I couldn’t watch it through a second time. I shut it off. I thought perhaps sleep would help my perspective. It has cooled my ire enough to write. I really wasn’t sure I would write anything about this episode because I felt too conflicted, too….angry.
First, let me say that if I DIDN’T know the rest of the story, I’d think this was a great episode. Lots of action and conflict for our heroine Claire. Beautifully acted. Beautifully filmed. But, I do know the rest of the story and this isn’t taking me there.
So, what is the big problem…Jamie…again. Who is supposed to be Claire’s soul-mate? Jamie or Frank? I understand Ron Moore wanted Claire’s decision to feel real, so he decided to put more about Frank into the story. I was all for that decision, until now. Once again I ask, “where’s Jamie?”.
In my humble opinion, as a reader and viewer, Both Sides Now should have been One Fine Day. I understand this is an adaptation and I know things must be changed and somethings left out. However, I’m pretty sure what should not be left out is the growth in Jamie and Claire’s relationship. Of all the wonderful tender and revealing moments that happened the couple of days following the wedding we get “hoor-rocks”? I understand that it advanced the story…Jamie needed to leave Claire for the chance to change their future. I get that….great. But, why so much Frank and so little Jamie and Claire? One of reasons I was so excited that this was a 16 episode series was that their would be time as Mr. Moore said to keep,” all the things people love about these books”. The main thing I love about these books is the relationship between Jamie and Claire.
And my favorite lines….. “Does the wanting ever stop” was changed from awed and tender wonder to when will I stop being horny? Arrgh! Maybe my love for the books has made it impossible for me to enjoy this show? As my husband was kind enough to point out this morning, ” You knew this was going to happen why are you surprised? The movie can never be as good as the book”…… Yeah….I know that….