Primetime Picks… 1/29/20

Jan 29 Posted by in Features | Comments

On last week’s episode of The Magicians, Alice used dark magic to bring Quentin back in golem form in hopes that he would be able to translate the document she had found. However, things didn’t quite go as planned, and Q came back as the 12-year-old version of himself, unable to read the document. Julia immediately recognized her childhood friend and was upset at Alice for using dark magic to bring him back. However, Quentin’s visit was short-lived. He was only there to help Alice properly say goodbye to Q and then vanish.

In Fillory, Margo was locked in a magic-proof cell with no way to get out. However, earlier Eliot had come across Jane Chatwin’s cabin, where he obtained three magical stamps that could be delivered to anyone, anywhere, at any time. So after a couple misfires, they used the stamps to warn Josh, and he Fen, Tick, and some others, managed to transport themselves ahead 300 years and avoid being executed. Now they have to put together a plan to take back the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Kady was in New York City with Pete. They were supposed to be trying to track down who stole the book deposit from the Library, but instead Kady was at a hedge witch bar, where she met and went home with a guy. When she woke up, her memory had been wiped and she had a massive hangover…even though she hadn’t been drinking. The guy she was with also didn’t remember anything. So Penny used a spell to help see what went on the previous night. They soon discovered that her one-night-stand was some kind of Manchurian Candidate sleeper agent. He once again activate and attacked Kady. But before she could get him to reveal who he was working for, the man killed himself.

As the episode came to a close, we discovered that Eliot had lied about using the second stamp, so there was still one left, and Eliot held an envelope addressed to “Quentin Coldwater Before He Went To the Seam”.

Who sent the sleeper agents to wipe Pete and Kady’s memories and why? And what did they want with the stuff they had stolen? Will Alice finally accept the Library’s offer to be the new Librarian? Will Margo, Eliot and the others be able to defeat the Dark King and take back their kingdom? Will Eliot mail his letter to Quentin? And will we ever see Q again? The latter seems unlikely as the producers seem adamant that Jason Ralph isn’t returning, but I wouldn’t put it past these showrunners to work the long con.

In tonight’s episode, “The Mountain of Ghosts”, Eliot and Alice go for a hike; Fen gets a haircut.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Schooled, Single Parents, Riverdale, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Party of Five, and 68 Whiskey.

For additional suggestions on what to check out tonight, including new episodes of Awkwafina is Nora from Queens and S.W.A.T., check out the If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/29/20 post at