Well, it’s Sunday, the morning after the night before Outlander’s mid-season finale. Judging by my Twitter timeline and newsfeed on Facebook, some have a hangover of some sort! Did you lot have more than a couple wee drams of your favorite drink?
Well, as for me, I have a slight headache but a hangover is not the cause. I blame the damn weather we have in the Midwest when Autumn supposedly comes to town. I have a bit of a cold is all but I digress, you have come here to read about Outlander and so you shall. I am going to break this down pro/con style.
I know some did not care for the added Frank scenes but I loved every minute of it. While reading the book, I did have moments when I wondered what Frank was doing, thinking, and feeling. It brings a whole new dynamic to the show with bringing that missing piece of the puzzle to the forefront.
I loved the back and forth because it allowed for the viewers to see what was going on in both camps at the same time. Frank is actively searching for his wife, while she sits on top of a hill with her new husband, seemingly not thinking of her old life in 1945 at all. You see some glimpses of Blackjack in Frank and it is truly frightening. He takes to drinking and he almost gets duped regarding the whereabouts of the ‘highlander’ where he promptly beats the living daylights out of men wanting the reward money.Hello Blackjack!
Reverend Yoda, errrr…I mean Wakefield warns Frank not to join the dark side or lose himself, he will. Sorry, I could not resist going all Star Wars on you, it’s my go-to whenever someone says it!
I loved the correlation between Claire noticing that she was a stone’s throw away from Craigh Na Duhn and Frank actually being there in his time. The way it was done was beautiful, Frank and Claire both making their way to the stones at the same time. It was cinematically beautiful, the weaving back and forth between the two time periods and how you felt they could almost hear each other calling out for the other but……and there is always a but….
I am a book purist to an extent but that does not mean I need a line by line, scene by scene replica of the book. I wanted that to be known before I continue with my Con. I am missing some very vital things. While I loved the added Frank scenes, I don’t want this to be another show that has a ‘triangle’ because it has been overdone. Once Claire realizes that Jamie is her soul, the one she cannot live without, there is no Frank for her. I hope no one in the fandom takes to using the word and starting ‘team ‘ wars because it will be the quickest way to turn this woman off.
I always felt bad for Frank in the books and wanted her to find her way back, until Jamie came to be more into the picture. We are supposed to feel bad for Frank but not root for them after the wedding. Problem is, I did kind of root for it but then felt this immense pain for Jamie.
That brings me around to what I am missing, and that is the full Monty that is Jamie. NO, I don’t mean that full Monty, get yer heads outta the gutter, JHRC! I am just missing some of the key points that make up Jamie.I am loving this show and how it has been brought to life but Jamie has been short-changed a bit in some areas.
Remember that I said I don’t need word for word, or action for action but Jamie is the one who told her how to protect herself with the knife. When it is given to someone else, it lessons Jamie’s role in her life as well as his vows.
I am not mad about it but it is not showing us the progression of their relationship when it is pivotal to her being torn about returning to her own time. Lines that are pivotal to their progression and leading up to her feeling conflicted about leaving him might not mean as much if said after she was taken by the redcoats. I am certainly going to give Ron and company the benefit of the doubt because even when they stray, they always circle back around.
I keep asking myself, how would I feel about this show, had I not read the books and the answer is I would love it. As a reader though, I do miss some key things where Jamie is concerned.
Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies and Sam Heughan, all I can say is wow! Everyone in this cast is beyond brilliant but these three shined in last night’s episode. Caitriona puts you in every moment of every scene and you find yourself captivated. Tobias, as both characters, can be very frightening and it chills you to the bone. Sam is so mesmerizing as Jamie, you can tell that he puts every ounce of his being into the role and he just understands Jamie. He was truly born to play this role and no one else could be Jamie, it belongs to him, he owns it.
Grant O’Rourke as Rupert is quite the storyteller as well as pure comic relief.
The scene at Fort William between BJR and Claire had me on the edge of my seat. Claire appeared to have the upper hand until she was caught in a lie and I became instantly afraid for her. You could feel and cut the tension with a knife. Speaking of knives, I did not like what he planned to do with that knife.
As a woman, I wanted to find the closest object and smash it on his head. You don’t mess with the GIRLS in that manner and you do not hike up a ladies dress like that either. Alas, she is helpless with no way to get out of the mess she’s found herself in, when her husband appears, perched on the windowsill, cocking a loaded gun! It’s JAMMF to the rescue, looking like a boss and boy is he ticked.
He never wanted to see Fort William ever again, poor lad!
BJR, being the sadistic bastard that he is, gives Jamiethe creepiest grin I have ever seen. He looks as if it’s his birthday and now that Jamie has arrived, he can really party hardy!
That’s where it the mid-season finale ends and now we have to wait until April 2015 to see what happens next. Here’s a hint…. #spankgate coming to a TV screen near you. We have plenty of posts planned during the hiatus, so you won’t lose your marbles! Until next time DREAMERS, I leave you with this meme!