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!
“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!
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.
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!!
Lots of options tonight, unfortunately most of them are bunched up at 9pm. Riverdale returns with lots of new craziness tonight at 8pm. At 9pm, our Top Pick To Watch is The Magicians – its the music episode but its so much more than that! Also at 9pm, 2 new series, Life Sentence on The CW (which we may hopefully be covering here at PCR) and The Men Who Built America over on History, a must for history buffs! At 10pm,
“Six Short Stories About Magic”
February 28, 2018
The Magicians, never underestimate how they are going to deliver an episode to you or how they are going to make you feel all the goddamn feelings all the time. All the while feeding you Grade A+ television in ways and set ups you’ve never thought about before, but once you’ve seen it, you think, how can I ever live without with this show?!?
If “A Life in the Day” is the most emotionally moving thing you will see this year, “Six Short Stories About Magic” is hands down, the boldest hour of storytelling you will see this year. Its episodes like tonight, why its a no-brainer that Syfy renewed the show for a Season 4 earlier this week.
Our deep dive recap and review (spoilers, so many spoilers) begins … after the jump!
Earlier today, Syfy announced that The Magicians has been renewed for a Season 4, set to air in 2019. The show, which is based on a series of best selling novels by Lev Grossman, is currently in the middle of its third season, and, at least according to us here at Pop Culture Review, is busy breaking new ground in TV storytelling and destroying the notion that a show about magic can’t also be serious, well produced drama.
We typically don’t cover too much TV news here at PCR but as The Magicians is one of the shows we cover week to week with our deep dive recaps, it was newsworthy enough to us.
The Magicians airs Wednesday nights at 9pm(ET) and stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Brittany Curran and Trevor Einhorn. The series was adapted for TV by John McNamara and Sera Gamble and is executive produced by McNamara, Gamble, Chris Fisher and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.
Not a lot going on tonight in volume but in quality, tonight’s The Magicians is the place to be. There is a 9 minute sequence in tonight’s episode that I guarantee you, you have never seen on TV on before and its amazing. This show continues to be bold and original in its storytelling which is first rate on all levels from writing to direction to superb acting. A++
Intense Development in Fillory this week as the season long Chess Match between Margo and Faerie Queen come to a head. On Earth, Quentin, Poppy and Penny try to put the “Find the Next Key In the Underworld” Plan into effect while Alice and Julia deal with the fall out of their magical transplant last week.
Our deep dive recap of The Magicians‘ episode, “Poached Eggs” begins … after the jump!