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The Magicians

The Magicians

Season One

DVD - 2016
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Based on Lev Grossman's New York Times best seller, this centers on Quentin, a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his twenty something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real, and poses a grave danger to humanity.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV MAG
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (572 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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This Syfy adaptation of the Lev Grossman novels started off a little shaky, but quickly became one of the best and most compelling adult fantasy shows on television. The characters are fully realized people, the plot gets complicated, but not overly so, and they have musical episodes that fit int... Read More »

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Aug 06, 2019

Absolutely loved this series! Read previous reviews on the EPL website as I hadn't read the book it is based on where I was encouraged to watch a few episodes to get a feel for it. I did and, boy, was I ever glad I did! Started seriously binge-watching Season 1 and have completed watching it over a few days and now am really looking forward to seeing Seasons 2 and 3!

May 08, 2018

A great adaption to a wonderful series. The show holds true enough to the books, if not directly then through subtle references to keep the book readers appeased. Changes are made, of course, but the heart of the story is maintained. The show has a rather 'cw' feel to it. Attractive older actors playing younger characters with lots and lots of manufactured angst and exaggerated characters. It does offer a more, self-aware approach than other similar shows, often breaking the 4th wall or making light of their many cliches.

If you're new to the story, the main character, Quentin Coldwater, is an extremely bright graduate student who is discontent with his life. He spent most of his adolescence coasting through his life, whilst vicariously living in the world of Fillory ("Narnia"). In his younger years he shared this obsession with his best friend Julia. Over the years she 'grew up' and moved on while he didn't. During his interview rounds for grad school he stumbles upon a school of magic ("Hogwarts"), finally finding a place he felt he belonged. Julia too finds the school of magic, but she fails the entrance exam. The bulk of season 1 is split between Quentin's formal training at the magic school Brakebills and Julia's own, much darker, path to finding magic.

Jun 19, 2017

Having enjoyed the books, I really like this show. Season 1 of the show has a strong "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" vibe to it, which in no way is a bad thing. It had a mix of fantasy, drama, action and a bit of horror, and starts off in a dark and brooding tone which becomes bright and cheery by season 2. To contrast it to the books the show is based on, the writers and actors do a great job making the characters more likable. Quentin and Julia are difficult to like in the book, but the show does a lot to make them relate-able. I really liked the twists on the character backgrounds and identities in the show when contrasted with the books. One joke that stands out is when Jane accidentally calls Margo 'Janet'. If you haven't read the books, the line is just banter. If you have, you'll get a laugh out of it, and realize the show takes place in a timeline 'after' the books.

Apr 26, 2017

Very slow, cliche and BORING.

Apr 11, 2017

I almost liked this series. I really enjoyed the Grossman books, but the series overplayed so much of the character tropes that it made it almost unwatchable. Although I still watched all the episodes in one day.

minerva Mar 16, 2017

FisherA's review nails it. I will add, if you aren't familiar with the books, it may take a little while for everything to come together. Casting and production values are excellent; the visual interpretations of Grossman's spell casting are marvelous.

Feb 10, 2017

I was quite engrossed in this most of the way through the season, watching in a short period of time. I became bothered by the escalating gruesomeness, however, and the ending in the final episode was quite offputting. It seemed engineered for viewers to be hooked into another season. I just did not like where they chose to go with it. It's very well produced and acted, good escapist stuff. Someone with tastes different than mine might rate it much higher.

Aug 01, 2016

Based on Lev Grossman's bestselling magical realism series, The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater, a young man who is accepted to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy to learn how to become a real life magician. When he and his school mates tamper with some serious magic beyond their comprehension, they unwillingly release an evil, parasitic force from a land thought to only belong in the fictional world of children's stories. The Magicians is like an intense, steroid-infused version of Harry Potter meets Narnia, except there is plenty of sex, violence, and blood. One of the things that makes this show so fantastic is how flawed and complex the characters are, as nobody is inherently good or evil. Rather, they make human mistakes and must deal with the often tragic repercussions. For those who like their character driven fantasy grounded in a gritty reality, you will become completely entranced The Magicians. I can't wait to see what SyFy has planned for Season 2.


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