Late blog this week, but with the holiday, decorating for Christmas and starting my new job, time just got away from me. It’s short but sweet, just a few thoughts from this week’s episode.
It started out good…Jamie signing the acceptance of the governor’s land grant which is something I always thought was left- out in the books. Fergus is going to hunt of Scottish settlers for Jamie while Jamie and Ian build Fergus and Marsali their new home. Then we get that sweet scene with Marsali and Claire. It does worry me that that scene might be setting something up in the near future. Note to the Outlander show runners…if Laoghaire shows in America, that screaming you hear is me!
After that off we go to the ridge. I loved the scenes of Jamie building a home for his family with young Ian right at his side. Claire does her part too, but there is something our 18th century wonder woman can’t do. The knitting scene is far different than in the book, but it was well done and a rare moment of brevity.
Before the season began, even before I put out my guesses as to what each episode would hold, I predicted two things-that Claire would be far more abhorrent to slavery than in the books and that he Indians would be more dangerous. Called those two!! I guess the writers need to ramp up the drama somehow. Speaking of the Native Americans…weren’t they gorgeous!!! Kudos to Terry Dresbach once again, her genius will be missed in future seasons. I just wish casting had some of her brain when it came to the Ridge’s neighbor John Quincy Meyers (yes, I am going to bitch about him all season!)
Raise your hand if you thought news of the Fraser’s would be found in that book Brianna gave Roger! I’m really starting to like Roger and Bree, the silliness of their early relationship that didn’t set too well with me has segue waded into a more mature relationship. Roger wears his heart on his sleeve and I know while something Brianna didn’t have much of a reaction when finding out about her parents, I thought Sophie opted to play the shock of the moment instead of excitement. I think my single favorite moment of the show was Roger’s voice as he read about the Ridge overlaid with scenes of Jamie and Claire working to build a home.
Back to the Ridge and on my gosh…there’s a bear out there somewhere! The build-up to the epic-much loved bear fight was great…then it kind of went to hell in a hand-basket. The bear fight reinvented? How about the bear fight being done the stupidest, laziest way possibly? I don’t buy for one freaking minute that the production team couldn’t have gotten a trained bear…. HUNDREDS of Scottish/British produced shows have done it before. I’m sorry, but as my friend Denise so eloquently put it, they used to have Ellie Mae Clampett wrestle bears all the time. With some creative editing, costuming, green screen and movie magic we could have too, but the writers took the easy way out trying to sell it as a “surprise” for the book readers. I guess we can take heart that Clare “mentioned” the trout. I will say one thing about this weeks “bear” battle, at least we had Jamie owning the camera throughout the scene and his fight didn’t take second place to Claire saving Meyers.
Finally, we find that it was Fiona who found the notice of the fire. Another rather bad twist writers and to prove it here’s a question for you. We know Fiona’s was somebody who believed Claire’s story, knew of her love for Jamie and that she carried his child, so don’t you think if Mrs. Graham had found any evidence that Claire traveled once again to the past, she would have sent Claire a copy, or at least told her about it?? Continuity writers…. continuity. And speaking of continuity, would it have killed you to have Jamie look at Claire’s butt at least once when she had on those pants??
You know what I don’t get about TV adaptions. They always think they have to change the book to “keep the readers on their toes”. When are writers going to get it through their heads that we readers don’t need things changed up? We don’t need to be surprised (certainly we don’t need to be surprised by some half-rate story or character change, sorry, I’m still on my John Quincy Meyers rant). Just like with Harry Potter and every Jane Austen movie ever made, we readers get our joy from seeing the faces and scenes from books we love played out on screen. Do I have hope the Outlander writers will get a clue? Well with a supposed to be dead Murtaugh showing up in the next couple of episodes, I’m not going to hold my breath.