And Chloe is now allowed to show us her new hair

Honestly, this whole Marvel swearing everyone to secrecy is starting to go a little too far.  They effectively forbade Chloe from letting the public see her between the pre-filming haircut and now!  But at least we have now been teased with the Daisy Johnson Haircut:

As said beforehand, not quite as short as 616!Daisy, but now she has the typical screen-version resemblence

As said beforehand, not quite as short as 616!Daisy

I sympathize with her not wanting to lose her hair, though, since I’m someone who just *shudders* at the thought of losing my own.  Although maybe getting to play what’s close to a lead character in the MCU is good compensation…

Watched some of Skate Detroit

So I sampled the often sound-impeded stream that Skate Detroit had running this year, which it makes sense for it to have, since it seemed much like an early Canadian SummerSkate, what with most of the skaters participating being Canadian.  Which is even funner when even the skaters representing Kazakhstan & Israel were announced as representing their Canadian skater clubs!

Speaking of which, nice as it was the see Elizabet Turzynbaeva skate so well tonight(and after all her difficulties Thursday night), one can definitely see the ways she’s a junior still; she had great jumps and skating skill but still has to grow her presence and other intangibles.  In contrast to Netta Schreiber, whose intensity in her tango program explains how she’s managed to get attention even though her success has been limited, possibly due to the lack of jumps that was her downfall tonight.

As for the North American girls, although to some extent it amused me to see Selena Zhao be the highest-scoring Canadian of the night, it may well be a sign for her, because even if she doesn’t have all the goods yet, she has a lot of them, and this being the top Canadian skater thing certainly is going to happen again sooner or later.  Honestly, I was a little surprised when Bradie Tennell trounced her; they both had falls, after all.  Even if you’d *think* Kaetlyn Osmond is going to fight back and get herself back to the top of Canadian skating this year.  Lots of mistakes at an early summer comp doesn’t necessarily mean anything, after all.  And yet she probably would’ve liked to not give Zhao the chance to take this one.

Meanwhile, on the pairs side of things, it also feels a little alarming to watch Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran make as many mistakes as they did.  Partly because of what happened at 2015 Nationals, and partly because that Journey free will be a great one *if* they can stop messing up so much.  And also because it’s never fun to watch a lift go haywire like the one they were lucky not to fall on did.

And speaking of music choices, I do not like this increasing use of Lara Fabian’s “Je Suis Malade.”  If this new era of allowing lyrics for everyone causes it to become a skating music standard, that would be unfortunate, since it is a song you can get tired of, and also I have yet to see anyone take it on that could hope to match what Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Pojé did with it(and yes, that includes Adelina S; there may be a few surprising things she can do but match that pair isn’t something she’s indicated herself as being capable of).

So, about that second stinger

So, among all the other details of Ant-Man, there was a second stinger after the credits which even before the movie came out became the most talked-about thing about it, sending a few people to the cinema to see just that scene, not even knowing whether it would even have much to do with the rest of the movie or not.  Although since Ant-Man was a smart movie, it did.  But it also indicates a possibility about Phase 3 that worries me a bit, namely, the timeline.

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It was this week, when I started seeing all the positive comments, that I started to seriously wonder if Ant-Man might actually prove the better of the two Marvel movies released this year.  Whether it has been or not I’m not sure.  But of the two movies, it is definitely the smarter.

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Can the big screen Civil War compare with this?

On a really shitty week even new photos of Pluto can’t make up for, where Marvel can’t even genderswap a character without whitewashing her too(nice as it’ll be to get Tilda Swinton into the movieverse, but couldn’t they have found an older white male mentor to genderswap for her?), one gets even more grateful for certain standouts from their collection of actors.  Not the ones who go calling Natasha a slut, obviously, but the ones who do cool things like trying to one-up each other on dubsmash.  Seriously, the dubsmash war was easily the best thing to happen at Comic Con, especially when the blooper reels weren’t leaking.  So far the best of them is easily Hayley and James getting Chris in for their victory lap:

Also undermines a would-be strategy of Clark Gregg’s. Even if he gets his wife to join in this game, how are they to beat Jarvis in the corner?

Wolf Trap Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles

Back when I was studying music as an undergrad, I first learned that as well as The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, the two Pierre Beaumarchais plays that were adapted into famous operas, there was a third, The Guilty Mother, that in 1991 was adapted into an opera called The Ghost of Versailles.  Naturally I was deeply curious to see said opera, and so was happy to go to the Wolf Trap Barnes yesterday, where they were putting it on for their young artists to sing in.  In the lecture beforehand they talked about its history, including that it was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, and that it isn’t performed very often, something they chalked up to the initial production being a lot of trouble to put on; they were using a version first orchestrated in 2009 to demand less musicians and such.

What perhaps I should have realized was that such an opera, done to suit the Met, especially in 1991, was not necessarily going to be a very good one.

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So #Skye is now Daisy?

So the Marvel TV in San Diego just now didn’t really drop anything that big, especially not about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..  Maybe some general details about Agent Carter, especially with the suggestion that there are people not on speaking terms which each other who apparently got that way offscreen.  People are worried Peggy and Angie will be among them, though I would not mind at all if a part of the season’s story was then resolving that.

Also, apparently someone on the panel called Peggy a whore, which…REALLY??  Why can we not escape this bullshit?

But it seems the big thing that’s blowing everything up right now is the revelation that Skye is apparently taking on her birth name.  Though I will continue to call her Skye at least until the new season starts airing, because I don’t care what games the writers are playing with themselves; she’s Skye until the character herself officially gives the word otherwise.  I do wish that if we have to have this(they probably want the comicverse and movieverse characters to go by the same name), they’d cover how she comes to this decision in the show.  Yeah, we saw her try the full name out when she learned her father’s original last name(and at least it was the name he had when he was a good man, rather than the one he had when he went evil), but that’s not really enough when you’re leaving the name the character chose for herself.  The way things went with her parents, she’s no particular reason to take on a new name *they* gave her.  I could, perhaps, see it as her deciding to embrace her general Inhuman heritage, especially as the leader of the Secret Warriors.  Taking it could even be her way of saying to the new recruits “I am one of you.”  But the way they’ve done things on this show sometimes, I fear it’ll just be changed in the interval between seasons with no explanation.

Also, while I’m a little confused right now, it seems the characters will think Simmons dead.  Which would explain why there’s an interval going on and she’s not being rescued.  Which is going to hurt, but I’m holding out hope of a beautiful reunion scene between her and Fitz when she finally gets out of that rock(unless, of course, he’s moved on to Mack…)

At least the cast is still behaving adorably.  Looking forward to those blooper reels.  We may need the grins…