Outlander: Wentworth Prison (115)

Claire finds Jamie in his prison cell.

Claire (almost) saves Jamie.

Dear Kristin Dos Santos and Diana Gabaldon,

I hold you both personally responsible for the internet frenzy over the final two episodes of Outlander.

First you, Kristin.  You take your inside knowledge of the episodes and make several posts about their brutality and horror at Eonline.  One post would have sufficed.  It’s like you’re gloating, “I know something you don’t know.”

And you, Diana!  For a highly intelligent woman, you continually put your foot in your mouth.  No one else on the Outlander team interacted with the worried fans.  Why would you even bother posting at all, let alone state that one of the “alleged” rapes is not defined as such?  Talk about adding fuel to the fire.

I suppose it worked, though.  It certainly garnered a lot of free publicity for Outlander and Starz.  I suppose the best thing about all the hysteria is that it prepared us for the worst.  (Even if the worst is yet to come.)

Much like Supernatural’s “The Prisoner,”   “Wentworth Prison” was extremely well done, with great writing, excellent direction, and superb performances.  It pulled at our emotions and kept us riveted to the screen.  Whether it was “enjoyable” depends on your definition.  A well-executed production?  Yes.  Made you happy?  Uh, no.  Still, I have highlights.

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Outlander: The Search (114)

This Outlander post is brought to you by Highland Park 12 year old Scotch.  I was thwarted in my plan to follow the Sam Heughan whisky taste test as the liquor store was out of Oban.

Claire and Murtagh search for Jamie.

Claire and Murtagh search for Jamie.

Gentlemen,

Would you watch a television series featuring two women riding horses, having adventures, engaging the enemy?  Not sure?  How about if we throw in a little breast milk?  Great, yeah?  I know!

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Outlander: The Watch (113)

This Outlander review/recap/commentary/list/whatever is brought to you by Laphroaig Quarter Cask.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m basically going through the Scotch whiskies that were featured in Scotch Tasting with Sam Heughan and Kristin Dos Santos.  It’s not the same Laphroaig as in the tasting, but the Quarter Cask was on sale.  It’s very smokey.

Jamie gets into a fight wtih members of the Watch.

Jamie Fraser vs. four Watch men? No problem!

Outlander is gearing up for its season 1 finale; “The Watch” signifies the beginning of the end.  Jamie and Claire’s peaceful life at Lallybroch couldn’t last, lest the show lose its male viewers.  (Some were bored with last week’s episode which focused on Jamie’s personal growth.)  The idyllic life came to an abrupt end last week in the form of a gun pointed at Jamie’s head.  If you didn’t guess the perpetrator of this abomination, it was the Watch, those pesky highwaymen who are loyal only to the highest bidder.

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Outlander: Lallybroch (112)

This week’s post is brought to you by Kenwood 2013 Sonoma County Chardonnay.  Had to take a break from all the Scotch.

Jamie returns to Lallybroch with  Claire.

Jamie returns to Lallybroch with Claire.

 It’s been an Outlander Watershed Week

“The Devil’s Mark,” met with severe criticism from long-time Outlander fans for minimizing a significant and much loved section of the book.  I too was disappointed these scenes weren’t included, but I still found the episode excellent in its own right. Thus, I decided to enjoy the television show for itself without reference to the books.

Also, I finished reading Voyager, the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and there I will stop.  Well, I might pick up a Lord John Grey novel or two, because he’s a wonderfully sympathetic and honorable character.

In a week of minimal action, Jamie and Claire had a much needed reprieve.  But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t drama.

Remember when I wrote about how much this show moves me?  The scene of Jamie and Claire riding across a verdant field evoked a love so profound, my heart exploded.  And now, that scene has arrived  (although the actual galloping scene wasn’t in the episode).  They’ve put their time at Castle Leoch behind them.  The horror of the witch trial is over, Jamie now knows the truth about Claire, and they’re traveling toward a new life.  To Lallybroch—and home.  It”s a beautiful ending to a rich story.  Except we’re only ¾ of the way through the story.

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Noooo!

Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!

I’ve been consistently misspelling Catriona Balfe’s name since the beginning of my Outlander love.  Thankfully that’s only been four months and less than a dozen blog posts.  But still…

I’m so sorry, Caitriona!  This grievous error has been rectified and will (hopefully) never occur again.  (Note to self:  add “Caitriona” to the spell-check dictionary.”)

Outlander: The Devil’s Mark (111)

This week’s post is brought to you by Macallen 12 year old Scotch.  Outlander is doing a bit of damage to my pocketbook.  Also my sobriety.*  I just learned you do not drink Scotch on ice.  About that I will paraphrase what I said about my (previous) preference for blended Johnny Walker Red:  I’m secure enough in my Scotch drinking to not worry about what the snobs enthusiasts say.

*Not to worry.  Alcohol isn’t really my drug of choice.  That would be chocolate.

I’m not sure this is my favorite episode (so far), but possibly it is.

Jamie brings Claire to the stones at Craigh na Dun.

Perhaps you can go home again.

Emmys for everyone!

The performances were off the charts.  The way Caitriona Balfe’s voice broke as Claire told Jamie her true story; the many facets of Sam Heughan’s face as Jamie listened, without saying a word.  Lotte Verbeek was riveting as Geillis Duncan sacrificed herself to save Claire.

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Gah.

Just finished watching Outlander‘s latest episode “The Devil’s Mark” (available OnDemand).  Now I have to wait a couple hours before running errands to let my face recover from its red, swollen sob-induced state.