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How Has it Been Going for SyFy’s Magicians?

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SyFy’s Magicians Has Already Been Renewed for a Second Season

In December, 2015, SyFy began airing a new TV show “The Magicians”. Now, 6 episodes later, it’s time we take a look at how the story has been going on so far.

The show is based on a 2009 novel by the American author Lev Grossman, and deals with lives of various students at a fictional college of Magical Pedagogy. Jason Ralph, most known for his Broadway roles, plays the role of Quentin Coldwater, the protagonist and a freshman student at the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. His world turns upside down when he figures out that his favorite book is actually real and poses a danger to the universe. He is joined by his best friend Julia, who fails to enroll, and many other characters, enemies and friends alike.

As of now, Grossman has written three novels, and all have been critically acclaimed, often being compared to the Harry Potter novels, in an adult context. Unlike the JK Rowling’s novels, we can see these students experiment with their sexuality, drugs, and alcohol in their free time, definitely making it more suited for adult audiences. In addition, there exists a feel of modernity, with the school looking like a normal school and the students wearing regular clothes; there are no castles, robes, magic wands, over-filled classrooms, and other things that Harry Potter fans might expect.

The show has been met with some mixed to positive reviews, with major websites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic giving it an approximate 6/10 or 7/10, praising the special effect but claiming that the show can be a bit slow with plot development.

SyFy’s Magicians, in any case, has been successful, already having been renewed for a second season only 6 episodes in.  The second season would air in 2017.

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