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  1. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Amber gets more into ballads than probably any other current skater, so I kind of expect that to continue.
  2. Hayward/SWORD's whole role was extremely perfunctory (somehow they were planning to defeat a bunch of magic users by driving up and shooting them with regular guns), but the rest was solid.
  3. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Looks like Tuktamysheva will be getting the third Russian ladies' spot at Worlds, which, with her luck, means Worlds will definitely be cancelled. Conversely, the Russian Cup made the selection process for the second men's spot even messier than it was before rather than clarifying much of anything. Mishina/Galliamov, my favourites, romp to claim the third pairs spot.
  4. It was great to finally be able to see this, after hearing so much discussion about it over the past several months (since its festival debut, even). Really lovely film (certainly, among the major awards contenders this year, the most feelgood of the ones I've seen, which is most of them now). I particularly liked the handling of the Will Patton character, because it's very unusual for a mainstream film to have a character like that who isn't either a joke or a villain.
  5. I mean, Hayward isn’t wrong that leaving a giant store of vibranium in the ground somewhere would not be safe. This episode makes a lot of the outside-the-bubble stuff in earlier episodes feel even more padded; this would have sufficed as explanation.
  6. It seems more like the directors and the writers had very different ideas about what was happening. Also, the writers' explanation I would argue isn't even consistent with some of the details of their own movie, such as Banner's insistence that changing the past via time travel is impossible -- but if only the removal of a stone alters the timeline, then what happens if you go back and shoot somebody in the face? That doesn't make any sense. The way time travel is presented in Endgame is kind of a mess, so I ultimately go with the version that makes more sense for Steve's character,
  7. As an aside, the original pilot script for Modern Family did actually have the crew as characters; they were supposed to be from a foreign country, one of whom had previously been an exchange student with the Pritchett family. They ditched that because they felt it was superfluous; ultimately the format is more a new way of doing character narration.
  8. The writers had clearly been wanting to do Betty/Archie for years, so good that they finally felt free enough to go there, rather than the occasional brush-passes with the idea.
  9. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    After being off the ice for two weeks you’d have had to give them at least two weeks of training before competing, meaning it would have taken about a month to hold nationals. That was totally unaffordable.
  10. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    They all quarantined for two weeks on arrival.
  11. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    That argument doesn’t work in his favour either, since the government has been begging people not to travel right now, so his solution is just another disregarding of the pandemic.
  12. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    As to nationals, he's off. It's not the federation's fault that the World Juniors have gold-plated financing and figure skating doesn't; Skate Canada could never afford the kind of health measures that the World Juniors needed to be allowed to happen. For the bronze medal, China, Canada, Italy and Japan all have shots at it. It's going to depend, I suspect, on how ordinals shake down in the singles disciplines in particular.
  13. On my second viewing, the most implausible thing is that social media website that Cassie uses having a like two-click method for deleting your account.
  14. Be very concerned now that Darcy is inside the bubble and we’re heading into the 2010s, the risk of a Two Broke Girls reference is high.
  15. In terms of TV influences, by the 2000s you’re getting into the period where the family sitcom that this show is riffing on had started to really dwindle as a cultural force — I wasn’t quite sure what they were going to do for that decade, even, but I had forgotten about Malcolm in the Middle.
  16. The promos for Veronica’s story were all about the Wall Street angle (plus the husband who is obviously there to cause drama once she resumes banging Archie in the next five episodes or so), so words could not describe my delight when it suddenly became an Uncut Gems riff.
  17. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    It's official, Carreira & Ponomarenko are going to be coached by Scott Moir. https://www.instagram.com/p/CLCeY8MnVNn/
  18. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Yes, I think the speculation was generally that they'd be doing a split arrangement. I don't know of the wisdom of that, particularly now, but that's just what people are wondering. Leaving Shpilband, there's a limited number of high-profile options in the USA, which for whatever reason right now has tons of dance talent but no especially influential school at the moment; Marina, who has been way lower profile since the Shibutanis went on hiatus, would be the most notable option.
  19. It's hard to know what the end of Season 4 would have looked like had it been allowed to proceed without the intervention of the coronavirus, but the returned episodes have all had the feeling of a somewhat rushed deck-clearing exercise as they prepare for the time jump -- I suspect the original plan would have felt a bit more natural, all things considered. But it is what it is. And I won't deny, the final bits with the big four going their separate ways got me (and was at points understated in a way this show doesn't normally operate in).
  20. The HFPA clearly loved it — Picture, Director, Actress and Screenplay nominations.
  21. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Marie-France said in the past that IAM envisioned helping its students set up their own schools in the future, and I guess the future is now: https://www.iceacademyofmontreal.com/ontario IAM Ontario, with head coach Scott Moir. There’s speculation this is where Carreira/Ponomarenko are going since they ditched Igor last week but didn’t announce alternative arrangements. This seems like a setup that could be repeated with other IAM people as they retire, leading to a global network of schools.
  22. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Top three from the men and dance podiums (pending Zhou getting an exemption from minimums) and top two from pairs (pending Knierim/Frazier getting an exemption). I just found that the Olympic Channel has the 2010 Olympic ladies' event up on its website. Finally! For some reason these videos weren't on their official YouTube channel (unlike the other three disciplines), and most of the programs are hard to find in any quality these days. https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/video/detail/women-s-short-program-figure-skating-vancouver-2010-replays/ https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/
  23. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Among people conceivably going to Worlds, Trusova hasn’t had it as far as we know, and some of the pair girls. Almost everyone else has, though.
  24. Minor thing, but it throws me that the show keeps pronouncing Monica’s surname as “Rambo” rather than “Ram-boh”.
  25. I knew Custer immediately, but I thought of Billy the Kid rather than Wild Bill Hickok.
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