Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > TV Talk
Reload this Page >

The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

TV Talk Talk about Shows on TV

The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Old 01-11-16, 08:48 PM
  #1  
Suspended; also need updated email
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 16,564
Likes: 0
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
The Magicians (SyFy)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4254242/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Was this just a pilot ?

It kicked ass!
Old 01-11-16, 08:51 PM
  #2  
Moderator
 
Groucho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 71,200
Received 49 Likes on 38 Posts
Re: The Magicians

Looks like it's a 12-episode season.
Old 01-11-16, 09:00 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 61,950
Received 478 Likes on 354 Posts
Re: The Magicians

It's a series on SyFy, but it doesn't air until January 25th. SyFy previewed the Pilot last month and that will air again on the 25th.
Old 01-11-16, 10:44 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: SnogBox
Posts: 7,566
Received 12 Likes on 10 Posts
Re: The Magicians

Previews look stylistic during the Expanse. Could be a good watch during spring break most shows have leading up to May sweeps.
Old 01-12-16, 12:06 AM
  #5  
Moderator
 
story's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Hope.
Posts: 9,844
Received 230 Likes on 138 Posts
Re: The Magicians

I read the first Magicians book when it first came out for our book club and it was pretty good, though I didn't continue on to the others. I used to read Lev Grossman when he had that blog with Matt Selman from The Simpsons but it's been a while. Could be an interesting show, expand the world of the books.
Old 01-12-16, 01:43 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,189
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: The Magicians

Originally Posted by story View Post
I read the first Magicians book when it first came out for our book club and it was pretty good, though I didn't continue on to the others. I used to read Lev Grossman when he had that blog with Matt Selman from The Simpsons but it's been a while. Could be an interesting show, expand the world of the books.
Same with me, I've only read the first book and I liked it. I'll give the show a chance.
Old 01-12-16, 02:50 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
 
PhantomStranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Phantom Zone
Posts: 23,581
Received 128 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy)

I was blown away by the pilot but I wonder if it will find an audience. This is Harry Potter for adults. The pilot was very well made and had the beginnings of a promising mythology.

Adult fantasy is always a tough sell to mainstream audiences, even more difficult than hard sci-fi.
Old 01-12-16, 06:22 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,639
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: The Magicians (SyFy)

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
I was blown away by the pilot but I wonder if it will find an audience. This is Harry Potter for adults. The pilot was very well made and had the beginnings of a promising mythology.

Adult fantasy is always a tough sell to mainstream audiences, even more difficult than hard sci-fi.
I had not really heard about this show yet watched it just based on being about magic. Of course magic, supernatural, time travel, powers, abilities are all things that get my attention. Not always the most popular of programming type.
Old 01-12-16, 06:25 PM
  #9  
Moderator
 
TheBigDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 11,446
Received 168 Likes on 122 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy)

The first episode is available FREE (HD) on Amazon, Vudu and iTunes.

http://www.amazon.com/Unauthorized-Magic/dp/B019GFGXA0/
http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content...thorized-Magic
https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-seaso...1/id1063500802
Old 01-13-16, 11:17 AM
  #10  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Under a dead Ohio sky
Posts: 5,820
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy)

Really enjoyed the pilot, looking forward to the series.

Syfy is actually putting out some decent programming lately.
Old 01-13-16, 02:23 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,573
Received 14 Likes on 11 Posts
Re: The Magicians

Originally Posted by story View Post
I read the first Magicians book when it first came out for our book club and it was pretty good, though I didn't continue on to the others. I used to read Lev Grossman when he had that blog with Matt Selman from The Simpsons but it's been a while. Could be an interesting show, expand the world of the books.
On the books: I felt the first one was the best. The second wasn't very good and a part of the plotline was just bizarre. Third one was an improvement from the second book.
Old 01-15-16, 10:41 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Astrofan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Vista CA
Posts: 935
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy)

As a magic hobbyist, and not Harry Potter, et el., I really enjoyed both the tip of the hat to real magicians (yeah he's got a book on the shelf by the great Slydini) and the mixture of fantasy. Loved the "beast" at the end and its music also.
Old 01-19-16, 06:33 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Hero
 
davidh777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Home of 2013 NFL champion Seahawks
Posts: 44,183
Received 98 Likes on 81 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy)

Felt like Harry Potter Goes to College (mostly because of the classes, I guess), but it was pretty good. I don't know if I'll make it a priority to keep up, though.
Old 01-25-16, 04:50 AM
  #14  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 61,950
Received 478 Likes on 354 Posts
The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16



Syfy and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) are excited to present the new scripted drama series, THE MAGICIANS. The series kicks off with a special two episode premiere beginning on Monday, January 25 at 9/8c on Syfy. Starring Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice), Hale Appleman (Eliot), Arjun Gupta (Penny) and Summer Bishil (Margo), THE MAGICIANS is based on Lev Grossman's best-selling novels. The series centers on Quentin, a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real - and poses grave danger to humanity.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
Arjun Gupta as Penny
Hale Appleman as Eliot
Jason Ralph as Quentin
Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice
Stella Maeve as Julia
Summer Bishil as Margo
Tembi Locke as Dr. London

CREW INFORMATION:
Janice Williams as EP
John McNamara as CRTR/EP
Lev Grossman as BOOK
Michael London as EP
Mike Cahill as DIR (Pilot)
Sera Gamble as CRTR/EP

13 episode season. 2 hour premiere tonight. Episode 1 actually previewed on SyFy back in December. Sera Gamble, who used to be the EP and showrunner on Supernatural, is the co-creator and showrunner.



Here's an interview with Sera Gamble taking about her involvement with the creation of this show.

http://www.blastr.com/2015-12-17/mag...mistry-casting


Trailer:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V8BQrvNI1t0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Last edited by DJariya; 01-25-16 at 12:59 PM.
Old 01-25-16, 12:50 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Legend
 
PhantomStranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Phantom Zone
Posts: 23,581
Received 128 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

This thread really needs to be merged with the prior thread for The Magicians. I doubt it sees enough discussion to sustain a new thread.
Old 01-26-16, 12:31 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Legend
 
PhantomStranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Phantom Zone
Posts: 23,581
Received 128 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

I liked the second episode almost as much as the first episode. There are no annoying characters and I am really interested in where they will go with Fillory.

I've not read the books this show is based on. Are they aimed at younger audiences?
Old 01-26-16, 04:39 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 61,950
Received 478 Likes on 354 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Watched episode 1 tonight and liked it. The magic effects were decent. Also helps that there are a few pretty attractive girls in the cast.

Seems like they have a few story threads going. The Beast at the end was interesting.

Last edited by DJariya; 01-26-16 at 04:45 AM.
Old 01-26-16, 09:44 AM
  #18  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Under a dead Ohio sky
Posts: 5,820
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Second ep wasnt as good as the pilot but I still enjoyed it.
Old 01-26-16, 08:19 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Orbi-Wan Techno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 3,056
Received 12 Likes on 7 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Wow, great show so far. Really got sucked in. Can't wait to see episode three.
Old 01-26-16, 09:58 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,488
Received 14 Likes on 12 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Surprisingly good considering the material and how easily it could completely suck. Ros is looking pretty good, though her secret is way too easy to figure out
Old 02-02-16, 10:25 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: SnogBox
Posts: 7,566
Received 12 Likes on 10 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Wow. I'm usually in agreement with a lot of you on shows, but this did not hit the mark for me. I'll make it a point to watch episode 2 to see if things improve, but the pilot did nothing to grab me.

The pacing was slow, not to mention the plot jumped all around at the beginning. I couldn't tell if the party was a dream, or flashbacks. Then it turns out to be the plot we're following.

It didn't do much to introduce us to characters or establsh the world they are in, nor much of the one they were entering.

Also, the characterization of the main guy was weird. One scene he's unsure and awkward. Next he's belittling his friend and telling her she isn't good enough.

That said, I didn't have much care for his friend that didn't make the cut. Then for her to turn to the dark side seems cliched. Of course she'll probably have to make some monumental decision to support her friend, or betray him.
Old 02-03-16, 02:32 AM
  #22  
DVD Talk Legend
 
PhantomStranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Phantom Zone
Posts: 23,581
Received 128 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

I've been loving this show through three episodes. A great cast of characters and likable leads usually makes for a good series in the long run.

I now plan to read the book trilogy this show is based. I'll probably wait until the first season is over before dipping into the books.
Old 02-08-16, 01:22 PM
  #23  
Moderator
 
dex14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 32,272
Likes: 0
Received 524 Likes on 369 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Renewed: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...ason-at-862939
Old 02-08-16, 02:26 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Legend
 
PhantomStranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Phantom Zone
Posts: 23,581
Received 128 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Originally Posted by dex14 View Post
Syfy must really believe in this show. It's getting another 13-episode season.
Old 02-08-16, 06:30 PM
  #25  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 1,950
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
Re: The Magicians (SyFy) -- Season 1 Thread -- From the EP of Supernatural -- 1/25/16

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
Syfy must really believe in this show. It's getting another 13-episode season.
I'm not surprised. They are losing a ton of shows to either cancelation(Defiance, Dominion) or end of life (Bitten, Lost Girl and Haven.) Who knows what they will do with The Expanse but I'm guessing it costs a lot more than this.

I'm pleasantly surprise with this show and really enjoyed it. Glad it will be back,

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.