TV Recaps: The Magicians – Ranking the Episodes of Season 3

With The Magicians having aired its season finale this week, now is the time to start looking forward to Season 4 and wondering what is going to happen. But! Before we say goodbye to Season 3, I thought it would be fun to look back on this tremendous season and rank the 13 episodes from best to still great but not best (there is NO worse in this season’s catalog).

Read my thoughts and let me know if you agree or if I messed up big time in the comments.  In every episode title, there is a link to our complete recap & review of that episode!

THE MAGICIANS — “A Life in the Day” Episode 305 — Pictured: Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater — (Photo by: Eric Milner/Syfy)

PopCultureReview’s Rank of Best Season 3 The Magicians Episodes begins … after the jump!

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TV Recaps: The Magicians – Of Sacrifices and Betrayals …

The Magicians
“Will You Play With Me?”
April 4, 2018

Okay kids, tonight’s the night.  The Season 3 finale of The Magicians and boy did we have an episode.  Betrayals? Check. Sacrifices? Check.  Tacos? Check. Tick throwing shade? Check. Amazing Music Montages? Check. Great Easter Eggs? Check.  Crisp dialogue, twists you can’t predict and things just make you go, the fuck is happening? Check.

Sera Gamble and John McNamara, who wrote tonight’s show (they’re also the creators, 2 of the EPs and Sera is the show runner), and Chris Fisher who directed, closed out this Season in amazing style while setting up a lot of great questions for Season 4.  Without another wasted moment, jump into our recap and review of The Magicians‘ season finale, “Will You Play With Me?” … after the jump!

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What To Watch – Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Magicians season finale is tonight.  I can’t even really deal with that as I’m writing my recap right now for it ahead of tonight and I don’t want it to be over.  These 13 hours, as a cohesive unit, have been the most enjoyable season of television I have experienced maybe ever.  Not looking forward to waiting a year until Season 4.  Also on, Krypton,The Americans,  and Life Sentence.  But really, The Magicians, that’s all that’s important tonight.

THE MAGICIANS — “Will You Play With Me?” Episode 313 — Pictured: (l-r) Trevor Einhorn as Josh Hoberman, Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson, Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater — (Photo by: Eric Milner/Syfy)

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TV Recaps: The Magicians – Long Live the King …

The Magicians
“The Fillorian Candidate”
March 28, 2018

Its Fillory’s Spring Awakening, democracy-style!! But, the real star of tonight’s episode is the continued growth of Julia’s character as she embraces her ever increasing Godhood.  Elsewhere, Kady Meets 23TL Penny and Alice and Quentin continue being Alice and Quentin.  Never have two people each been the other’s Fuck, Marry AND Kill!  *sigh*

Don’t waste a second more, jump into our deep dive recap and review of “The Fillorian Candidate” (Spoilers! Last Warning) … after the jump!

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What To Watch – Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Its Magic Wednesdays which means that The Magicians is our Top Pick to Watch Tonight but we’re also excited to watch new Krypton and the season premiere of The Americans.  Also, Riverdale, Life Sentence and the special Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar. Lots of good choices tonight!!

THE MAGICIANS — “The Fillorian Candidate” Episode 312 — Pictured: (l-r) Brittany Curran as Fen, Hale Appleman as Eliot Waugh, Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson — (Photo by: Eike Schroter/Syfy)

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TV Recaps: The Magicians – The Return of Mothra …

The Magicians
“Twenty-Three”
March 21, 2018

This week, we take a bit of a breather after a series of emotional and impactful episodes that have really moved the plot along.  Not that tonight doesn’t have some emotional resonance, but we’re not terribly closer to solving the problem of the Fairy Realm Key after tonight’s episode.  You’ll notice this episode is very self-contained in a few familiar spots – its because tonight’s ep is a classic “Bottle Episode”; a trick of producers to save cash on new sets and props and dressing which is necessary in order to pay for larger expenditures during the rest of the season (looking at you music licensing rights for “All About Josh“). The upside of these types of episodes is that you tend to get great dialogue and character beats – very much like good stage plays because its basically characters on screen not moving around much.  Tonight doesn’t disappoint.

Let’s jump right in to Julia and Josh’s excellent adventure to another timeline, Timeline twenty-Three. Our deep Dive Recap and review (spoilers ahead!!) … after the jump!

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TV Recap: The Magicians – The Enemy of My Enemy …

The Magicians
“The Art of the Deal”
March 14, 2018

Fairy Rebellion. After-Life Ruminations. Political Intrigue. Book Club and Cupcakes. After a few weeks of ground breaking story telling episodes, The Magicians gave us a jam-packed episode of forward moving story progress. Other than Kady, who had the week off, all of our Magicians had story line movement this week which is essential as pivot towards the end of the season.  A Note: After consultation with everything The Magicians puts out, I am reverting to the base spelling of Fairy in lieu of Faery.  I think the latter is more correct but every where else, they use Fair(y)(ies), so there you go.

Our deep dive recap and review (Beware! Spoilers Ahead) … After the jump!

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What To Watch – Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesdays get even better because we not only have The Magicians to watch but right after this week’s trippy timeline episode, Syfy premieres its new DC Comics property show, Krypton! These are our Top Picks To Watch Tonight!! Also on the bubble, Riverdale, Life Sentence and The Men Who Built America are all new.

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What To Watch – Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Magicians, The Men Who Built America, Life Sentence & Riverdale, these are a few of our favorite things. But really, its all about The Magicians.  Over and Over Again!

(Photo by: Eike Schroter/Syfy)

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TV Recap: The Magicians – Friends and Enemies …

The Magicians
“All That Josh”
March 7, 2018

The Magicians, a show that has made a name for itself by producing strong, emotionally charged stories delivered in unpredictable and unconventional ways sets a new bar for itself tonight with multiple in show performances of songs featuring the entire cast.

Some shows would do this and it comes off gimmicky.  When The Magicians does something  like this, it feels organic and you think, “yes, of course, that makes sense to me” because that is just how well done this show is created, written, and acted.

Enjoy our deep dive recap and review … after the jump!!

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