Start of the JGP season

And the figure skating season is now more or less underway, with the first JGP in Bratislava finishing up yesterday.  So far, we have a new Russian Polina on the block, Rachel & Michael Parsons have won a long-awaited gold, and Argentina has won what I’m pretty sure is its first medal ever on the circuit.

It’ll be interesting to see if Polina Tsurskaya can come to a better fate than the three Russian Polinas who preceded her.  On one hand, she had that 3-3-2 combo.  On the other, she’s still only barely 14, and we don’t know if they’ll still have those jumps in a few year’s time.  Excited about Vivian Le’s success so far(pity about the fall costing her silver), but sorry Emily Chan missed the top five by so little and now may lose her second event because of it.

Not that the Russian success in the ladies seemed to sooth certain people who took over the chat room on the livestream to scream about how the Russian skaters were all robbed during the ice dance and the early phase of the men’s competition (although they stopped after Samarin blew it fair and square, at least).  Much sneering about a Canadian technical controller.  Never mind that a tech panel that wanted the Parsonses to win probably wouldn’t have given them an extended lift deduction when they skated before the team ahead of them, and a corrupt Canadian controller would have likely given the two Canadian teams better level spreads than they got.  Truth is, Alla Lobodza & Pavel Drozd weren’t as sharp as the Parsonses were; also, in a final group where three of the five teams did some tangoing, Rachel & Michael were the team that generated a genuine feeling of it.

Although Vincent Zhou was kind of robbed, especially considering Roman Sadovsky won both segments on PCS, and when that advantage had to have least come partly from his having had success on the circuit in the past, while Zhou was out with injury.  Hope that problem eventually rights itself…

We’re getting a Mockingbird series after all!

This seems a pretty recent development, since there wasn’t a peep of it the entire summer, with Nick and Adrianne even being announced as continuing as regulars in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next year and now they’ve even started filming, and there’s been a shot of Nick preparing for an “emotional scene” making the rounds.  Although that doesn’t mean the setup for this new Marvel’s Most Wanted hasn’t already been written and filmed, of course; they’re good at keeping secrets over at Marvel.  Mostly; there has been no official announcement of this one, which means maybe it is an accidental leak, but then again these things often are not so accidental.

The big question is: when is all this happening?  Right now, we have no idea.  It seems unlikely it could be pulled off during the fall.  During the midwinter break, airing alongside Agent Carter?  In the spring, airing alongside the second half of the third season of Agents of S.H.I.EL.D., a la Buffy and Angel once upon a time?  Ages from now, maybe even after Civil War‘s come out? (Is the premise even going to stem from that movie?)

It’s got potential to be good, though.  Bobbi Morse has had a season of being an awesome woman with a few emotional dilemmas, and one gets the feeling that’s what she’s going to be here too, possibly leaving S.H.I.E.L.D., which would be a huge emotional journey into the unknown for her, maybe even developing into her superhero self from the comics(will she even take her Mockingbird moniker?), which would probably mean the Civil War will have some sort of impact on her; hopefully they’ll pull that off well.  Plus it’s confirmed Lance will be along for the ride, and given how many Marvel ships have sunk lately(will any hope of Philinda survive this upcoming season?  It’s starting to look like the waters there are only going to get rougher), it’ll be nice to have these two as a lasting story, even if they’re probably going to break up a few more times.  And he’s certainly fun enough a character to be a boon to any series he’s on.

To Your Left, Bucky!

So this picture broke the internet yesterday

So this picture broke the internet yesterday

So far, we’ve been treated to a lot of the Steve-Bucky-Sam trio, between the Ant-Man stinger, and now this image, the first picture of Sebastian Stan on set as Bucky.  Which is a nice thing to tide us over, since apparently we aren’t getting a proper release of the teaser for months! (Where are Hydra when you need them?)  A movie featuring these two and Steve running around and getting up to things is one I’d certainly enjoy.  Poor Sam, though, having two guys around who can outrun him without trying…

Has anyone zeroed in on which airport this is?  Although they might just be filming in one airport and calling it another, especially if it turns out to be a Sokovian airport or something like that.

Trying for some coherent reactions to the Civil War news spill

So far we’ve had a poor quality trailer someone who was in the room as the Disney Expo filmed, but it feels like we’re getting much more information out of the descriptions coming from multiple sources.  What we get from that:

The Stucky bromance might have been usurped by Matt/Foggy for the title of “Most Intense MCU Bromance” lately, but Steve and Bucky seem pretty determined to reclaim their title.  If, of course, you don’t say screw that and outright ship it.  It’s not like there are very many people discouraging us from doing so…

Speaking of friendships that probably should’ve just gone romantic, moving as it is to hear that Clint and Natasha are not liking being opponents of each other, I do hope they reconcile at some point.  It would feel like a final parting gift from Whedon, almost, if we lose even their friendship now.

Not sure if there’s any significance to us seeing Black Panther and not Spider-Man.  Maybe Marvel occasionally realizes which character fans are getting more excited about.  Or it could be that the Black Panther has a larger role than Spider-Man, and in the latter’s case they need to save all they got for the movie.  Less bothered by the lack of Daredevil, since his role has already been described as a cameo(holding out hope it’ll involve a piece of silver; I really want to see Charlie & RDJ take on that scene).

And in other Disney franchise news, Orlando Bloom is returning to Pirates of the Caribbean, with no sign Keira Knightley’s coming with him?  Of course, if they decide to set the new movie less than a decade after At World’s End, that makes sense enough.  But if Will Turner’s off the boat, how can they have the husband of the Pirate King and not have the King herself?

And the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fandom is getting nasty

Seriously, it was bad enough after the finale, when all the Ward supporters went beserk.  But ever since the creators were stupid enough to show up at Comic Con and demand we all accept Skye just discarding the name she chose for herself in favor of the one she got from her less-than-stellar parents without it all being shown onscreen, it’s gotten worse.  And now, instead of keeping to the legitimate grievances, Skye/Daisy’s so-called defenders(who oddly often were Grant Ward’s defenders too) are screaming about the destruction and whitewashing of her character.  Which…the truth is she was never going to stay who she was in Season 1; the character whose story is learning to be a kick-ass action heroine must eventually finish learning and find a new story and character type if her medium runs on long enough, otherwise there are problems.  And far from whitewashing Skye, I think they’ve kind of actually racebent Daisy.

And now the people who oppose them are starting to scorn them and demanding we all start calling Skye Daisy when it’s really not too much to ask for a proper setup first, and really, can we all calm down? Maybe everyone should take 15 minutes out to watch the crack and see if they feel better then:

Seriously, Hayley, James, Clark, Chloe? You sure you want to wait until the 21st? We might all be too bitter to enjoy your dubsmashes by then at this rate.

Citi Open on Wednesday

My sister and I went to the Citi Open Wednesday, getting our tickets just after Andy Murray was confirmed as playing his first match on that day.  The tournament is pretty familiar stomping ground for us now, but this year the appearance of one of the Big Four brought about huge crowds beyond what the tournament usually sees on a weekday.  Although Murray was hardly the big name in the field, although he was the biggest; DC was also a stop on Lleyton Hewitt’s farewell tour, and while Viktoria Azarenka had to pull out, Samantha Stosur is currently having quite a run in the women’s field.

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