September 29, 2020

‘The Magicians’ series finale gestures at completion with a pile of gifts

'The Magicians' series finale gestures at completion with a pile of gifts

If Syfy’s The Magicians were a person, its love language would be gifts.

Its greatest moments were well-earned treats dispensed to an audience careful enough to pay attention, like Season 3’s “A Life in the Day” episode that gave Quelliot shippers an entire episode of Quentin and Elliot’s love, its infinitely gif-able pop culture references, and the show’s many delightful musical numbers. Its weakest moments came when The Magicians failed to tie those moments together and wound up tangled in its own plot ribbon.

It makes sense, then, that the finale starts with a false Christmas. After our heroes are rescued from their latest heist by Santa Claus, the jolly old magician decorates their apartment with Christmas cheer and leaves each character a gift of some significance. It’s not Christmas in the show, and the truncated gift-receiving scene highlights how sad it is that The Magicians will never air a full holiday special, but the sentiment behind giving each character one last token set an apt tone for the beginning of the end. …

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