The other day I mentioned The Shannara Chronicles as one of my favorite new series from last year as it moves to Spike this week. The other series I really liked has already had its second season: The Magicians on Syfy.
The series is based on a trilogy by Lev Grossman and follows a young man named Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) as he gets accepted into Brakebills Academy, a college for magicians. Now, this may sound like a early-20s version of Harry Potter — and that's what I thought going in, as well — but let me assure you, it is definitely not.
The Magicians is one of the coolest and most twisted shows on television. Every time you think you know where it's going, it turns and takes a much darker path. Yet, it keeps a bit of humor and gives us a group of characters that you would expect to hate, but are all likable. You want to see what they're doing. It is unlike anything else on television.
Grossman is at the New York Comic Con this weekend hosting the Doomsday Countdown panel with Geoff Johns, and you can watch the video below of the author and comic fan talking about the Watchmen series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, as well as just what Johns and DC are up to. But at the same time, Syfy has released a short video that recaps the first two season of The Magicians very well. It's filled with spoilers, but it also gives you a good idea of just how crazy the show can be.
The Magicians is getting a third season, which will start in 2018.