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The Magicians Season 5 Episodes 5 & 6 Review: Apocalypse? Now?! and Oops!… I Did It Again

Plans to save the world go awry in this week’s The Magicians, but a well executed Groundhog Day story results in a stellar double header.



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The Magicians Season 5 Episodes 5 & 6

It’s clear why there needed to be a double episode of The Magicians this week. “Apocalypse? Now?!” was the perfect set-up for the magnificence that was “Oops!… I Did It Again” even though the caper plot of the first half was entertaining in its own right like similar heist episodes from previous seasons, such as season two’s “Plan B.” Much of the credit for the five stars in this review goes to the expertly handled time travel shenanigans, but a large percentage of the praise must also be reserved for the performances of Summer Bishil and Hale Appleman, the latter of whom has not had an episode this
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The Magicians Season 5 Episode 4 Review: Magicians Anonymous

The Magicians turns in a messy but fun episode that drops a few compelling bombshells during a more chaotic than usual narrative.



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The Magicians Season 5 Episode 4

The Magicians doesn’t do anything halfway, but unfortunately that principle also applies to its missteps, of which “Magicians Anonymous” is one. Where the series is usually able to weave together disparate storylines to create a cohesive thematic tapestry, this episode felt oddly disjointed. It was almost as if the narrative itself was akin to the brown bunny in the Etheric Realm, jumping from story to story with dizzying disorientation while admittedly charming us along the way. The installment was redeemed somewhat by significant insights into the apocalypse problem, Penny’s mysterious signal, and the troubles in Fillory, but fans are used to cleaner storytelling in this show.

That’s not to say it wasn’t a fun ride,
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The Magicians: 5 Best Relationships In The Series (& 5 Worst)

The Magicians largely focuses each season on a major event that could change the world, end it, or change the state of magic forever - sometimes all three. As a result, the main characters frequently find themselves on important quests, leaving very little time for them to lead “normal” lives and build relationships with anyone outside of their group of questers.

Related: 10 Best Episodes Of The Magicians According To IMDb

In spite of that, or maybe because of it, most of the best (and worst) romantic relationships exist amongst those same characters. Some of the relationships in the series have a great foundation of friendship or exist to make the characters better people. Other relationships are so full of dysfunction and toxicity that the characters probably should never have been together in the first place.
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‘The Magicians’ Ep Sera Gamble Breaks Down Season 5’s Big Eliot/Alice Episode

Over the last five seasons of its run on Syfy, The Magicians has had a number of standout episodes. They were either musical in nature, or had some crazy bottle-episode premise, or involved a major character’s death. But the third episode of Season 5 is special for a very different reason, and I wanted to speak with the co-showrunner and the episode’s writer, Sera Gamble, about how it all came together. Over these first few episodes of Season 5, the Magicians characters have been dealing with the fallout of Quentin’s (Jason Ralph) death at the …
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The Magicians Season 5 Episode 3 Review: The Mountain of Ghosts

What this week’s The Magicians lacks in gained ground it makes up for in emotional journeys for each of the principal characters.



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The Magicians Season 5 Episode 3

For an episode that didn’t actually push the story forward very much, “The Mountain of Ghosts” sure did deliver plenty of compelling action and emotional dialogue. Eliot and Alice may have marked time by doing some proper grieving, but they still met the Dark King in the end. Margo had a troubled reunion with Josh and Fen, but presumably her banishment marks have been removed. And Penny and Julia got nowhere but were presented with confirmation of an upcoming apocalyptic surge. Incremental progress isn’t a bad thing in this show because the characters themselves can carry the show just by experiencing shit; it’s the magic of The Magicians.

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The Magicians Season 5 Episode 2 Review: The Wrath of the Time Bees

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Did he send the letter?

That has got to be the question on fans' minds after The Magicians Season 5 Episode 2: Did Eliot send Quentin that letter?

It's such a cruel cliffhanger to end on, but it sure has the added bonus of ensuring viewers will tune in for the next episode.

Margo may have been focused on trying to save Josh, Fen, and her kingdom, but Eliot's drive to go back in time had more to do with his desire to save Quentin.

Quentin is a man Eliot loved but never got to tell; he never even got the chance to say good-bye. If you had the opportunity to go back and saved a loved one, wouldn't you?

Eliot: So what do you say? Wanna go back in time, save my friends, and unfuck history for old time’s sack?

Jane: If I change anything, it could undo every
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The Magicians: Quentin and The Grieving Process In Season 5

Chris Longo Jan 21, 2020

The friends Quentin leaves behind might just have to do something crazy to get through their grief.

The following story contains spoilers for The Magicians Season 4 and Season 5 Episode 1.

The impact of a fictional character death doesn’t just play out on screen. Fans who make an investment in a TV show can find themselves grieving the loss of a favorite character in a way they never expected—through emotions that mirror how we mourn in real life. A recent Popular Science article notes that professional counselors consider this legitimate grief, and marketing studies found that people “not only form relationships with their favorite characters, but with the real-life humans they watched the series alongside or went to all the movies with.” This takes on new meaning in an age where people can find a home for whatever their fandom is in an instant online. It gives viewers a place to remember,
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The Magicians Season 5 And The Danger Of Excess Magic

Chris Longo Jan 10, 2020

Magic is no longer rationed in the world of The Magicians. And that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Magic is flowing freely once again at Brakebills, in Fillory, and beyond. To override the Library’s strict system of rationing, it took our heroes a full season of quests, popped-out fairy eyeballs, sidekicks rising to the occasion, a hedgewitch alliance, personal growth, fearless sacrifice, and Josh’s muffins. That only accounts for about an eighth of what happened during The Magicians season 4, the show’s fantastically sprawling, thematically ambitious, and most controversial season yet. For those compelled to recap the whole adventure, I’d advise swiping Dean Fogg’s emergency bottle of booze first. You’ll need it.

With The Magicians season 5 premiering on Jan 15th on Syfy, the full restoration of magic has some unintended consequences as the characters simultaneously begin a painful healing process after
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Where Does ‘The Magicians’ Go Now? Unpacking Heartbreaking Loss & Our Own Minor Mending

Be warned there are Massive Spoilers for The Magicians Season 4 finale. If you haven't watched it, turn back now. Seriously. Last chance. Ok, first thing's first. Let's all take some deep breaths and a moment to group hug this one out, and maybe break into a little mournful musical number, because holy shit. Quentin Coldwater is dead. Really dead. As in, Jason Ralph is leaving the show dead. After four seasons of extraordinary work, imbuing Quentin with pathos, charm, and layers well-beyond the trope of the handsome-but-troubled hero, Ralph said goodbye to The …
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'The Magicians' Star Jason Ralph Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)

'The Magicians' Star Jason Ralph Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)
The Magicians star Jason Ralph has signed with Paradigm, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He was previously with Gersh.

Ralph leads the Syfy cult ensemble drama, now in its fourth season, as Quentin Coldwater. He has also recurred on Younger (as Jake Devereux), NBC's Aquarius, Wgn America's Manhattan and CBS' Madam Secretary, and has guest-starred on HBO's Random Acts of Flyness, The Night Of and Looking, Netflix's Grace and Frankie and The CW's Gossip Girl. Ralph's feature credits include 2014's A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.

Ralph's roots are on stage, having co-founded Strangemen Theatre Company in New York City,...
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The Magicians Season 4 Episode 7 Review: The Side Effect

Okay, let's just lay this out there right now. The Magicians Season 4 Episode 7 is the episode that I never knew that I needed. 

I have always considered The Magicians an ensemble show, but "The Side Effect" takes those characters that don't get a lot of play and puts them front and center. 

The set-up is quite perfect. Reconnecting with Underworld Penny right now feels perfect after seeing The Magicians Season 4 Episode 6. After giving Penny-23 the okay to live in his timeline, it's hard to imagine what Penny would be doing, especially since he seemed so determined to find a way out last season. 

Seeing him in a role that he's enjoying and in which he's thriving feels like a great nod to this version of a character in which we are so invested. Arjun Gupta delivers all of his monologues seamlessly and without being preachy. It's clear that Penny has an agenda,
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The Magicians Season 5 Confirmed

Michael Ahr Jan 22, 2019

Before season 4 even started airing, Syfy has given the green light to The Magicians season 5, assuring fans of more magical mayhem.

Fans won't have to wonder whether The Magicians season 5 is in their future when the fourth season begins airing this week. The series has already been renewed by Syfy! The Magicians has been a force of nature from the very start, growing its audience each season and weaving a tale that bridged our world with the storybook land of Fillory and has become more and more complex ever since. Given its massive appeal, including our glowing reviews over the years, the renewal comes as little surprise.

Bill McGoldrick, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal, which owns Syfy, agreed with this assessment. "The Magicians raised the bar at Syfy and has gained momentum season after season, attracting a new audience to the channel. We are proud of
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The Magicians Renewed for Season 5

The Magicians Renewed for Season 5
There’s no need to wait until tomorrow for some The Magicians goodness: Syfy today renewed the magical drama for Season 5, ahead of show’s Season 4 return on Wednesday, Jan. 23 (at 9/8c).

Additionally, executive producer Henry Alonso Myers has been promoted to co-showrunner alongside John McNamara and Sera Gamble for Season 5.

“We couldn’t be happier or more excited to conjure another year of magic and all it entails — love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, sex, foul language, drugs, battling gods, monsters and the most dangerous enemies of all: other human beings,” McNamara and Gamble said in a statement. “We have the best writers,
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The magic is back in the trailer for season 4 of Syfy's The Magicians

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To the uninitiated, Syfy’s adaptation of The Magicians can be a pretty weird and baffling thing. The show will be coming back for a new season in January, and as laid out in this handy Deadline post about the latest Magicians trailer, the series is coming off of a third season that saw magic itself being shut down and…
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The Magicians Gets Season 4 Premiere Date - Watch the Teaser

Changes are afoot on Syfy's The Magicians.

The Magicians Season 3 ended with Dean Fogg's decision gave his students no memories and magic-free identities, allowing them to take on normal lives.

In the first teaser for The Magicians Season 4, fresh from New York Comic-Con, Margo is taking on the role of a fashion editor named Janet.

It seems very Once Upon a Time ... almost like the characters have been cursed.

Margo gets a visit from the God Ember and it makes her question everything.

Will she be the one that brings her friends back together, or will something more sinister do the trick?

"Even with their new identities, our core group is far from safe since, inside Castle Blackspire, an ancient, powerful and unkillable Monster escaped confinement and jumped bodies to a new host, Eliot," reads the official synopsis.

"The season ended with The Monster finding a mind-wiped Quentin,
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The Magicians: Brittany Curran Talks Fen's Transformation and a Final Fairy Queen Meeting

The Magicians third season is easily the Syfy series best yet. With much of the drama focused on a key quest designed to bring magic back, characters from Brakebills to Fillory have had to lean on each other in new, exciting and more complicated ways.

That includes Fen, the native Fillorian promised to High King Eliot since she was a child. Starting her arc as a somewhat hapless and "unworldly" rural Fillorian, Fen ultimately played key roles in helping the children of Earth attempt to right their wrongs.

Delivered each week to audiences with heart and moxie by actress Brittany Curran, Fen has seen a rather grand transformation across this very soon to be completed 13-episode season.

From seducing her half-interested husband in a foggy haze, attempting to build a family, and acquainting herself with emojis to a secret history of Fillorian resistance fighting, losing her child (and toes) to bad deals,
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The Magicians Season 3 Episode 9 Review: All That Josh

The Brakebills crew runs into an old friend and proves that no one gets left behind on The Magicians Season 3 Episode 9.

Before we dive into any other part of this week’s episode, I have to give this show props for acknowledging some narrative shortcomings. In fact, I want to applaud The Magicians willingness to do this so consistently, as it has become easily one of my top three favorite things about the show.

Plot holes shouldn’t happen, but when you’re dealing with big worlds and big casts, they do. As viewers we mostly expect the show to address them and understandably get disappointed when they don’t. Don’t start a plot you can’t finish is a big rule for me.

But The Magicians has offered another way to deal with plot holes beyond quietly taking audience ire when you don’t: build them into your plot.
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The Magicians renewed for fourth season

SyFy has announced it has renewed its hit series The Magicians for a fourth season. The announcement came from the series’ own Twitter page, where the also released a motion poster for the show. The Magicians‘ fourth season will air in 2019 for a 13-episode season.

Based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels, The Magicians centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they are thrust into the unfamiliar world of the beautifully enchanting yet mysteriously dangerous Fillory – and places beyond – where they must draw upon their novice skills to save the existence of magic.

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#TheMagicians will be back for Season 4!

The Magicians (@MagiciansSYFY) February 28, 2018

The Magicians is currently in the middle of its third season, with the finale airing later this month on March 28th.

The post The Magicians
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The Magicians has been renewed for season 4

Michael Ahr Mar 1, 2018

Syfy has given The Magicians season 4 the go-ahead, assuring fans that there's more magic to come...

With fans eager for more adventures at Brakebills, in Fillory, and beyond, Syfy's recent renewal announcement guarantees that The Magicians season 4 will be a reality. Coming just past the halfway mark of season 3, the news is neither surprising nor expected quite this early, but audience reception has always been overwhelmingly positive for this quirky, funny, sometimes dark fantasy. The series has been Syfy’s top performing scripted original among the key 18-49 demographic for the past three years.

Based on the best-selling novels by Lev Grossman, The Magicians centres on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they discover their magical abilities and ward off evil creatures who threaten to destroy the magical world they’ve come to know. In season 3, our core group embarks on the epic quest
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The Magicians Season 4 Episode 2 Trailer, Release Date, and More

Michael Ahr Jan 24, 2019

The Magicians season 4 has returned and so has magic (sort of), and we've got the latest trailer, links to reviews, and more news.

The Magicians season 4 has returned! In the season three finale of The Magicians, magic was finally restored by unlocking the fountain at the other end of the Wellspring, but the Library, Irene McAllistair and Dean Fogg swooped in to reroute magic to themselves. In exchange, Dean Fogg negotiated the lives of his students, erasing their memories and giving each – except Alice who is now imprisoned by the Library – a new, magic-free identity.

Even with their new identities, however the core group is far from safe since inside Castle Blackspire, an ancient, powerful and unkillable Monster escaped confinement and jumped bodies to a new host, Eliot. The season ended with The Monster finding a mind-wiped Quentin, and The Magicians season 4 will pick up with The Monster seeking out the others,
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