The Magicians – Season 4

The Magicians Review: A Flock of Lost Birds (Season 4 Episode 1)

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Magic is back but under the libraries control. Meanwhile, Quentin, cluelessly, is stuck with the beast, Alice is locked away, and the others have no idea who they are on The Magicians Season 4 Episode 1, “A Flock of Lost Birds.”

Our favorite magicians are back, but with a twist. Each one has a new identity and entirely new look to hide from Irene now that magic is back again. Another trick from the library and Dean Fogg.

For new personas, I think that all of our favorite characters got matched with their type pretty well, especially Margo. I’m thrilled that Kady isn’t a drug dealer, as the end of Season 3 led on, and is the one in charge of figuring all of this shit out.

The Magicians – Season 4
THE MAGICIANS — “A Flock of Lost Birds” Episode 401 — Pictured: Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice — (Photo by: Eric Milner/SYFY)

I think it fits that part of Julia is the only one who ends up back at Brakebills. The rest of them are fierce magicians, but Julia is a goddess and magic will always find its way back to her. No identity spell is going to keep her away from her calling for long.

I do, however, find it ridiculously strange that Dean Fogg sees Julia in Kimber because we know Julia has a completely other identity as an architect. Could this have something to do with the fact that Julia is a goddess? I think part of her left Julia’s real body when she had the identity spell put on her, but there’s no telling where the show will take it.

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I know that Alice is a main part of the reason why things are how they are in the magical world now, but watching her lose her mind over the safety of her friends is rough. I wish that Dean Fogg and the library believed her about the monster and didn’t think she was insane.

The Magicians – Season 4
THE MAGICIANS — “A Flock of Lost Birds” Episode 401 — Pictured: (l-r) Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice, Tom Wright as Nick — (Photo by: Eric Milner/SYFY)

It’s weird that they’d not believe Alice when it’s a fact that if somebody took two seconds to check on the whereabouts of the magicians, they’d notice that something is wrong. Their failure to listen to Alice about the threats towards all life will inevitably end on a bad note. I just hope that Alice can figure out a way to escape her cell.

Speaking of escaping cells, I don’t understand why Alice would attempt to kill herself in hopes of trying to escape. There’s no way she planned out that there would be a beetle in the infirmary so what exactly was she looking to do once she was awake again?

I think that Alice meant to try and kill herself, but when she woke up in the infirmary and realized that she couldn’t do it, she took a chance and grabbed the beetle in a quick decision. I can’t see any logic to her faking a suicide attempt to try and escape.

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The Magicians – Season 4
THE MAGICIANS — “A Flock of Lost Birds” Episode 401 — Pictured: Mageina Tovah as Zelda Schiff — (Photo by: Eric Milner/SYFY)

I never thought that I’d see Santa Claus on The Magicians, but damn did they pull it off. Santa’s a magician who only wanted to focus on the good in the world, but children were the only ones not completely rotten yet.

I like that Santa uplifts and praises Alice to forgive herself and realize that she is a good person. It’s something that she needs to hear, especially now that she’s locked up in a cell with nobody else to talk to.

I am in utter shock that Margo is thrown back into Fillory as a human who can’t remember anything. Ember is genuinely a big idiot because Margo has no idea who she is, can’t do magic, and is now in a magical land on foot. I don’t see things starting well this season for Margo.

Season 4 of The Magicians is starting strong, and I can’t wait to start this rollercoaster of a journey.

Other Thoughts:

  • Marina is still a badass not to be messed with, and I’m so happy that we have her back for Season 4.
  • I wonder if this season we will finally see The Quickening again. I still think that Josh is going to become a werewolf of some sort.
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The Magicians airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Syfy.

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