I can safely say this is by far the most superior episode of the series, even with the presence of the worst truly awful and cringe-inspiring Irish accent I’ve encountered in media so far, possibly with the exception of that terrible “PS I Love You” film…. But outside of that, quite a lot befalls our protagonists. Penny fills in Julia and Quentin on the Monster or NotEliot’s nefarious and extremely well executed plan. He’s building a body, but it’s his sisters, he’s trying to bring her back to life. Plot Twist, we’ve seen the sister before, the girl who was on the sacrificial alter. The one he claimed was an innocent sacrificed in order to capture him and remove his powers and memory from him. Enulias and the other gods killed her. They chopped her up and turned her into four stone organs. Penny’s speculations about her being even worse are fairly well substantiated. If she got killed and he got imprisoned, it’s fair to reason that she was significantly more dangerous.
NotEltiot has an interesting conversation with a terminally ill woman, and Margo is currently on her own personal quest with her lizard safely tucked in her backpack. Along with some tunes given to her by Josh, an entire playlist of 80s divas. This is followed by one of the most enticingly bizarre scenes that I’ve witnessed as a viewer of all four seasons of this series, to those that have also followed, this is quite a statement. After licking her birthright lizard when she saw a dew drop on him and having been without water for an immeasurable time, she starts tripping balls. Seeing Eliot, among others, breaking into song..
Our High King-no-more happens across a group of nomads who hold the exact object that she requires to rid Eliot of NotEliot / ‘The Monster’. Interestingly, the tribe in question possesses these objects because the location of where they live, the landscape (ie. Sands) are alive, and target women anytime they get in any way outwardly emotional. They have no way to destroy the spirits but they figured out how to remove them from the bodies they possess and then capture them in confinement jars.
Margo is sent on a mission to build her own demon-possessing weapons, out into the desert, to find grains of black sand, enough to fill a large bag. (Anyone who has actually read the books will recognize this narrative thread. This was explored in detail in the trilogy series, specifically in the second series.) Which leaves us wondering, if this has been knitted in solely for the ideas and symbolism of the act or if the end result shall remain the same. Interestingly, it follows a similar thread but makes a slight change, it turns the episode into a mission of Margo’s to take down and deconstruct a male-centric repressive society, a mission in which she succeeds.
Zelda searches for proof that the Library is in fact behind the Hedge-Witches deaths, and searching to either disprove or prove the evidence that Alice found, that the Library are lying about the amount of ambien music that they’re allowing and feeding through the pipes. Zelda’s mentor Everett, it seems is behind the whole thing, Zelda’s own daughter Harriet witnessed him orchestrating this when she was in the mirror realm. Plot twist.
NotEliot unfortunately manages to get to Enulias before he can get to safety, but after witnessing his behaviour, it’s difficult for the viewer to have too much sympathy for a moron who won’t listen to a warning and mocks humans for worrying about time, before being untimely murdered. It leaves the Magicians at a loss, for what to do, wondering if now that NotEliot has all the pieces to remake his sister, is there any possibility that they can even attempt to defeat him? Would it make a difference if Julia was able to figure out how to get her “full-goddess” status back? We’ve many questions for next weeks episode. We can assume that the sister is going to be given the body of the terminally ill girl that NotEliot talked to in the bar.