Our slightly damaged but determined squad find a new purpose in The Magicians Roundtable 3X01 “The Tale of the Seven Keys”
We’ve waited a year for our favorite magicians to return, and so let’s get our The Magicians Roundtable off to a start! Season three picks up with the disastrous fallout from our team’s attempt to save Fillory from the goat god duo. Magic is gone (for all but one), and humans on Earth and Fillory are up a creek. Eliot (Hale Appleman) and Margo (Summer Bishil) are dealing with their oppressing new leadership under the Fairy Queen (Candis Cayne). Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) has flown the coop in search of a quick fix to her lamprey problem. Julia (Stella Maeve) and Quentin (Jason Ralph) are looking to make nice with the old gods. Then, there’s poor Penny’s (Arjun Gupta) fatal diagnosis and Kady’s (Jade Tailor) inability to admit her feelings. Oh, did we mention that Fen (Brittany Curran) has temporary gone insane?
Now that we’re all caught up, let’s talk season 3 premiere. Penny is an ailing indentured servant to the Librarians, but Kady hopes to save him with Harriet’s (Marlee Matlin) help. Julia can still do some basic magic, but no matter how hard she tries, nothing more. Quentin is dealing with Alice’s abandonment and desperate to bring back the other thing he loves – magic. Josh (Trevor Einhorn) gives them an in with Bacchus, but after a night of partying, they get nowhere. Meanwhile, after being sent on yet another demeaning errand for the Fairy Queen, Margo recruits Eliot to dethrone their magical dictator. They realize the eye she took from our High Queen is spying on them, and figure out an ingenious way to communicate. Eliot goes in search of The White Lady but finds her brother, The Great Cock. After a double entendre filled conversation, he sends the squad on an epic quest.
Now that we have picked our jaws off the ground, let’s meet our roundtable squad!
Caitlin (@shakesprs_ghost) – Paralegal, Step-Mama, and Book Nerd
Carol (@angelwow6970) – Writer, TV Nerd, Lover of all things magic
Lauralea (@DExHooker) – Writer, dog momma, Stitchers obsessive, Camsten addict.
Michelle (@CONtessa_966) – Writer for Three if By Space, Tweeter of live TV, Hockey Fanatic & Wiener Dog Mama!
Katherine (@Shank35Shank) – fangirl, bookseller, and unrepentant dork
1. Let’s just get the elephant in the room out of the way first. The Great Cock. Impressions?
Caitlin (@shakesprs_ghost): I absolutely LOVED The Great Cock. I cackled when he announced himself, when I realized that he was “The Great Cock” and was speaking to Eliot of all people, and when he nicknamed our squad. I definitely am looking forward to seeing more of him.
Carol (@angelwow6970): I’m loving The Great Cock. He is my childhood dream come true. He’s majestic, polite, has a sense of humor and compliments Eliot’s fabulous ways.
Lauralea (@DExHooker): Interesting. Not exactly sure whether or not he’s on the up and up…I mean, if you wanted to help, just vanish the fairies, but at the same time, I see his point. If Eliot quests to return magic, he’ll be able to solve the problem himself – and working across worlds shows them that it can be accomplished, with or without direct magic.
Michelle (@CONtessa_966): Died of laughter, especially Eliot’s reaction to him. Overall though, I loved the Great Cock and am so happy that he didn’t disappoint in his first episode.
Katherine (@Shank35Shank): The Great Cock made laugh much harder than I should I have, but too damn apropos. I loved the costume and attitude of our cock friend and how he described our heroes.
2. There were so many great parts of the season premiere. Which scene/part was your favorite and why?
Caitlin: I think my favorite part of the premiere was when Eliot and Margo (all hail the One-Eyed Destroyer!) were speaking in the forest after Eliot had figured out how the Fairy Queen was finding out what Margo was doing. I couldn’t help but giggle when Eliot mentioned the Fairy Queen was “xoxo Gossip Girl-ing” them.
Carol: 3 scenes stood out for me. Elliot and Margo’s secret language. Best conversation ever. The introduction of The Great Cock. Spectacular, charming and down right cool. The scene with Quentin and Julia getting drunk and singing their song. Nice to see them having fun.
Lauralea: Bacchus. What fun! They portrayed him exactly as I would expect Bacchus to be portrayed… with the exception of the goats hooves I would expect. Their little dance up to the apartment to get into the party? Brilliant!
Michelle: My favorite scene, as much as I loved the Great Cock, had to be Eliot and Margot’s secret language when figuring out how the Fairy Queen was spying on them. It was not only a genius scene with the writing, but the acting was also spot on.
Katherine: Personally, the great pop culture discussion was so good! I laughed, snarked, and re-lived Britney ’07 in a different light. I understand now we all want to beat up a fairy with an umbrella.
3. It looks like we’ve already met (one of) our big baddies this season, the Fairy Queen. How do you think she compares to The Beast or Reynard?
Caitlin: Personally, I think the Fairy Queen is the scariest baddie we’ve had thus far. From what I have seen in other fandoms, Fairies are scary creatures that you shouldn’t mess with (I’m looking at you, The Mortal Instruments series).
Carol: The Fairy Queen is slightly more dangerous than other villains. She’s more cunning and more intelligent than the others. She will not be defeated easily. She has an army at her back. A magical army.
Lauralea: Meh. We’ll see how it plays out. The Beast left some big shoes to fill. I personally wasn’t a huge fan of the Reynard storyline, but the Beast was brilliant. I wasn’t really certain I was fond of the Fairy Queen when she was introduced – still not sure. Although, the whole, spy in the eye storyline?! Fabulous.. I never would have suspected! And the pop culture conversation?! Laughed out loud. I like her just for presenting the opportunity for that moment alone!
Michelle: I think that she is just as dangerous, if not more so, but in a less obvious way. She and her fairy kind need to go, and like yesterday.
Katherine: We’re not getting the whole story about The Fairy Queen and her kingdom I just know it. She’s like Cersei and is a badass woman for a reason. The Beast and Reynard were awful, but in their minds what they did was right. Horrible but true. Til then, I’ll enjoy a bit her and Margo’s tête-à-tête.
4. Poor Fen has lost her mind, but do we think this is a fairy spell or something much more human?
Caitlin: I personally think that poor Fen is suffering through is a fairy spell. She seemed okay the last we had seen her, even though she was incredibly heartbroken about having to give up her baby. I hope that this spell is broken soon because I feel so bad for her whenever she is cuddling a log or a rabbit.
Carol: I do believe the fairies did place a spell on Fen to intensify what her human side is feeling. She can’t control her human emotions.
Lauralea: I think that the strain of her captivity, the taking of her child, and the entire mess is just too much for any one mind to deal with. She’s coping the only way she can… I think we’ll see her come back to herself once she’s reunited with her child properly.
Michelle: I think it is a mixture of both. She probably spent too long with the fairies, unwilling to leave her child. But she also is probably grieving as a human mother, because it all reality they probably haven’t let her be near or with her child much at all. That would certainly have an effect on anyone.
Katherine: Has Fen lost her head? I mean her toes and child are gone, I’d be having a bad day too. Eliot doesn’t even know how to get through to her and that saddens me. Margo is way out of her depths with this kind of pain, I’m just sad about all of it.
5. We’re loving that Josh is getting more screen time this season. Anyone else you’d love to see return?
Caitlin: I really hope that we see more of Todd! I love his character, and every time he is on screen I am usually laughing at his antics of trying to impress Eliot and Margo.
Carol: I’d love to see Mayakovsky back. The squad is going to need his help. Plus he’s just plain awesome.
Lauralea: Every side character I liked is already dead!!!!! I can’t think of anyone in particular.
Michelle: I also love that Josh is back and that he is going to be helping our main team bring back some magic. I’ve always enjoyed Professor Mayakovsky’s character and would love to see more of him.
Katherine: I’m loving Josh time and I can’t wait to see Polly! Every character has a purpose, even Todd.
6. We know what The Great Cock nicknamed our squad. If you could choose them, what would yours be?
Caitlin: This is a hard one! If I could nickname our squad, I think I would have to go with King Quentin, the Reliable, Queen Alice, the Gifted, Queen Julia, the Fearless (I know she’s not technically a queen but she’s my queen – yaaassss) King Eliot, the Influencer, Queen Margo, the One-Eyed Destroyer (I have to keep this one, it’s just too perfect), Penny, the Unapproachable Traveller, and Kady the Cross (Is Kady part of the squad?) (Also, don’t get me wrong, I love Penny and Kady, and the qualities I am calling out on them are some of the many reasons I adore them).
Carol: Quentin – The Timid One, Alice – Unbound One, Julia – Last Hope, Kady – Warrior, Penny – World Jumper, Margo – The Wild Wind, Eliot – The Confused King.
Lauralea: I’m not this creative!!!! OMG! Skip me for this question! All I can come up with is Casper for Alice and Pug for Quentin!! I’m at a total loss for the rest of them, although I think Josh takes home the title of both Cheech and Chong!
Michelle: Ooh, that’s a tough one. Collectively I’d call them The Drifters. They’re all just kind of drifting through life without magic right now and each has something huge to gain if they can bring it back. But being a Drifter is also dangerous, and I think all of them will be in danger on this quest.
Katherine: Right now I can’t think of any other names…
7. How about some predictions? Who do you think will grow the most this season?
Caitlin: Some predictions I have for this season is that magic will be restored (obviously), but that there will be a new twist to what they need to do to keep the magic alive. I think (at least I hope) that we will get to delve further into the world of the Gods. I think that Quentin and Margo will see the most growth this season. I am really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for our friends!
Carol: I believe each will find a way to defeat their individual problems while finding keys to save magic. For example, Eliot and Margo will find a way to defeat the fairies and find a key for their magic quest.
Lauralea: I want to see some time spent delving into Alice’s time spent as a Niffin. With the fight currently on to protect herself, I would really enjoy a moment taken to see the basics of her adventures whilst otherworldly. I have a soft spot for Alice… so I would honestly love anything to do with watching her look back and move forward.
Michelle: Penny, I think that he is in a pretty terrible situation right now and I hope that what happens is he is okay but grows from the experience. I also think that Alice will soften up around the edges, she too is in a tough situation with a bleak outlook, giving her something tangible to focus on while bringing back that missing piece will be good for her.
Katherine: I see Eliot, Alice, and Margo feeling some major growing pains. Losing magic and becoming human has led to an early mid-life crisis. She’s got to grow up faster and deal with her relationship with Q better. Eliot needs a win. Getting magic back would be that win. I can’t wait to see how he deals with questing. And Margo has major control issues that impact her kingdom. The Fairy Queen knows this and feeds off it.
Final Verdict: The spark is definitely there in The Magicians 3X01 “The Tales of Seven Keys,” and we can’t wait to see what happens next!
We won’t deny our feelings like Kady does on the regular – we loved this premiere! Between the full on pop culture espionage to the impromptu song and dance in the stairway, we realized just how much we missed this show! It’s exciting to finally see the crew back together, even if they will be trapped on a boat with their issues. Of course, we must know how Penny will secure his spot on the quest without dying, and who will ultimately convince Alice to come on board.
For the most part, we loved the episode and all its profanity-filled, topically humorous scenes. However, the whole party with Bacchus seemed a bit like a throwaway. Could Josh and Julia have had their moment back at Brakebills instead? Definitely. We could have also found out about Alice without drugging Quentin either. Of course, we know that the writers always have a plan, so we might find out how this plays into things later…
Obviously, we want to see the quest in its entirety, but we also have so many questions! With invisible rulers, how will Fillory fare without their High Kings and Queens? How are Eliot and Margo going to get their friends from Earth back to Fillory without magic? Will we see more (pun totally intended) of The Great Cock? Will the lamprey make an untimely entrance and try to take its revenge on Alice? So many questions! We guess we’ll just have to tune in next week to find out!