My first experience with Sci-Fi shows was the original Star Trek. In the 70's the show was in syndication and available on TV as a Saturday re-run. I thought Spock was cool. I thought phasers were cool. "Cool" was probably the extent of my vocabulary at the time.
My next Sci-Fi experience was of course Star Wars, which I saw in the theater in Pinconning. The theater is gone now but I still remember the movie. It was awesome. "Awesome" being much better than "cool" in my boyhood parlance.
I've discovered that I can get my fill of Sci-Fi fair on demand on the internet. That has led me to check out shows that I would never have watched otherwise. Recently I worked my way though the entire Dark Angel series and I've been checking out the Magicians program that the Sci-Fi Channel is producing.
I'm seeing one long continuing theme in these programs, in a word, "relationships". Is Max ever going to get busy with Eyes Only? Season one they were falling uncomfortably in love. Season two she is infected with a genetically modified virus that will kill him if they make physical contact. Then the one time they figure out a temporary cure they, run off to save the transgenic mutant crisis de jure instead of, as Max put it, "having a quickie".
Come on already! First off the show is (supposedly) about super human transgenic soldiers that have escaped a secret government base. Apparently they all moved to Seattle. The most dramatic story James Cameron could come up with was if Max was going to show her B-cups to Logan Cale. No wonder they didn't let him make a third season.
The Magicians is based on a series of books I never heard of or read. From what I gather its supposed to be based on a storyline that's similar to a college age Hogwarts. Since I never read Harry Potter, or the other books, I can't say. I found the first episode on You Tube and watched it. I thought it had potential so I've followed the first few weeks worth of shows via the internet.
Hillary Kelly has describe The Magicians as both:
"This is a hokey horror show about millennials, and that's a good thing."
"Harry Potter with cocaine and oral sex!"Since Kelly gives off a "fan vibe", take both comments as positive from her POV.
Let me summarize what they've done with Season 1 so far.
There's a group of 20 somethings, who make up the main cast of characters. Quentin Coldwater is the male lead character. He is the most awesomest magician ever if he could just stay out of the mental hospital, and/or pissy self absorbed PMS like moods that he seems to be stuck in. He gets into this supper cool magic school. Julia Wicker is his long time friend. She can do magic too, but she doesn't get into the school. She is living with Quentin's best non-magic friend. They are in true love. That doesn't keep Julia from dropping her knickers for guys that will help her learn magic.
Quentin's roommate at magic school is into doing some other chick at the school. They kinda show them doing it. Personally I've never done it with a women and let her keep her top on, but that's just me. Eliot Waugh, is he gay and after Quentin's magic brooding booty, or is he after the girl he hangs with, or is it just a mixed up muddled world? Either way look for a sex scene soon.
That brings us to Alice Quinn. She's Quentin's friend. Her wardrobe looks like it was designed specifically to cause the viewer to think of geeky yet semi-sexy school girl fantasies. I know that's my first thought every time she is on screen. Com'on already, short skits, thighs a little too thick, knitted sweeter a little to tight. I hear J Gilles start to sing when she shows up. So I Googled Olivia Taylor Dudley (the actresses name) plus sex tape and while I didn't click any of the links to verify, found that there is more than one out there.
Because, its a show about magic.
But, its not. It's a show about relationships and sex. Is Eliot a queer? Is he Bi? When are Quentin and Alice going to do it? Is Julia going to break up with her non-magic boyfriend or just keep cheating on him to learn more spells? This isn't what Sci-Fi should be about. We already have a descriptive for these kinds of shows, Soap Opera.
Yeah I know, there was always speculation if Captain Kirk was going to bang the green alien. Somehow they still managed to fly the Enterprise around the galaxy and do space stuff. If someone wants to make a Soap Opera, fine. Just stop trying to blend what could be good Sci-Fi stories with soft porn. The stories suffer and lose entertainment value, and the sex isn't nearly as interesting as what's available just a few clicks away.