So, I know it’s not Sunday.. and I also know that those of you who are aquaint with me, totally expected this to be about that hot hot hot HAWT sex scene, and it was going to be and then ..
the word twat was used and I got a little .. pissed off and changed direction. Which, by the way, is why this is late. I had to wait until I wasn’t pissed off to write this or else it would just be full of F-Bombs. (There still may be one or two, so gird your loins)
There was a question posed in one of the Outlander groups I belong to about why people couldn’t seem to view the show and the book as separate entities and just enjoy them both for what they are. And for the most part I agree with that. I made a quick comment about how I had a nit or two to pick but nothing that had caused me any wailing or gnashing of teeth. I was in the middle of making “things” and had intended to go back and elaborate on my nit …mainly because it was brought to the fore again during 1×11 The Devil’s Mark, but we’ll get to that in a sec.
When I had time to go back, there was a comment about how people who have “negative” things to say or nits to pick didn’t realize what a twat it made them look like. Apparently in the Outlander Fandom, dissent is VERBOTEN. Everything is just supposed to be sunshine and unicorns and if you have something to say it better be positive or you’re a twat.
Well you know what? Fuck you, that’s what. (see, I told you there maybe one or two). I love a lot of TV Shows. Outlander, The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, Castle…just to name a few and when things happen that I disagree with, I say so. But Outlander is the only fandom where not only has that voice been silenced, but I’ve been called names for having a differing opinion, not Witch .. but an accusation with same substance.
So I’m going to use this space to pick my nit. Here it is… The Honesty Speech. It finally made an appearance (albeit a bit abbreviated) in The Devil’s Mark. My original nit was that it was a mistake to leave it out of the wedding night and that for me, (notice I said ME. I never expect anyone to pick the same nits as me) no matter where it showed up, it wouldn’t have the same impact as it would have in that episode, at that point of Claire & Jamie’s story. Well it’s, shown up, and I was right. It was not the emotional, tone setting, gimme all the feels, speech that it would have been on the wedding night. It almost felt like an afterthought. And I didn’t like it. That doesn’t mean that I think Ron & Co. are doing a terrible job, I don’t. It doesn’t mean I hate the show. I don’t. It doesn’t mean that I’m going to shut down all my Outlander places and never say Dinna Fash ever again.. that’s stupid. But to assume that every one is going to think that every thing is perfect is more than stupid it’s unrealistic.
Those of us who are book readers as well all have problems with this book or that, this passage or that, this character or that .. and those discussions are almost always fun and informative and a lot of times have gotten me to see something in the books in a different way. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with the show. And I, for one, am rebelling … I’m grown and have learned to think for myself, I am not a Borg, not part of a collective hive mind. (why do I keep throwing Star Trek references in with Outlander stuff…but I digress) I am allowed my opinions about things, I’m allowed to express them and welcome discussion, who knows I may even alter my opinion after discussion.
So, the question today is .. do you have nits to pick about the show? Feel free to pick them here. It is a safe space.
Oh and one other thing, I have been in love with 99.9% of everything in this show and am happy beyond words that it is finally been brought to the screen. Cait and Sam have been doing an amazing job of bringing to life characters I have been in love with for years. But, the honesty speech should have been in The Wedding and just for good measure, in the flashback scenes to the day Black Jack came to Lallybroch & the flogging, Jamie’s hair should have been long. Both of those things happened before someone *coughdougalcough* hit him in the back of the head with an ax and his hair had to be cut.
That’s it…3 things in 11 episodes. I’m not sure what level twat that makes me, but I’ll take it in any case.