We’re drowning in the massive feels of The Magicians Roundtable 3X07 “Poached Eggs”
In this week’s The Magicians Roundtable, Quentin (Jason Ralph) and Poppy (Felicia Day) return to Brakebills and find Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) unconscious on the ground. Revived, Dean Fogg (Rick Worthy) makes it clear that it’s because her body is rejecting the transfer. Julia (Stella Maeve) heads off to make a deal with Irene McAllistair (Jamie Ray Newman) to help her, while Alice seeks out a vampire to turn her into a magical creature. When Julia stops her, Alice accidentally knocks her out with a battle spell. This leads her to give the magic back, and the two women come to an understanding.
Quentin and Poppy enlist Penny (Arjun Gupta) to try to retrieve the third key from the Underworld, but their plan requires a second traveller. They find Victoria (Hannah Levien), but she tells Penny they’re better off with her new boss – Harriet (Marlee Matlin). Needing Kady (Jade Tailor) to grease the wheel, they work to break her out of the institution.
Margo (Summer Bishil) and Eliot (Hale Appleman) forge forward with their plan to use the fairy eggs as leverage against the Fairy Queen (Candis Cayne). Unfortunately, while Todd is babysitting the embryos, Fray (Madeleine Arthur) finds them and tries to steal them back. Fen (Brittany Curran) manages to stop her, but the young woman runs away. When Fen returns to Fillory to ask for help, the Fairy Queen arrives to reveal Fray told her everything. When the latter realizes the former only sees her as a pawn, she blurts out that she’s not royal progeny. Believing they have won the war against the fairies, Eliot and Margo is caught off guard when a vigilante posse attacks their coach.
There were so many feels that we’re just going to get to it:
Diane (@Dianthrax) – Writer, Activist, Advocate, Auntie
Michelle (@CONtessa_966) – Writer for Three if By Space, Tweeter of live TV, Hockey Fanatic & Wiener Dog Mama!
Carol (@angelwow6970) – Writer, TV Nerd, Lover of all things magic
Katherine (@Shank35Shank) – fangirl, bookseller, and unrepentant dork
Lauralea (@DExHooker) – Writer, dog momma, Stitchers obsessive, Camsten addict.
1. The feels were intense this week. Which pairing hit you the hardest?
Diane (@Dianthrax): Oh wow, tough choice…for me it’s a tie between Penny & Kady finally reconciling, and Alice & Julia saying out loud to each other what we had already figured out, leading to them opening up about their traumas.
Michelle (@CONtessa_966): Fen and Eliot. Poor Fen!!! She has been through so much, and Eliot has been a crappy husband to her – you can’t help but to feel her heartbreak.
Carol (@angelwow6970): Eliot and Fen’s little talk hit me the hardest. The heartfelt things Eliot said to Fen brought me to tears. Especially when Fen asked, “How could I not know?” Instant heartbreak.
Katherine (@Shank35Shank): My feels were felt with Margo and Eliot discussing Filory and how she has worked triple hard to keep her authority. Fen just messed up my world when she learned Fragile Human Child wasn’t hers.
Lauralea (@DExHooker): The heartbreak when discovering Fray not only wasn’t theirs, but that their daughter died as an infant. My soft spot for Eliot is growing week by week, and the sheer devastation on his face spoke wonders. That and the fact he was willing to trade away all their leverage to protect Fray – the depth of Eliot’s heart has yet to be discovered. I love him all the more for his sacrifice and loss.
2. Turns out Fray was just another pawn in the Fairy Queen’s bigger game. Did that help or hurt your opinion of her?
Diane: Well it didn’t hurt my opinion of Frail Human/Fray since I never really thought that much of her. It did make me feel slightly sorry for her – but then I remembered that this means she knew Fen and Eliot weren’t her real parents the whole time, and I felt significantly less sorry for her.
Michelle: I was cautious of Fray this whole time, and for that reasoning. I didn’t ever think that she really was their daughter, but that Fairy Queen has seriously got to go.
Carol: I suspected she was a pawn. I never fully trusted her. I believe she will take time to heal then come back as an ally to Margo and Eliot and kick fairy ass.
Katherine: Thing is, I’m a bit cynical about the Queen saying Fray wasn’t theirs. I think she played them both and is playing for time. How this will pan out. I don’t know, but it’s not over yet.
Lauralea: My opinion of Fray? That poor kid – she’s been brainwashed, isolated, and is looking for love in the wrong places. Watching her realize the lack of emotion held towards her by her queen, but the depth of emotion held for her by Eliot, justifying her decision to betray the Queen – I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Fray. Even if they’re not blood, Eliot and Fen are the only family she has at this point. Something good will come of this.
3. Who do we think put the Floaters in their (piked) place?
Diane: I think angry native Fillorians who wanted to strike back against the Mountain People, who had basically been pillaging their homes, were responsible for the floaters on pikes, foreshadowing the predicament Margo and Eliot would later find themselves in.
Michelle: Fairy Queen or Stone Queen. They both want to take over and will do just about anything to make that happen.
Carol: It’s a toss up between the Fairy Queen and the Stone Queen or that little shit Prince Fomar. All want war in the kingdom.
Katherine: I think the Fillorians got riled up by the Fairy Queen, who conned them into doing the terror.
Lauralea: Um, I’m going to go with the pitch fork wielding villagers. Fillorians seem to be just a tad blood thirsty this week.
4. There were a few small moments of brevity this week. Do you have a favorite?
Diane: All of the lighter moments I enjoyed most were of Penny and Kady; whether he was explaining the lamest break-out plan in history, saying “I love you” before turning into a book and sent to the Underworld, or just trying to get her to smile. It was all so sweet and timely that I just adored every second.
Michelle: Alice and Julia. I never thought that giving Alice the magic was a good idea, and honestly, I wasn’t sure that she would come back for Julia after hurting her. I’m glad that she realized her terrifying dark side and gave the magic back. Now let’s work on Julia doing something good with it instead of moping.
Carol: Alice running up to Julia after she hurt her. I figured she’d walk away. Kady kicked ass! Love seeing her back to her old self. Have to give props to the Fairy Queen, always ten steps ahead of the game.
Katherine: I just love Harriet and Poppy. They know what they want and will take no crap to get it.
Lauralea: Q and Poppy. Aside from the fact that as a Q&A shipper, I’m not hissing mad at Poppy – I think she taking that second and kissing Q out of his thoughts was brilliant. She put an immediate stop to the bleak path that Q tends to travel down with the simple thought that a bit of pleasure will set them right.
5. If you had to make a deal with either Harriet or Irene McAllistair, who would you choose?
Diane: I would choose Harriet, no question. Something about that McAllistair woman just seems really off-putting and untrustworthy to me…
Michelle: Harriet, I think that overall she’s trustworthy but you need to be wanting the same thing she does.
Carol: This one’s hard. Irene is a timid Librarian who Penny pissed off by not fulfilling his duty to the library, and we all know she’s all about the rules. Harriot I’m still not sure about. I want to know the deal she made with Kady.
Katherine: Not Harriet because I’d fear for my life but definitely Irene. She’s a fun, creative, and likes to party.
Lauralea: McAllistair. At least her goals are selfish, whatever I’d get into owing her a favor will undoubtedly be for a selfish purpose. With Harriet, her goals are far more globally spread – I’d be far more likely to end up arrested or dead performing for her!
6. Any guesses as to what “excretia of a magical creature” Julia was snorting?
Diane: I have no idea what Julia was snorting, but “excretia” of a magical creature can’t possibly be any worse than the “essence” of a god that Alice had to drink in order to face the Beast! *Gag*
Michelle: I think that question is better left unanswered…
Carol: The dried cum of a magical creature like Ember or worse.
Katherine: Honestly, I do not want to know what Julia snorted. It makes my innards turn.
Lauralea: Um… considering what Alice had to drink in 1st season, I’m not exactly sure I’d want to wager a guess. For the sake of my sanity, I’ll go with bone meal – ground up unicorn horn or something like that. I won’t allow myself to travel the unspoken path, lol!
7. Of the six short stories we’re getting next week, whose are you looking forward to the most?
Diane: I am really, truly excited to see Harriet’s story next week! It will be intriguing to discover how this story it is told from her point of view, as well as how silence and sound are used to aid in that storytelling. And admittedly, I’m curious to see what happened to Fray.
Michelle: Ooh, well tracking down the key in the Underworld, and also poor Eliot and Margo. They’ve found themselves in a pickle with their Fillorians, and I have a feeling the “Mega-Bitches” are gonna come back out in them!
Carol: Margo and Eliot being kidnapped. Who the fuck are these people and why are they so pissed?!
Katherine: I want to know where our friend Penny is? Inside the dragon? In the underworld?
Lauralea: Naturally, my knee jerk reaction is going to be Alice. She’s my girl, my go to, my center – but…Poppy. I am excited to get to know Poppy. I love Felicia Day, and I want to love Poppy – so, tonight I’ll break from my norm. Poppy, final answer. (or maybe Eliot).
Final Verdict: Truths and sorrows have us crying into our omelets in The Magicians 3X07 “Poached Eggs”
There were so many truth bombs this week that the Fairy Queen’s bath would have stayed bubbly forever. Fray isn’t Eliot and Fen’s daughter. Kady’s entire speech to Penny while escaping. Alice and Julia admitting their fears to each other. Then, of course, we have the entire cast throwing down powerful and haunting performances!
Do we feel uneasy about Poppy injecting herself into the quest so easily? Yes. It definitely seems a little disconcerting that she essentially forces her way into our squad’s lives within hours of meeting Quentin. Speaking of which, hands off our depressed bae!
Obviously, we’re frantic for Margo and Eliot in the hands of an angry mob. We want to know what happened to Fray. Is she really gone forever? What did the Fairy Queen have planned all along? Will Penny find the key and Benedict? Will Fen be okay? So many questions! Thank heavens we get six stories next week!