With the end of December in sight, TV has turned into a bit of a wasteland. Midseason hiatuses are in full swing, meaning there’s really nothing to watch besides reruns and holiday specials, making it the perfect time to binge watch a new show.
We humbly present “The Magicians” for your binge watching consideration — by which we mean watch it. Watch it right now.
If you need a little more convincing as to why your valuable holiday time should be spent on Syfy’s nascent fantasy series, we’ve got plenty of reasons you should give this show a try.
There’s only 1 season
Season 1 of “The Magicians” is 13 episodes long, meaning with enough dedication and proper time allotted for bathroom breaks, you could feasibly binge this entire series in one day. You’ll be totally obsessed by the time Season 2 rolls around in January.
It’s best in binge format
On a week to week basis, “The Magicians” is a compelling and mysterious drama, but it does tend to move slower than a lot of the fast paced, mile a minute shows currently on network television. It’s mastered the slow burn (both with its characters and its various plot lines), making it perfect for a binge watch. You get all the instant gratification of solving the season-long mystery plus a pretty fantastic cliffhanger that you’ll only have to wait a month to see resolved.
It’s got feminism for days
Though the main character of the series, Quentin (Jason Ralph), is obviously a “Nice Guy” dude, this show has got feminism coming out of its ears, which should be an important part of any binge-watching decision. Whether Quentin’s having a cosplay sex dream about passing the Bechdel Test or handing over his “Chosen One” responsibilities to Alice, this show knows how to treat its female characters right.
The effects are A++
The visual effects on Syfy can be hit or miss (see: “Sharknado”), but “The Magicians” is somehow able to make magic and mystical realms look out of this world, while still grounding them in reality. Watching these kids cast intricate spells might give you a phantom hand cramp, but it’s still pretty amazing.
It’s very self-aware
Whereas most Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows are steeped in way too serious drama and an overdose of epic-ness, “The Magicians” and its characters are very aware of how bizarre and terrifying their lives are. At times, Quentin seems to be a fanboy of his own adventures, while Penny (Arjun Gupta) provides the necessary “WTF” commentary whenever the group gets themselves into a new magical mess.
‘Narnia’ and ‘Harry Potter’ fans will love it
Any fans of “Harry Potter” or “The Chronicles of Narnia” will recognize some very familiar themes running through this series. The show blends the magic school mentality of “Harry Potter” and fictional realm fantasies of “Narnia” with the college stresses of “The Secret History,” making it an insanely awesome YA/literary hybrid.
“The Magicians” returns Jan. 25, 2017 on Syfy, and the first season is available for streaming at Syfy.com.