The Magicians is an easy sequel as it has all the heart and dirty street magic of The Sandman, open takes on sex and love, a great love story or two, and roots in classic children’s literature.
This Harry Potter in Graduate School show was a smash hit for Syfy right from the start, based on (some would say tweaks) Lev Grossman’s 2009 novel. Queerness, identity, addiction, jealousy, sadness and humor are all the bright ones Jewels in this show that adores its Narnia references the same way Neil Gaiman’s work adores its own darknesses.
If you’ve been touched by classic themes like The Sound of Her Wings or any of the incredibly moving death scenes we get in The Sandman, you know there’s a place for you with The Magicians, the one Bleeding has heart to go with his alcoholic belly upset. While Inverse notes that The Magicians’ magic relies almost entirely on instinct, there’s also a familiar strain of street magic at work here. Hedge witches similar to Mad Hettie from “The Sandman” abound and eventually become a major political force.
If you enjoy the larger magical moments of The Sandman, such as a deceptively young Greek witch bringing the moon to a tenement in town in A Game of You, or the high magic of Roderick Burgess, you will I love the adventures of “The Magicians”. However, it’s the human heart beating beneath it all, and possibly some random musical numbers that will be your fondest memories.