I first saw the trailer for The Magicians and it looked very interesting. Coming from a guy who loves fantasyesque shows this looked like it would be right up my alley. The first episode premiered last night (01/25/16) and I made sure to check it out. To me, it’s like Harry Potter meets the “adult world” (The show is definitely not kid friendly), and it follows the main character Quentin Coldwater, played by Jason Ralph (Aquarius, A Most Violent Year) as he understands his magical powers at Brakebills Academy. The story first starts out with Quentin in a mental hospital because he feels similar to many young adults, which is lost and alone. Eventually he wonders into a test that turns out to be an entrance exam for this magical guidance academy and, SPOILER… he obviously passes. Also, it’s based off of a book trilogy, of the same name, by author Lev Grossman. I have not read the books so I can’t really tell you how on par the show is to the series, but I will for sure be reading them now!
All in all, it was a pretty entertaining show, really easy to follow and, I mean, come on… it has magic! The special effects were amazing and the story kept me hooked the entire episode, then left me wanting more. Like I said before, it’s basically Harry Potter for grown-ups, and I mean that quite literally.
If you didn’t catch the premier, then check out the trailer below to see what it’s all about. If you did you catch the premiere of The Magicians, what did you think of it? Sound off in the comments below!
(Editor’s Note: The review was written by our good friend Tyler Haines.)