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Television Pilots –
The Magicians (2016)
A smart young man attends a college of magic in New York.
…really? that’s the premise IMDB is gonna give me?
Okay. So I haven’t read Lev Grossman’s trilogy by the same name so don’t hate on my mind as it does backflips while smiling at all the nods to popular stories. I’ve read it’s akin to an adult Narnia meets Harry Potter, and after watching the pilot, yeah that’s pretty accurate LOL.
Because what is The Magicians but a magical school setting + every single clique and character trope you love/hate + adult themes?
The production value (CGI inclusive) is what you’d expect from a genre network like Syfy.
After watching the pilot which aired unofficially two…three? weeks ago to promote the show this month (Jan 2016), I’m pretty sold on the next episode. Or maybe the cliffhanger was just so wtf-worthy that it was like…yes, I need it now.
The acting is a bit of a doozy. I’m not sure if it was purposefully awkward or if that was the intent but the main character, Quentin Coldwater, lacks appeal to me right now. He’s totally cardboard and doesn’t exude that college appeal. Plus, all of the side characters are just so unengaging.
Or maybe that’s the point? I’d never know.
BUT WATCH ON I MUST.