My thoughts while watching Outlander episode 207 “Faith”

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  1. I will not cry. I will not cry.  I will not cry.
  2. Brianna should sound more American, not British.  Or is that a snooty 1950s Boston aristocrat accent a la Charles Emerson Winchester III (M*A*S*H)?
  3. Monsieur Forez was there? Time for a reread of DIA.
  4. Wtf does a heron have to do with this?
  5. 18th century private hospital room = bed with curtains
  6. Oh, Cait, you are so good.
  7. Mother Hildegarde named her?
  8. Bouton rocks
  9. Master Raymond looks like one of the sand people from Star Wars.
  10. I like how they did the blue light. Less sci-fi than I pictured it in the book.
  11. Yay! The blue aura = Madonna explanation.
  12. Cat with 9 lives.  Cat o’ 9 tails.  What he whipped Jamie with.  Reference.
  13. I know Claire’s going thru hell, but I’m still mad at her for being so pissed at Jamie. If only you knew what that monster did, Claire!
  14. Oh, Fergus, you sweet boy, acting as protector, as Jamie’s proxy.
  15. Suck it up, Suzette. Take a cue from Magnus.
  16. I need a Fergus. (To go with the Murtagh that I also need.)
  17. How emotionally draining was this on Cait? OMG
  18. A child to comfort. Fergus you are so well placed.
  19. Tell her, Fergus! I know it’s not how the book goes.
  20. A talent for stealing. Lol
  21. My stomach just flipped over.
  22. Don’t show it. Please don’t show it.
  23. Jamie to the rescue!
  24. Go, Jamie, go! Kill!  Kill!  Kill!
  25. I demand a duel?  Lame. Come on, Jamie.  Just kill him outright.
  26. So now you know, Claire.
  27. Mercurial.  Good word.
  28. Damn! Mother Hildegarde is no shrinking violet.
  29. The green dress!
  30. The library. Also beautiful.
  31. Claire’s thought bubble: My husband has seen you poop.
  32. Hot chocolate, madame, before I take my pleasure with you in exchange for your husband’s freedom?
  33. King Louis has piggy lips.
  34. Don’t woo me, Louie. Just get it over with.
  35. Your brown hairline is showing. Fix your wig.
  36. He’s icky but it could be worse. It could be Prince Charlie.
  37. Nice room. You’re still icky.
  38. Claire’s thought bubble: A witch trial again? Wtf, 18th century?  W.T.F.
  39. Comte doesn’t look smug for a change. I like it.
  40. I’m sorry I tried to kill you.  Twice.  Please spare my life.  Oh, goddamit.
  41. Oh, Claire. You must be loving this.
  42. Thank you, Jamie, for making me La Dame Blanche. Power!
  43. Oh, hey, wait. The comte speaks English.
  44. King hands!
  45. Comte no likey snakes.
  46. Forez’s face is perfect! Lol  He looks like Little Steven (VanZandt) as Silvio in The Sopranos.  Always scowling.
  47. Be not afraid, Raymond. You know it’s gonna suck but you won’t die.
  48. Love, love, love that she gave it to Raymond first so the comte could watch.
  49. How did it change color?!
  50. Oh, Raymond. Very nice.
  51. “Oh well.” That’s all you can come up with?
  52. Good acting, Comte. Love the tears.
  53. King Louis thought bubble: Please do not soil The King’s floor as you expire, Comte.
  54. King hands!
  55. Another Wizard of Oz reference!!
  56. Oh, hello, King. I’d hoped you were done with me.
  57. Death arouses The King.
  58. The King is a 3 pump chump. Lol
  59. Claire’s thought bubble: OK. That wasn’t too bad.  Quick and easy.
  60. King hands say: I’m done. You may go now.
  61. Alrighty then. I’ll just take my orange because I don’t want to get scurvy, and leave.
  62. Jamie’s home!
  63. Jamie needs a bath and a laundress.
  64. Black mourning gown?
  65. Jamie sounded 100 years old just now. Like he hadn’t spoken at all in the Bastille.
  66. Holy raggedy beard, Batman!
  67. Sorry.  You’ve been through a lot but you must see why Jamie fought BJR.  Forgive, eh?
  68. Shouldn’t Faith be smaller? I thought she was only 20-something weeks.
  69. Her eyes were slanted a bit, like yours. In the book.
  70. I think if I was going to cry, it would be now. I’m not.  I’m safe.
  71. Hey, Louise. What’s shakin’?
  72. The shallow bitch does indeed have a heart and is a good friend.
  73. No, you can’t put your filthy, shallow, Prince-fucking, whore hands on my precious angel.
  74. Oh, I see the red hair! Awww!
  75. I love that Louise and Mother handled her like a live baby. Very nice.
  76. Again, Cait. You are a gem.  Such acting.
  77. Jamie looks thin.
  78. Um, Claire, you know the duel didn’t cause your miscarriage, right?
  79. It’s not your fault either, Claire.
  80. The forgiveness line from the creek again!
  81. You told him about the king.  Flat out.  Like that.  You’re a cold bitch.
  82. Claire, honey. Nice, clean 3 pump chump is nothing compared to what Jamie endured for you.
  83. Together.
  84. Yeah, Claire. People didn’t get divorced in 1740-something.
  85. Yay! Home to Scotland!  Totally worth fucking the king.
  86. But you can’t have 11 apostle spoons! You’ve messed up the set!
  87. Still no tears from me. Either I’m a cold-hearted bitch or you’re all wusses.

 

Next week…

  1. Oh, hey, Jenny.
  2. Now my grandpa wants to fuck my wife.  WTF, people?  I know she’s hot but come on already!

 

My thoughts while watching Outlander episode 201

  1. Shouldn’t she be more pregnant?
  2. I like what they did with the theme song.
  3. Die, Frank!  Die!
  4. Loving her bitchiness, ignoring Frank
  5. Good.  She sees the BJR in him.
  6. Yay!  Rev W.  Such a kindly man.
  7. And Mrs Graham. Kindly woman.
  8. Love Claire’s vocab. lol
  9. Omg I love Mrs G.  For believing Claire.
  10. Love the pale faces and colors. Or lack thereof.
  11. Claire’s thought bubble:  You are SO not Jamie.
  12. Ok.. maybe Frank’s not so bad. Just boring old Frank.
  13. I like him much more as Frank than as BJR.
  14. Ew. Tobias has British teeth. Gross.
  15. P-p-p-pregnant. Yeah, Frankie boy.  Whoops. There goes your inner BJR.
  16. Ok. Tobias is a good actor. Still think he’s unattractive. And Frank’s boring. And BJR… of course.
  17. Didn’t men have any different clothes in the 40s besides 3 piece suits?
  18. WEE ROGER!!!!
  19. 2 years. I thought she was gone 3.
  20. Flog.
  21. Were Claire/Cait’s eyebrows always so sparse?
  22. Cait, you’re breaking my heart.
  23. Leave the past behind. Now I have the Fates Warning song in my head.
  24. Don’t you dare take off Jamie’s ring!
  25. What’s the other ring?
  26. Burning it?!  It should be in a museum!
  27. Pan Am
  28. Skyscrapers
  29. Oh thank god we’re back to Jamie.
  30. And Claire’s happy
  31. Lol but not Murtagh.
  32. Poor PTSD Jamie.
  33. “Fronce.”  British accents are silly.
  34. Omg he’s so cute. Frank is such a stuffy old man in comparison.
  35. Indeed. What the hell ARE you going to tell Murtagh?
  36. Perceptive Murtagh.
  37. Mmmmm Jamie hair.
  38. Those back scars sure come in handy.
  39. Oh Jamie, my lad, you are a wheeler dealer.
  40. Oh no. Here comes small pox dude.
  41. The comte’s face looks fake.
  42. Our Claire. Speaking the truth and making enemies everywhere she goes.

Outlander’s Outsider: Laoghaire

What can I say about Laoghaire MacKenzie, the resident wannabe slut of Castle Leoch?  Well, I don’t like her one bit.  I can certainly say that.  She bugged me from the moment she came on screen in Episode 102 and that was before I read the books.  During the hiatus known as Droughtlander, I read the first five books in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and boy do I hate Laoghaire now!

I watched the much anticipated Episode 109 – The Reckoning – and while everyone else is freaking out about how Jamie handled (both figuratively and literally) Laoghaire at the brook, I’m salivating over Jamie’s final word of the episode: “Laoghaire.”  One thing that REALLY BUGGED me in Voyager and beyond was that Diana had Jamie marry Laoghaire.  Maybe there’s some purpose to this in book 6 or beyond, but so far, as of the end of The Fiery Cross, I see no real reason for Diana to have thrown this wrench in the story line.  It is my greatest wish that Ronald D. Moore takes liberties with this story line and has Jamie learn in Season 1 that Laoghaire is a vindictive little bitch who tries to have Claire executed and that that is the end of Laoghaire in Jamie’s life.  Maybe we can get a glimpse of her sad, fat self in Season 3 but not as she’s screeching at and shooting her sort-of-husband.

The Jamie-Laoghaire marriage serves no purpose.

1. It makes Jenny into an unlikable character due to her meddling.  I want to like Jenny.  She’s Jamie’s beloved sister who helped raise him and loves him to pieces.  So, why, if she felt that she needed to meddle and find him a new wife, couldn’t she have picked ANY other woman in the Scottish Highlands???  Are you telling me that Laoghaire was the only woman available?!

2.  If it’s to put another chink in the perfection of Jamie, it could’ve been done with someone else.  He’s already been with Mary McNab and Geneva Dunsany.  Both of those liaisons bugged me but seemed to serve a purpose in the story.  Jenny could’ve married him off to someone else, for pete’s sake.

3.  If it’s to eventually get Fergus and Marsali together, that could’ve been achieved in any number of ways.  Honestly, she doesn’t even need to be Laoghaire’s daughter.  Once they leave Scotland, her parentage is only used as a device to insert conflict between her and Claire on the ship to America and for Claire to get satisfaction every time she’s called Mother Claire by her enemy’s offspring.  Neither of these are necessary plot points.

4.  If it’s so Jamie and Claire can struggle with money (because Jamie feels obligated to continue paying alimony from across the Atlantic), they could’ve struggled financially anyway!

I just don’t see the point!  It’s as if Diana put the marriage in there intending to do something more with it and then changed her mind.

So, given that, as far as I can see, there is no point to this plot line, I would LOVE for Ron Moore to changes things up and have Jamie realize that Laoghaire is no good right now starting with the ill wish.  Then I’d like him to know during or immediately afterward that Laoghaire was responsible for Claire being with Geillis at that fateful moment in Craigsmuir.  I don’t want him to find out 20+ years later in an anti-climactic “oh, by the way” statement years after the Frasers have left Scotland and set up in North Carolina.  Seriously, why does Diana even bother bringing it up at that point?

Ron Moore, Starz, Outlander’s writing team, Maril Davis, Matt B. Roberts, and anyone else with pull, PLEASE depart from the books when it comes to Laoghaire!  Let Jamie see the evil soul that lives behind those sad blue eyes now.  Please, please, please, please, PLEASE!

(I tried to find the original source of the photo but couldn’t.  All I can tell you is that it’s not my work.)

My take on Outlander Episode 107: The Wedding

Much has been said all over the internet about this wonderful hour of television last Saturday, so I won’t repeat it.  These are just a few observations of mine that I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere.

    1. Right before their wedding, Frank refers to Claire as Mrs. Frank Randall.  On their wedding night, Jamie refers to her as Claire Fraser.  The former, where the man’s name is used, may be proper but it has always irked me.  It takes away the woman’s own identity as if she only matters now in relation to her husband.

      I haven’t read the books, but the impression I’ve gotten from what little we’ve seen of Frank is that he loves Claire in relation to himself.  She’s his arm candy.  She puts up with his self-centered ancestry quest on their second honeymoon.  She’s willing to have sex with him.  But I feel like he would be totally unaware or uninterested in the parts of her that don’t involve him.

      Jamie, by calling her Claire Fraser, has perfectly nailed the “two become one” concept.  She is still herself, Claire, but she is also now a part of him with his last name.  I feel like he respects her in a way that Frank doesn’t or can’t.  That he appreciates her as a person, not just as his wife.  And, thus, he will love her in a far deeper way that Frank ever could.

      I would love to know if Diana Gabaldon did this on purpose or if I’m just reading too much into it.

 

    1. Diana Gabaldon wrote and Sam Heughan portrayed the perfect combination of unsure yet confident as Jamie Fraser in the post-wedding bedroom scenes.  In general, Jamie is a very confident man.  He’s strong, tall, good-looking, smart, witty, and bunch of other things rolled into one and he knows it.  Not in a cocky way, but in a way that instills confidence.  However, as we know, Jamie was a virgin going into this night, so he is somewhat unsure of himself when it comes to certain things.  He has a complete lack of experience and, on top of that, he knows that she does have experience.  He’s eager but a little nervous about making a wrong move and her skittish behavior isn’t helping.  But rather than reducing him to a pathetic puddle of nervous groom, Diana and Sam maintain his charm and sense of humor and use both whenever they are not directly engaging in or talking about engaging in sex.  This perfect balance of self-assurance and self-doubt makes Jamie absolutely, positively lovable.

 

    1. Some bloggers and others have mentioned the lack of body hair on 18th century Claire and Jamie.I admit that I noticed Caitriona Balfe‘s smooth pits in one of the bedroom scenes, but I quickly realized that I was glad her pits were shaved and that I would’ve been highly distracted if they were hairy.  Although the show is doing a great job of staying true to the times, I think unshaven armpits on a woman would be an unnecessary step and probably would’ve caused a bigger hubbub than her hair-free underarms.

      As for Sam Heughan… be still my heart.  Oops.  I digress.  Again, I haven’t read the books so I have no idea how much body hair Jamie has been described as having.  I do, however, know that wedding night Jamie is supposed to be 22 or 23 years old and that Sam Heughan is supposed to also be playing Jamie in his 40s or 50s later on.  It occurs to me that perhaps Jamie’s sparse body hair is one of the ways the show is using to make Sam appears younger at this point.  I guess I’ll find out down the road when I see an older, shirtless Jamie.  But it’s something to keep in mind for those who are bugged out that Sam doesn’t perfectly meet their imagined image of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.

 

  1. And my final thought (for now):  Did anyone else notice that Claire’s boobs and bodice made a perfect heart shape as she was walking into the church?  😉

 

Originally published on my other blog: http://jerseyana.blogspot.com/2014/09/outlander-episode-107-wedding.html