The Mayakovsky Circumstance was one of the best TV experiences of my life! I probably should have not laughed in some of the places that I did, but I honestly could not help myself! The adventure the students had at Brakebills South was quite illuminating, and the Professor was a bit an ass (and most likely an alcoholic) but he seemed to bring out the best (maybe) in Quentin.
Brakebills South looked too damn cold for me, and I would have wanted to leave as soon as I got there, especially if I would have known that the professor would be telling me that he hated me! I loved the opening shot of the geese/students flying to the school, it was really breathtaking. Professor Mayakovsky is a no-nonsense, in your face, tell it like it is professor, and you can’t get anything by him!
I thought it was particularly cool of him to take away their ability to speak, because I think it allowed them to concentrate more on the hand movements pertaining to the magic inside them, as well as the mental focus required. I thought it was a real simple spell (to start off with anyway) that required the students to mentally, and magically place a nail perfectly in a board. It didn’t surprise me that Alice almost completed this on what looked, as if it were her first try.
Quentin and Penny appeared to be having a little more trouble, and for Penny I think it is because he is still dealing with the aftermath of Kady’s truth during the trials. It was clear from the moment they arrived that he wanted nothing to do with her, yet anyway. He really put himself out there, and she stomped on his heart. Quentin, after the Professor is done taunting the two of them about hooking up, gets pretty ticked off, and perfectly executes the spell of putting the nails in the wood.
I was so happy to see them all learning, and performing more magic. I was really impressed with Quentin after he performed this spell,because I can see now what he is capable of. It is just going to take a lot to get it out of him, but I hope it doesn’t always take making him angry! I was laughing so hard at what Quentin spelled out via the nails that I had to pause the video!
The better part of the episode was spent between Brakebills South, and with Eliot and Margo back at the physical kids house. We saw a bit of Julia,and she truly is a wreck after what happened with the spell and Hannah in last week’s episode. They kept her in the police station until the M.E. came back with a preliminary report as to cause of death. They ruled her death as some kind of brain hemorrhage, and Julia was free to go. What else could they say really, that she died from a magical jinx that was put on the papers in the final cabinet? Not bloody likely! Julia’s mother sounds like a proper piece of work, so I am glad that her sister is looking out for her, and will be getting her some help!
I felt really bad for Kady, especially after she let her wards down, and let Penny in, but I felt bad for Penny as well. He is so smitten with her that he is willing to risk everything for her. I am glad he had that protection removed, because I do think he needs to learn how to master the power he has. I had a feeling that Kady was going to learn of her mother’s death in this episode, and it was heartbreaking. She has had to sacrifice so much for her mother, and so I am glad that she is no longer under Marina’s thumb, but it came at a very heavy price. She lost her mother, Brakebills, and Penny, all in one fell swoop. It was sad to see that she had to break Penny’s heart again, but it really was to save him. I felt bad for the both of them. While I am scared for Penny as he travels, I really do think he needs to be able to control it, or it will control him.
I want to go on vacation with Eliot and Margo, and it would not matter where we go. Margo was so hilarious and in such a simple way, the way she talked to Todd was golden. Eliot was just as golden when he pretended he could not even put a sentence together. They acted like they were going on a spring break trip and it would just be fab. These two definitely ended up in some mischief of their own when they wanted to give a gift to the folks who would be footing the bill for their little party.
It turns out they had to go to the library to research what else they might need for “Magical Gin” and it required translating Arabic. I know nothing about translating Arabic so I would have been no help. Fortunately (or unfortunately) Mike is nearby and it turns out he knows how to properly do this, and it is clear that Eliot is a smitten kitten.The attraction is there and Margo tells them to bone already, which they clearly did. I thought it was hilarious that she appeared to be super jealous.
I can honestly say that I was shocked at what happened after the “gin” dispenser did not appear to work, until it seemed to fill up, that is. Margo is all ready to have a drink when she uncorks it, and out pops a genie, or rather a Djinn as Eliot points out with his “Not G-I-N but D-J-I-N-N” comment. At first Eliot is thrilled that they have their own personal Djinn to take with them, and what a time they will have! How to make “magical gin” indeed!
Well, at least until Margo appears to make a wish, and Eliot’s new boyfriend is taken away from him by that Djinn, who will do all that she bids with but a single thought! Todd turned out to be pretty helpful, and I wondered why they did not use him to translate the Arabic in the first place, he clearly knew the language of the Djinn. When Mike disappeared, Margo said she simply wished he would go back where he came from. Todd suggested that was probably the first place they saw him, and off to the library we go!
What they found him doing in the library was one of the funniest things I have ever seen on TV, and the look on poor Eliot’s (and Margo as well) face was priceless. It was for Eliot’s sake that I wish I had not laughed quite so hard, but I could not help myself. When Todd said he did not get the part of Mike making out with the door knob, Margo’s reply was funny as hell.
My full wish was that Mike would go back where he came from, and suck on some other knob, so literal! -Margo
Well, Eliot was not the only one to get lucky, as Quentin and Alice had some fun in the Antarctic snow, and it was kind of weird, but cute and furry as well. The Professor threw them out in the cold, and in their birthday suits. It’s okay, they gained some fox fur, and they might have done the deed in both human and animal form. I guess they passed their final test, together and I don’t know about anyone else, but that seemed to be what they wanted. I admit I am going to have to watch it again, because it lost me a little bit, but they made such cute foxes! One final thought before I go,Mike the knob, sure looks to be working for the Beast, I thought that he came out of nowhere! Don’t trust him Eliot!
I loved this episode so much, and I think we are in for a wild ride. What did you think of this episode? Do you think Kady will go to Marina, or if she and Julia will somehow meet? Do you think Mike can be trusted? Sound off below!
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