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  1. Not illegal, but very socially disapproved. While obviously the creator is part of the reason I'm always comparing this to Buffy, but this feels a bit like if you look a 22-episode season of that show and then stripped out everything but the core plot points, in the process losing a lot of the character detail, etc. that would really make the project rich. I was already thinking about this in episode 4, but 5 even moreso, there's just too many minor characters here we haven't had any time to know, and a group dynamic that hadn't even formed before the plot starts pitting them against each
  2. The episode where the studio note arrived saying this is HBO so the lead actresses have to go topless at some point.
  3. So based on the general rules of TV mystery writing, the priest didn’t do it. Mare’s son’s partner really should be suing both Mare and the police department for a whole lot of money now.
  4. Some real criminal geniuses in this town: - the boyfriend lying his ass off about the incident in the woods when there are several witnesses, including the daughter of the officer he’s speaking to; - Brianna’s father stalking a cop and then vandalizing her house with a product that can be easily traced to him because he bought it right in front of her.
  5. I knew at least one contestant would misinterpret the question in Final Jeopardy.
  6. The overhead shot of the two gangs' shadows intermingling is superb. Spielberg remains a master at visual storytelling. Really interested to see what he brings to this, now that he's finally gotten the chance to make one of his childhood dream projects. I don't really see the point of having the new film look like the old film. The actress playing Anita looks fantastic in her new colours, for instance, and it immediately establishes the new version as distinctive.
  7. I'm delighted for Emerald. That was one of the frontrunner wins I was really rooting for. Sad for Carey.
  8. Quite a late surge for the film, overcoming the early frontrunners in both categories. Hopkins now has the third-longest gap between acting wins at the Oscars, after Helen Hayes (1931 to 1970) and Katharine Hepburn (1933 to 1967).
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    Figure Skating

    Piper & Paul are doing Elton John for the RD next season, apparently, which should be fun.
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    Figure Skating

    Eric was interviewed by the CBC and said that for him it was a “why not?” situation. I guess he must have missed it — there has nothing like competitive skating, in the end. They posted some training clips: www.twitter.com/CBCOlympics/status/1384874647670468610
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    Figure Skating

    Well, Vanessa will now have been able to make use of all of her citizenships.
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    Figure Skating

    The skating community is small and connected. People talk. It’s confirmed, at this point. It’s been the subject of BTS buzz for weeks, especially after Vanessa was released by the FFSG.
  13. Seeing Winslet and Pearce onscreen together reminded me that somehow it's been a decade since Mildred Pierce. Sigh. Solid so far, even if so far it's pretty standard HBO detective drama.
  14. Given the fraught history of migration in the US, that seems doubtful. Moreover, the US government in the MCU spearheading this effort, so clearly the writers don’t think so.
  15. It was the show itself that introduced the whole confusing border thing, though, when that would also have been much cleaner if it was just introduced at the outset that the US was dealing with the question of what to do with foreign workers who had moved there after the Snap.
  16. I specifically did take that into account, and noted that the show isn't doing anything notable to explore that either. The existence of the GRC accomplishes nothing that wouldn't be much simpler and cleaner with just the US government. Also, the GRC itself is such a vague presence in the series despite being so central to the plot, it took almost to the end of the series to even clarify what the stakes are.
  17. The strengths of this episode solidified one of my main critique of this series, specifically, that on the whole there is too little America in a series that is notionally all about what it means to be Captain America. Because the scenes like Sam's meeting with Isaiah are, to me, what the whole show should be about. But instead we spend huge amounts of time running around generic Eastern/Central European locations and Madripoor (not that there aren't things to explore about the meaning of being Captain America abroad, but the plot doesn't really do much of that). The GRC also feels ill-su
  18. I believe this is officially the first TV show to do a Queen's Gambit homage/parody.
  19. There’s be no reason such a clause would exist. Contractual rights of this sort are generally transferrable, and if the contract is with Sony’s film studio then there wouldn’t be anything being transferred anyway; it would be the studio itself changing hands.
  20. That one is especially deserved — the use of preexisting music in this is aces.
  21. Grandma takes the BAFTA as well, and gives the best speech of the night:
  22. The rampage through the guild awards continues, with wins at both the Directors Guild and the Art Directors Guild.
  23. If someone had said “West Point” in answer to a question about the Military Academy, would they have insisted on the latter? I doubt it.
  24. “Naval Institute” is wrong, but he immediately amended to “Annapolis”, which I would have thought they’d have accepted, since that’s like West Point as a quasi-official term.
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