I’ve become charmed—enchanted, actually—by the SyFy channel’s adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians books, a series that has been described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups”. You might even say that I’m under its spell. [Enough with the “magic” allusions already!]
The writing’s quite good, mixing subtle relationship drama with genuinely shocking moments and occasional outbursts of absolute hilarity, usually involving Hale Appleman’s character “Eliot”, who steals the show. The rest of the cast play flawed but charismatic, multiple-layered characters, except for Arjun Gupta in the thankless role as the always angry “Penny”. He’s just irritating.
Some of the effects are quite beautiful.
By the end of the show’s second season, the world’s magic had been powered down. Literally.* In the new series, our flawed heroes will try to reboot it.
Here’s the trailer for Season Three:
And, since it’s been a year since Season Two ended, here’s a refresher on what brought us to our current sorry state:
The Magicians returns to TV on 10 January 2018.