TV Club: The Magicians finds its inner Taylor Swift

Is it a coincidence that the most entertaining episode of The Magicians yet is also the one that has the least in common with the books? Instead of rushing through a series of plots that never intersect, the show has one plot that runs the course of the episode, and it’s one that connects both of the main characters. And even though the story revolves around something that’s happening to Quentin, by the end of the episode, Julia is the one whose circumstances have changed the most.

The specifics of what happens to Quentin are not my favorite trope. Also, it’s a knockoff of a Buffy episode. There’s never any question that he’s going to escape from the alternate reality mental hospital and return to the reality of the rest of the show. He’s one of the two leads, and we know magic exists …

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