld, this was the moment we were waiting for when they would bring back Alice. Book readers had to rejoice for this because it was something to look forward as an inevitability. I mean I’m just going to pull that band-aid off now, she doe come back. This is not a spoiler because you knew it was happening, the question of course was what would happen in that moment. The execution is what mattered the most and it was perfect. You knew exactly what Quentin was asking for when he brought Alice back. A shade doesn’t quite change what was before aside from making the person whole. The level of magic involved with what they did was exactly the thing I like to see from The Magicians. Some spells need to be bold in order to better capture what it means to live in a world with magic. Quentin pushing Professor Mayakovsky to help them with the next step was beautiful scene. I don’t think I’ve ever rooted for him more putting his foot down and being assertive. It goes without saying that his biggest flaw was always the way he rolled over. This was the kind of maturity that adds flavor to his character and a flame that sometimes takes motivation to ignite.
The dynamic between Alice and Quentin keeps changing, and while some could use the word inconsistent, that is what makes things so interesting when Alice goes through so much between her life before and after death. Like I said, some things did remain consistent, and I’m glad that much of her stayed the same when you don’t want to erase her experience as a Niffin.
Penny and Silvia’s journey to the Poison Room kind of went exactly how you would have guessed. I mean the most important question to ask about the room they didn’t ask until they got there. The ramification and sacrifice on this end you could see coming a mile away, though it is what they discover from the Poison Room that shakes things up. I like that no matter what is going in The Magicians, things do manage to somehow weave back together in some way. It made this storyline much more relevant beyond just stopping Reynard. Kady and Julia’s sacrifice was a lot to take in, but the closure that they reach here was moving. It was the culmination of everything these two have been through and suffered in order to take Reynard down. The ultimate sacrifice to get them there does get you down, but a testament to how critical it is at this point to bring this trickster god down. I have to say the magic to create this confrontation with Reynard made this memorable. Everything made so much sense here and I did feel some satisfaction by the end of the episode for this.
Now Quentin and Eliot learn a disturbing truth about Fillory was the point in The Magicians where you throw everything you once knew about this story right out the window. When the dragon said the first door was still open to Fillory, it only made sense that these two would run into each other again to figure out just where that was. Who they run into looking for it really catches you off guard. You were thinking one thing from this guy’s initial impression, but then the truth was something else entirely to take in. Like Quentin and Eliot’s reaction were the same as any of us when more than anything there is a forced acceptance of what Fillory really is. A truth about this world from the start that you would have never believed to this extent till someone with greater authority said so.
Back in Fillory, I found Josh to be the highlight of this episode. I think this character is an underrated gem in this show. The last time I smiled or had a laugh like this were the times The Beast showed us his musical skills. He offers this freethinking approach to being a magician and I love it. It might have everything to do with cooking and drugs, but who else has been this much of a trip in that territory? Finding out the hard way what it means to live in Fillory was entertaining as well.
The Magicians “Ramification” is an excellent episode that sets us up for the season two finale where nothing will be the same after. So far I am impressed with how many storylines met an end without feeling rushed. At the end of the day there is a game plan for everything and everyone who matters in this grand scheme.