The Magicians recap: Season 4, Episode 10, All That Hard, Glassy Armor

THE MAGICIANS -- "All That Hard, Glossy Armor" Episode 410 -- Pictured: Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson -- (Photo by: Eike Schroter/SYFY)
THE MAGICIANS -- "All That Hard, Glossy Armor" Episode 410 -- Pictured: Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson -- (Photo by: Eike Schroter/SYFY) /

The Magicians returns to its musical format for a Margo-centric 90’s themed jukebox karaoke episode.

If nothing else, there is one thing that “All That Hard, Glossy Armor” get right above all else: It understands, in its truest form, that High King Margo Hanson is its best character who has hardly had the surfaced scratched.

As opposed to the previous musical episode, this one is essentially Margo’s show with brief cameos from the rest of the cast.

After Margo gets herself banished from Fillory so that she can go off in search of a weapon that can free Eliot from his possession, she finds herself wandering in the desert. Eventually she runs out of water, as you do in the desert, and decides it would be a good idea to drink the single drop of water on her lizard.

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Shockingly, this backfires and Margo begins to hallucinate Eliot singing “Don’t Get Me Wrong” by The Pretenders, thus beginning our musical episode properly.

Shortly after, Margo passes out and wakes up to find herself at the very village she was looking for in the first place. This is a place that has a bit of a problem, though. Every time a woman displays a substantial amount of emotion, they’re possessed by a demon and have to be killed since only a man is strong to survive the exorcism by way of getting stabbed in the chest by way of a pair of axes. At least, that’s their story.

As you can imagine, Margo desperately wants her hands on these axes, their problematic gender politics aside, and is told that she can get her own axes made if she takes a big bag out and fills it with the red granules buried in the sand. Cue “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake accompanied by hallucinated versions of Eliot, Fen, Josh, Kady, and Dean Fogg as her personal back up singers.

She works through the day and night retrieving as much red sand she would need before she hits the peak of her frustration. In a fit of rage at being unable to help Eliot when he truly needs her, she lets herself be right and truly angry, drawing in the demon. It doesn’t attack her, however, but rather helps her filling her bag to the very top with the red sand.

It seems that the village elders were less than honest about the nature of the demon’s existence. They serve merely as protectors of women. If a women gets too upset or angry, they come in to help in whatever way they can and the women have complete control over them.

Of course, when Margo learns this she enacts some righteous vengeance upon the men of the village, setting free some of the spirits that had been held captive by the village, and setting the demons loose upon the village. This is all set to Gnarls Barkley’s “Storm Coming” with the entire cast showing up for it.

After informing the women of this new status quo, Margo takes off with the axes back into the desert and says goodbye to Eliot as the lizard juice is wearing off and shares a duet of “Beautiful Dreamer.”

Next. The Magicians showrunners talk reset buttons and musical episodes. dark

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