Firstly this post and episode is dedicated to Eliot, who “used to eat [his] feelings at the professional level,” which is something I think we can relate to. All it took was for Eliot to say “I bond fast,” and I fell in love with him.
I don’t have too much to say about this episode. Generally, it does a good job moving the plot forward, with several important events and deeper explanation of magic. Starting the episode with a flash back explanation was really creative and we were able to learn a lot more about each character and their personalities. And you almost start to feel sorry for Julia…brat. Not quite, but almost.
However, the real beauty behind this episode is the power of magic. The Magicians books are powerful and beautiful because magic comes from pain. The individuals with magic are those who dream. They dream of a world of magic and wonder so that they can escape from their own demons. For some these demons are caused by outside sources like family issues or bullying. For others, like Quentin, depression, true psychological depression, is the pain that drives the dreaming, which powers the magic.
I think this is something that everyone can relate to. At first glance it may seem that those that battle mental health may understand this more, but I think that’s not truthful. All people can relate to pain. And all people wish that something better can come of it.
Magic coming from pain is the reason I love this book series and I’m glad they make that so apparent in the show.
Procrastination and a Little Bit of Existentialism,
The Red Queen
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
-Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy, 1873