‘The Magicians’ is back and better than ever

9:15 am EDT, January 26, 2017

The Magicians season 2 premiered Wednesday, and if the first episode is anything to go by, we’re in for a wild ride.

I’ve been in love with The Magicians ever since I picked up the hardcover at a Borders store in 2009. It took me a while to read it because reasons, but once I did I was enthralled and I couldn’t wait to dive deeper into the series.

Several years later I still haven’t read the final two books in the trilogy, but now I get to watch them unfold on screen and I’ve fallen in love with the series all over again. For those of you who hoped that The Magicians season 2 would be as good as season 1, I think you have your answer: It’s even better.

It’s Fillory, bitches

Honestly the most exciting part of the series was Quentin and his friends discovering that the fictional kingdom they all read about is real. Can you imagine if you walked into your clock or closet or whatever and the next thing you know you’re at Hogwarts?! UGH!

I’m absolutely loving the fact that the entire premiere episode takes place in Fillory and points to the concept of the rest of the series mostly taking place there as well. The most exciting thing about The Magicians is the fantastical ideas of witches and nymphs and Gods mixed in with the realities of adulthood like self-discovery, anxiety, depression and the stuff that used to be too taboo to be on TV.

Dark with a dash of whimsy

One of the reasons I love this show is because of how twisted and mysterious it is. I love the adult themes that they take on, yet for some reason I was worried that season 2 would be a little less dark. I’m happy to report that’s not the case.

The Magicians season 1 was pretty dark, especially near the end of the series with all the crazy deaths and battles, and season 2 doesn’t look like it’s going to be any less heavy, which is fantastic. I was worried that being in Fillory would somehow make the show less dark because of how fantastical the world is, but in fact the new world makes it even better.

Character growth up the wazoo

We’re only one episode in but in this one hour we got more character growth than I have seen happen in an entire season of other shows. Granted, it’s probably because when the show ended last season everyone hated each other because of the Awkward Threesome (as I like to call it), and the show needed to get everyone back on speaking terms.

With everyone now friends again it’s evident that these characters are going to grow even more as the season progresses. Alice, for example, is finally not afraid to show her full potential. I always wondered how powerful she’d be if she let herself be smart and now we get to find that out!

It’s not just Alice that we saw huge growth from in the premiere but also Penny. Penny’s whole schtick was being a douchebag and it finally caught up to him in the premiere. Somehow it seems that he’s gotten away with all the shitty things he says to people but the guy at the creek wasn’t going to let it slide this time.

I’m so excited to see how Penny is forced to recognize his actions and adjust his behavior because I know it’s not going to be easy for him, and it’s going to be entertaining as hell to watch him try.

What did you like most about ‘The Magicians’ season 2 premiere?

There were so many amazing things that I loved about last night’s premiere episode that I can’t pinpoint a favorite. From seeing Julia work out her deal with Martin Chatwin to watching Fillory become more and more real, the season 2 premiere was a shining example of how epic and wondrous this season is going to be.

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