The Magicians, Episode 3: Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting

In this week’s installment of The Magicians, we learn that it is still Not a Great Idea to try and raise someone from the dead (or from niffin state), that Alice will burn your house down, Penny can flush his frequent flier miles down the toilet, and Quentin’s animosity toward Julia is leading her to do some questionable stuff. Oh, and that books can be extremely fond of one another. Let’s check it out:

magicians perfect emily may twitterEmily May is not alone—fans of Lev Grossman’s series are pretty stoked about this TV adaptation. I’d say it’s a combination of good casting and excellent production values.

One of the first things we see is Julia using her new hedge witch skillz to steal money out of an ATM like it’s a fountain. Speaking of fountains, there is a haunted bottomless one at Brakebills that Alice thinks may contain her dead brother.

magicians divergent tweetThe Magicians account on Twitter is clearly being managed by someone who knows their literary allusions . . . because Quentin runs into a little trouble. Turns out they can’t categorize him into a clear discipline like the other students. Anne Dudek, who is knocking it out of the ballpark as Professor Sunderland, tries everything to find Quentin’s natural talent. My favorite part is when she asks him to hold a pair of stones and “think the alphabet . . . in Greek.”

hybridlib discipline tweet magiciansMeanwhile, Penny discovers rather abruptly that he is a Traveler. He ends up in Asia after a brief interlude with this turnt-up psychic Amplification Chamber and an additional skill reveals itself rather dramatically. Actor Arjun Gupta plays Penny, and he has been enthusiastically live-tweeting each episode. I obliged him by guessing my discipline.

Eliot has a problem that apparently only Quentin can help with: he has run afoul of the Brakebills library by losing track of a book. Of course it’s a flying book, and luckily he has the second volume in the series, so maybe they can use it as a tracking device? Quentin is game, but has no idea they’ll end up out in the world in Julia’s hedge witch clubhouse. Truly an awkward encounter on many counts.


pet sematary magicians tweetFinally, the episode’s most dramatic moment isn’t one of Alice’s brother’s classmates melting her face off, it’s the idea that she can bring him back to life and communicate with him. Of course she drags Quentin along, because what is an adventure without her new bestie? It turns out to be a fortuitous choice, because she needs Q to save the day.

Syfy has been doing a great job chatting with fans and keeping the energy high with hilarious GIFs and funny tweets this week. What’s on tap for next week?

The World in the Walls (February 8, 2016)
Quentin and Julia have an unexpected, and somewhat volatile, reunion; Penny is overwhelmed by the power of his own psychic abilities; and Alice is willing to do anything to find out what happened to her missing brother.

Catch you on the flip side—or maybe sooner, if you’re a traveler?

magicians see you next week



About the Author:

Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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