The Magicians – Season 2, Episode 6: “The Cock Barrens”

The Magicians – Season 2, Episode 6: “The Cock Barrens”
Grade: B

In the sixth episode of The Magicians season two, “The Cock Barrens,” while Quentin follows his ghostly sightings of Dead Alice and tries to put her soul to rest along with her parents at the funeral for her, Margo and Quentin are visited by their royal neighbors of Fillory in the north, and Julia and Kady search and find the woman who had previously banished Reynard.

Overall the episode fell flat a little—usually the stronger storylines feature Quentin and the Fillory crew, however the highlight here was Julia and Kady’s part in the episode, where Quentin’s time with Alice’s parents were more boring than interesting and we didn’t get any pay off until the very end with niffin-Alice returning, but only for a moment, presumably getting more in the next episode.


HIGHLIGHTS

Julia and Kady
search for the woman who had banished Reynard before and Julia finds her, only to be kidnapped by the woman while Kady is in search for a solution to Julia’s fetal demigod problem. While there’s sort of boring Fillory drama and Quentin being sad, Julia and Kady’s journey in killing Reynard is currently the most interesting storyline of the show, especially in this episode.

MIDTONES

Margo’s
dealing with Prince Es was interesting, because on the one hand, I love Margo and everything she does, but starting a war over all of this seems very uninteresting. The only solid part about all of the Fillory drama is Margo and Eliot as characters themselves, always being a brightspot of comedic relief, otherwise I’m just not that interested in what’s happening with Fillory right now. While in Fillory, Penny’s thinking the castle is missing and being stuck with the map maker was funny, and ultimately was the way in finding out what actually was happening with Prince Es, but I feel like Penny’s story is just…not great? I’m kind of sick of listening about his hands.

LOWLIGHTS

Quentin with Alice’s parents
could’ve been a great, but it was just very boring and very underwhelming. I am interested in where they’re going with niffin-Alice, I’m just upset that they made us go through all of that boring, sad moments with her parents and didn’t get the pay off of anything exciting except for a brief moment with niffin-Alice’s return.

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