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The Magicians: Season Two
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Based on the bestselling novels from Lev Grossman, The Magicians centers on Quentin Coldwater and his 20-something friends as they discover their magical abilities at Brakebills University, a secret grad school specializing in magic. While there, they come to the realization that the fantasies they read about as children are all too real, and unwittingly invite a malevolent entity from the other side into their lives. Heading into Season 2, this group of unlikely heroes have been thrust into even more dangerous and unfamiliar territory, and must draw upon their novice skills to defeat a threat that could destroy the magical world itself. Driven by power, revenge and survival, they learn that those who enter the hauntingly beautiful world of Fillory will never be the same as those who leave.
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I can't top this description. "It's like Harry Potter on heroin." But I'll add what I can, having experienced almost everything from the 70s, except heroin:
Love the quirky weirdness and the courage of the writers play with the presentation on occasion, without going overboard. And I actually enjoy the limitations put on them by budget, which allows the viewer to go back in time to whenever it was they were last able to imagine themselves in the story they were creating or experiencing, whether on film or in book, or in the back yard.
I haven't read the books, so can't comment there, but I did end up liking Season 2 even more as the characters fleshed out. In fact, I liked Season 1 more the 2nd time I sped through it, knowing what was coming. Most shows these days don't challenge your assumptions of how characters are going act to in future events, but The Magicians did it enough to make the characters more human and interesting, while not throwing out the characteristics that make a given set of stock characters compelling in the first place, or locking in to what makes a given set of stock characters boring in the first place, depending on which characters attract one in the first place, which won't be exactly the same as those of other viewers.
I give it 4 stars because there are a few events that are just flat out wrong and there's also things in the series they've back tracked on. Things they said in season 1 are different from what they're saying now.