Here’s the first trailer for SyFy’s The Magicians TV series, which has been picked up for a full season and will air in 2016! These books are some of my favourites of all time, and in the past I’ve talked about some of the approaches I hope SyFy takes for the show. It’s all just my wishful thinking, mind.
Anyway, the trailer looks very stylish, although I still don’t really like the ageing up of all the characters. I suppose I’ll get used to it quickly if the actors are good in their roles — and I have no reason to suspect they’re not!
Now let me talk about a few of the things I noticed…
First of all, it’s interesting how many scenes they packed into the trailer, considering that they only filmed the pilot so far. For instance, here’s a shot of Quentin standing by a clock tree in Fillory:
And here’s what’s almost certainly the Beast invading the classroom:
The moths or butterflies are very visually striking, and an interesting change from the solitary branch that obscured the Beast’s face in the book.
I very much doubt that all of these scenes will take place in the pilot. I suspect that, alongside the pilot, the studio filmed some quick moments from later episodes just for the benefit of the trailer. But I could be wrong. I really have no idea what liberties SyFy will take in the adaptation.
Next up, some quick thoughts about characters. In the trailer we get plenty of Eliot and Julia, as well as some glimpses of Alice, Margo (AKA Janet) and Penny. But we don’t see Josh! Or do we? Here’s two screenshots that I think might show Josh:
That first one looks like it could take place during a Welters game. In the book, that was where Josh first demonstrated his true powers, which involved a sphere of energy floating in the air just like this. Could that be Josh on the right, creating the sphere? Or it could be him on the left, staring at the sphere while someone else tries to dispel it? Either way I’m really disappointed that they didn’t cast a big, chunky guy to play him!
But I might be wrong, so here’s a second shot which might include him:
Is that Josh in the back right? He seems like a slightly bigger guy, but he looks a little emo with that eye makeup. My loveable, goofy image of Josh doesn’t really fit anyone in the trailer. Perhaps he just hasn’t been cast or filmed yet. God forbid they cut him out completely. Josh is the heart and soul of the books!
Finally, I’m wondering if this is Dean Fogg:
This seems to be the scene where Quentin accepts tuition. This character was also central in the magic-testing scene earlier in the trailer. I’m 90% sure it’s Dean Fogg, and the casting seems okay but I’m just disappointed SyFy didn’t go with my personal choice! (:P)
NB: I haven’t really kept up with the casting news beyond the Physical Kids, so this being Dean Fogg might be a known thing. Let me know in the comments!
I’m very excited to see how this show turns out. Don’t let us down, SyFy!