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After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real-and more dangerous than they ever imagined.
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Series cast summary:
Jason Ralph ...  Quentin Coldwater / ... 52 episodes, 2015-2019
Stella Maeve ...  Julia Wicker / ... 52 episodes, 2015-2019
Hale Appleman ...  Eliot Waugh / ... 52 episodes, 2015-2019
Arjun Gupta ...  William 'Penny' Adiyodi 52 episodes, 2015-2019
Summer Bishil ...  Margo Hanson 52 episodes, 2015-2019
Olivia Taylor Dudley ...  Alice Quinn 51 episodes, 2015-2019
Jade Tailor ...  Kady Orloff-Diaz 41 episodes, 2015-2019
Brittany Curran ...  Fen 32 episodes, 2017-2019
Rick Worthy ...  Henry Fogg 31 episodes, 2015-2019
Trevor Einhorn ...  Josh Hoberman / ... 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Rizwan Manji ...  Tick Pickwick 23 episodes, 2017-2019
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After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real and more dangerous than they ever imagined. But will getting hooked on the thrill of magic distract them from honing their powers when they need them most?

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Magic is a Monster. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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16 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Keegan Connor Tracy, Professor Lipson, uses magic to help treat injuries & illnesses at Brakebills. She starred in Once Upon ATime as Mother Superior/Blue Fairy who also uses magic to help treat people. See more »

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A Journey Into A Dark World of Excitement
27 January 2016 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

After two episodes, this new series by the Syfy Channel has already captured my interest and my imagination. "The Magicians" is a supernatural tale adapted from the books of Lev Grossman, which I have not read. It will inevitably be compared to the Harry Potter saga, but it operates on a different level.

When we are introduced to Harry Potter, he is a young child, full of hope and fascination. Hogwarts is a Disney-like playground, full of wonderment. The main character of "The Magicians" is Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph)--a college senior who suffers from a general malaise, as if he never feels comfortable in the world.

His path is set--the obligatory applications for ivy league schools, probably followed by an unfulfilling career in something uninspiring. But he is sidetracked (just as Harry literally was) by unknown forces, and finds himself sitting for an exam. The purpose of the exam is obscure, but Quentin (Q) feels an opportunity is at hand.

The show is about Q's introduction to magic. At the same time, the viewer learns that destructive forces are at play. From its beginning, "The Magicians" lets us know this is a dark and sinister story, full of foreboding and impending menace. It feels more like "His Dark Materials" than Harry Potter, and that is a good thing.

The story moves quickly. We are introduced to competing factions and a world of dreams that may be real. A villain--one of the creepiest ever created with special effects--makes an appearance and leaves his mark.

There is also humor, mostly via the whimsical nature of magic. It provides a welcome relief. Otherwise, the show would be nothing more than a battle among dark forces.

Early on, Q feels like an underdeveloped character--one with potential and plenty of room for blossoming. Into something special, we feel. Into a person who knows his place in the universe. But there is plenty of time for that. We want to enjoy the journey.

Update 3/1/16: A world of magic should be unbound by the rules and conventions of the natural world. And that is the world "The Magicians" has proved to be. The world of magic is revealed to be inventive and unpredictable. It is freewheeling, nearly anarchic, full of surprises and possibilities. I am upping my grade to "9".


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