The Magicians “The Bad News Bear” Review


THE MAGICIANS — “Bad News Bear” Episode 403 — Pictured: Hale Appleman as Eliot Waugh — (Photo by: Eric Milner/SYFY)

Our main characters might literally be “Lost, Found, F…ed”, but at least on the third week we can comfortably go back to using their actual names again. Taking back control was always going to be easier said than done. This was one of those situations where you’re doomed if you do, doomed if you don’t. They picked their poison, and that just so happened to be taking their identities over the dangers of what could or would pursue them.

The Monster catching up with everyone came so much faster than anticipated. I was thinking both that and them getting their memories coming back would be more of a climb to get to. Not that I’m complaining of course. As I said last week, the quick pacing that we have taken off with is perfect. If anyone was going to become a problem for the students after getting their identities back, it only makes sense that it would be the monster since it’s already with Quentin. What followed did manage to stir up some fear despite knowing that there was no way they would choose to kill someone off this early. Honestly, I was taken back by the fact that so early we have come to learn a lot about the monster. Before this fourth season, we were all given the impression that there was no real goal in mind for the monster aside from killing for fun. Everything up to this point shakes things up enough where we see that not everything is as you would have assumed. Normally I would find it a bit troubling that they might be looking for ways to create sympathy for this monster, but truth be told there might be worse things out there that are simply monstrous by nature.

Who took charge to redirect the monster’s attention wasn’t too much of a surprise. This led to the second worst outcome with the monster this motivated to kill those who it feels has wrong it. The actions of said person was hard to argue with when it’s not too much of a difficult decision when choosing the lives of friends over the lives of some gods who only think of themselves. Did that make the outcome any easier to process than what the monster did to others? Not in the least, but at the end of the day someone is going to meet an end.

THE MAGICIANS — “The Bad News Bear” Episode 403 — Pictured: (l-r) Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, Arjun Gupta as Penny Adiyodi — (Photo by: Eric Milner/SYFY)

Understanding what is meant by “Bad News Bear” was one hell of a development when it came to the next step that the students needed to take to protect themselves for everyone else who is still a threat. The catch-up on how magic is dealt out was engaging for them as much as it was for us. There was always going to be more to it than simply walking up and filling out a form for more magic. The solution definitely involved a bear, but it also involved a new kind of magician that was unique. It’s cool that even in the fourth season we can be introduced to new characters who have something to offer about the applied use of magic in the real world. With that said, how they worked with this person, and how they found their way to their first piece of magic was fun. These are desperate times. There was not a single person they came across who didn’t prove how important it was to be someone carrying magic currency. To balance things out, there was someone who had to get the short end of the stick. It was heartbreaking to see what said person had to go through in order to help the rest. You can somewhat guess who that person was, and that made the series of unfortunate events to follow a tough pill to swallow.

Alice’s actions this week were a point of interest for the progress she was able to make in such a short amount of time. Her situation might not be improving, but every opportunity has been taken to assure us that Alice is not someone to forget so soon. Not when she has a brain and capability to accomplish things without the heavy use of magic.

The Magicians “The Bad News Bear” was a roller coaster of emotions when no person has it easy with the choices they have to make. Kady gets a puppy; Quentin meets a snake. One brought a smile to your face, the other leaves you feeling some kind of way when one of a number of sacrifices made in this hour for the greater good. At the end of the day, it was just good to see most able to begin processing what is still a loss that they took at the hands of the library.

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