Several characters in “Home Improvement,” the identify of this week’s funnier-than-normal episode of The Magicians, cope with some idea of home. First, there’s Fen, who does some thing she will for her fatherland, even if that which means present process back-breaking yard paintings for the meant prophet in her desires. There’s additionally Alice, who should visit her mother to solid a region spell for Zelda, the Librarian who has her personal home-related preference to find her daughter inside the mirror realm. And then there’s a totally-pregnant Poppy (a recurring individual played by Felicia Day), who’s expanding her personal domestic — first by means of stealing dragon sperm to inseminate a dragon egg, and then through embracing the human infant developing inside her. Home for the group is a fickle aspect, something so flittering it’s difficult to keep directly to, yet something so effective that it drives our characters to head top notch lengths to maintain (or push away).
Fen’s idea of home is arguably the maximum uncomplicated and, ultimately, the maximum challenged. Fen is a toddler of Fillory: her entire existence has been committed to protective her home united states of america. It’s this dedication that drives her to go on a quest (with Margo coming along as her wing-female) to discover the purveyor of her prophetic goals. This same dedication reasons her and Margo to get conned through a woman pretending to be the prophet, although fortuitously, the handiest fee to them for doing so is some hours of menial exertions. Less fortunately, however, while Fen subsequently confronts the actual prophet in a dream (a dream wherein she’s transport Margo and Josh, no much less), the cat-like creature tells Fen that her future lies with usurping High King Margo.
Meanwhile, Alice should face a home she’s run away from — she needs her mom, Samantha, to cast a spell. But the 2 have never gotten alongside, and their rift has grown into a chasm because her father died. Alice’s resentment reasons their first attempts to forged the spell to fail, and it’s only when two Librarians show up to arrest Samantha’s buddy Carol (who sells unlawful attractive-time voodoo magic) that they admit that they love each different, despite the fact that they don’t like each other very a whole lot. Love is all that’s wished though, and the spell works, permitting Alice to meet her give up of her cope with Zelda. Zelda holds up her stop of the bargain: to loose Alice’s new buddy Sheila from the Library’s clutches. Sheila, but, has under the influence of alcohol the Library Kool-Aid and end up a junior Librarian. Alice is distraught however apparently at the fence approximately the Library on the end of the episode. Maybe Sheila is right? Maybe the Library will be a new home for her?
The weirdest storyline revolving around the concept of home this week, though, belongs to Poppy and her infatuation with dragons. Quentin and Julia negotiate with Harold, the herald of the dragon of the East River (puns, as usually, abound in The Magicians) about trading for one of the stone organs Eliot-Monster is collecting. As fee for the stone, Harold sends them on a assignment to recover a vial of blue liquid that a person stole for the dragon’s hoard. That a person turns out to be Poppy, who’s very pregnant and camping out within the Physical Kids Cottage at Brakebills. Poppy, as we noticed in earlier seasons, is a dragon fanatic: she’s even written dragon pornography! The gang unearths out that she’s inseminated a dragon egg (that blue elixir she stole turned into dragon sperm), and the to-be-born dragon has ensorcelled all who contact it, which includes Poppy, Quentin, and, when he attempts to steal it, Penny 23. Julia, given her former-god fame, is immune from the egg’s powers, and she or he and Kady run back to the East River to trade the dragon egg for the stone organ Eliot-Monster wishes.
While these storylines greater or much less solve themselves this episode, all of them pressure the larger arcs of the season ahead each in terms of man or woman improvement and possibly future plot points. Julia, for example, is advised through Harold that she wishes to exchange her contemporary god-with-no-power popularity ASAP, and to achieve this, she desires to locate a person called the Binder. Kady additionally touches on the complete hedge witch versus Library brouhaha by way of ordering Pete to show in the hedge witch who blew up the Modesto branch, something in an effort to probable reason troubles within the destiny, one manner or the opposite. Alice and Fen also face emotional turning factors on the quit of the episode: will Alice team up with the Library? Will Fen fulfill her destiny and betray Margo?
One component that’s clear is that the simmering warfare with the Library will circulate to the the front burner over the following few episodes. Whether this arc clashes with the one related to the Eliot-Monster remains uncertain — Quentin has another stone organ, but still no plan on a way to keep Eliot and rid the arena of an unspeakable evil. Maybe the monster will simply peace out once it gathers the stones and recollects who or what it’s far? Maybe the Library will recognize the error in their methods and release their hold on magic? Given the gang’s song document, I doubt it.