The Magicians: Cheat Day   Show Only 
February 23, 2017 9:55 PM - Season 2, Episode 5 - Subscribe

Quentin bonds with a coworker. Eliot faces a threat to his power. Julia has trouble getting medical care. Penny works with an old mentor.
posted by filthy light thief (5 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I love this show for its mix of self-referential and pop culture humor and moments of seriousness. I was worried about the abortion plotline, but so far I will give kudos to SyFy for being fairly bold and progressive.

"... it might not be a simple, totally mundane human embryo. I mean-- I don't even know if it's Reynard's or Richard's."
"Right now, it is just a clump of cells."

It's sad that such a simple statement can be something so bold, but here we are.

It's also interesting to see the Fillory parallel pregnancy. I really like the pregnancy-telling rabbit as an absurd nod to real-world history, but much more pleasant for the rabbit in this case.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:03 PM on February 23, 2017 [6 favorites]

Loved the moment where Emily raps on Quentin's shoulder and it's a hollow wood sound.
posted by sammyo at 8:23 AM on February 24, 2017

From the Magicians facebook page...the full text of Quentins email to Alice's parents:

Quentin's email to Alice's parents will leave you-misty eyed.
Daniel and Stephanie,
I'm sorry to start this so bluntly, but there's really no pretext. Alice is gone. She died, saving me, our friends, and an entire world. This might sound like hyperbole, but I swear to god it's not. She gave her life, knowingly, willingly, for us, and she's not coming back. I'm so, so sorry.
I don't even know how to start telling you the whole story, but it doesn't matter why she died. It just matters how. Your daughter-- your beautiful daughter who I loved far more than my actions said, who deserved a better man than me, a better friend than me--she gave her life to save mine. Because of her, you're getting an email that my parents aren't. It's horribly unfair, but it's what she wanted.
It's what she always wanted, to shoulder all the weight. Because despite her insecurities and her penchant to demure, deep down she knew she was the best of all of us. Smarter, stronger, kinder. She was who we all wanted to be. Just being in her presence taught us how to be our better selves. So of course, her last action in life would do the same. It's so cruel that her inner goodness is what ultimately took her from us. I'll never know a truer kindness than your daughter, and I'll miss her every day.
I'm so horribly sorry for your loss,

posted by Captain_Science at 12:50 PM on February 24, 2017 [5 favorites]

I will say the the abortion conversation between Kady and Julia was amazing. But honestly, I'm mad they went that route (pregnancy). The misogyny in this show is really predictable
posted by FirstMateKate at 11:42 AM on January 29, 2018

Oh, and at first I found Q's letter to Alice's parents really touching. But then I realized it was just a throwaway so that he could have flirty funtimes with greenstreet. It'd be nice if we could get a main female character that wasn't man-feelings fodder. (Well, I guess Kady counts since she left Penny. Here's hoping they don't get back together)
posted by FirstMateKate at 11:45 AM on January 29, 2018

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