The Magicians Season 3 Premiere “The Tales of the Seven Keys” Review


THE MAGICIANS — “The Tales of Seven Keys” Episode 301 — Pictured: (l-r) Trevor Einhorn as Josh Hoberman, Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, Stella Maeve as Julia Wicker — (Photo by: Eike Schroter/Syfy)

The adventure continues in this world that is now magicless. Like I said at the end of the last season, it would have been a crime not to have a third season with so much potential to build off of and characters who still have fates in question. The events of that hour changed everything with magic gone, the hope that it could return, and Fillory taken over by the fairies. And that is only the tip of the iceberg when questioning where to go with a lot of these characters presumably losing direction.

Quentin and Julia attempting to bring magic back on their own was a nice change from where they have been at since the start of the series. It always hurt when they were at odds in the past. One had the opportunity that the other had and squandered it, one almost destroyed herself trying to claim that opportunity. For Quentin I think losing magic was just the kick he needed to do something with himself. I mean how do you discover magic, live that life, and then lose it all trying to be the big hero? You don’t simply crawl into a corner and break down. Not someone like Quentin who lives for that higher purpose and has grown enough not to take failure as the end all. Where this new determination takes Quentin and Julia was a point of interest for how unconventional their methods have shifted to. I was actually shocked to see that this could turn out to be a bit fun if not also trippy. Their trip so to speak resurfaced all sorts of emotions too. For them and another character you didn’t think you would see so soon again we got to finally understand how it feels to be so powerless and grounded.

What Penny has been up to was a big question. With magic gone, one really had to question if the library would still be a thing. Sure there was a contract drawn-up, but what is their purpose? It took some time to get around to that answer, though for now it was just nice to see Penny with a purpose himself rather than the madness of trying to get his hands back. Still a badass who will do what he wants which is one of the things you love about this character the most. That is of course despite the fact that even with magic he is dying. His fate puts you on edge for that very reason, and one reason for your concern going into season three. Some other find themselves living more normal lives which was a big contrast to the others. I’m glad that they somehow still found relevance for Kady in this next chapter. So easily it takes time away to follow her and whatever she is up to on her own. Now she has been given a task that might lead to something bigger, or at the very least helpful to someone else.

World-building was important for the start of this new season. What we needed to see was how the world at large was being affected without magic. Obviously there would be panic and lives changed for the worst, but there was much more to get into than what is seen on the surface. Little time was wasted taking us back to Brakebills as well. Pretty much one of our central locations for a lot of things surrounding this series, for good reason as well. Through the headmaster we got a good idea as to what many have been up to since that moment of loss. Tensions are rising and choices are made that you would expect to come of desperation.

THE MAGICIANS — “The Tales of Seven Keys” Episode 301 — Pictured: Hale Appleman as Eliot Waugh — (Photo by: Eike Schroter/Syfy)

Eliot and Margo dealing with the fairy occupation was serious business, yet still fun. Some things stay the same and you have to love that these two can consistently be a source of humor. That scene alone with the countless references was brilliant. Now with that said, it was a tough pill to swallow seeing what it meant for the fairies to cross over. You knew that the queen could be quite the *****, but her actions currently take things to a new level. When you consider the special circumstances of her presence in Fillory, dealing with her would be easier said than done. This was also a good time to see what kind of state Fillory is in as a whole. Not so hopeful, if that was the word you would have used for this place since Eliot and Margo took up their role as King and Queen.

Now the big thing here was how Eliot would be turned onto this new quest. This creature he ran into, The Great Cock, was definitely one of the most unique that any have encountered so far. In both appearance and personality with that said. Only in a story like this could a being such as The Great Cock exist, but it was a welcomed change from others so far. Everything else that happened this episode was a nice catch-up, though this was what you waiting for most to get the ball rolling for this season. Nothing matters more than getting magic back, and this was the moment that would set events in motion.

The Magicians season 3 premiere “The Tales of the Seven Keys” was possibly the most entertaining of first episodes for this series. Much of what we have to look forward to has been established between characters and plotlines, while setting the tone in what is still to come. It shows a lot about how far these guys have come along that they are all for the most part functional without magic in their lives to make everything seem better.

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