Fans of ‘The Magicians’ will find a lot to love in Netflix’s ‘The Order’

by Netflix order is all about secret societies, magic and werewolves – and it has the same kind of weird, intriguing energy as Syfy magicians.

Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote an article called “Keep TV Weird” about how magicians and Legion benefited from being a bit awkward.

In the article, I talk about how the two shows are not affected by being placed in a specific box. They are a little different, a little strange. They’re both super smart, well-executed shows, but more than that, they give us real, relatable, and weird characters to fall in love with.

by Netflix order does the same.

It is certainly not an individual comparison with magicianswhich is without a doubt one of my favorite shows on TV right now. magicians benefits from an ever-expanding universe and four seasons of excellence.

But order has the potential to do so. At first, you are tricked into believing that it is all about a child’s mission to enter a secret society of magicians in order to avenge his mother’s death. Soon enough, however, you discover that there is another secret society – but this one is full of werewolves.

It sounds like it might be terrible, but there’s something about it that keeps you invested. He has that same spark that magicians a – it’s crazy, it’s hilarious, it’s poignant and it’s just plain weird.

Jack is the Quentin of order. It is average. With soft hair. A bit hopeless. And you like it because it’s easy to put yourself in its place. He’s not the best at what he does, he makes a lot of mistakes and he has no idea what he’s getting into most of the time. And you can’t help but support it.

Alyssa is our Alice. She’s the brilliant one. The one who is miles ahead of everyone else. But she has a good heart, and that means she doesn’t always put the Order first like she should.

Lilith and Kady were definitely cut from the same cloth. Lillith is always angry and always ready to fight. She won’t let anyone tell her what to do and she definitely has a chip on her shoulder. Ultimately, though, she’s a good person and she wants to do the right thing.

Hamish and Eliot aren’t a perfect match, but I can see the similarities between them. Both look wise and experienced. But if Eliot had any advice for Hamish, it would be to relax a bit. Hamish may be a stick in the mud, but he’s also not afraid to get his hands dirty.

There may be no comparison for Randall, unfortunately. He’s the life of the party, the one who’s a little reckless but you kinda love him for it. He keeps a pretty positive attitude, but he’s also not afraid to jump into the fray when needed. Much of the comic relief comes from him.

Gabrielle brings down Margo’s mean girl, but with far less heart. Brandon, on the other hand, reminds me a bit of Josh. He’s a follower, not a leader.

Or magicians uses hand movements for much of their magic, order employs a little more reading incantations and making potions. And while magicians has all Fillory to explore, order is firmly anchored on the campus of the University of Belgrave.

From there, the two series certainly take very different paths. magicians feels grander due to the depth of their traditions, but we still have so much to learn order and how magic and monsters exist in a world so similar to our own.

order is current and relevant. There are plenty of jokes aimed directly at Millennials and people who spend a lot of their time on the internet. I’m definitely their target audience, so I found a lot to like in these first 10 episodes of the series.

The series also takes some surprising left turns. Yes, it can be a bit predictable (sure Jack would develop an immediate crush on Alyssa), but not everything in the series ends where you expect it to. I liked that it was comfortable and unexpected in turn.

Even though this show is about students, there are a few adult characters who are just as interesting. Edward Coventry and Vera Stone are powerful, sexy, enigmatic and dangerous. They are as complex as children and serve a purpose outside of being there for the show’s main stars.

It’s refreshing to see adult characters who aren’t stupid and whose only job is to cause conflict for our heroes.

I know the masks and the trailer made the show feel more like horror than fantasy, but aside from a few scary moments, order is quite tame. There’s also gore, but I’ve seen Netflix do much worse in that department.

In all, order is funny, entertaining and intriguing. The story unfolds at a great clip, and there’s always something going on to keep you invested in the myriad of characters you see on screen. It may not be next Magiciansbut he certainly deserves to stand in his shadow.

Have you ever watched Netflix’s “The Order”?

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Brian L. Hartfield