It All Starts with A Spark
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It turns out, not all magic is gone. For reasons I am sure are sparking all kinds of debate across the fandom, Julia is able to produce a few sparks from her fingers. Quentin dubs himself the sidekick of “whatever [she] turns out to be,” re-teaming a fan-favorite duo. These two are better when they’re together! They set out to find any other gods that might be hanging about to help them get in touch with the even older gods. I’m sure they’ll be lining up to help out the guy who killed one of their peers.
When in doubt, always ask your stoner buddies. Stoner friends have connections EVERYWHERE, and Brakebill’s resident ganja gourmet guru knows just the guy! Impressing the god of drunken debauchery comes with a price. Bacchus is willing to hear them out as long as they don’t kill his buzz. Quentin and Julia work up some liquid courage in the stairwell before busting out the right moves to get to entertain a god. While Bacchus pours shots the color of painful memories from my college days, we learn through the drug-induced haze that Prometheus loves humans (he gave us fire and molded us out of clay after all), and will certainly help them restore magic. The only problem is he’s dead. Frat-boy Bacchus recalls as his face was burning off during his last meeting with Prometheus, there was something about a back door, possibly in a brothel? A tidbit that will undoubtedly come in handy at some point this season. Any guesses as to what he meant?
A Fairy Occupation in Fillory
The fairies have come to Fillory. With no magic to defend themselves, Eliot and Margo are left to do their bidding. The fairy queen has taken a particular interest in making Margo miserable, sending her on fools errands for worms while toying with Margo’s forfeit eyeball like a pet. When it becomes apparent that they have a spy among them, our fearless rulers have to get creative to come up with a plan. In one of the best scenes in television ever, in my humble opinion, they are able to use pop culture references (with subtitles to let us in on the fun). Between Battlestar Galactica, Gossip Girl (xoxo), Game of Thrones, and even Buffy (Hush was the best episode, for sure), they cast a wide enough net to tickle the fancy of any little fan boy or girl who happened to be watching.
The Great Cock
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Eliot gets his Robin Hood on and heads off to find one of Fillory’s favorite wish granting creature. Instead he comes face to face with a great cock! Nothing Eliot can’t handle… Rather than granting wishes, this creature is sending Eliot and his friends on The Quest of The Seven Keys, which will presumably unlock magic. The Great Cock warns Eliot that he will have to use his friends to complete the quest. These friends are: the one-eyed conqueror (Margo, obvi), the traveler (Penny), the fool (Quentin?), the god touched (Julia), the lover of tomatoes (many believe this is Josh. Because he’s a cook? I need to research this), and the torture artist. Eliot says he is lost on that one, I have a feeling that Alice’s stint as a niffin has left her with a new definition of pain and the ability to inflict it. The permanent scowl she has adopted stabs plenty!
Who needs owls or ravens when you can have bunny messenger? Eliot discovers he can use the Fillorian bunnies to send messages between worlds, cluing Quentin and team Earth in on the new quest. The first step is to find a book in New Jersey which contains…blank pages. Back in Fillory Eliot needs a boat, and Fen (who has taken to talking to logs and bunnies in place of her kidnapped baby) knows just the one. Book readers, could this be The Muntjac perhaps?
The Rest of The Gang
Here’s a quick roundup of the rest of the Brakebills Bunch.
- Penny can still travel even though magic is dead and still has magic cancer.
- Kady is continuing to bargain for Penny’s life, and is given a book of her own to decipher to that end.
- Alice is scowling around diners and doing some bargaining of her own, trading blood for information about the lamprey, a creature who is after revenge for something Alice did as a niffin. Could this be the key to the torture artist nickname? She has also developed cravings for bacon. Quentin on the brain?
Tune in and check back with me next week as The Quest for The Seven Keys unfolds!