So Skye is a literal Mary Sue

Hey, it’s better when the writers acknowledge their issues, right?  Also Simmons is a Doctor Who fan(am I the only one who now wants a spinoff with her and Fitz as companions?  Couldn’t they at least appear in a Christmas special?), and apparently not only is Triplett apparently descended from a movie character but May’s middle name indicates she may be related to a Marvel villain.  Anyway, it was nice for the writers to give us a few Easter Eggs to enjoy and a reason or two to grin before putting us through the emotional wringer again.

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Dancing With the Stars, Season 18, Week 6, Party Anthem Night

After the earlier announcement of party anthem night with Redfoo of LFMAO fame as guest judge, you would think the opening number would be to “Party Rock Anthem,” but actually no, it’s to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” allowing for the singers to actually make a pop song sound better for once.  Though Redfoo dances in to his anthem right after, and he actually comes out to sing(well, okay, obviously lip sync) and dance before the final two couples.  He has his own more colorful paddles and like Donny Osmond last week admits freely he doesn’t know the technical and is judging mostly by the performance.  Once again couples are called safe(or not) as the show goes along:

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My first big convention

And it only took until I was nearly 30 to make it to one!  I accompanied my sister and five of her friends to the inaugural Awesomecon in DC yesterday.  One of them was dressed up as the Pope, and three more as his cardinals.  My sister and I had no such costumes to wear, though I did done a pair of Star Trek earrings she’d purchased at her own first con back in 1992, which more than one person at the con liked.

Apparently these are considered vintage these days.

Apparently these are considered vintage these days.

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Dancing With the Stars, Season 18, Week 5, Disney Night

So everyone’s back to together to the tune of Disney music(I’m not kidding; they have a montage of pairs reunited to “Circle of Life” before the first commercial break!), and we have a DWTS version of the Disney logo opening the show, and an opening Disney medley before guest judge Donny Osmond is introduced, and his history with Disney elaborated on(Osmond brothers were originally discovered by old Walt, and he’s voiced a role in Mulan).  He actually ends up observing early on he can’t really judge the technique, though, so his marks will be largely performance based.  Also he and Bruno make plenty of allusions to the wild embrace they shared back during his winning season, until Tom threatens to separate them.  Then the first two couples are called safe & perform:

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Switch-Up Week Wasn’t Just on Dancing With the Stars

I admit I’ve been kind of distracted with the events of the Marvel Movieverse this week, but I did notice the Great Russian Partner Swap  People are lamenting the demise of Ilinykh/Katsalapov especially, but I can’t help but wonder if this’ll just make the Russian team stronger, especially if by isolating them I & K can both be broken of allegedly bad work ethic and/or their tendency to make stupid mistakes.  Then they both have the kind of lower-ranked partners that they are more likely to raise up to be brought down by.  Some goes for the pairs changes, at least assuming either the Estonian federation releases Zabijako or they ram the citizenship through quickly enough(though I think she and Larionov could easily lose out in Russia’s current deep field), and especially if Vasilisa Davankova can find a new partner somewhere(I hope she does, I really do).

Also, as I predicted back when they first gave notice of the change, a lot of skaters aren’t going to risk lyrics just yet.  We’ll still hear all our favorite warhouses next year, no doubt.  Though one wonders if it might filter in more through the next generation.