Episode Breakdown: Hotel Spa Potions

Warning: Spoilers for Hotel Spa Potions

You know how every show has exciting episodes and plot building episodes? For me, Hotel Spa Potions is a plot-building episode. Team Brakebills continues their efforts to stop The Beast and fix Fillory. Meanwhile, The Beast is The Beast in his effort to take up as much space as possible while Julia attempts to find a way to defeat the trickster god. That’s it basically, except for all the sarcasm and character development that makes the show really fun!

In this episode, it seemed like Margo and The Beast were playing the same role for their respective gangs. They both kept pointing out how rough and hard and pointless things are, but with flourish! Margo offered deadpan observations and The Beast delivered most of his message by way of Broadway-style song.

The best part of the episode, the best best part – Bigby! That Pixie is so much fun! She is an expert in battle magic, makes Dean Fogg satisfyingly uncomfortable, and talks about sex nonstop. I haven’t enjoyed a character so much since we met Alice Quinn’s parent’s special friend, the traveller. read more

The Dangerous Truth of Reading Books

With the beginning of season two of The Magicians, I have decided to reread Lev Grossman’s beautifully crafted novels; any excuse, am I right? Today I got just a few pages into the first book when Grossman’s description of the relationship Quentin has with the Fillory books resonated so strongly with me:

But there was a more seductive, more dangerous truth to Fillory that Quentin couldn’t let go of. It was almost like the Fillory books – especially the first one, The World in the Walls – were about reading itself. […] it’s like he’s opening the covers of a book, but a book that did what books always promised to do and never actually quite did: get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. (The Magicians, Lev Grossman) read more