I am still a bit speechless. I still have some trouble formulating and articulating a coherent thought. I am willing to give it a shot, however. I am still in complete awe, for this is the best book to TV adaptation I have ever seen. I am truly honored and blessed to be a part of it. Oh, well look there, it appears that I am not having any problems now, eh?
THE BEAUTY OF OUTLANDER
The reason fans of this series are getting the best of the books is all due to the production team that is behind the show. Everyone involved with this show should give themselves a big pat on the back because what I saw on screen last night was beyond brilliant. Everything we have see thus far has been magical, from the brilliant scripts, to the fabulous locations and beautiful scenery of Scotland, to the gorgeous fashions and to the amazing acting chops of ALL involved. It is all of these things that put us in the best moments of the book and I want to thank ALL of those individuals who brought one of my favorite book series to life right before my very eyes.
I have always said that as long as key points of the book were in the show at key moments, then I would be a happy Outlander. I don’t need a word for word adaptation but that is basically what we have received. The powers that be at Outlander have went beyond my expectations and for that I want to say THANK YOU. There have been a few minor changes but it always works it’s way back to the point of the story.
We have been hearing and seeing everything from Claire’s point of view and that is how it starts and ends with the voiceover. I loved the contrast between her marriage to Frank and her marriage to Jamie. One marriage born from love and one out of necessity for life that you can only tell will change into being her greatest love. I admit that at the beginning of the episode, I was feeling a bit underwhelmed, at least until the episode picked up as much steam as a freight train. What we saw in between that time was from Jamie’s point of view and it made for a nice change of pace.
We did not need to hear a voiceover from Jamie to know what he was thinking and feeling. It was written all over his face. You could hear it in his voice and see it in the choices he made throughout the moments leading up to the wedding. Sam was bloody brilliant throughout the whole episode (more on that later). Jamie only plans on being married but the one time and he wants to make sure that he does it in such a way that will make his mother proud. What we and Claire get is an already very handsome man in full on Highlander regalia. He made her a ring out of something silver he had in his sporran (beadrbop suspected it was his key to Lallybroch),and wanted to make sure they were married in a church, and that Claire had a dress. What a beautiful dress! Hats off to Terry and company for the beautiful designs!
I adored the flashbacks that led back to the actual wedding, to show us all the things Jamie did all day, which was in sharp contrast to what Claire did all day.
Gif Source: gcatherinev
THE WEDDING NIGHT
I thought everything about this moment was perfect, all the lead up to the actual consummation of the marriage, it was all so simply beautiful and realistic. I know that some of the more popular lines were not in the scene but it was all so Damn beautiful,that if I am to be quite honest, and so freaking hot that (to semi-quote Rhett Butler) ‘Frankly, my dear I did not give a damn’! I am sure that some of those missed dialogues will show up in later episodes, for Ron and company have not let us down yet, and I don’t think they will either.
I am going to try and say this while still sounding like a lady so that no one gets the wrong idea about me or any of my other fellow Outlander Wenches (you know who you are) AHEM, sorry had to clear my throat! Normally, in a movie or TV show, it is always the woman that is showcased in the throes of passion and never the man. In Outlander, we saw the opposite and it was very refreshing to not only see a woman in control(YOU GO CLAIRE)in that situation but for us women to see a man totally have his…ummmm…moment! I am sure that this was due to Jamie being a virgin and it was in character but I want more of that. Please sir may I have some more? (Yes I am blushing majorly)
It was very powering in this woman’s opinion. It was in these scenes and in the moments prior (meaning non-sexual scenes) that Sam Heughan stole the whole damn show and he OWNED every bit of it. He was absolutely mesmerizing, between the soft looks he gave her, to the pearls he gave her, and he barely had to say a word at all.
I know it takes two to make a scene great and Cait was superb as well and they work very well together. I think for me, as a book fan, I always felt that scene was more about Jamie at the beginning than it was about the two of them. The reason could be that we hardly hear about a man’s first time and again it was refreshing to see. In fact, it’s downright sexy!
Now, I did not post a cap of Sam’s very nice arse because 1.It is already a little hot in here (even on a nice fall day) and 2. I don’t want to objectify the man anymore than I already have in secret places that can’t be seen 3. I wanted an excuse to show off a drawing that was done before Sam was cast. You make the comparisons because last but not least 4. I am already blushing enough, no need to make my face 50 more shades of RED. It does not go well with my blond hair.
Drawing Source: Diana Gabaldon by her friend Sylvia
Well, I did not hit on everything that happened in this but quite frankly, I am spent! 😉 I am sure this post came out looking a HOT MESS so until next week DREAMERS, watch, rewatch and rewatch! 🙂