We Review the Latest Episode of The Magicians SN02 EP12 -‘Ramifications’
After returning from the Underworld, The Magicians is back for another new episode. It looks like things won’t be so cut and dry after Julia (Stella Maeve) took Alice’s (Olivia Taylor Dudley) shade. How will they bring back Alice with her shade? Apparently, Quentin (Jason Ralph) wants nothing more than to have Alice in his life again. They go to see the Russian Professor Mayakovsky (Brían F. O’Byrne )and show him the work they have gathered. They find out that he has a large magic battery and through a guilt trip convinces him to help. He did turn Alice’s brother into a niffin after all. With the aid of the Russian professor and the massive amount of magic, they bring Alice back. Alice is intensely angry at Quentin for bringing her back. He knew she would be, but he also knew he couldn’t live without her. Sylvia tells him there a fountain that leads to the Poison Room. This certainly is a positive thing as it cuts down tremendously on work they’d need to do otherwise. As a traveller, he knows what he needs to do.
Elliot (Hale Appleman) appears before Quentin and tells him what happened asking for the button. Quentin, of course, has no button after giving it up to the dragon. After a humorous Homestarrunner joke which I wouldn’t have expected, he sees Alice and realizes why he gave up the button. The rather stupid man Josh (Trevor Einhorn) has become the new High King, and after he brings up Hakuna Matata, he wins over his closest people. They then have a tirade when they start smoking pot, and it seems like everything is okay, but is it really? Julia goes to Kady (Jade Tailor) who won’t have any of it until she begs for her help. Kady finally agrees and reveals John Gaines (Christopher Gorham) is here and that Reynard (Mackenzie Astin)is in love with Persephone. They figure that it wouldn’t hurt for John to learn magic as he does want to help take out his father for good. Eliot and Quentin talk about Alice and Mayakovsky. They learn that the magic clock is still an open portal to Fillory. It looks like they must find it. It just so happens that Quentin saw this clock in the first episode of the series, so they have an inkling about how to find it now. Meanwhile, Margot (Summer Bishil) goes to see Josh, upset that he hasn’t looked for her. He stupidly asks for kindness, and she tells him just to do it. Margot really is a queen.
Penny (Arjun Gupta) and Sylvia (Roan Curtis) find the fountain to the poison room. She tells him of a blank-pagening that she learned of after reading Kanye’s book. They head into the fountain and its time to get to work. The room really isn’t a place for humans. It is poisonous after all. Kady’s plan goes into action when John goes to talk to Reynard. He finds that his father knew what he was doing and he killed his wife. Reynard hopes that his son will one day find him. This is certainly one of the creepiest ways to lure a son to the dark side that is for sure. Quentin and Eliot locate the clock that will transport them back to Fillory at a man’s house. After learning he is into Fillory as much as Quentin, Eliot uses a little magic, and they find out he really is. He is one of the gods of Fillory, Umber in the flesh. Julia (Stella Maeve) and Kady learn how to summon Reynard through deception. John comes and uses his power to save Julia from dealing with Reynard. He is truly a good guy and definitely subverts his father’s plot to use him later. Mayakovsky talks to Alice and gets her to realize that being a human will allow her to change the world. For being such an awful man, it is clear that Quentin’s words earlier have made him rethink things. He truly says something profound, and it is clear that it affects Alice. He gives her Adderall and tells her it will help her regain her powers. John makes Kady do the ritual, and Julia says she will take care of the rest. Meanwhile, Umber won’t take Eliot seriously as without him there is only chaos. Meanwhile, Penny and Sylvia are troubled by the poison room, if Sylvia isn’t left there, they both will die. He heads back to see Kady with the book in hand.
Josh is cornered by Eliot’s new husband’s son, and it looks like his time alive may be ending. Quentin is angry with Umber who won’t fix the chaos he caused. Eliot pleads with Umber and is given the clock before warning that his brother loves nothing more than a whimsical death. Ember certainly is quite the villain it seems. Using up John’s God essence and a magic spell they will have one chance to kill Reynard. With Penny in treatment, the only thing Kady can do is help Julia. Josh drinks the potion and teleports into the fairy realm when he sees Fen (Brittany Curran). Looks like he really is a hero now. Kady in hopes of helping Julia goes to confront Reynard and tells him she killed John because he asked her too. The storm they cause stops when Persephone appears before them. Julia is angry especially when she asks him to save Reynard. In a twist, Reynard is Persephone’s son. Kady is mad at Julia for showing mercy after she killed John for it and Penny went to great lengths to help. Persephone for Julia’s mercy sends her shade making her whole again. While she might not have done the right thing at least, she has her shade.
Quentin goes to apologize to Alice and decides she needs time alone but only after telling her how amazing he knows she is. Eliot has a plan to conquer Fillory, but that is exactly what the Beast wanted. Hopefully, everything turns out alright for the season finale or at least that everyone doesn’t suffer some terrible end or attack. With the Season Finale so close, we will soon know what will come of our characters. Look forward to the Season Finale ‘We Have Brought You Little Cakes‘
- This episode finally ended the terrible acts of Reynard and showed us that Umber was alive. Setting up what is sure to be an amazing Season Finale.
- Reynard wasn't killed like originally planned, so he could come back.