The Magicians season five premiere “Do Something Crazy” was yet another strong entry back into this universe of fantasy and madness. They set the foundation for what these magicians will inevitably have to save this world from, and set them all on the right path towards moving forward from the loss of Quentin. I believe they made the right statement that the story does not just end with one person. This is a world we invested in, not just one person.
With the season premiere being titled “Do Something Crazy”, it only made sense that this second episode would pick up with exactly what that means for someone like Alice. Now if anyone had their reservations about what was about to happen, you couldn’t fault them. I think we all knew what she was setting herself up to do by the end of last week’s episode. For a while now, Alice has been that one character who couldn’t help being victim to her own bad choices. This could have easily been one of those times. Well to be fair, technically it still was one of those times, but how they proceeded with this choice she made mattered more than anything else. Particularly since what Alice created gave her the closure she needed more than most others. Closure was the big takeaway, and I think they nailed it. They pretty much had to knowing that the one thing viewers will complain about more than anything else is a lack of emotional response to the loss of Q.
Where Julia fit into this was cool since these two don’t get nearly enough opportunities to interact without there being too much tension or drama. This is not to say that they did not butt heads over what she did, but this was that time where they both needed to be in the same place and dig each other out of that hole that which was keeping them from properly moving forward.
Transitioning to Eliot and Margo, this is where a lot of the tension and drama lied. The one thing which grabs your attention most about these two is how they tend to have the unhealthiest approach towards managing their feelings. One feels entirely too little when it matters most, and one feels entirely too much which tends to turn into a monster being born. I think you can guess who I mean when I say this. I mean, it was heartbreaking following Margo’s efforts towards trying to save Josh and Fenn. This was not going to happen without challenges both outside and within. She met these challenges with vigor, she tackled them with hope, and she faced them with the knowledge that there was always going to be a terrible option to settle with. As for Eliot, it was no surprise that he was going to go take some bold steps to change things for his own benefit. This led him to an encounter that was actually very welcomed for a character who tends to be a breath of fresh air from the rest of the cast. A breath of fresh air which saves you from the self-destructive things Eliot says when he knows he should not. It was quite shocking for once that he did something right when he could have simply not given a ****.
Where things got very interesting was the trouble Kady found herself in this week. We know that this person who Kady is searching for just so happens to be very elusive, though what you could not have prepared for is what comes from looking for someone who doesn’t seem to want to be found. This kind of trouble Kady brought herself was definitely up her alley too. What I enjoyed was the fact that we took a step further into the world of hedges and street magic. Obviously not everyone out there uses their magic for the benefit of others. So it quickly grabs your attention when you have these magicians who apply their craft in the shadiest of ways. It was all worthwhile by the end of the episode since there was no better time than now to remind us all that Kady is not just formidable for her battle magic.
Other small things happened here and there in the episode, though most of it seemed to be set-up for other storylines that would of course pick up with the next episode.
All in all, The Magicians “The Wrath of the Time Bees” was a well-rounded episode for one which began setting some of these Magicians on their set courses. Some of them are still figuring out that next step, some have just gotten their foot through the door to begin, and others just needed the right push to start healing.