Two phrases come to thoughts on the finish of The Magicians Season four Episode four: love and dying. It’s an episode that rests on quiet and intimate moments, specializing in particular relationships as a substitute of an overarching journey; and it really works.
The primary storyline on The Magicians Season four Episode four although is Josh experiencing The Quickening. We have identified that The Quickening was coming and related to his sexually transmitted lycanthropy, however not when or what it’s. It seems that Josh both has to sleep with another person who’s L-negative or kill them.
Understandably, Josh is not offered on the truth that he’s both going to must develop into a rapist or a assassin to fulfill the urge.
Writing about Josh’s sexually-transmitted lycanthropy quickly turns right into a story about sexual consent and duty. Josh is extraordinarily cautious about his L-Optimistic standing, figuring out that it’s not curable.
Trevor Einhorn’s efficiency on this episode is sensible, and the writing for his character manages to ship an earnest message whereas sustaining the tone the viewers has come to count on from Josh.
You’ll be able to inform that this inevitable realization is pulling at Josh, and but, there’s additionally a dose of humor in it, and I believe that is partly in how he performs off of Summer season Bishil’s Margo.
Josh takes the implications of what he might need to do significantly, and he’s useless set in opposition to it. He even feels duty for Issac’s actions whereas they have been beneath the glamours.
Even when he concludes that the one answer is to lock himself in a cage as he goes mad, he is not keen to tackle any of the determined options Margo is providing.
Even when Margo steps into the cage an provides her consent, he’s accountable, and he makes positive she understands precisely what she’s signing up for. However, Margo additionally is not keen to lose one other pal, which is comprehensible as a result of she and Eliot have been joined on the hip since The Magicians Season 1.
Plus, Margo has been by way of so much, however she’s repeatedly confirmed that she will be able to deal with herself. Seeing her making an attempt to push down her grief for Eliot this episode was one other aspect to her to her — a aspect we noticed earlier than when Eliot married Fen, and so they came upon that he was going to have to remain in Fillory.
Loss weighs on folks, and though Margo deflects, she’s no exception. She does care beneath her bravado.
Talking of Eliot, his quest to kill gods is on the again burner this episode in favor of exploring The Monster’s relationship with Quentin.
Hale Appleman’s efficiency as The Monster is so intriguing as a result of in so some ways it feels just like the monster is only a hair off from Eliot. There is a cadence in Appleman’s voice with this model of Eliot that comes out so fantastically and carries the beast’s confusion.
The writers actually pulled a quick one although. When The Monster begins throwing the mannequin planes and convinces Quentin to do the identical as a result of it could make him really feel higher, it made me empathize with this new model of Eliot. After all, then it additionally got here out of left area with the announcement that Eliot’s useless.
Again with the Order, Alice is now that she’s out of her cell and roaming by way of the library, she’s getting somewhat extra consideration from the writers. She finds an unlikely ally in Christopher Plover who the viewers hasn’t seen for a number of seasons.
Plover seems like essentially the most unlikely character to return again, however it works on this case. Alice wants a author on this occasion, and — as a lot as I detest the thought — Plover’s computerized writing spell is simply the factor to get them out and in of the revision room.
It does come at a worth and an ethical quandary, and the following dialog between Plover and Alice is a really poignant one. Plover is a pedophile who says he is reformed. He is on the lookout for a world the place he will be joyful and do no hurt.
I’m not positive how a lot time the writers plan on spending on this plot level, however when Plover’s crimes are in comparison with Alice’s time as a niffen, it feels prefer it may be price teasing out over a couple of extra episodes. Particularly, when you think about the route Alice took final season, and the way the Manta Ray is answerable for her father’s passing.
I do not know that Alice will ever forgive herself, however this storyline is forcing her to look at what she’s achieved and transfer onwards.
Talking of shifting on, Julia and Penny-23 have their second as they carry out a diagnostic ritual in Fillory that ought to decide why Julia is now indestructible.
It has been such a brief thread that I typically neglect that this is not the unique Penny from this timeline.
We additionally do not know an entire lot about Julia and Penny relationship from the twenty-third timeline, however the digicam work as they carry out the ritual could be very intimate. I need to assume that the angles have been a aware option to mirror Penny’s gaze, and it is a very tasteful sequence.
It makes me very interested in his Julia and what their relationship regarded like. There is a little bit of reverence in there too once you keep in mind that his Julia died.
The most important takeaway from this thread, although, are the outcomes of the ritual. Julia is anxious that she was a god however now cannot do magic, and Soshana, the maenad, provides some perception into magic vs. energy.
Magic and energy have been two issues that appeared solely linked in The Magicians Season three, however Soshana is providing this concept that Julia can nonetheless be highly effective and never do magic. It is an attention-grabbing selection for Julia, and I like that it is getting explored.
What have been your favourite plot factors within the latest episode of The Magicians? Are you excited to see the place it goes subsequent? What do you suppose the ultimate scenes imply for Eliot?
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