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  1. Just a reminder that most of the conversation about holiday movies (not just Hallmark, but all other channels as well) is happening here. I think we're supposed to move conversation there until non-holiday movies resume after Christmas, so people don't have to keep track of two different threads.
  2. My understanding (though I don't know how accurate this is) was that his previous coaches felt like he needed a change and basically asked him to leave. His jump technique has been iffy for awhile and he definitely seemed to have plateaued a bit in that situation. It was clear to me that something needed to change. I don't know why he hasn't found someone else, though. Basically everyone has said he's a skater who needs someone behind the scenes pushing him, so I'm not sure why this situation has persisted as long as it has.
  3. I haven't seen P/C's spoken word Free Dance yet, but when the topic came up before it reminded me of a program my high school's winter guard did years and years ago that won an international competition. It was to a spoken word recording of Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of Morning". It was great (I was not in it, just watched it a bunch since I was in marching band). (Found an old video here in two parts--I told you it was ages ago.) So I guess I have a preconceived favorable notion to creatively done spoken-word performances, and am looking forward to seeing P/C's.
  4. Haven't watched any of the men yet, but watched the last few ladies. So happy for Mariah! Only saw her SP from a random fan cam video, but her free skate was so beautiful. She even beat Zagitova in the free! This was my first time seeing Kostornaia. I think she's my favorite of the three new Russian ladies we've seen so far this year. Nobody else has the tech to beat Trusova, but Kostornaia has absolutely gorgeous 3As, and is a lovely skater. Plus she doesn't look as much like a child to me on the ice (I think she is older than the other two). Though her program is a bit of a mishmash.
  5. It goes to show that chemistry is subjective, because I actually felt the exact opposite, and came away confused why people wanted her with the doctor (I had read comments here before watching it). I did like the actor who played the doctor though, and would love to see him as the lead in another movie. Speaking of secondary characters, I also really liked the actress who played the best friend in A Merry Christmas Match and would love to see more of her. She also had a really beautiful singing voice.
  6. I watched a movie on UP from tonight called A Christmas Movie Christmas (I think). Not the greatest ever, but parts were hilarious. Two sisters get magically stuck in a Christmas movie. So they purposely go hard on all the Christmas movie tropes, with the sisters actually referencing them multiple times because the one sister is super into cheesy Christmas movies (and of course the other can't stand them). The romance storylines were pretty blah, but I enjoyed it poking fun at its own genre.
  7. The Skate Canada men's field is pretty weak after Hanyu, but I still wouldn't have expected Camden to be in 2nd after the SP. Good for him in his senior debut! He's a beautiful skater, but needs to work on his levels. Also, I don't really expect him to go clean in the long (he doesn't seem to be able to put together two programs very often), but with this field, who knows.
  8. Nathan appears in this video from Lead Together Utah, which is a collaboration of Utah sports teams/athletes started by the Utah Jazz:
  9. Apparently he said in the post-competition press conference that his mom made it. They just went into the fabric store and picked out some fabric they thought was cool. Which I think is adorable and makes me love it. Though he also said it was never intended to be his final costume of the season. I actually really loved Bradie's short program costume. I can see it could be improved a bit if the front and back wasn't so much the same, but I still liked it a lot. And the color is fab on her.
  10. The top 3 ladies were all so great. I LOVED Bradie's program. It really works for me. Also, her spins were glorious. Easily the best of the night for me. Also a really nice return from Karen Chen after all the injuries and not competing all last year. Wasn't perfect by any means, but a really nice program for her, and a good start to the season.
  11. I didn't have as many problems with the episode as other people did (though I definitely liked last week's better), but this is the one thing that really bugged. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on seeing where things are going, but I really hate the implication that giving a child up for adoption is always wrong or selfish. Quite the opposite--many times it's the selfLESS thing to do. That doesn't mean it would hurt any less to make that choice, but many times a baby is given up for adoption precisely because of how much they loved the baby, not because the baby was loved any less.
  12. Yeah, it's unfortunate. I don't think he sees it as him lacking as a writer, but that's what it is, IMO. And the problem is him not recognizing that--if he struggled with seeing a way forward with the characters and relationships he had, that's why you really put in the work to figure it out, and you collaborate with your other writers to do that. But he was too rigid and single-minded in where he wanted to take Veronica that he lost sight of what was good about his own show (and where he wants to take Veronica doesn't seem to be what most fans are interested in, anyway). With where Veronica was at the beginning of the season and what was set up on screen, it would make more sense for Veronica to actually grow, and still have her existing relationships in whatever form they evolve into, rather than what he did. And there was no growth at all (just deciding to marry Logan and having one tacked on therapy scene certainly doesn't count). Whether he gets another season or not, I don't know, but he squandered something really cool in the devoted fanbase he had (after 15 years!) and the show he had created (which includes all its characters and relationships and Neptune itself, not just Veronica). For no good reason.
  13. I still don't think any of what we saw on screen is supposed to be taken as "fantasy" or Veronica imagining, even the scenes with Veronica in them. What we saw is what happened, in all cases. If "naval intelligence officer" in the way they presented it isn't a real job, that's because this is a tv show (and the writers didn't do enough research). In the world of the show, that's what Logan was (though obviously we didn't get many details of what that entails, so that part is up to interpretation or trying to read between the lines). And I also still don't agree that we're supposed to think that was the only sex she liked. The reunion scene, which was the only other glimpse we saw into their sex life, was presented as nothing but positive and enjoyable for both. To me the point was more about them being on different pages emotionally (in terms of personal growth, Veronica not accepting/understanding Logan's efforts on that front or seeing any need for herself to grow, etc.), not meant to be taken as representative of their sex life in general. They just used that one particular time (and specifically Logan losing control as the lead in) as an extension or symbol of that. But since really there was very little in the show about their sex life at all, I guess everyone is going to stick to their own interpretations of those minimal scenes we saw, without the presence of additional evidence to go on. For me, though, taken as a whole, I definitely didn't get that they had problems in the bedroom. Their issues were a host of things outside of that.
  14. I know the voiceovers are Veronica's later hindsight, but I really don't think we were supposed to see everything they showed on screen through that lens, wondering what was true or not. As you're right, there were plenty of scenes without Veronica in them. I think we're supposed to take the scenes as presented, and as what actually happened. It's just Veronica's voiceovers that are her interpretation tinted with hindsight/guilt. I also never got the interpretation that Veronica was unsatisfied with the sex. Just because she really like that one time doesn't mean she was unsatisfied with the rest. But I guess YMMV.
  15. At least in my area, Hallmark Drama is being added to at least Digital Preferred and above in October (per a notice I saw on my most recent bill). So anyone else with Xfinity should definitely check in October (I'm not clear when).
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