Icebergs, Prince, and Outlander…My reflection on episode 2.3

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So, who the heck on the Outlander set is messing with the time continuum?  I’m convinced someone is experimenting with time travel because that was the shortest hour of television I’ve ever watched! It flew by and I found myself surprised when all too soon it was over! I believe I actually screamed NO! when the screen faded to the credits.  I have to wait a whole other week to find out what happens next? Say it isn’t so! Grief stricken, I did what any normal feeling person would do…I rewound the episode and watched again!  Whose a Time Lord Now!?! BOOM!

I  don’t do recaps.  I feel like you all watch the show if you want to know what happens next.  I don’t necessarily do reviews either.  I believe there is an element of a review when I sit down to write about an episode of Outlander, but I think what I’m really doing is …reflecting? I know what I do isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and after this week, I’m okay with that.

I’m big at making connections.  I tend to make meaning between loosely related ideas or disparate events.  A friend told me that I see a thread and pull on it until the whole thing unravels.  I like that image.  It rings true to me.  Somehow, in the process of unraveling, I make meaning and then reassemble the whole thing using a story to tell a story. That is what happened this week when I sat down to write about Outlander 2.3, “Deceptions and Useful Occupations”.   I saw a thread and pulled; Icebergs, Prince, Outlander.  Not sure you could get more disparate.  But, here I go.

ICEBERGS

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There is a phenomenon called the teacher job satisfaction curve. Teaching is a profession for idealists. Teachers want to believe that we touch the future by teaching children. We are life-long learners who constantly hone our craft in an effort to engage our students in learning in the hopes of creating a spark that will make them want to learn more!  We start out every school year excited to get into that classroom and make a difference in children’s lives.  We envision students who will arrive in our classroom ready to  learn! Students who have loads of untapped potential, who are just waiting for us to inspire them!

Yep,…reality…not so much …sometime right before Christmas break you start counting the days before retirement.  The enormity of the task you have taken on becomes crushingly obvious.  There are so many variables you are unable to control.  Not all students are ready to learn or even want to learn. If I heard, “but, we’re Seniors!” one more time, I seriously thought my head would explode!  However, the disillusionment we all feel in December begins to fade and you start to feel hopeful once again.  After all, there is always next year and so, I begin to reflect on the current year and how I will make changes and hone my skills to inspire students next year, … for sure!

During this period of reflection (at my desk at the end of 4th period), I had a particularly puzzling student approach me with a friend to ask my advice.  Without giving away too much, I doubt she will ever see this, but still, there were things happening in her life that would have made it difficult for anyone to concentrate on “The Importance of Being Ernest” or “The Canterbury Tales“.  I hope my advice did help because often I feel helpless to affect change in their lives, but her asking me reaffirmed that even when we don’t think we are making a difference…sometimes, we are.

Thinking of what this girl projected on the surface made me think of icebergs.  And, I was reminded once again to look at my students a little deeper. That behavior that drives me insane may have very deep roots and the anger or apathy they display may have nothing to do with my request that they pay attention or stop talking and everything to do with how they are trying to deal with what is happening inside themselves.

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PRINCE

This week also brought news of the death of the artist Prince.  An outpouring of grief and love for this man was found all over the news, social media, and the streets, even here in Ohio.

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Many of us became reflective.  We asked ourselves what this man’s life had meant to us, including Terry Dresbach, costume designer for Outlander.

…not only is he an incredible artist, he is a man of principal and ethics, he is fiercely independent, he is going to do things his own way. He is not going to bend to the commercial interests of corporations. He is going to control his own art. He may be as famous for his willingness to go to the mat for his work. Famously giving up his own NAME rather than control of his music, scrawling SLAVE on his face for public appearances. He refused to give up in the face of the corporatization of the music industry, fighting to the end for the rights of the artists…

So what did he mean to me?

Who am I? I am an artist, first and foremost. I am a product of my time and place. I am part of a generation,…

…As the child of union organizers and political activists, I struggle every day as an artist in a corporate world I struggle as a human in a human world. Ron constantly asks me if I could not make everything into one of my “social justice” issues. No, actually, I can’t. I will always struggle against the tide that says we all need to be managed and formed to a polished symmetry that never colors outside the lines. Whose voices and very existence, should be managed and tailored to fit into an expectation. Group think…

Well that ain’t gonna happen. I am going to continue to be me. I’m going to throw elbows at anything or anyone that tries to control me as an artist. I am not going to hire anyone to manage me or my voice. I am going to fight hard against anything like that, big or small. And I am going to play Prince as loud as I can while doing it.    http://www.terrydresbach.com/when-doves-cry/

I was very moved by her self-examination.  This world can put so many pressures on us to conform.  Sometimes, conformity is the right thing to do, but sometimes it isn’t.  It isn’t the right thing to do when you find yourself acting in ways that are untrue to your own ethics and beliefs.  It isn’t the right thing to do when you feel compelled to dim your light, so that others won’t be seen as lacking brilliance.  Attempts to hide your true self never end well.  I’m convinced that many of the world’s angry and depressed people are those who have for whatever reason not allowed themselves to be themselves.  People always come out sideways when they feel suppressed and managed.  Like Terry, I believe the only way to live authentically is to make conscious choices that are true to who you are and not what others expect you to be.

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So, ….that was a long way to get here.  The fact that I CAN apply lessons about life to this story makes me happy.  I am proud that there is a TV show on the air that isn’t afraid to show characters who grapple with moral and ethical choices, characters who struggle to do the right thing and still be true to themselves.

I will defend the writers and producers’ choice to let us see Claire and Jamie struggle to find their way back to themselves and each other to anyone who feels that this weakens their character.  The characters, the story, and therefore, the show are the better for it.  I have said it before and will say it again, it is a mistaken belief that because Jamie is strong and brave he would suddenly be able to pull himself up by the bootstraps and snap out of what he experienced.  In the book, what Claire did in the abbey was a desperate attempt at what we would now call aversion therapy.  She exposed him to what he feared and allowed him to fight back like he couldn’t before.  That would have been very difficult to reproduce in a visual format.  In fact, it took me several readings to truly understand what she did. Like most victims of such violence, TV Jamie has to figure out how to live without such a dramatic intervention and as a result, the Jamie we see on the show is… an iceberg.

 

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Dressed in sumptuous silk, smiling, going about his work, plotting  to stop the Jacobite rebellion is the top 1/4 of Jamie.  It is the part the world sees. The part we don’t see is powerfully large.  That Jamie we knew was destroyed “he broke me, I knew it, we both did”.   It is no wonder that he isn’t the Jamie we all know him to be. He is a shadow of the man he was.

Claire struggles to help him.  She tiptoes on egg shells.  Anyone who has lived with a spouse with PTSD could confirm that their loved one is altered and that they struggle to have any intimacy/closeness.  Jamie’s identity has been shaken to the core. He cannot get “him” out of his mind. Add to this struggle playing a role, being deceptive; something that goes against everything Jamie believes himself to be and you have a formula for an explosive situation.  Jamie is coming out sideways, “When do I get to feel good, when do I get to have meaning in my day?”  It isn’t that he doesn’t want Claire to be happy.  He does, but he isn’t himself.

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I love how they chose to juxtaposition Claire’s struggles with her own identify and secrets with Jamie’s.  She isn’t herself either. It is so complicated.  They are both living a lie and trying to find themselves again.  No one is going to be happy until they can.

I loved the filmed metaphor of Jamie walking down the hall and Claire following him. Every time she gets a glimpse of Jamie (and we do too, glimpses of the old Jamie) he walks behind a wall. Yet, she still follows and keeps trying.  I predict the pay-off for our patience and Claire’s will be some of the most moving television ever filmed.  It is going to get worse before it gets better, but when it gets better we will have a couple whose journey will form a bond unbreakable …even by time.

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48 thoughts on “Icebergs, Prince, and Outlander…My reflection on episode 2.3

  1. Are you getting weary with my “likes” and “Me too!” comments? lol I’ll just say that you were inside my head again, especially with the words on Prince (have loved him since the beginning) and how quickly this Outlander ep whizzed by! I even checked the run time to see if it was an hour or if they’d cut it down to less time! When the last scene faded to black, I cried, “Nooooooo!” My husband ducked his head into the room to ask if I was okay. Yeah. I am. Well…not really. I have to wait an entire WEEK for the next episode!

    Dawn

  2. Jane moskevitz

    I really look forward to your commentary – I always get educated by them! I too teach high school and relate unbelievably to your ” iceberg” story. I have 40 future nurses.. All healthcare workers in front of me week after week looking to be educated and inspired. I have to say that is usually when I hit a wall – they inspire me – love my job but yes I too think of retirement – but it usually hits me right about now in the school year. 10 more years for me !
    I hope you are right about the pay off for J&C – it bothered me seeing him treat her like that – I have read the books so I know it’s all temporary but all the same I love it best when they are just “them”
    Thanks for your insights!
    Jane

  3. Anne Hetherington

    Thanks again, Beth, for articulating the same insights that I had, but could never have found the words to be able to share them. You did again, beautifully. Your students are lucky to have you.

  4. Thanks for your comments this week; especially for sharing Terry’s reflection on Prince. I can understand her feelings about continuing to be herself as I am a bit of an artist misplaced in a corporate world (specifically regulatory policy) so I feed my need outside of that role with what I do to be me…clothing design! Thanks!

  5. Katherine

    I am always so impressed by your “reflections” and often find myself agreeing with you and grateful you are able to articulate them so effectively. When you pointed out the “filmed metaphor” of Jamie walking into and out of our sight along the corridor, I had an aha moment because I had been trying to figure out why it was filmed that way. Thank you for all the time you spend “reflecting” and for sharing it with us.

  6. Nina Hanssens

    Teachers…

    I always indulge in your metaphors and ways of explaining – showing – things.
    It is a very fine way of recognising the exceptional teachers, as you seem to be!
    Now that I know this for a fact I understand how I always come to identify so well with your writing, reflections,…

    My pupils are young children between 5 and 8. To whom I (try to) teach Music, Expression and Culture.
    I like to compare them to hetching eggs. On the verge of braking open.

    What do they say?…
    The first “thing” a newborn animal sees on leaving the shell it will consider as his mother…
    Imagine the concequences.
    Eggs that hatch in rich cultural, tolerant and understanding ground versus those that see only hatred, loneliness or rivalry…

    To these young kids we can make a tremendous difference.

    Long way to get to our mutual love of television greatness; Outlander, and to show my appreciation for your blog – again!
    The reflection you put on paper reads like a handout of the thoughts in my head.

    The best – ánd only – thing I could do after watching was…
    rewind and go again!
    As I did with your blog!
    Spot on, clear and analysing reflection Beth, as always!

  7. Susan Grandt

    I thank you for writing with such depth and understanding – it is so good to hear a voice I can relate to after hearing far too many comments elsewhere about Jamie being too weak and Claire too nasty; I find myself angry on their behalf at such a lack of human insight into their situation. And I do appreciate your pointing out the scene with Jamie walking down the hallway and Claire trying to catch up to get a glimpse of him – subtle yet complex storytelling like that often goes by unobserved.

  8. Oh Beth, I think this was your best essay yet. Verra deep, Jamie would say. So much that you and Terry said in this essay opened my eyes to a personal work struggle I am going through. Feeling “suppressed and managed” and coming out sideways. I didn’t have the words but that is it exactly. I also did not catch the symbolism of Jamie going the hall and appearing in spaces. Perfect. Thanks for the therapy session. Can I pay in whisky?

  9. You put to words what I had been thinking.
    the closeness that Jamie and Claire have is in no little part due to their intimacy. I can see how apart they will feel and how desperate they ultimately will become. They are both trying to keep the part of them that works going and pushing down what they seem unable to do anything about. I agree that when everything comes exploding to the top we will be in for quite an episode. Kudos to the excellent acting on all parts

  10. Love your reflections! And i had same reaction at the end–that couldn’t be an hour gone by–I looked at my husband and shrieked,”It can’t be over! It’s only been a few minutes!” He shook his head and said, “No, an hour.” Really??? No way!! And I felt the same way as I re-watched it this morning by myself!

    Can’t get enough!!! Carolyn

  11. Patricia Hare

    As a retired educator I can SO relate to the iceberg metaphor. We do our best teaching when we see the whole student, not just the blue haired, pierced, tattooed angry person in front of us. It is when we forget to see the whole that we and they become frustrated. One of the smartest educators I have known told me early in my career to make sure to sometimes let the students know you are human too. I see this in Outlander, too many people, especially Jamie and Claire, not see the whole person and not letting each other know they are human. I know that is coming, but it is so hard to wait for it. Scotland will melt their hearts and ours.
    (BTY, teachers never really never retire we keep on learning and trying to pass it on to others!)

  12. ClaudiaSJ

    Thank you for talking me “down from the ledge.” You gave me a new perspective about patience…I hope it all pays off and Jaime and Claire reconnect in a powerful and meaningful way…can’t wait to see how the writers bring this to fruition.

  13. Diane Pyle

    Beth, I love that you, too love Outlander enough to spend time and thought on it. I always read your posts and enjoy your points of view. (However, I am on the outside looking in — I will not be seeing the year two until it comes out on DVD). That is OK because I am quite enjoying the “warm-up”.

  14. Candace Wishon

    You know, we all have struggled with trying to separate the book characters from the TV characters. I for one have been so angry that the beloved scenes that we couldn’t wait to see have been so changed (honeypot), or eliminated all together (no sausage, no Bouton vs. Jamie showdown), for no “apparent” reason, or the anticlimactic revealing of the red dress, and our beloved characters that we have grown to love are barely recognizable. I am struggling with “There’s a truth between us”, and worrying that Claire won’t tell Jamie that BJR is alive, and his trust for her will dissolve in a New York minute. That he will find out from someone else, and be devastated that Claire couldn’t tell him, no matter how good her intent (remember in DOA how angry he was when he found out Claire knew it was Stephen Bonnet that raped Bree, and she didn’t tell him). Jamie’s healing (at least to the point where he can “build the leanto with a roof to keep out the rain” ) being glossed over in Season 1, has put Season 2 on it’s ear, and not necessarily in a good way. Talk about altering the timeline!
    As you are well aware, there have been less than stellar reviews for episode 2, but episode 3, which I will watch this afternoon, seems to have redeemed the last episode somewhat.
    My great fear is that with TOO MANY changes, some of them indicating that Ron, and others, are completely missing some salient features of the story, and essentials of our characters that fundamentally never change, will lead too more distress, loss of audience, and ultimately, the show’s demise. There are some things that can be altered, and still have a and workable believable story, and keep the characters intact; there are other changes which are so far to the left that the book readers, and you know that comprises a huge part of the watching audience, are just gob smacked, and WILL stop watching the show, before they allow it to infiltrate their long held opinions and ideals about the books. And we’ll get 3, possible 4 seasons, and not much more. Viewership will drop and…you know the rest of the story.
    I too have taught-both baccalaureate and graduate students- so I don’t have the experience with young people, BUT, your analysis is spot on.
    I have to say that this is the first time any of this has made sense to me. I am one of those who has Starz strictly for Outlander. I am a reader, not a TV watcher. I was going to stop my subscription, if this didn’t get better. Better script writing. Better drama coaching. Better everything. You post today has helped me to think that I should hang in a little longer. Thank you.

      • I am really sad that you are allowing what is NOT there to interfere with enjoying what IS. I sat and read every review on the internet and in the papers last week and I can reassure you (book-reader blogs aside) that EVERY review was outstandingly positive (except the LA Times which was just outright disparaging all around for no particular reason). Out of the groups I belong to the amount of those who are loving the show this season outnumber those who have criticisms by a huge amount. Every day another person I know, another celebrity on Twitter, another friend of a friend, starts watching and loving Outlander. And I mean LOVING! Most of these are not book readers and never will be. Some of them rush out and get the books immediately! Occasionally someone I know watches and is a little “meh” about it all but they are few and far between. This is only my experience, so imagine this on a much bigger scale. I do think that those who are disappointed are by and large book readers (although most book readers love it, such as myself!) and I think that it is very difficult for some people to hand the visual representation over to a third party and have it turn out the way they want. It never will. It is a precious flower that has grown inside you, each petal a beloved character whom you have seen grow over 8 books from young to old. You have re-read each scene until it has become a part of you and you can close your eyes and see it in your own mind. No TV show is ever going to live up to that and nor should it. A TV show is such a different animal to a book that to compare them is absurd. Each episode has to have it’s own story arc. It has to build the story, keep the viewers enthralled. It is not their job to include every iconic scene (especially if it doesn’t propel the story forward) and with only 13 episodes, it just cannot be done. I say this sadly, because the Verra Large Sausage is a favourite of mine (and still could turn up, I’m ever optimistic!). It won’t break my heart if it doesn’t though. It’s always there in the book for me to reread whenever I want. Nevertheless, I know I will never stop watching the show, nor will many, many of my friends and acquaintances, so although you may grow tired of it yourself, fear not, the rest of us will keep the boat afloat. And hopefully you will still be aboard with us 🙂

    • Deb

      Candace, Your words ring so true with me as well.
      In my opinion S1 set the bar very high and so far S2 has been less than expected by me and I’m sure most fans. Fans and viewers who have not read the books will not struggle to see the deeper meaning in each episode and even the book faithful will become disenchanted.
      The Outlander team really needs to focus on Better, Better and Better. Show me EPIC SHIT!

      • Candace Wishon

        Thank you. Sometimes people with a dissenting view are harshly criticized for not having what I call “drunk the Kool-aid “, and always saying how wonderful, exciting, great writing, great acting, Ron is a genius, etc., no matter what, If it is Outlander related they think it’s wonderful. Well it’s not always wonderful. I always feel like I am being charged with blasphemy if I say ANYTHING dissenting about the show, Ron, etc. People didn’t like that I mentioned book readers may stop watching the show…what is so hard to believe about that? How many movies, mini series, and TV programs that were based on best-selling books were severely panned by both critics and fans alike because of a far left and unbelievable adaptation of a beloved story? And either bombed at the box office, or were not renewed for another season? Far too many. And no one wants to hear it. They have to step up their game. Episode 3 looks much better. We’ll see.

  15. Beth, as ever your essay gives amazing insight. I love the reiteration of Terry’s thoughts. And the icebergs, just so spot on for all of us to realise not just teachers. We are all putting out a “public face” to get through this life to some extent. It is the rare individual who is the same with everybody. Or maybe that is just me. Every so often i get pulled up short by something and go , hey that’s where I’m at.. it’s not always where I want to be. So thank you for that.
    As far as Jamie and Claire are concerned I am so glad that you have pointed to the fact that this is a damaged man, and currently a damaged relationship. I feel the TV show is bringing more attention to that than the book. Yes we got to see the aversion therapy in the book, but I do feel that he was still really fighting himself (and BJR) in Paris, and because we mainly see Claire’s POV we do miss a lot of the really intense, inside his head fighting.
    Thank you for your very perceptive view of all things Outlander.

  16. wow, that was extremely insightful – you really made me take a deeper, second look at what is going on – and I loved what you said before the “Outlander” part – you don’t have to watch Outlander to get that. thank you.

  17. Loved this episode and loved your reflections! Prince’s passing this week has given me pause. It comes right on the heels of losing someone close to me and I find that loss and heartache are pretty constant companions these days. Outlander has been a welcome reprieve despite the weightiness so far in season 2. I loved your graphic about teaching and thought it applicable to more than the imparting of pearls to young, “eager” minds! My hubs likes to tease me about my pre-episode reading (anticipation) and after the broadcast postmortems (sometimes disillusionment followed by reflection and returning anticipation!). I don’t read nearly as much about Outlander as I used to, because I have found that other people’s thoughts and reflections can color my own enjoyment of an episode. I now have a very select few that I read before or after an episode (your blog tops my list!!) and I think I’ve found my sweet spot! I know there are many decrying the changes to some of the story arcs and personalities, but I’ve found this season to be spot on regarding Jamie and Claire’s relationship! Is it hard to watch them being so distant? Absolutely! Is it a departure from the book? Certainly! Is it good storytelling! You betcha! Jamie and Claire’s reconnection when it occurs will be all the sweeter for the tension between them up to this point! This season I seem to have gotten over the need for the show to hit all MY marks and am enjoying it for what it is. I refuse to be told that the show is somehow less because it is not all that the books are. Maybe that, to some small degree, is my nod to Prince. Repose en pais! As always, will look forward to next weeks’ reflections!

    • Candace Wishon

      Totally agree with you regarding having to stop reading so many posts about Outlander. Beth Wesson and Karen Henry, are really the only two I read. I would get so distraught before I ever saw an episode, and it truly did color my perception. Glad to see someone else agrees that with the overwhelming number of things out there on social media about Outlander, that we are reminded that we don’t have to read all of them. Thanks for that sentiment.

  18. chicagoshari44

    I am amazed by Sam Heughan in Season 2 and I’m not sure why. I thought he was great in Season 1 as well. But the subtle way he is showing us Jamie’s recovery is extraordinary. Is it the big drama of Black Jack’s violence and perversion? No. It isn’t even the huge dramatic opportunity to forgive your wife for being gone years, living with another man, and pregnant by his child that was afforded Tobias Menzies at the start of Season 2. It is the small steps. The way Sam shows us Jamie regaining his sense of humor, showing us his wit, demonstrating the clever way he impresses royalty in the French Court and the brothels with Charles Stuart. It is his friendship with Murtagh. It is his desire for Claire although the memories get in the way, and in episode three it is the way he begins to take charge of the plans to thwart the Jacobite rebellion. We are seeing Jamie re-emerge and find himself again. Am I impatient for the complete reconnection to Claire to take place? You bet! That relationship is what holds the show together. But each week progress is being made. The writers are providing the words for the transformation and I love Ann Kenney in that I think she gets who Jamie is. Costumes also help. I don’t think it was an accident that Jamie is back in his kilt in the last scene. But, It is Sam that is bringing this change to life. The smiles, the lift of a head, the straightening of shoulders. The way the dialogue is delivered. It is true that I miss some of the memorable, beautiful, funny scenes from the book, but I am enjoying season 2. Episode one was a disappointment to me due to the time spent on Claire and Frank and lack of time on the couple I waited a year to see again. I enjoyed the frenetic pace of episode 2, the humor, the expanded role of Murtagh, and meeting so many new characters. But episode 3 has me right back addicted to Outlander again and on the edge of my seat regarding what they are going to do next with Dragon Fly in Amber.

  19. Jodi

    Agree with your take on this. Disagree with person who said book readers will become so disillussioned they stop watching. That’s insane. I almost watch the show like it’s a “sequel” to the books, if that makes sense. Never intended to be a duplication / replication of the books. I enjoy being able to watch for entertainment’s sake and not plow through all the rich details, as enjoyable as that is. It’s a different experience. Why can’t people be literate, and enjoy the word, as well as enjoy the visual splendor? So over the comparisons. If people quit watching cuz it’s not identical to the books and feel slighted by this fact…big whoop. This series gots legs as they say, and it’s here to stay. Episode 3 way less frenetic than 2, and things will evolve and fall into place.

    • I’m learning that everyone and I’m mean everyone has their own take on what works and what doesn’t, what they like and don’t like, I just get to give my views on a very public forum. If folks are so disappointed that they stop watching then I believe their disappointment is very strong. Most folks I talk to who are book readers fall somewhere in the middle. They know it’s an adaptation, but they still look forward to seeing favorite scenes or hearing favorite dialogue. The folks that seem the most disappointed are those who believe the essence of the characters has been compromised. I don’t see it. I just think each episode is part of a big puzzle and we really won’t know until the end if they missed the mark. Either way it has been some pretty wonderful story telling! I’m enjoying the hell out if it!

  20. cindy

    Beth, Once again your comments are spot on, and articulate beautifully what so many of us can’t. The books and the show are part of parallel universes (in my opinion that is…) with each medium giving us different perspectives. I love them both, and look forward to your ‘take’ on each episode. Thanks.

  21. Ellen

    Good afternoon Beth.
    It’s been a while since I saw your blog, but as always this one is spot on. Last year I told you that you put my thoughts on paper and you still do.
    Outlander season 2 is definitely different from the book, but it was Diana herself who told us to put the book(s) aside and just enjoy the show.
    The last 2 eps of S1 got so much credit for the way the male rape was treated, that it would be unbelievable if Jamie was already the person we knew in S1. In my opinion then Outlander would become just another lovestory instead of the beautiful story of a marriage it is. A marriage where the spouses have to come to terms with what happened to them, what they are doing and living in a place where they really don’t want to be. To me it is recognisable, TG not in a way what happened to Jamie, but in every marriage things happen that cause a rift between spouses, with uneasy feelings, not looking at eachother and walking on eggs.
    Thank you again for your clear and spot on thoughts on this episode.

  22. Panda

    Hello,
    I am so glad I follow your blog and agree with your assessments of the Whole week. I enjoyed the descriptions and definitions. I can add that I am totally enjoying the way they are portraying Murtuagh and it gives us a needed laugh/ smiles as we are getting through the tough stuff. As a Minnesotan , truly have been devastated by Prince’s loss. It has been a great time to reflect on him as a faith filled, honest, and artistic person. Back to watching episode 3. My husband has been watching too , although ,never read the books and that is despite me having them around for over 20 years. He watched most of it without me because I listened to most of it first . Then watched part the 2nd time and had to come back to finish UGH. Life does happen. 3rd time I was alone and able to totally focus ! Really enjoyed it and yes could not believe it was over so quick, Am anxious to keep watching !
    Thank you for your blog !

  23. Val Huber

    I’ve spent the last 15 minutes reading and absorbing all the comments left by all of you and as many others have mixed feelings regarding the events depicted in the novels and how those are being played on TV. The novels are truly EPIC and common sense tells us that it is unfathomable to Ron and all the writing staff to include all of those special scenes that we the readers have loved in the books and yes, I will admit, have missed in the episodes to date. I really thought the “sausage” could have been included and yes, did miss that it wasn’t but does it take away from the adrenaline and the excitement of the episode as presented? NO not at all! I have the luxury of getting that “fix” by rereading that section of the novel once again. I am truly hoping that future scenes will include some memorable ones in the future chapters but don’t wish to “spoil” some of those events for our non-reading fans. When comments are being made regarding the “sensitive” nature and lack of intimacy between Claire and Jamie due to the PTSD, I can FULLY understand the issues at hand and the difficulty in dealing with these unguarded and some times explosive feelings. One of our very close friends in law enforcement has dealt with these issues and it has impacted all people close to him. Ron and the writers, as well as all the actors are providing us the viewers, with some very realistic emotions that I know will eventually turnout and love, trust, and honesty will triumph. Thank you to all of you for taking the time to speak so frankly about your thoughts…we may not all agree with some thoughts and opinions but then again, the world would be very boring if we all thought alike.

  24. Susan Harman

    As several others have said, I only follow a few of the blogs about Outlander. I always find your comments to be very insightful and–dare I say–educational (!). You seem to constantly bring up the little nuances of each episode that make it more meaningful and call attention to things I missed. Your more general posts on acting, production, etc. are also very useful. My first experience with ‘fandom’ was a Celtic singing group I followed on social media–which ironically sparked my initial interest in Outlander. In turn, that got me back into actually reading for pleasure, something that professional reading had crowded out of my life for the last decade or so. Your post is one of the first I look for each week.

  25. Elizabeth Canning

    Once again, well said! Ron’s way of exposing the layers of these characters is keeping me on the edge of my seat. It is so true to the book that I find myself amazed by something each week. The attention to the many layers of Jamie has me wondering about the future “explosion” and again I’m sure Ron will have us all in tears. Thanks Beth!

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