Today the longest sentence I have ever commuted as a parent ends. Zacharie has been grounded for 3 months, but today he’s free.

I don’t even remember what it was that Zacharie did at the end of April that caused me to declare he wouldn’t be allowed to see Avengers: Infinity War opening weekend with his brother and I, but he was misbehaving, I levelled the consequence and so he didn’t come along.

The plan was for him to miss opening weekend, have some minor spoiler pain from friends at school that first week it was out, and then go and see the movie with his mom the following weekend.

Except she didn’t want to see it. And then we never got around to going back for him to see it, and so he has been effectively grounded from Avengers: Infinity War for 3 months.

A 3 month grounding? That’s pretty hardcore.

BUT .. once you draw the line in the sand, you’re a parental failure if you waver. When you level a punishment threat, you MUST follow through. And that sometimes means a weekend timeout turns into a 3 month incarceration.


Now that the movie is available through Telus’ Own On Optik (a full 2 weeks before it’s available for rental on August 14), Zacharie is having friends over to watch, his freedom regained.

Actually I’m looking forward to the boys coming over and another chance to see the movie and try to grasp what all the fuss is about.

I’m not a big comic book guy. I don’t fully grasp the different cultures of Marvel and DC and it wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized there even are two universes. 

So when my boys want to watch the superhero movie du jour, I find myself head bobbing beside them while they elbow me and implore “watch, daddy!” I try, but I can’t.

So as Z breaks his shackles to finally watch the movie all his friends are talking about, I’ll be relishing the chance to also catch it at my own pace. I’ll be able to pause, look backstories up online, pick up on all the easter eggs, and maybe finally understand this Marvel-ous world.

And even if I fall asleep halfway through, I can just pick it up right where I left off. That’s the beauty of owning a movie for less than what it would cost to take the boys to the theatre.

This post is sponsored by TELUS

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How to browse available Own on Optik movies

  1. Press the On Demand button on your remote
  2. Choose the Featured folder and scroll down to Early Releases
  3. You can also search for the title using the Search tool on the top left main navigation

 Purchase and watch Own on Optik movies

  1. Go to Optik TV’s On Demand channel and select Buy now
  2. Choose from the list of titles
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