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    This show must be aimed at non figureskating fans. For someone who follows the sport, a lot of the drama is lost by knowing the outcome of the season. (ie their programs pass muster, they do win skate Canada . . .)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Procrastinator View Post
    The show's pretty decent by reality show standards. I think anyone who's discriminating can spot what's fabricated and what's not. I LIVED for Meryl's shade and side eye when Tessa and Scott were having trouble in episode 1; I literally cackled at the computer screen for minutes. The show makes Tessa seem like a really genuine, real person that you can relate to, especially her insecurities. It's a big contrast from the confidence she naturally exudes on ice. Scott, however, is a dick, and I doubt it's the "editing." He just doesn't seem considerate and I don't know how Tessa can stand being around him.
    I'm a little leery of looking, because I know how even a written article can distort things--how much more so a show that's going for easy ways to draw an audience in? Scott probably is rather abrasive, but he must have other, finer traits that show up in moments that the producers filter out. I remember watching a segment on Torvill and Dean years ago in which Chris drove Jayne to tears at one point (remember he wasn't just the partner but the choreographer, so he was really in a position of power over her), but though his temper has long been acknowledged, he and Jayne plainly love and respect one another. People, especially those in long relationships, are complicated.

    As for Meryl looking side-eyed at things, I have to point out that this show wasn't about her, so the producers could easily hunt for any fleeting discontented expression and use it to shape a narrative about the ultra-competitiveness of the skating world (which is certainly based on fact). Also, Meryl has a rather angular, feline face (which I happen to think is fascinating and beautiful), which lends itself to sidelong glances and sharp looks.

    As I've said, this is the competition I'll lose sleep over. I love both couples, and though I'd especially love to see D/W get a gold, I would rejoice if V/M won as well. I'm not just trying to be polite. Both teams are at the peak of what ice dancing is capable of both technically and artistically, and the luxury of seeing two such teams at the same time is almost unimaginable. It's like choosing between Astaire and Kelly--thank goodness we haven't had to--and I've always been grateful that I can be greedy and enjoy both. What a contest of titans!

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    Here's episode 5:

    http://vimeo.com/85507643

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    Quote Originally Posted by figureskatingfan22 View Post
    Here's episode 5:

    http://vimeo.com/85507643
    For anyone who wants to play catch-up without sorting through the thread ...

    EP 1 http://vimeo.com/83387660
    EP 2 http://vimeo.com/83905654
    EP 3 http://vimeo.com/84929064
    EP 4 http://vimeo.com/84929064
    EP 5 http://vimeo.com/85507643

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    Quote Originally Posted by Procrastinator View Post
    The show makes Tessa seem like a really genuine, real person that you can relate to, especially her insecurities. It's a big contrast from the confidence she naturally exudes on ice. Scott, however, is a dick, and I doubt it's the "editing."
    Now I'm going to keep thinking of that "Scott the dick" character that always appeared among the Canadians in South Park whenever I think of him.

    Um...I haven't seen any of the Tessa & Scott show yet and so have no opinion about Scott Moir's behaviour on it. Carry on.

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    Is Tessa really that insecure about Marlie..my impressions of this show is that Scott is not very likeable and they both come across as so phony. No one going believe that love story after watching this show.They did themselves no favors doing this show neither one of them come across well on this show.

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    After watching the first 3 episodes, I think its safe to say that alot of 'drama' needed to be created (and its still not that dramatic) for this show to get on TV. Like that dinner with Weaver/Poje...so fake! Not that I'm complaining, its still all pretty entertaining. But I think we can safely say the producers told Tessa to up the inner turmoil for the viewers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornell08 View Post
    After watching the first 3 episodes, I think its safe to say that alot of 'drama' needed to be created (and its still not that dramatic) for this show to get on TV. Like that dinner with Weaver/Poje...so fake! Not that I'm complaining, its still all pretty entertaining. But I think we can safely say the producers told Tessa to up the inner turmoil for the viewers.
    I agree with this.
    The documentary on Lesley Hawler and others before 2006 Olympics was much more real.

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    I feel like this show is setting us up for a love story in Sochi, like a romantic relationship is revealed. I am probably wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingofan1 View Post
    Is Tessa really that insecure about Marlie..my impressions of this show is that Scott is not very likeable and they both come across as so phony. No one going believe that love story after watching this show. They did themselves no favors doing this show neither one of them come across well on this show.
    Tessa and Scott have been telling everyone they are not a couple for years. Yet people still want to believe they are, or wish they would be. I guess that is a testament to their performance abilities on the ice. When you watch an actor in a romantic movie, you can believe the acting regardless whether you despised them as a psychotic killer in another movie a week before. Good actors can draw you into various roles.

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    "Tessa & Scott" is not exactly a documentary, it is a reality show. Despite the name, since when have reality shows been real? Although much is "based" on truth, it has been exaggerated and twisted to create more drama. I guess W-Network couldn't sell a Figure Skating "documentary" to the general public, unless somebody gets whacked on the knee...not enough drama.

    In the early stages, the network research people likely investigated Tessa and Scott. They would have interviewed them to learn everything they could about their lives. They were probably questioned on their likes/dislikes, family, their rivals, the relationships with their team mates, any romantic interests, and how they feel about each other. Once all the data had been collected, the network people likely had a big meeting to decide the story line/sub plots, and what needed to be emphasized to create drama. At this point they probably began filming, staging some scenes to keep with the various story angles...Cassandra the romantic interest, the camaraderie among the Canadian team ie. one likely purpose for the W/P dinner. D/W would be portrayed as the enemy, and any visible signs of friendship with V/M would be omitted. After the filming was completed, they would edit the clips with the intent to further enhance the story lines and drama. Cutting, pasting, and dubbing to produce a story they wanted to tell. Clips which appear together could have been filmed days or weeks apart, and some of the voice overs may not have had any connection with the associated clip, or recorded and dubbed later. Having likely signed a confidentiality agreement at the onset, nobody involved would be able to comment on the truth/fiction within the show.

    Did anyone notice when Tessa and Scott had dinner in the first episode, they made a point of zooming on Tessa's feet, and Scott commenting how Tessa was taking too much space with her legs crossed under the table was the excuse? Later when Cassandra arrived for a home made dinner with Scott, they focused on her feet wearing the same type of shoes. I don't think that was coincidence. The director likely wanted the viewers to initially think Scott had invited Tessa for a romantic dinner, then surprise, it was Cassandra. No doubt Tessa and Cassandra were told to wear the shoes, which may have even been provided for that purpose.

    The show has already been debated and picked apart by V/M fans. Pointing out the flaws and inconsistencies in relation to what is already known about Tessa and Scott. If you choose to watch the show as a documentary, you will be disappointed. Accept it as just entertainment, you will be much happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvi5 View Post
    Tessa and Scott have been telling everyone they are not a couple for years. Yet people still want to believe they are, or wish they would be. I guess that is a testament to their performance abilities on the ice. When you watch an actor in a romantic movie, you can believe the acting regardless whether you despised them as a psychotic killer in another movie a week before. Good actors can draw you into various roles.
    I do think Cassandra is not helping the skating. Real lasting relationships take time and effort and he already had one with Jessica Dube and who knows how many more. Focus is needed to competing against Marlie as well as stability. AT least Charlie has been with Tanith for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvi5 View Post
    Tessa and Scott have been telling everyone they are not a couple for years. Yet people still want to believe they are, or wish they would be. I guess that is a testament to their performance abilities on the ice. When you watch an actor in a romantic movie, you can believe the acting regardless whether you despised them as a psychotic killer in another movie a week before. Good actors can draw you into various roles.
    it's not like they don't encourage it when they do stuff like this. they know what their 'brand' is so to speak and they're capitalizing on it while they still have the chance.

    people are taking it too seriously though, just think of it as one long extended fluff piece. i would have preferred a documentary since i find certain pieces of it to be really interesting, but lots of it is also very silly. i do think scott gets a bad rap for being a jerk though. the only questionable thing i ever remember him doing is the 'what a piss off' comment he made in 2011, which was unsportsmanlike, but you know, whatever, it doesn't even rank in top 100 problematic things figure skaters have said. the show humanizes tessa way more than scott but the only reason she's coming off more likable than him is the weird *** tone it's setting where they're making it look like she's in love with him while he just doesn't care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    I do think Cassandra is not helping the skating. Real lasting relationships take time and effort and he already had one with Jessica Dube and who knows how many more. Focus is needed to competing against Marlie as well as stability. AT least Charlie has been with Tanith for a while.
    Although Scott has dated others, Tessa and Scott themselves have had a connection for many years (since childhood). They seem to be able to draw on that connection as needed during their performances. Good actors can play a believable romantic role, despite being married to others. Scott was dating Dube in 2010 during the Olympics, yet it didn't seem to affect V/M's romantic performance on ice at that time. People still wanted to believe they were a couple. Tessa and Scott have been experimenting with different roles over the past few seasons eg. Funny Face, Carmen. Now they are back to the more traditional romantic role, which appears to be their specialty due to their ability to connect. I don't see why Cassandra would be a greater issue in 2014, than Jessica was in 2010. If anything, Jessica should have been a bigger distraction since she was always present as part of the Canadian 2010 Olympic team. I think if Tessa and Scott are going to have problems in Sochi, it will not be because of their connection.


    Quote Originally Posted by hyperinflation View Post
    ...i would have preferred a documentary since i find certain pieces of it to be really interesting...
    Most avid Figure Skating fans would have preferred a documentary. Unfortunately, avid fans are not likely W-Network's majority target audience.

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