Episode Breakdown: The Girl Who Told Time

The Girl Who Told Time. If I have learned anything this season it is that names of episodes are fairly important. This one is a clear nod to the Fillory books and Jane Chatwin. Will we be bumping into another time or dimension of the Chatwins or are we going to see more about time manipulation from Julia? Or could it have more to do with this new mystery woman who may/ probably hexed a librarian to get into the restricted area?

Episode Breakdown: Lesser Evils

Lesser Evils, is there ever such a thing? Often I think we talk about lesser evils as a way to convince ourselves that our actions are somehow justified because we could have done something worse. This episode is aptly named. This is the part where I want to throw in a snide comment that goes something like this: they could have picked a worse musical number to shove into the middle of the episode. Yes, yes I’m sure we are all musical theatre lovers, but still the plot connection felt weak. Then again, I am a sucker for a musical number…. Ahhhh my cynical heart is crumbling just that fast. Elle Lipson and John McNamara, your writing gets me right in the feels!

Looking Forward from “Plan B”

Last week I missed out talking about “Plan B”; I’m afraid the flu took me down for a few days. So instead of discussing the episode let’s imagine what is to happen next.

“Plan B” is my favorite episode of the season. I have watched it a few times (there are a few benefits being down with the flu) and the plot is totally absorbing. All of our characters are back together exchanging sardonic comments and acting as the dysfunctional magical team that we all know and love.

Senses of a Magician and Creating Stronger Spells

Most magicians are so happy to have magic in their lives, or are too unhappy in general, to show any interest in how magic actually works. Time is devoted to finding and mastering the art of spell casting. Fingers deftly bending in rhythm with words old as cuneiform in clay tablets. Each motion, each syllable bends unseen forces to the will of the caster. Now think of the role of the caster’s senses and how useful they can be in creating the rhythm of a proper spell.

Most non-magicals in the U.S.A. believe that there are five senses. It isn’t anyone’s fault per se, as there seems to be a trend among educators to teach what textbooks say, regardless of updates by the scientific community. Other non-magicals are aware of at least nine human senses. To recap, for humans not effected by injury or developmental difference, those senses include:

  • Touch
  • Taste
  • Smell
  • Hearing
  • Sight
  • Balance
  • Temperature
  • Movement
  • Pain

However, this is not the end of perception and senses for magicians and hedge witches alike. In fact, even some non-magicals have access to perception of other senses through their neural wiring and we are still figuring out how this works. read more