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    Re: The Magicians - SyFy

    Season 3 Episode 3 - The Losses of Magic - Episode aired 24 January 201

    "The Magicians" The Losses of Magic (TV Episode 2018) - IMDb

    Quentin, Alice and her parents must deal with a Lamprey. Kady and Julia summon a demon to save Penny. A band of pirates capture Eliot's boat.
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    Still pursued by The Lamprey, Alice returns to her parent’s house to see if she can get some help. She’s been using the early warning sign of keeping a kitten handy. It turns out cats REALLY hate Lampreys and the last one exploded, so she’s taking no chances. The problem is, she hasn’t been home to visit since she came back to life and her boozy mother is still pretty self-absorbed and dramatic about it. Alice is introduced to her mother’s friend Carol, whom the kitten immediately runs from. After Alice ties her up - thinking incorrectly that Carol is The Lamprey- Carol leaves, furious. When Quentin turns up to help Alice, it turns out that The Lamprey is inside of him (remember that? From the previous episode?) And so, the family goes on a hunt for Quentin.

    Meanwhile, in Fillory, Eliot and family are still on their quest. When the Muntjac is boarded by pirates, Eliot and his family use the key they have to escape through a magic door. As soon as Margo learns of the piracy, she asks the Fairy Queen for help. This is the first time the servants have seen the Fairy Queen, and Tick offers his help at pickpocketing Margo’s eye back during the mission. When Margo finally meets the Pirate King (who is a woman…), she learns that the pirate ship wants to have sex with their boat. It’s a fairly common thing in Fillory, but the Muntjac would never really recover.

    As all of that is happening, Kady and Julia conjure a demon to come and take Penny’s tumor away. They use a pretty elaborate spell and the magic battery that Mayakovsky made but Professor Lipton salvaged. And it works! Turns out, tumors are super delicious to demons, and he goes to town on Penny to get the thing out.

    Alice finds Quentin and is about to shock him with the cattle prod that can eject The Lamprey from a human body, but he tells her The Lamprey has already left his body. While the family tries to figure out where it could be, Quentin is forced to comfort Alice’s mother. When she kisses Quentin, Alice punches her out, partially because she thinks The Lamprey is in her mom and partially because her mom kissed her ex-boyfriend. With both Quentin - he shocked himself to prove The Lamprey wasn't in him - and Alice's mom out cold that leaves only person left: Alice’s father. Alice has a showdown with The Lamprey and as it leaves her father’s body, Alice is bereft. It kills him on the way out, see. Alice's dad has a weak heart so she made the call to shock The Lamprey out of him. Tough call.

    Meanwhile, back on the Muntjac, the Fairy Queen takes pity on Margo and solves the piracy problem by killing all the pirates herself. When she demands that Margo give back the eye that Tick stole from her, Margo makes a decision and crushes the eyeball. She’s permanently blind in that eye now. It’s a big deal.

    Finally, there’s good news when the demon is successful in removing Penny’s tumor. The bad news is: it KILLS Penny. His "ghost" (he astrally projected to get away from the pain) sees all of this happen. So, now what?

    Margo really does have all the qualifications to be Queen, she is smart, cunning, ruthless, can see the big picture, and makes the hard decisions. Handled the entire "rape" of Muntjac very well. Rather unexpected. Didn't see that coming.

    That entire Lamprey leaving Alice's dad to simply be exposed and be killed didn't make any sense to me.

    Julia and Kady summoning a demon not the results I expected.
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    Re: The Magicians - SyFy

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Be the Penny - Episode aired 31 January 2018

    "The Magicians" Be the Penny (TV Episode 2018) - IMDb

    Penny is stuck in the astral plane, and helplessly observes as Eliot and his family are being hunted by cannibals in the Neitherlands and his friends at Brakebills dealing with his passing.
    Syfy - Watch Full Episodes | Be The Penny

    Penny is dead. Well, sorta. So, it turns out that because Penny was astral projecting while his body died, he’s just sort of trapped here. He’s not a ghost — they can do stuff and haunt people. This is just being invisible. Nobody seems to be crying when they find out, which hurts Penny’s feelings pretty badly. Taking matters into his own hands, he jumps to the Neitherlands to check out if there’s a book on this in the library. The Neitherlands, though, have been unprotected by magic charms for a WHILE now. And thus, it’s freezing there and it’s been taken over by cannibals. Also? That’s where Eliot and the royal family are. Their key took them from the Muntjac straight to the Neitherlands!

    Kady takes Penny’s death so poorly that she starts doing heroin again. But before she can overdose, Julia gets one of those spooky messages from beyond and saves her with MAGIC! And that's when Penny realizes that he’s not alone. There’s another person in his predicament named Hyman Cooper. Cooper was a traveler like Penny, but in the 1920s, where he lost his body while watching people take showers. Penny is determined to figure out how to communicate with his friends.

    Hyman, though, turns out to be super into everyone's stories. And totally ships Julia and Quentin, WHO, by the way, think they've located another key. In one of the Fillory books, there is a story about how Rupert Chatwin found an enchanted key in a cave and brought it back from Fillory to give the key to his best friend at school.

    As Julia and Quentin try to convince Dean Fogg to help them, someone from The Order turns up looking for Penny. He still owes them all that forever-labor from his signed contract. In the conversation, Kady learns that Penny still has a tether to this realm. And they have a limited window of getting him back into his body. But, there’s no way to do it. So, it’s either face the eternity in the library or head to the underworld. Of course, now Penny needs to tell Kady that the effort is worth trying to speak to her. So, Hyman teaches him to BE an object, and Penny figures it out and becomes an actual penny - as in a coin. And when that doesn't work out he decides to become one of the messenger bunnies. And then THAT doesn't go right, because jumping into a living thing is tricky.

    So instead, Penny tries to become the Margolem. Remember her? The Margo doppelganger Eliot and Margo made of living clay? Turns out Todd had her in his closet. (Ew.) When Penny figures out how to get inside the old Margolem, he almost gets his message to Kady and the team. But Quentin beats the hell out of her, and that's the end of that.

    Julia and Quentin, still on the quest for that key, go looking for a friend of Rupert Chatwin. They find him in a long-buried dorm at Brakebills and learn that the truth key actually taught Rupert and his friend that they were in love! But then the ghost of Rupert's friend / lover has a terrible flashback of his homophobic father and that's before Penny can get the ghost to tell his friends anything.

    So, the gang goes looking for the key in the home of a Brakebills descendant who still has magic in her home. Julia goes snooping around and finds the key of truth. And as soon as she does, some spooky fairy/magic/underworld (?) types turn up. As Alice and Kady debate whether to burn Penny’s body and send him to the underworld, or to let his soul end up in the library for all eternity, Penny becomes the candle and takes matters into his own hands burning his own body.

    Finally, Eliot finds his way out of the Neitherlands and into the Brakebills cottage! And as soon as he's handed the key of truth, it turns out…Eliot can see Penny! That key is ...well, the truth.
    Sometimes I forget how nasty/unlikeable these characters can be, well they are not really a team. Nice to see a Penny centric episode.
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    Re: The Magicians - SyFy

    Season 3 Episode 5 - A Life in the Day - Episode aired February 7, 2018

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    Julia helps Alice navigate a personal crisis as Quentin and Eliot go on time-bending adventure.
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    So, things are still tense between Alice and Quentin, and doubly so now that Penny is (sort of) back. Since it turns out that the only way to see Penny is by holding the truth key, Alice takes it upon herself to reveal that Penny is alive to Kady. While Kady’s relieved that he's alive, she's also furious. The whole thing has really messed her up and she has to put herself back together before she can deal with him.

    Meanwhile, Eliot and Quentin figure out that there's probably another key in a magical mosaic that only Quentin seems to remember from the Fillory books. Apparently, at one point in the books, Jane Chatwin went searching for the mosaic. Whoever solves it (making a mosaic that represents the beauty of the world) is granted the key. In the story, Jane was too late, but the person who figured it out gave her the key anyway. And so, Eliot and Quentin see if they can figure out how to get there.

    Fillory's kind of a mess, though. The Fairy Queen still has Margo under her thumb and now there's a new problem. A neighboring country wants to form an alliance by, yes, marrying one of their own to Margo. Nobody's happy about this, particularly Prince Ess, Remember him? He challenges Margo’s decision-making, and she’s not happy about it either, but the Fairy Queen insists Margo marry Prince Micah – who turns out to be way hot. Margo also meets the other prince — Micah’s horrible little brother. When it becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill Prince Micah, Margo immediately suspects that it’s Prince Ess and has him thrown into the dungeon. Turns out, during the wedding, a giant axe slices off Prince Micah's head. Blood goes everywhere and it’s Micah's younger brother who killed him, hoping to be King himself.

    The Fairy Queen is clear. Margo still has to marry him. Twerpy little Prince or not.

    As Quentin and Eliot find their way to Fillory, they realize that they’ve arrived decades before even the Fillory books take place. They come to the place where they're meant to make a mosaic. If they get it right, they get another key. So, Quentin and Eliot spend a long time trying to build a mural that represents the beauty of the world. A LONG time. Years start to go by. Yes, years! And at one point, having spent all this time together, they develop some real feelings for each other. More years go by, and Quentin and a local girl fall in love and have a child. And then more terrible things befall them and as they grow older, Eliot and Quentin raise the child together. Finally, as the pair grows super old together, Eliot dies. As Quentin is digging him a grave, he finds a golden tile. It works! The mosaic offers up a key just as Jane Chatwin comes along. If you'll recall, its Jane's time loops that will save them all from the Beast. It’s a time loop that’s really got a lot going for it.

    Back in Castle Whitespire, the weird child Prince wants to consummate the marriage and Margo says absolutely not. And then, she finds a strange wedding gift – this one from Quentin. Turns out, he arranged the note to arrive on her wedding day so that it wouldn’t confuse her too badly. Margo, in turn, rushes out to find Jane Chatwin in a place she's made where there isn't time. Margo gets the key, and heads back to the cottage, just before Quentin and Eliot go on the quest. So…it never happened. Or it did, just in an alternate timeline.

    As Julia and Alice take a break to get a drink, Our Lady Underground turns up. She's the one who's been sending the messages to Julia. Turns out, Julia is the one who has magic because Our Lady Underground gave her the "seed" of magic. And it's a remnant of Reynard's power.

    Julia's furious. She doesn't want any power that has anything to do with Reynard. So she and Alice concoct a plan. What if Julia could give her magic to Alice?

    Meanwhile at the Psych Ward, when Kady goes to check herself out, the doctor shows her footage of herself talking to Penny. So it looks like she's having hallucinations. And she's locked up even more than she was before.

    Finally, as Margo gets the boys back to Fillory, Quentin and Eliot find the remnants of their life together and suddenly – they remember everything that happened to them. Now what?
    I liked this episode, especially when Elliot and Quentin were actually living the mosiac that is the beauty of the world, aaaaah.

    More time loops or should I say fruity loops.

    Luv Margo.

    Talk about a Red Wedding and a Joffrey wannabe.

    Kady, well she kinda did it to herself and it was kinda funny to watch the consequences of her actions.
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    Re: The Magicians - SyFy

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Do You Like Teeth? - Episode aired February 14, 2018

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    Quentin faces his most formidable foe yet as Julia and Alice prepare a death-defying magical spell.

    Syfy - Watch Full Episodes | Do You Like Teeth?

    Alice and Julia are taking very seriously this plan to transfer Julia's magic to Alice. After nearly blowing themselves up, they go to visit Dean Fogg, who tells them that he invented the spell. When Julia fixes his glasses for him, he relents (because he’s also become sort of a drunk) and sends them to an incubus who can help them power the spell. The incubus (gross) gives them his tail and they’re able to start the process. As Penny watches, pesky old Hyman, who’s been lurking around Brakebills too, pops up to suggest that Penny go off and find another story. It’s honestly pretty sad. But also? It works: Alice gets the powers that Julia didn’t want.

    Meanwhile, Margot and the Queen of the Floating Mountain chat about a possible way to kill the Fairy Queen, but…not until the marriage is consummated. Which…Margot's not going to do, that kid is WAY too young. The Queen locks Margot and the kid in the dungeon and the Fairy Queen convinces Eliot to help her get the marriage consummated by threatening to steal his genitals. As Eliot goes to try and help, he receives a message from Prince Ess and comes up with a new plan. Taking Margot and the Little Prince up north to a magic forest full of aphrodisiacs, he drugs the wine and tells Margot they have bigger problems. The fairies are up to something. Margot is impressed as she and Eliot go off to try and save Fillory.

    Quentin, meanwhile, continues the quest for the keys by getting on the Muntjac and sailing into the Abyss. Quentin loves sailing off into the distance with Benedict the Map Maker. After a little while at sea, they stumble across someone stranded in the water. Who turns out to be (special guest star Felicia Day!) Poppy Klein! Former Brakebills student! From that class that went missing! And it turns out she has the key he's looking for! There are a few hitches, though. When Quentin wakes up from a drunken stupor, he finds an angry version of himself. He confronts Poppy who tells him that the key takes the darkest parts of a person and convinces them to harm themselves. It seems like the key has about a 50% survival rate. The shadow Quentin tortures him and finally Quentin asks Benedict to attach him to the mast, Ulysses-style, like they used to do to mad sailors in the past. When Poppy learns that the magic keys can also open portals to other places, she steals the key back, hoping to get it to take her home. Benedict pursues! And Poppy hands him the key.

    And that…is the end of poor Benedict, who commits suicide by jumping from the boat into the jaws of an awaiting dragon.

    Back in Fillory, Margo and Eliot figure out that what the Queen's been up to all this time is growing an army of fairies for a full-scale invasion. As Eliot tries to plot his next move, Margo makes the decision for them; she grabs a bunch of the mushroom/egg baby fairies as hostages. Eliot and Margo convinces the Prince that they had sex, but had a frog bite his junk, so now… he thinks the marriage is consummated and never wants to have sex again. Nicely played, gang!

    Finally, Penny comes to say goodbye to Julia and Alice. He's been convinced by Hyman to go and watch some other story, somewhere else. And he confronts Julia about how she has nothing beyond magic. Then Alice offers to make Penny a new body. Like Mayakovsky did for her. The magic gone from her, Julia has a dream of Reynard turning up and terrorizing her again. Poppy explains to Quentin that whatever a dragon ingests, it goes somewhere else. Portal-style. Benedict and the key are likely in the underworld somewhere. But also? Something is wrong. As Alice starts the process of making a body for Penny, she falls to the floor and begins convulsing. Something has gone terribly wrong with this magic transfer.
    Interesting episode, Eliot and Q seem to have developed an relationship. Poor Benedict I liked his character. Be careful of other Magicians Q. Will Q have to be eaten by a dragon to recover the Depression Key? I always like Eliot and Margo working together. Fairy embyos ... what can you say. Will they be able to wrap up this story line in the 4 remaining episodes?
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    I LOVE the sense of humor in this show. 'Teeth!'
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