The Magicians: A Life in the Day Recap

Last week, we spent a lot of time on Penny and hoe desperate Katie was to keep her love alive and keep him safe. It was heartbreaking and funny because of how Penny was dealing with everything.

This week’s episode centered on Q and Eliot and it was possibly my favorite story line this season. The writers are spending a good amount of time on giving the fans what they want, some wonderfully well-written character driven stories.

Over time, Eliot and Q have learned to depend and rely on one another…even love one another. That was clearly evident in tonight’s episode. So, they go on a quest to find a key of magic in a mosaic in ancient Fillory. It is an impossible task and they end up spending a lifetime in Fillory. Q finds the love of his life, has a son and grand children, and is about the bury Eliot when he finds the tile that allows him to get the key. That is when Jane Chatwin shows up and Q realizes that in order for the future to happen the way it is supposed to happen, he has to hand over the key. Up until Jane’s arrival, I was weepy for Q and Eliot.

However, Q is a smart cookie. He realizes that he has to send a note, with a key, to Margo on the day of her wedding.

This allows Margo to go back in time, due to Jane Chatwin’s time loops, to stop Q and Eliot from going to ancient Fillory with key in hand.

So, there was a cool moment when the show tipped its hat to Doctor Who when Jane and Margo spoke in the clock barrens. Timey Wimey and all. That is when Julia found out from Jane that she had to get the new key from the grave of Jane Chatwin. She saves her friends and the three of them go back to present day Fillory.

The peaches and plums and the note that Q sent to Margo allow their memories of their life together to rush back to them and I got all weepy for them again. It was a good life.

The ancillary story lines were of importance as they mark in changes for the characters:

  1. Margo married the youngest (Fomar) of the tribe of the floating army. He, of course, had to decapitate his older brother (the handsome Micah) who was originally going to marry Julia. Yes, we are talking future serial killer. Margo also locked up er first husband-to-be, which may be a blessing.
  2. Julia finds out that she has the seed of Renard’s magic in her, but she does not want it. You know who does, Alice. Maybe they can figure out how they both can get what they want. The problem here is that Alice is questionable at all levels.
  3. Katie and Penny and have fallen out on all levels. Especially now that she knows that she attempted to commit suicide over Penny for no reason, since he astral projected himself at time of death and technically is not a ghost. Now, she is stuck in a mental health facility with no out in view.

Next episode: Do you like teeth? Quentin faces his most formidable foe yet as Julia helps Alice with a dangerous endeavor.

Recap of The Magicians: Heroes and Morons

Recap of The Magicians: Heroes and Morons – Syfy

Synopsis: Eliot travels to a faraway place in search of a special object; Alice runs from a monster; Quentin, Kady and Josh continue the desperate search for magic; Penny’s condition worsens.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

I know a lot of people were not really that pleased with this second episode, but like any good book…there is a nut grabber (ep. 1) and then a slow build up to an amazing ending (ep. 13).

That first sequence of the episode was amazing. Explaining the story behind the keys in the same way as the Deathly Hollows were explained to Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and the tale of King Balor in Hell Boy 2..it was truly a magical way to open the episode.

Now, we are on the second chapter of this season and our not-so-merry band of magic seekers are on their respective quests. I say that because, while five of our group are genuinely trying to fix this mess this world is in. One is trying to save the love her life, who is dying and has his hands tied behind his back due to his contract with the magical library, and the last of our group is just trying to stay alive.

Staying alive seems like an easy task, but when all you have as a warning beacon is a kitten…chances are your odds are slim to none. I’m not really sympathetic towards Alice and in all honesty…if she was sacrificed for the greater good, I would be okay with that. Especially when that poor kitten blew up.  Now that we know that the Lamprey has moved on to a new host, her story line became all the more interesting.

If I were in Kadi’s shoes, I wouldn’t know what to do…but she is willing to risk everyone on this planet to save her man. She even stole a battery that would have helped Q and Julia or even Alice. Will this really help Penny in the long run? Will this get Kady into trouble? We shall see.

Q, Julia, and Josh are the only ones on this side of the verse that are really trying to fix magic and it is incredibly hard. Even when they pick up a clue that may lead them one step closer to helping Eliot and Margo on Fillory…the clue was Mayaovsky and his batteries. That battery would help with the clock that would lead them to Fillory. Kady had other plans. Yes, I rolled my eyes…

But the eyes stopped rolling when we saw Q is the newest host of the Lamprey. That’s right!

Now, my favorite part of the episode was in Fillory. Eliot and Fen are off on their quest to find the first key. However, the Fairy Queen (who thinks they are off doing something entirely different) has given them someone to keep an eye on them and that is Eliot and Fen’s daughter, Fray aka Frail Human. The kicker is that she is a full blown teenager.

Teenagers…full or angsty fun.

Anywho, before they sail off to where the first key may be, Margo gives Eliot a bit of advice that makes her the Yoda of Fillory.

She says to Eliot, after some clever Angel, Twilight and Buffy talk, “What you’re doing is very heroic. Now, I mean that, but what’s the difference between a live hero and a dead moron. One dumb decision. So, when it’s be brave or be smart, you know which one.”

I love these two.

Anywho, Fray helps Eliot with getting the first key by informing Eliot that these people they are visiting and who have this key…have been deceived by their town leader. This actually leads to Eliot getting the much needed key and it also leads to a bit of family bonding for Eliot, Fen, and Fray.

This leads us to chapter two in the book with no author…

Synopsis: The Losses of Magic – Alice and Quentin visit her parents as Kady and Julia explore new methods to heal Penny.

Geek TV for the Week of January 15

This is the week where a lot of our shows are back to put us on the edge of our seats once again.

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I suggest you set up your DVRs for Wednesday, as it is chock full of great TV. Luckily, we have the weekend to catch up!

Personally, I am looking forward to the season finale of The Gifted, the return of Riverdale, episode 12 of ST:Discovery, and episode two of The Magicians!

What are you looking forward to?

 

Recap: Season Premiere of The Magicians – The Tales of the Seven Keys

After the magic is shutdown due to Q’s actions last season, the characters that live on Earth find it hard to come to terms with living in a world without magic. Those that are not on Earth, have to find a way to save Fillory and themselves.
I had to watch this episode two times because a lot was happening on the show and in my living room.
One of the great things about this show is that it portrays the main characters as normal people. They may have (had) these extraordinary abilities, but at their core…they are just like anyone else. They are flawed and some may be slightly broken, but they continue to persevere. Even when it looks like all hope is lost…they just keep going and try to figure out what the hell is going and can they fix it. Fix what? Fix the fact that there is no magic in the world.
This is a tall order…
Why?
Well, technically we have 5 stories to deal with that tie into 1 major story.
  1. Penny and Kady: Kady is desperate to save her love, but after meeting Harriet and getting a book from her, she may have a shot…but she needs magic to do so. However, she cannot get help from Penny as he is under contract with the library.
  2. Eliot and Margo: Fairies are running amok in Fillory and the Queen Fairy is torturing Margo with bizarre tasks and using her own eye to spy on her and Eliot. The only reason the Fairies are there is because magic is gone. Hence, why Eliot went off to look for someone who could assist him in his attempt to save his kingdom. What he gets is the Cock and he puts him and his friends (including the lover of tomatoes aka Josh) on a quest.
  3. Q and Julia: Julia is the only one with magic and this spurs Q to try to figure out how he can fix what he caused. That means finding an old God. Is this Zeus? Who knows? But we need to gain favor with those that control the magic. Is that possible? Who knows? Will that come into play? Well, after meeting with Bacchus, hope is lost. Until a bunny appears and it gives him a message from Eliot. He and Julia end up starting the quest that the Cock gave Eliot.
  4. Alice: Without magic, she is on the run from the Lamprey.
  5. Dean and Brakebills: Brakebills is on the chopping block, unless magic can be found.

Outside of the fearsome foursome of Eliot, Margo, Q, and Julia, there is no real communication between everyone else and until that happens…it will be hard to give all these characters a HEA.

Now, the quest that the Cock gives them starts with finding:
  • A Book with no author
  • Keys
  • Public Library
  • In the land of New Jersey
Julie finds the book, but where that book leads them is the start of the fun…
These were the highlights in my house:
  • The episode was uncensored. It is an adult show at a late hour. Your kids should be in bed, and if you can’t handle the language…do not watch the show.
  • Penny and Kady’s one scene together. They are our Romeo and Juliet, we are just hoping that they survive is cancer.
  • Q and Julia’s scenes. They have come a long way to get back to this point. They are funny as their little dance number shows, and when it comes to detective work…these two rule the roost.
  • Eliot and Margo speaking in pop culture speak and we got the gist of it without needing the translation.
  • Bunnies used as a way to send messages. I need this in my life. Screw the iPhone.
  • Eliot meeting the Cock. That sentence alone makes me giggle.
The second episode: Heroes and Morons
Photo by Mervyn Chan on Unsplash

2018 & All the TV that it Holds…

It has been a while since I posted.

There were a lot of family oriented things happening in my life that had to take precedent.

But, it is a new year and we must trudge ahead.

I did watch a bit of TV during my time away. I know that I bitched and moaned about Star Trek: Discovery, but after the first two pilot episodes and Jason Isaacs as the Captain on the new ship and with all of his dark and twisted motives…I fell for the show. Go figure.

It is one of the shows I am looking forward to seeing in 2018.

Others are:

  1. The Magicians. The darker, the better…and with the loss of magic, all the more better.
  2. Legion. FX’s trippy take on a Marvel character made TV fun. Now, with our love birds separated, it will be interesting to see if they find their way to one another again.
  3. Westworld. When we last saw our favorites, they just killed off Ford at a gala. You know you want to know what happens next.
  4. The Alienist. I love period dramas. I love NYC. I love the hunt for a serial killer. This is the show for me.
  5. Kingdom. Korean dramas and zombie movies are a guilty pleasure of mine. This tale is a zombie thriller in the Joseon period. You had me at hello.
  6. Good Omens. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s beloved novel…nuff said.
  7. A Discovery of Witches. The first book was great, the last two kind if let me down…but the beauty and curse of adapting a novel is that they can punch it up and move the pace along at a fun pace. Let’s hope this happens.
  8. Altered Carbon. Honestly, I believe tales like these may end up true. This is about a futuristic series where the human mind can be digitized and downloaded into a “cortical stack” and placed into new bodies called sleeves.
  9. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. It’s an anthology series that adapts the short stories by Dick. If you love the Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, how can you say no?
  10. X-Files. Which premiered tonight. Que doozy…I will get to that in a bit.
  11. Jessica Jones. You may like Wonder Woman, but I love Jessica. She is an everyday woman who is battling her own inner demons as she tries to keep NYC safe and those that come to her for help.
  12. Krypton. I am not a big fan of the DC movies. But, for some reason TV adaptations of anything comic-related generally do well (barring Iron Fist and Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.), so I want to see how the prequel plays itself out and ties itself into the DCCU.

Then there are the return of our old standby’s that may need to kick it up a notch as all these shows and other newcomers are fighting for viewers.

Let me go back to the X-Files. There was a moment where I felt like I was watching the love child of Mr. Robot and Black Mirror come to life. We come to learn that what we went through at the very end of the last episode we saw, was just a vision that Scully was having. The visions are debilitating and forcing her and Mulder to race to find their son, William. But, like always, there is more at play. Everyone wants William. And even though we had a reveal at the end…I can’t really believe that last statement. There is more to it.  That is the fun of these types of shows. The truth is out there…and we just need to follow Mulder and Scully to it.

To tell you the truth, I love the moments where Mulder and Scully are together.

There has been a lot of talk of Gillian Anderson leaving the show. In my honest opinion, this concept will not function if you remove either Scully or Mulder. They are what make you want to keep watching. Period.

The other tragic bit of news we got over the break was that Dirk Gently was cancelled by BBC America. I am shaking my head. That channel is so limited in its programming. They should just chuck it and add BritBox as a premium channel. Hopefully, fans will rally around thus fun a quirky show and it gets a new home on Netflix or some other channel.

That last season was amazing. What were you thinking BBC America?

I also caught up with the Runways on Hulu and I have to admit that this little show has a lot of twists and turns as it also follows the typical High School narratives of love and love lost, disillusionment of the family you thought you knew and all the other fun stuff kids go through during adolescence. The fun part is that these kids have solidified and even given themselves a team name. Yet, with family that no one can trust…they have no one to turn to but to one another. The big question is…will they survive or will they somehow find a way to topple Jonah and save their families, their city…even the world.

On a bright side, the Golden Globes are around the corner. The 7th to be exact. And the nominees are impressive and it is hard to pick who I think will win. If you want to see the nominees, go here.

The other bright news is that fan fave, Robbie Amell, will be back on the small screen. Deadline, stated that the actor will be in a show titled Upload. In it, people are allowed to put their consciousness “into their preferred choice of afterlife” (or “upload” them). His character meets the love of his life, Nora, in heaven. But, we will follow the two as they live in this dream state.

I will be back with the movies that I cannot wait to see…

 

News You May Have Missed

A lot of news dropped over the last week that may be of interest to you…

1. Netflix – Are you binging on The Punisher? Frank is such a broken man and as a result, the show is dark. Take your time with it. On a happier note, Netflix has acquired Super-Normal –  a character-driven, subversive take on a genre that Hollywood and the rest of the world loves too much. Daisy Ridley and Luke Evans are co-starring on the project. (THR)

I am guessing that with Netflix losing all of their Disney-related shows and movies in 2019, they are grabbing whatever popular comic-fare there is. That is not intended to come across as desperate. It is interesting to see what their thought process is.

First, Netflix bought the MillarWorld-verse.

Next, we catch wind. via Deadline, that Ellen Page will be the lead in the adapted version of Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy. This title is owned by Dark Horse Comics.

I wonder what is next for Netflix.

2. Pottermore – We got our first glimpses of the next chapter in the Fantastic Beasts franchise:

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The cool things about these images:

  1. I have already marked my calendar! But, the kicker is…do you see something familiar in the title? Is there a wand, a circle, and a triangle hidden in plain sight? Yes, we see the Deathly Hallows! How do they play into the story…especially where we have…
  2. …Dumbledore in the movie! Yes, Jude Law is Dumbledore. I have loved him since Gattaca. So, I am thrilled!

3. Ryan Reynolds was up to his fun shenanigans last week.

Deadpool

Yes, Deadpool payed homage to Bob Ross! This made my day when it dropped. But, what was even more funny was the synopsis for the Deadpool 2:

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Somewhere in there, we will have Cable. So, of course…this is on my must watch list for 2018!

4. The CW/DC Universe’s Black Lightning will premiere on January 16.

5. Comics are fodder for entertainment. It is already set-up with story lines and story-boarding. Basically, all they have to do is find the right actors to portray the much beloved characters and tweak a story to fit a two hour movie. So, it makes sense that FOX is wanting to expand their X-Men universe. What is surprising is that James Franco has his hands all over this expansion. However, it is not like they are tackling a well-known character (for me, that is). No. They are going to work on Multiple Man. For more info, go to Syfy.

6. So, Justice League technically did not do as well as expected. Are you surprised, not me. I did not watch it. While, I root for Wonder Woman. I am not a fan of Zach Snyder’s DC Movie Universe. They are over produced and the stories are not engaging. Mind you, Joss Whedon worked on the script.

7. Another comic book getting the big screen/small screen treatment is Danger Girl. It follows adventurer-turned-reluctant-spy Abbey Chase via Deadline.

8. The Magicians will be back in January and we got our first preview:

 

9.  X-Files fans – The Show will return on Fox on Wednesday, Jan. 3 .

10. Casting News:

Fear the Walking Dead

Also,  Skyler Samuels is set for a key recurring role in Fox’s Marvel drama series The Gifted. She will play a refugee mutant with telepathic abilities and a mysterious past. (Deadline)

11. Syfy is expanding their comic-based TV fare with it’s new Pilot Deadly Class.

Deadly Class

Imagine Riverdale High was a school for training assassins. The show is based in the 80’s in San Francisco and focuses on a group of kids being trained to be assassins.

Would you watch this show?

 

Syfy’s Krypton – Casting News

Deadline – Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovan) has been cast as Charys, the matriarch of the House of El. Blake Ritson (DaVinci’s Demons) will play the character of Brainiac, who we know as one of Superman’s main enemies. They join Shaun Sipos who will play Adam Strange and Cameron Cuffe who will play Superman’s grandfather.

Krypton is Syfy’s attempt at a DCverse asset. The show is set two generations prior to the destruction of Krypton and it follows Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. Krypton premieres in 2018 on SYFY.

Are you excited about this show?