What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about the eleventh episode of this season of The Magicians. The final three episodes of the series starting with this week’s. It wasn’t until now that the the end truly felt like a reality. Mostly because where this quest takes the magicians is an all or nothing adventure.
With this being the first of the final three episodes, it was good that off the bat we would jump back into this story with everyone together and creating a full understanding of what they are dealing with. Normally at a time like this everyone would still be scattered and still trying to figure things out. So it was refreshing that there was more effort put into getting everyone in one place to focus on what’s really important about their next steps.
From the start they did well in giving these magicians more direction than they ever had before. Its one thing to be able to figure things out on their own, though its another thing for them to get an extra push in the form of guidance from higher beings. Two entities made an appearance to them and were two faces welcomed since surely no one thought we would see again. It was appreciated that in the end they did not once fall back on the excitement that comes with Fillory lore. This is a world where help comes from the most unexpected places. Not to mention takes us to unexpected destinations. Where this particular trip took a select few of them was full of nostalgia for a place we have been to in the past, and for the way it gave a nod to those who read the books.
That said, where this quest took Kady and Alice next was a big point of interest. These two know what is at stake, but they also have a score to settle. There was no two who were flying closer to the danger, but even then they had to put the work into making progress. Who they had to go through to make this happen was quite the twist thrown at them. Mostly for the fact that said person was really closer than anyone could have imagined to getting something they only recently discovered was a thing. What made this part cool was the road that they have clearly set Alice on. She is a magician on a mission, and willing to step outside of her comfortzone to get results. Who knows what this will do to her longterm, but for now it never hurts getting that example of what it looks like when you make sacrifices for something bigger than yourself.
Now I’m not going to lie, there is still somewhat of a struggle adjusting to this storyline of Julia’s. It isn’t hard to believe that the reason they went with this is because the actress is actually pregnant, but at the same time it is hard to get over the fact that this is something done before with Julia. The only twist of course is that they are trying harder to question the right things about being pregnant. With a proper father in the mix, it is easier to for them to get into topics of fear for what comes after, the complications of giving birth, not to mention the safety that one must build for themselves when they are still pregnant. The fact alone that the father is Penny made this much better than it could have been. As I’ve said before, responsibility looks good on him. When he feels that weight, he jumps in one-hundred percent. He may not know exactly what he is doing, but the effort is always commendable. It made a big difference as well that we got more insight into what makes giving birth to a hybrid more complicated than giving birth to a god, or any other kind of baby.
Being that this episode is titled “Be The Hyman”, we knew there was one thing we could look forward to more than anything else. It was good to soon see what would come of Penny and Plum’s meddling in the past. Where Hyman had no chance of ever rejoining the world of the solid again, now he was given his second chance at life. In spite of the seriousness of the situation, it was nice to have someone who could lighten the mood a bit. This was a guy who had a whole lot of things to adjust to between things he could now experience for himself, and remember experiencing once more. Aside from that, it didn’t hurt to add one more traveler to the mix who could do what Penny and Plum can not currently.
One of my favorite developments from this episode was finally seeing things come full circle for Fenn. Up to this point she hasn’t been the kind of character you took seriously. And the last time you did was way earlier when having to do with Margo’s ungratefulness towards her and Josh’s efforts trying to wait for everyone’s return to Fillory. You would have thought you would get more of that Fenn who spoke what’s on her mind, but after that she went right back to who she was before. It wasn’t a problem entirely since Fenn is entertaining, but you can always be both. This was a big week for Fenn because it was timeafor her to genuinely get a say in what’s going on. Everything which happens now affects her more than anyone else. If she wasn’t going to say it, no one was going to. No opportunity was wasted this week to show what value there is to being someone of that land to understand what the others do not value.
The Magicians “Be The Hyman” sets the most important part of this quest in motion. I’ve only partly read what happens with this World Seed in the books, though how this plot is playing out in the show? The last two episodes from here are going to rock our world for everything that is at stake in succeeding.