What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about the sixth episode of this season of The Magicians. Yay! I say that and it does mean two things. One because this week they actually decided to release TWO episodes in one night! Two because here I am of course writing a second review since this week they decided to go all in for these magicians saving the world. Now for this reason alone I have decided that this review would be a spoiler review. So you have been warned!
It wasn’t until this episode began that I truly appreciated the fact that they made this a two episode night. I think we would have all gone crazy waiting a whole week just to see what happened after these questers managed to break the moon. We all saw the moon breaking in most of the advertising of this season, but who would have thought this was actually going to be an eventuality? Certainly not this guy and that was one hell of a way to say that we aren’t done yet. With that said, they also got bold this week for the fact that what came next pushed into the cliche of time-loops. The minute this began, I was sitting there wondering how they were going to pull this off and not lose our attention. The answer to that was simple because the only two magicians who could make this fun were Margo and Eliot.
This was their episode, and they owned it. It was undeniably a fun experience for the fact that these two on their own aren’t used to having this kind of responsibility placed on them. Saving a kingdom is one thing, but we are talking about the whole world here. So it was an adventure going through so many option between the two of them that led them through some questionable choices for the sake of coming up with solutions. For the most part I was impressed with Margo when this was her time in particular to show why she is the most headstrong of the two. Checking things off left and right, watching over Eliot, and taking leads which got them closer every time. Though that is also not to say that she didn’t have her moments of weakness along the way. For Eliot, it was fun simply seeing him give in to the freedom no consequences allowed him. It wasn’t healthy at all, but everything was a progression to get him to a point where there was nothing left to do but get serious.
Now this isn’t to say that everything was fun. You don’t go into a time loop when someone like Eliot and not go through some stuff along the way. In the process of going through this day over and over, this was obviously going to be that time where he had no other option than to face the demons in his head. It was an intense cycle, and it was also heartbreaking, but it was captivating because this is what it looks like when someone reaches that breaking point and has to find a fix. Well a fix that isn’t self-destructive. Opening that door led to a twist you did not brace for. It sucked considering what Eliot feared was not at all what it built up to be, yet it was a breath of fresh air for the relief that now the healing can actually begin.
It goes without saying that there was some discovery along the way, and that is something I always appreciate in a series like this. Who saw it coming that the key to saving the world would lie beneath the sea? Nobody? That right there was pretty awesome because in every season we are continuing to have revealed to us different ways in which the world of magic is more than what it seems on the surface.
It was a long night, but The Magicians “Oops!…. I Did It Again” brought this quest to save the Earth to a satisfying close. Better than that, it also answered the looming question surrounding this quest. That being what came next for the rest of the season. That obviously could not be it, and they found one hell of a way to keep things going. Just another day in the life of these magicians. Solving one problem only to get thrown into the next!