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Has anyone been watching "The Magicians"?   IMDB gives the synopsis "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." 

Being a fan of picking apart folklore and fairy-tales, picking them apart to find their deeper meanings, I thought this show might be a hoot,and I gave it a try.  I have enjoyed if for pure entertainment purposes thus far, but have discovered that the "magic they read about as children" was based solely off of 1 book series. 

They have portrayed Ceremonial Magicians to be superior to the Witches (which they openly call hedge-witches), But I suppose I will see how this plays out.  Any watchers?

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I saw the 1st episode.  When is it on?  I'll set the DVR.

It is on Syfy, Monday's at 9 .  I usually watch it on demand (TWC) as I also watch X-Files which are on on Monday's.  There have been 5 episodes so far.

 

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Oh I'll Def give this a watch!

Let me know what you think when you catch up a bit.  It is on most "On Demand" channels.  It is on Syfy, Mondays at 9pm.  There have been 5 episodes so far.

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I've been watching it and enjoying it for the entertainment value, but it bothers me a bit how they misuse the term "hedge witches." Oh well.

 

Thus, its the twisted ways of Hollywood I reckon!

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Thus, its the twisted ways of Hollywood I reckon!

 

 

I think the author of the book series did that too though. Ah well. As pet peeves go, it's not too bad and the show is entertaining.

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I liked the books better than the series so far- but there are so many things going on in the books.. would be hard to get it all on screen. The casting is pretty good though.

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Just watched the first two episodes. Definitely entertaining! Super cheesy, but in a way that makes you feel light hearted and enjoy watching IMO. I kept thinking " wow, I wish a magic school would pop up and take me in" lol ;)

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I liked the books better than the series so far- but there are so many things going on in the books.. would be hard to get it all on screen. The casting is pretty good though.

I never read the books.  I don't get into reading fiction much, but I do enjoy the TV series for fun!

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Just watched the first two episodes. Definitely entertaining! Super cheesy, but in a way that makes you feel light hearted and enjoy watching IMO. I kept thinking " wow, I wish a magic school would pop up and take me in" lol ;)

The school in the show reminds me of a Hogwarts for the rejects of the magic world.  lol  Yes, ridiculously cheesy.  I cant say I don't have those thoughts as well!  But I look at it as Nature is the very magic school that has taken me in.  Just in a much less formal setting. 

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Somehow I got 'hooked' on this show.

 

 

I enjoy the cast and think each actor plays their part well. ( Some remind me of Witches I actually know... so funny.. maybe that's why I got hooked)

 

Ahhh.... the allusive Hedge Witch definition !!!

 

Nice Twist on THAT in last 3 seconds of the Season 1 Finale.  I like it !!!

 

 

I'm looking forward to the return of Season 2 in 2017.

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I've only just discovered this on Prime Video. It feels like a mix of shows/films - Harry Potter/X-Men/Charmed/Doctor Strange and then there's the blatant copy of storyline from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe!! I am enjoying it though, I've just started Season 3.

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I didn't mind the world, the magic, some of the storylines... but the characters really got under my skin. 

 

I know what you mean.. a bit too much highschool drama for my liking

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I have it recorded, it was okay... Sort of, but entertaining none the less. I liked the hand gestures when they did magic, really it was just for effects, but I will use hand gestures too. Not quite as elegantly as the Magicians.

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I'm starting to repeat myself... not a good sign. Read the books by Lev Grossman; they're much better!

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I actually think this is one of the few shows that might be outdoing the books. Which is a fairly controversial thing to say I’m sure. But the cast is so good, and the humor is better in the show as well.

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Not a TV or Movie person, with rare exceptions, and The Magicians is one of them. I feel like the artists involved with the show really "get it," and besides, the production values are excellent. The show does a great job of exploring the myriad of different "types" of practitioners, and showing the good, bad, and ugly. I really appreciated how the Fairies and the Fairy Queen are depicted in the show, in the sense of the dangers of dealing with them, yet at the same time, their to-the-death adherence to their word. So many show elements have had me screaming (in my head) "yes! finally! widespread media that isn't patronizing!" I also appreciate how the Library is shown to require "commitment beyond death" (I forget the exact contract). As a bookish person myself, I can attest to that, no matter what one does, there is no way of leaving the Library...

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Season 5 is on!  :happydance:  I found that out this week and watched the first two, and just finished the third episode a little while ago. So far I've already cried a couple of times. The actors are on the top of their game, and already there are some interesting and promising twists. And (not ruining anything here but...) Astrology is getting some really great (though not entirely realistic, sometimes) shoutouts this season. :sunny:  I advise all Fillorians to catch up!!! :rofl:

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You know, when you wrote that about the hedgehog, I thought, what? But didn't say anything... then I watched the preview for next episode and the actress that plays Alice said something afterward about Hedgehogs... so I googled "magicians syfy hedgehog" and found nothing! Has my memory gone and left me?

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Well that is weird, I was just refering to myself as being a Hedgehog.  Living under the radar and being a bit prickly.  I don't mind the title "Hedge Witch"

I will have to watch and see what Alice means about the Hedgehogs.

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Wow, that IS really weird...

 

it wasn't a preview for the next episode itself, but of some of the actors out of character, joking, like a sort of "break time" clip. If I can find it again I'll link it here.

 

Yes, I claim the term "hedgewitch" myself. Which, in The Magicians world, is not entirely correct, because I did go to a "Wizard's college" and have a certificate, but only a level 1 of 2 so far. So, sort of an inverse Zelda, or a Julia sort if her timelines were conflated, or a Kady, but I was never expelled (though I did try to have myself expelled once, and failed, thank goodness!!!). Both Hedge and Order :) Schrodingers' Witch!

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