OK, so I watched two seasons and the third is airing now. As I said above it does remind me of Vampire Diaries, but if you mashed it together with Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia, but with older characters instead of junior and senior high students that fight dragons at age 14.
SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT, because I have one major gripe with the first season:
The first season centers around a mysterious "Beast" who is a magic man whose face is obscured by a cloud of moths that is foreshadowed as the "he" that is "coming" when the Dean of the magical college meets with another wizard that is telling him he has to get "them" ready as there is no more time. It's all very prophecy boy like and I wasn't too thrilled about that, but they do give it a pretty cool twist that also kind of ends up as a plot hole. But the "them" she was referring to is a core group of characters that accidentally allow the Beast to enter Earth's realm and is now after them all. They are:
Quentin: the Harry Potter of this universe, sort of. He's just a depressed kid that loves the Fillory Books, a series like the Narnia Chronicles, about a magical land one can get to by going through a magic clock.
Alice: the overachieving magic student he meets on the first day and tries to be friends with, but she pretty much hates everyone and is hated by everyone because she comes from a magical family.
Penny: a sarcastic psychic who is also a traveler, which means he can teleport between realms. He kind of hates everything.
Kady: the girl that attaches herself to Penny on day one so they can get high and have fun.
Those four idiots let The Beast onto Earth in their first week. Good going kids!
But there is also:
Eliot and Margo: second-year kids that kind of swoop in and claim Quentin as their own and show him around and help him and the rest out when they find out what they've done. But mostly because they're bored, not out of genuine concern. They're hilarious.
While the main story is going on there is Julia, Quentin's childhood best friend who was also invited by the magical college to apply but she didn't get in. And when they tried to wipe the experience from her memory it didn't take and she spends the first half of the season trying to get back in and when that doesn't work she is recruited by a group of people that are just as aware of magic as she is but were also frozen out. This leads to all sorts of bad things for her, but at first, I couldn't feel sorry for her because she was being kind of a brat about it all. But she gets her shit together and seems to be doing good until something horrible happens to her and when you find out about the reason behind it all, it's pretty frustrating that it shouldn't have happened at all and only did so because someone else was playing with her life.
The plot twist ends up being that Quentin and the others weren't prophesized to be the ones to take on the Beast but that the magician the Dean was talking to at the beginning had put a time loop spell on everyone because the Beast won the first time so she reset it all, and everyone has relived the year 39 times as she altered things each timeline in order to find the right way to kill him, and this is the 40th time loop. Throughout the series, Quentin is visited by this magician and she also talks with the Dean a few times, but the Dean keeps insisting everything is her mess to clean up, but at the end when you find out the whole story I don't see how it's her mess either. A very bad thing happened and she's trying to fix it, in a horrible way, but by not getting more support or help from the Dean he really just makes things worse for everyone. Because the Dean knows who the main characters are only because he and the other magician are the only ones that know about her spell. The thing is, it removes the "prophecy boy" trope, which is cool, but at the same time, it means the Dean has been leading them around by the nose as he only offers drops of information and that's a pretty shitty thing. I mean, why not Star Trek the who situation, get the kids all together, lay out the whole scenario and tell them all the things they tried before? That way, they can just come up with a freaking plan and be done with it finally. Instead, they just keep messing with all their lives altering things and forcing them to make certain decisions they wouldn't be making otherwise and all to fix something that someone else did. Because the Beast is the fault of the gods of Fillory and the man who wrote the original books. Quentin, Alice, Penny, Kady, Eliot, and Margo had nothing to do with his creation, so I don't really see why they were the ones forced to jump through hoops blindly in order to stop him. Quentin loses Alice, who becomes a magical monster thing, Julia lost out on a chance to be rid of a different monster, and Eliot ends up becoming "High King" of Fillory, which sounds great except that means he can never leave and go home and the kingdom is a mess.
The thing is, the easy fix for this is to not have the Dean know too about the time loop and have whatever spell the other magician (I honestly can't recall her name which is why I just keep calling her "other magician") is on everyone and only breaks on him when she dies this time, making it the final loop. Why she kept him out, who knows? Maybe in the third or fourth loop, they try the scenario where they just put all the cards on the table and it didn't work. Actually, an episode where they just show all the loops and how it all went wrong might have been fun. But woulda, coulda... but if he isn't in on the time looping then he isn't basically at fault for all the crap that happens to all the students in this final timeline. Because some really shitty things happen to them, and he's an accomplice in my opinion. It really wasn't until the second season that Penny says to Kady, "Have you noticed that Dean Fogg really isn't helpful at all," when she took Julia to him for help and he, well, didn't.
Last Edit: Jan 29, 2018 13:45:46 GMT -5 by NYPinTA
Binged season 3 over the weekend. It's the kind of show that makes me laugh because of all the in-jokes for people who watch other supernatural type shows. For instance, Eliot and Margo are on Fillory and have a problem with some fairies that showed up, and Eliot realizes that the Fairy Queen knows what they are up to because she can see & hear everything through Margo, so Eliot and Margo start talking in pop culture references and it's just so funny.
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