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  1. cesstar

    Outlander In The Media

    A nice article on Caitriona in The Irish Times It also states that her and Sam have been made producers for Season 5.
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    S04.E13: Man of Worth

    This was great! And Claire had a bit of side-eye going on too. Looking forward to more reactions next season! I thought she had good chemistry with Lord John (although who wouldn't!?). I quite like her as Jamie and Claire's daughter too, those scenes worked for me although it's obviously not romantic chemistry! Maybe their onscreen spark will develop as the show goes on but sometimes it just doesn't happen. It's not a show-stopper on it's own but when the writing around the relationship is weak as well it's harder to overcome.
  3. cesstar

    S04.E13: Man of Worth

    I'm very curious what you mean by that. I don't know what you felt needed to be earned or by whom. As a viewer I didn't feel invested enough in their relationship to be emotionally moved by the moment (which was clearly directed to be seen as a big climatic scene). To pull off a dramatic run to your loved one reunion without looking cliche or overly sappy I feel like you need to really believe in the relationship. For me personally, I haven't seen enough of them together to understand why they love each other. They have spent most of their relationship apart, she rejected his marriage proposal and he basically slut shamed her, then she goes back in time and he follows her, convinces her to marry him for reasons I don't feel were made particularly clear, they then fight straight away, he leaves and now she knows that after being rescued he had to think about whether to even come back for her after knowing she'd been brutally raped.... I don't see some epic love story there so the reunion, filmed as it was, didn't really work for me personally.
  4. cesstar

    S04.E13: Man of Worth

    A solid finale although not my favourite (season 2 is probably). They did a good job of wrapping things up while also laying the groundwork for next season. I feel we got a bit shortchanged on Ian this season but the scene between him and Jamie broke my heart. Really well acted and they sold the emotion. I liked Jocasta and Murtagh, although I'm not sure where they will take it now that Murtagh is a wanted man. I felt so sorry for Bree that neither her parents or Roger were around for her giving birth, and then with Roger not returning straight away... How awful for her. I didn't feel that her dramatic run towards him was earned at all, that part fell quite flat to me although I know the writers probably wanted a happy ending before the Murtagh reveal. I don't know, I find them a problematic couple in the book and the actors don't have enough chemistry for me to overlook it in the show either. Will be interesting to see how they deal with their relationship next season. I felt that the episode lacked some kind of reconciliation between Bree and Jamie at the end, particularly after their conflict drove the action for the latter part of tge season. It's a tough book to adapt, given some of the contrived storytelling and plot lines, probably the hardest of all of them all. I think they did a pretty reasonable job although I doubt I will rewatch as many episodes as previous seasons. But looking forward to next season!
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    Gymnastics

    Well, another Worlds is over! I really enjoyed the bits that I was able to see, highlights included Aliya still looking fab on bars, Lui TingTing finally winning a beam medal, Morgan winning silver on floor (I just love her expression and theatricality!), Alexa Moreno winning the first ever medal for Mexico, Simone debuting her new vault (could she end up with elements named on all four events!?), Mai finally getting her AA medal, and most importantly - no injuries! The US team looks so strong, obviously with Simone they have an incredible buffer but this was a really nicely balanced team where everyone had something to contribute. Kara did so well on beam in team finals, she is exquisite on that apparatus. And Riley rebounded so well from the disappointment of not making AA finals, this will have been a great experience for her going forward. Grace was rock steady and Morgan did a fab job leading off on each event to set the tone. Will be really interesting to see which of them are still contenders for Tokyo 2020.
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    Gymnastics

    Great competition so far, no injuries (I don't think?) and so many gymnasts performing to their potential. Loved Aliya casually throwing out a floor routine even though she's been focussing on beam and bars, she is such an icon. It was adorable to see Morgan Hurd in the audience fan-girling over her! For the US, it was great to see Kara Eaker perform so solidly on beam, what a tough one-event to have to deliver on. She did great. Hurd was definitely on during qualifications, thrilled for her to qualify to floor and bars as well as AA. Although I also really like Riley so it was a shame to see her nerves get the better of her. She is lacking a bit of international experience, hopefully this was a good learning experience for her and she'll come back better next time - the judges clearly liked her execution it was really mistakes that kept her down. Biles, well there are no words really are there? She could even medal in UB which would be incredible although I would definitely prefer others in that final to make the podium (and Biles will have plenty of hardware to take home!). I love the floor final line-up, what a great mix of artistry and tumblers! I can't even decide who I want to end up on the podium the most...
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    Gymnastics

    Huh? I didn't know Gabby was going the acting route! I had a quick look and it seems like it's an actual role (i.e. not as herself). I don't have Hallmark but will be interested to hear how she goes! An article on Ellie Downie, looks like she will do AA at the Championships. Apart from Simone, the women's AA field is very competitive this year - Hurd/McCusker/McCullum (it's a toss of the coin who will be the second qualifier!), Murakami, Black, Melnikova, even some of the French and Belgium girls could end up on the podium. Very exciting!
  8. cesstar

    Gymnastics

    Lol. Don't hold your breath on the decently lit auditorium..... I would love Mai to retain her floor title! That was a wonderful moment when she won last year. Other (WAG) wishes: Hurd medals on floor, Mustafina wins bars, Belgium and Australia make team finals, Romania get a respectable score... oh and no injuries please!
  9. cesstar

    Tennis Thread

    Following Verdasco's unseemly tantrum at a ball boy the other day here is an article on the life of a ball boy.
  10. cesstar

    Gymnastics

    Wow, that seems a risky strategy for the US and potentially also for her... two years is a long time and anything can happen. I hope she doesn't regret her decision to forgo Worlds. Thanks for the link - I think I finally understand the new convoluted path to Olympic qualification!
  11. cesstar

    Gymnastics

    No Carey? That is a bit of a surprise given she would be a lock for a floor medal and a strong contender for a vault medal. Is she aiming for one of the individual spots at the Olympics? Very happy for Shilese getting the alternate spot, she has improved so much this year and is really developing into a lovely balanced all-arounder.
  12. cesstar

    Tennis Thread

    How was it over the top? He was excited to be in the semis of an Open, I hope he never loses that joy for the sport. He then proceeded to give a very classy interview about Millman. I really don't see what the issue is but then I have never understood the dislike of Novak. She's great isn't she? One set up and a break in the second. I like Keys but think an Osaka - Williams final could be very interesting.
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    Gymnastics

    https://www.wlns.com/news/local-news/former-msu-gymnastics-coach-kathy-klages-charged-with-lying-to-investigators/1390735429 Klages was the gymnastics coach at MSU and multiple gymnasts testified that they had reported Nassar's actions to her but she refused to do anything, in some cases actively encouraging them not to go to police. Klages claimed to investigators that no concerns were ever raised with her. However she has now been charged with lying to investigators.
  14. Even better was the fact that all top eight female gymnasts hit all of their events across 2 days at the championships - as in, no-one fell or had a huge mistake across eight routines. I can't even remember this happening before - and it just goes to show how necessary it is to continue to dismantle the stressful and secretive system and the culture of fear that enabled so much of this abuse to occur in the first place. Watching the girls come out and perform so consistently and look so free was just wonderful (noting that there is still plenty of work to do in this space!) Just a note that Simone has actually never won a medal of any colour for uneven bars before this event, it is generally considered her 'weakest' event - if such a thing exists for such a brilliant gymnast. You might be thinking of balance beam at Rio where she 'only' won bronze? I think this started earlier this year with MSU students (where Nassar also worked and abused hundreds of students) wearing teal ribbons and clothes to sporting events on campus. A lot of NCAA gymnasts wore teal ribbons throughout the season as well, and many of the US gymnasts have worn teal ribbons on their leotards. It's a lovely way to show some support and build awareness.
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    Gymnastics

    I was watching the international feed and they showed her beam and maybe floor . She was obviously injured because her beam was watered down (just a layout dismount) and her feet were heavily strapped. Great team! Very excited for Shilese and Trinity to get some international experience. Grace looked very consistent at nationals, I wonder if she will get an alternate spot for the Worlds team?
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