I’m a Genius


So Husband got me watching The Magicians.


Magicians welcome to Brakebill's "You're late, follow me"


I know.  I know.  I’m late to all the parties.  It’s because it takes me so long to do my makeup.


And because he tells me the wrong time.



Anyway, my initial lack of enthusiasm was 100% his fault; he kept bringing it up like it was something I would enjoy, but then he’d do a shit job of pitching it


HIM:  It’s like Hogwarts meets Narnia.
ME:  Okay, but I don’t give half a shit about Harry Potter.*
HIM:  Meets Narnia!
ME:  So I’d like half the show?  Nuh.  Next!



Always bringing up exactly the wrong details, proving that he made the correct decision by pursuing engineering over marketing.



ME:  So is it a Netflix thing?
HIM:  No, it’s a Syfy show.
ME:  No.
HIM:  It’s a really popular one!
ME:  So was Sharknado!  It’s fucking Syfy, they’ve got no standards anymore!
HIM:  Okay, but… there’s already one season on Netflix, and they’re airing the second season now…
ME:  Oh, so it didn’t get yanked halfway through the first season?
HIM:  Right!
ME:  From the only network with less credibility than TLC.
HIM:  … Basically.


goat god Ember: "I love it!"



Add in the fact that, once I finally did watch the first episode (with him) he started hounding me about whether I was Officially Watching, and whether I’d watch the second season with him when it lands on Netflix, and I was fully primed to hate this fucking show.


Miraculously, I didn’t.  Probably because he made me feel clever while we watched.


ME:  Are we just supposed to pretend that we don’t notice?
HIM:  (carefully)  Notice… what?
ME:  That that’s her.  I mean, it’s a shit disguise.  Seriously, if this is supposed to be a secret it’s just about the worst-kept secret in the history of shushing.
HIM:  … Well, you noticed way before I did the first time I watched.
ME:  Seriously?



This may not sound like much to you, but that’ll be because you’re not married to a brilliant engineer.  Trust me, opportunities to feel really clever around him are few and far between.  I mean, I can manufacture them from time to time, but to beat him at noticing shit?


Magicians Eliot and Margo applaud




Kept me happy and watching for weeks.






*  Please, save your shocked gasps and protestations.  If I haven’t come around by this point, I’m not going to.  I’m sure the books are very well written and the movies are delightful.  I believe you.  I’m just not going to join you at the theme parks, okay?





11 comments on “I’m a Genius

  1. Victor K says:

    Absolutely nothing wrong with not being a fan of Harry Potter. You’re a grown human adult, not liking young adult fiction is probably a good sign! I get grief for thinking it’s “okay, but kind of meh”, and for abandoning the movies halfway through number three because I got bored with it (leaving it in the company of Good Burger for “films I have walked out of instead of watching”).

    And being married to observant people sucks sometimes, yeah? My wife is a psychiatric nurse, noticing things about people is kind of half her job.

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  2. Arionis says:

    You are right about the kind of crap SyFy channel puts out. EXCEPT the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. It’s not just a science fiction show. It’s so much more. I would list it as probably my #2 all time favorite drama series.

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  3. I tried to read the book and it was excruciatingly boring and painful. I gave up halfway through. The only SYFY show I liked was Lost Girl. Lots of hunks. 😉

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  4. LuWana says:

    I’m so with you on the Harry Potter thing. I don’t get it and I don’t want to. I mean, I’m happy for J. K. Rowling and all (and maybe a teeny bit envious because I was always going to write a best seller). And while I’m confessing–I tried as a teen to read JRR Tolkein and I was SO bored. Went to the first movie in the theatre and thought it would never end. Longest 10 hours of my life! Well, that’s how it felt.

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    • Yeah, I’ve heard from a lot of people that the LotR trilogy was a painful read; even Husband, who really enjoyed the first two, got to the end of the third book and realized there was another 300 pages to go… so he said “fuck this” and put it down. Wasn’t until he saw the movie that he found out what the other five endings were, since he’d stopped reading when the eagles showed up.


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