First, my disclaimer. I have not watched the last two episodes. The Magicians seems to always end on a cliffhanger, so I typically stop watching an episode or two before the end so it hopefully makes the wait easier. Debatable if that works, especially when you consider I still read the spoilers. J
Anyway, I think I might be done with this show. Or at least I don’t think I’ll be paying for it anymore. (I currently watch through Amazon Prime.) I don’t think I’ve been watching the show the showrunners have been telling, if you get my meaning. This season seems to end with a couple of themes/storylines I just didn’t expect to see in this show. So there is a disconnect between the show I *thought* I was watching and the story they are trying to tell.
The showrunners have known since before the first word was written for season four that this was the end for Jason/Quentin. That means all the storylines related to him were on purpose. They told the story they wanted to tell. Meaning…
One, Alice was isolated all season because they wanted her to be isolated. They resolutely refused to build relationships between her and the other characters and instead kept her focus on Quentin. Why??? Why was it important that she ends the season without other significant relationships? Maybe next season will explore that, but I’m not sure I care enough to stick around for that.
Two, Quentin spent all season being sad, depressed, and miserable just to kill him off in the end. What sort of message does that send? Life sucks and then you die? But everything is better? All so we could have fifteen minutes exploring whether or not he died so he could save his friends or commit suicide? Yeah, this could be somewhat irresponsible.
Three, they wanted their heterosexual, white, cis couple back together in the end regardless if it made sense. I was really excited a few episodes back when it looked like Quentin was clearly over Alice. People. Move. On. And I was excited to see a show I loved showing how one partner moves on when the other hasn’t moved on quite as much. That’s totally realistic and heartbreaking. But somehow in the last two episodes, Quentin decided he still wanted her. When I first heard he took her back I was hoping it was so they could explore how someone with low self-esteem and depression might go back to someone even if they know it’s not a good relationship for them simply because they don’t feel they could do better. That would have been a different way to approach the love triangle. Alice, the old relationship, but known, against Eliot, the scary new relationship. But nope. Quentin just needed a girlfriend so his death could be more tragic. Ugh.
Four, yes, people like people who like other people. And, yes, sometimes people die before you can tell them you like them. Totally realistic. Know what? I just don’t care. There is nothing in my life at this moment that makes me want to spend time on a story that is realistic in a sad and depressing way. Is it a valid story to tell? Absolutely. No question. It’s just not a story *I* want to watch. There was no reason to revisit A Life in a Day and bait the audience like that. Because I don’t care what they say, *that* was baiting the audience. They are aware enough of LBGT storylines in popular culture and their show specifically to know a portion of the audience would latch on to that. Teasing that without any sort of payoff at all. Not even a real meeting between Eliot and Quentin…
Yeah, I think I might be done. I’ll totally watch the last two episodes eventually.
Sadly this is not the first time I’ve had to realize the show I was watching was not the show the showrunners were trying to tell. Maybe it really is me. Apparently, Joss Whedon (and Co.) and I have different ideas on whether or not Angel is a good boyfriend. J