Sunday, May 8, 2016

Episode 205: "Untimely Resurrection" (SPOILERS)

Here are my reactions to Episode 205 of the OUTLANDER TV series, titled "Untimely Resurrection".

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I thought this episode was very well done, and very faithful to the book.

That's a beautiful horse in the opening shot -- and how appropriate that this episode premiered on the day of the Kentucky Derby! <g>

Claire's voiceover is loosely based on her thoughts at the beginning of DRAGONFLY chapter 19:
The clock on the mantelpiece had an annoyingly loud tick. It was the only sound in the house, other than the creakings of the boards, and the far-off thumps of servants working late in the kitchens below. I had had enough noise to last me some time, though, and wanted only silence to mend my frazzled nerves. I opened the clock’s case and removed the counterweight, and the tick ceased at once.

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 19, "An Oath is Sworn". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I like the scene where Jamie returns. It's very close to the book, including Jamie's words to Fergus.

I was surprised that Alex remained in prison after Jamie and the others were released. "His release will require a word from the lass herself." This isn't in the book, but I think it's plausible.

I like watching Jamie's face throughout the scene between him and Claire. Especially when he says, "No good can come from that pairing."

"You did WHAT?" LOL!

"And so calling your wife a witch was your best idea? After everything that happened at Cranesmuir?"

Well, she has a point, but still, I wish they'd included her reaction from the book:
"So you told them I was La Dame Blanche,” I said, trying hard to keep any hint of laughter out of my voice. "And if you tried any funny business with ladies of the evening, I’d shrivel your private parts.”

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 20, "La Dame Blanche". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I winced a little when Jamie said, "And all I wish for is for you to lay in my arms." Diana Gabaldon has commented rather wryly on the fact that no one involved with the TV series -- not the writers, not the other members of the production team, not the actors -- seems to be able to use the words "lay" and "lie" correctly. It should be "lie" in this case. Oh, well.

I liked the scene with Jamie and Murtagh. It's good to see Jamie at work managing Jared's wine business.

"Les Disciples" -- in the book, they're called "Les Disciples du Mal" - the disciples of evil. I think leaving out the last part of the gang's name makes them seem less sinister, though I suppose their actions speak for themselves.

I like Murtagh's exchange with Jamie beginning, "I've failed ye." This is very much in the spirit of the way it's done in the book, with two exceptions:

1) In the book, Murtagh kneels before Jamie as he says this. I suspect they changed it because of the other scene involving kneeling later in the episode.

2) In the book, Murtagh asks Jamie to take his life to atone for his failure to protect Claire and Mary. Again, given the very explosive scene involving a dirk later in this episode, I think it would have been overkill to have two such scenes in relatively close proximity, so I don't have a problem with the way it's done here.

Mary is just wonderful in the scene with Claire!

"How are you feeling?"
"Ashamed. Like I'm a different person now, and I'll never be the same."

Very good line!

I also liked this line from Claire: "You're far too pretty, not to mention sweet, to marry such a warty old man."

The bit with the red wax seal on Mary's letter reminded me, inevitably, of the symbol on the cover of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, and I was momentarily pulled out of the story, thinking of the octothorpe in the shape of a pair of interlocking Moebius strips. <g> I bet I'm not the only book-reader who had that reaction!

In the scene with Charles and Jamie, my first reaction was that it's wonderful to see Jamie wearing his kilt again! <vbg>

"Mark me" -- again! We really do need a "mark me" drinking game for Season 2. <g>

I like the way Jamie holds his injured hand while Charles is laying out his plans.

"When are we to expect this shipment?"
"Do not plague me with workmen's concerns!"

Good line from Charles Stuart, and a reminder that he is a prince, after all.

So Jamie and the Comte are to meet in Maison Elise. Do they have no taverns or pubs in Paris?? This is, after all, one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. I'm sure the production team did this on purpose to reduce costs, so they wouldn't have to build another set, but the idea that Every Single Time we see any of the men having a meeting in public, it's in a brothel, let alone that particular brothel, is starting to strain credulity quite a bit.

I like Claire's blue cloak in the scene with Alex. But I was very startled to see Claire trying so hard to break up Alex and Mary, after she's seen them so obviously in love. I don't like this. It seems awfully cold-hearted of Claire.

"She loves you very much, but in time, she will move on from this."

Oh, really, Claire? Like you'll "move on" from Jamie? We saw in Episode 201 how well that worked, didn't we? (This line definitely seems like foreshadowing to me.)

So Claire is entitled to happiness with her own true love, but she's decided that Alex and Mary are not, just because (in theory) Frank's existence is at stake?

"It broke my heart to break his." I was glad to hear this in the voiceover, because it shows she does feel guilty about it, but I still don't like her interfering in their relationship.

The scene with Jamie and the Comte was very good. The two of them are just mesmerizing to watch! My impression watching them is that their relationship is like a chess game between two experienced players, each trying to predict the other's next move -- but the stakes are very real.

"My memory is as long as yours." - good line from Jamie.

Jamie's gift of the apostle spoons was something I definitely didn't expect, but I liked that scene very much!

"Christening gift. For the bairn." Oh, God, that's a bittersweet thought, knowing what's coming later in the story!

"[Jenny] said she was so full of excitement, she could hardly keep the quill steady in her hand." Another good line.

I like Jamie and Claire's discussion about being a mother very much. Very appropriate for Mother's Day weekend in the US!

"What you don't ken, ye'll learn. We'll learn. Together."
"I do love you!"
"I love you, too, a nighean donn."

Awwwww!! That actually brought tears to my eyes. (I admit it, I'm a hopeless romantic when it comes to Jamie and Claire's relationship, and I always have been. <vbg>)

I didn't care for Claire's outfit in the Versailles scenes. I understand that costume designer Terry Dresbach wanted her to stand out, to show that Claire's taste in fashion is influenced by the 20th century and therefore is somewhat different from the other ladies at the French court, but I think this particular outfit is just TOO different from what the other ladies are wearing (the fabric, the neckline, the gloves), and I don't personally find it very attractive. Oh, well. Tastes differ. <shrug>

Sandringham thinks Charles Stuart is "an utter arse"? My instant reaction was, "It takes one to know one!"

Claire and Annalise going through the archway: "Apres vous, Madame." I laughed a little at this, realizing that as wide as that archway is, there's no way that both of them would fit through it at the same time, with those enormous gowns.
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The gardens of Versailles are just gorgeous! And I like Annalise's outfit very much.

"When I knew him, he was impulsive, headstrong."
"He still is."

Understatement!

At the first glimpse of BJR in full uniform coming toward them, I started yelling at the TV: "Go away. Go AWAY! GO AWAY!!"

Random thought: You may recall that BJR said in Episode 106 ("The Garrison Commander"), "I dwell in darkness, Madam, and darkness is where I belong." He's right. Seeing him outside in the daylight like this is deeply unsettling, to me at least.

All right, he's not going to go away. (Consoling myself with the vision of corbies-plucking-out-eyeballs from the beginning of VOYAGER....)

"Jamie? He's here?" And before Claire can say a word, attempt to make up some lie, he reads the truth on her face.

"...the sublime preposterousness of a universe that would guide us to a meeting at the French court."

I agree entirely with this! But I want so badly to wipe that expression of smug self-confidence off his face!

"F*ck the king!" I definitely saw this as foreshadowing, as I think most viewers who've read DRAGONFLY will.

I like the King's conversation with BJR and Claire before Jamie shows up. The King is charming, handsome, and a far more appealing character than he appeared when we first saw him in Episode 202.

I was really looking forward to Jamie and BJR coming face-to-face at last -- but definitely not like this!

"I hear you had an unfortunate encounter with some...sheep, was it?"
"Cattle, actually."

I really, really don't like this. :-( Jamie and BJR making polite conversation with each other?!? The dialogue between the two of them is clever, but it seems out of character for Jamie, IMHO. This is, after all, a man who brutally tortured and raped Jamie, who nearly destroyed him psychologically, and they're standing there making polite chitchat as though they've just encountered one another at a dinner party?

I think Jamie would be grim and mostly silent in that situation, plotting how exactly to take his vengeance, and IMHO he definitely would not initiate this kind of small talk. Talking about the weather, of all ridiculous things?

"On your knees."

I wasn't expecting that at all! Part of me enjoyed seeing BJR humiliated like that, and it's an effective illustration of the King's absolute power. (Lionel Lingelser is terrific as King Louis!) But I was a little taken aback by Jamie's reaction, laughing along with the others. Sure, seeing your worst enemy humiliated in public must be pretty satisfying, but Jamie is a Highlander and a "bloody man", and he's already stated very clearly his desire to kill BJR. So when Jamie went to call BJR out, I was actually relieved.

When BJR reached out to touch Jamie, I thought immediately of his words to Lord John in VOYAGER: "Take your hand off me, or I will kill you."

"He said he owed me a death" - referring to Jamie's plea in Wentworth, at the beginning of Episode 116 ("To Ransom a Man's Soul").

In the carriage on the way home, Claire is apprehensive, but notice the way Jamie is half-smiling, satisfied with his plan.

I liked the scene with Jamie and Murtagh, talking about preparations for the duel. This isn't in the book, but I can easily believe that they had such a conversation.

"Murtagh, will you please leave? This is between Jamie and me." Good idea, even if Claire came across as rather abrupt. This is definitely a conversation they need to have in private!

This very explosive final scene between Jamie and Claire is really well done! It's one of my favorite scenes in DRAGONFLY, and I think Sam and Cait both nailed it.
<g> Claire's anguish comes through very clearly, and Jamie's outburst ("Must I bear everyone's weakness? May I not have my own?") is very much as I'd always imagined from the book. As is the bit with the dirk, and Claire's "You owe me a life." Just perfect!

"You'd stop me taking vengeance on the man who made me play his whore?"

I heard, very clearly, the line from the book that follows this: "Who forced me to my knees and made me suck his c*ck, smeared with my own blood?" I'm sure they omitted this line on purpose, because we didn't actually see that happen on screen in Season 1, but to me it's a reminder that Jamie's ordeal at Wentworth in the book was even more horrific than the version we saw on TV. (This is not a complaint, just an observation.)

Notice how Jamie clutches his maimed left hand to his chest while he makes his decision. And then he picks up the sword and kisses it, just as he kissed the dirk at the oath-taking. As he walks away, saying, "Do not touch me", I got the distinct impression that his hand was throbbing in pain.

Wow, what a dramatic and emotionally intense end to this episode!

I was disappointed to see that it ended a few minutes early. After all that talk in the podcasts about how they often have to cut scenes for time, why was this episode five or six minutes shorter than most? I hope they explain the reason for that, eventually.

Overall, I thought this episode was really well done, and very much captured the spirit of this part of the book. Kudos to scriptwriter Richard Kahan! This was Richard's first OUTLANDER script, and he did a good job. I hope we see more from him in Season 3, assuming there is one.
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I hope you've enjoyed this recap. Please come back next week to see my comments on Episode 206.

Here are my recaps of the previous Season 2 episodes:

Episode 201: Through a Glass, Darkly
Episode 202: Not in Scotland Anymore
Episode 203: Useful Occupations and Deceptions
Episode 204: La Dame Blanche

Look here for my recaps of all of the Season 1 episodes.

29 comments:

Molly Moore said...

Hey did the conversation between Alex and Claire. As if we are not struggling with Claire's selfishness with Frank enough, this was the straw that broke the camel's back. And I agree, Jamie having a conversation with Blackjack like they were sitting down to tea was ridiculous. And I am getting sick to death of everybody meeting in the brothel. This episode had its moments, but again I am just really sick of all of these big changes. And why did we have to give so much time to Annalaise? I'm cut out more things so we could give conversation to a woman who was mentioned in one line or two lines in one paragraph in the book. Really. I know I sound really negative when I post. I'm really trying hard to like this as an adaptation on its own. But it just seems like every episode there is something that they could have left alone that they just completely change which witch did not need changed.

deborah bellini said...

I actually thought that Jamie was "fake" conversing and laughing for the sake of the King. If you are planning on killing someone it would be best if your public treatment of that person is cordial, therefore taking suspicion off of yourself. I mean if BJR was to turn up dead, having made you hatred of the man obvious in front of the King and his entourage would lead them straight to you.

Jackie said...

I pretty much agree with all you said! The first time I saw a picture of that brown and mustard dress, I said "UGH!!!" Isn't my taste at all!

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen, have stopped watching Outlander for now , am visiting an old friend here in Orlando , Florida, so I missed it , so whatever I miss , I'll use your Blog to catch up, please post more soon, Love Your Blog, Sincerely Yours, Happy Mother's Day Weekend, Mary Tormey.

DenelleMT said...

As a student of history (emphasis on American Victorian, but many similarities in this instance), I must say that the protocol and emotion of having a conversation with a royal is immense!! Especially in those days, it was a dance of wits and the art of the unspoken. Notice how the King takes Randall to task only after observing how Jamie and Claire spoke to/about him. Louis fathomed that Randall was not all that he appeared and, as he seems to favor the Frasers, he took BJR "down a notch" with his clever wordplay by pretending to have been misunderstood about kneeling to beg. Certainly Jamie's false nicety and chuckle are part of the royal communication dance. Better for him that he could maintain his court manners when he probably did want to rip out Randall's throat right then!
While I'm commenting on manners/mores of the time, the dinner party of the last episode was mishandled big time! I thought they had advisors for such things. Last note: I wonder why Claire's dress paniers are all wider than everyone else's. As much as she wants her dresses to be unique, I'd think her dressmaker would appropriately advise her about what the current fashion demands.

Susanlynn♥ said...

Thanks , Karen. I always appreciate getting your point of view! I liked this episode very much even though I could not understand the reason so many changes were made from the book. Often ,the writers seem to change the storyline of the books just to add their own touch and exercise their creativity . Como sea (whatever!) Anyway, I enjoyed the episode. I was really thrown when I first watched the encounter with the king...like wait..what?...why? However, when I watched again., I thought that it was a quite clever way to humiliate BJR while showing how accepted the Frasers were by the French King. I think that the king was meant to be very perceptive. As he and his courtiers approached Claire and BJR, he saw that BJR had grabbed Claire's arm and was intimidating her. Therefore, he played a little cat and mouse with BJR. I loved when he asked BJR if he had met Claire's husband, the Scottish warrior. I also liked Jamie's sheep comment and BJR kneeling in front of not only the king but the Frasers. He was left kneeling while the king allowed Jamie and Claire to leave! I loved the King's comment about BJR's affection for carnage perhaps leading to his own demise..foreshadowing . The look that BJR gave the king when he was finally permitted to rise seemed as though he was wishing he could torture him as he did Jamie! That whole scene seemed to say "Big man, you are not sonpowerful and scary now." The King put BJR in his place in front of the Fraser's. Yay, King !

Susanlynn♥ said...

P.S. I liked the garden party dress and loved the hat, but the gloves reminded me of those yellow rubber dishwashing gloves. I am not a fan of brown, so I would have preferred the beautiful flowers on a different colored background..black, cream, pink, beige, ivory, gray...anything but that dull brown shade.

And Jamie....he's back.. fierce and gorgeous. Hello, kilt. Love the black boots. That final scene gave me chills..."Do not touch me." Yikes . Who thought that Jamie would ever utter those words to this beloved Claire.

We have some very sad, heart wrenching scenes ahead. I wonder how much of the book storyline will be altered.

Susanlynn♥ said...

Oh yes, and I loved the way BJR grabbed his sword as soon as Jamie appeared. Be scared , you bastard, be verra, verra scared.

I have to admit that when the king commented on BJR's colorful uniform, I wondered if he had a mirror. His outfit was blue, yellow, and red topped off with a huge, lacy jabot.

Diane said...

I agree with so much of what you wrote and in reader comments. I was particularly thrilled about that last scene with Claire and Jamie. The writing was excellent, with so much dialogue taken from the book, and - for the first time since leaving Frank in first episode - given the time it deserved.
I have been disturbed during every episode after return to France, that so little time has been given to dialogue and interchange between Jamie and Claire. Even when they have been allowed something meaningful it feels abbreviated, not in comparison to the book, but compared to last season, and considered from the POV of a new viewer, one of which I have in my house.
This week, in Jamie and Claire's final scene, particularly Sam gets sufficient material to amaze as he has in the past. He is finally Jamie for me and Sam is finally allowed the room be be as magnificent as he has ever been in his portrayal. I'm obviously not referring to his appearance (although the return of the kilt and Jammie's old posture are welcome) and I'm not even referring to Jamie's recent progress in healing. I'm referring to the writing, direction, and possibly editing, given to Sam and his character overall. Since both of them have been short changed, IMO, so have the show and it's viewers.
This scene was breathtaking, with Sam's delivery of Do.Not.Touch.Me bringing down the curtain, with all the power of Jamie in any state is mind, being the perfect finale.
Heartbreaking as the situation was, I actually jumped to my feet and said, yes!!! Jamie is back!! I hope for good: crazed, sane, broken, healed, loving or betrayed, I've been frustrated that we've been missing what essence remained.
I'm writing on my phone and can only read a few lines at a time so I hope I didn't repeat myself too much!

Kathy Van Wesep said...

I enjoyed this episode very much and think it retained a great deal from the book, more than some other episodes. I am on my 4th read of the series and I neither expect nor want a literal adaptation for the TV series. It would not work and I like having some surprises as long as they make sense and could have happened in Diana's world. I agree with DenelleMT. No way could Jamie and Claire express what they were really thinking in front of the King. The King was perceptive enough to read Jamie and Claire's body language and the strangeness of their interaction with BJR. He quickly assessed that BJR was no friend to the Frasers, whom he favors, and he proceeded to put BJR in his place. Showing up in his uniform at the French court when France and England are not on friendly terms made him an easy target for ridicule and disdain. I loved seeing BJR powerless for once and I had no problem with Jamie and Claire enjoying it as well. When he was talking to Claire he reminded me of a shark circling its pray. The music from Jaws would have worked well. I also did not like the addition of Claire intentionally interfering with Alex and Mary. She is destroying the happiness of innocent people she supposedly cares about. She has no idea how the timeline works and yet she is meddling with it to the destruction of others. Why is her happiness more important than that of Mary, Alex or Jamie? Knowing that Jamie's soul only has a "lean to" for protection, she hits him with a wrecking ball. He owes her nothing. He saved her life twice. She is willing to destroy Jamie's soul and risk their marriage because of her desperate obsession to safeguard Frank. She handled it badly. Jamie definitely comes out high on moral ground on this which we will see more of in the next episode.

Vicki said...

I really liked this episode. There are many different things playing through my mind. The sweetness and intimacy displayed in the carrying of Fergus, showing what type of loving father Jamie would be, the touching of the baby bump, the revelation of the early christening gift foreshadowing how he does care about this child even though chaos and distraction are all around him; it's all so touching.
I was shocked that Claire would even consider burning Mary's letter and leaving Alex Randall in the Bastille, considering her agony at recently having Jaime in prison, and her conviction that they can't condemn an innocent man ( Frank ) . Her attempts to separate the two lovers was also incongruent with her own values it seems but another bit of evidence that they can't seem to change the future.
I liked the dress in the Gardens. I'm sure that Sandringham knew that BJR was there. His comment about choices also fits with his waffling about which side to support in the Rising. It seems that the purpose of Analise was merely to steer Claire to a different setting for the upcoming scenes, but there was a bit of foreshadowing in the comments about Jamie being impulsive and strong willed. This plays out in the upcoming duel. For the first time I thought that BJR looked dashing in his uniform. He held himself stiffly and indicated that he still had pain. Good! He was as creepy as ever. Some of the words between him and the King may have to do with the history of warfare between England and France. Isn't the French and Indian war going on about now in the Colonies?
I thought that Jamie's body language was stiff and forced in front of the King and Randall. He doesn't really look at BJR until Claire turns him to face Randall. Why does she do that? Loved seeing Randall forced to be submissive in front of Jamie. I held my breath when BJR touched Jamie's chest. I thought it all might explode right there!
This next thought has plagued me since first reading the books. No one in the story seems to realize that Frank needs to exist so that Jamie and Claire as a couple can exist. If Caire and Frank don't marry, then they aren't on a second honeymoon in Inverness in 1945. Without Frank, Claire does not travel to the past. Everything that Jamie loves will be taken away from him because none of it would have happened.
The last scene was riveting. It was perfectly done. He takes the oath, because he is honorable and pays his debts, but in that moment she is as much an enemy as Randall ever was. Don't Touch Me, indeed!

Diane said...

Just read my emailed version and didn't want to leave out my admiration all of the lead performances, and writing for them, this episode. They were each fantastic, with some new standouts to include, and I thought reached a collective high point for the season - emotion through dialogue, faces, gestures, fantastic!!

Regarding comments about Jack's uniform at Versailles. I like that it highlights the outlander he has always been, and as he is finally treated here, with no position of power in the French court. Even better, you can see that he doesn't really give a sh*t, nothing takes a chunk out of BJ (except Jamie through his warped perspective, aaagh.) In a scene filled with so much this detail lets Tobias give us a glimpse of the alienation in Scotland that may have added fuel to Jack's evil - something Tobias talks about trying to communicate.

This may be a discussion for another day, but since I'm a pacifist about to wish for BJ's (if fictional) demise, I have to say that I have never agreed with the theory that BJ was a product of his emotional wounds of war. That extreme behavior has to be in you to begin with. I believe that the premeditated extent of the horror he systematically inflicted at Wentworth makes him a psychopath. Theoretically they're capable of feeling empathy when they allow it, but it's not a default and BJ hasn't shown any of us any so far!
Is it possible for me to be being too harsh?

Susanlynn♥ said...

Diane and Kathy..good points. I watched that final scene again..and OH. My. Goodness. Jamie is back. The looks on his face were chilling, and the way he held his injured hand at his chest was pitiful. If he was holding a mic , he should have dropped it right after "Do. Not. Touch. Me." Yikes. Well, get ready to cry all the tears. It is going to get very nasty and very sad. How many happy moments with Jamie and Claire did we get before the angst hit...not many. It will be interesting to see how this season ends. They will have to give the nonbook readers some hope to keep them searching so...

♥Susanlynn said...

Vicky..Yes, I thought that it was odd the way Claire turned Jamie to face BJR. I noticed that she held onto his arm. I also noticed a few other things about that scene. When Jamie was barreling down the path behind BJR and Claire , he was touching his sword but took his hand away when he reached them. Also, Louis was watching Claire while Jamie and BJR were verbally sparring . I loved all the tender moments between Jamie and Claire..kissing her hand, covering her with the plaid, presenting the Apostle spoons. Let's get back to some of that before the final tearing out of our guts.

Diane said...

It just occurred to me that if Claire had not stopped Jamie from fighting in the first duel, she might have saved poor Fergus, Jamie and herself a great deal of aggravation and heartache (even if she would have had the miscarriage anyway.)

Susanlynn♥ said...

Diane..Yes, one decision can often turn the tide in a different direction. The decision to not have Jamie healing at the end of season one left him unable to make love to Claire in season two and a growing rift between them. That decision had consequences that many book readers did not like. I have read comments about the lack of evidence in the show of the incredibly strong bond between Claire and Jamie that would explain Claire's complete devastation when she returns to Frank. One small change can lead to many other changes . People who are only watching the show and have not read the books may not realize that the link between the two is almost mystical.

Nancy Basile said...

I am loving, loving this season. They are hitting all the high notes from the book and doing all the characters justice. I didn't think they could top the first season, but they are. Still, knowing what's coming, I'm bracing myself for how deep it's going to get. Plus, they've hit about half the things on my wish list so far.

Diane said...

Susanlynn...yes, count me in with those that think the bond has not been represented. Last week my non book reading husband finally thought the whole thing too silly, as he put it, "they had Claire going on and on about the love of her life and soulmate in the first episode and now he just seems to annoy her. If he's her soulmate you would think she could show him more respect, whatever shape he's in." Followed by, "the show is just boring."
This is from the definition of Ron Moore's non-reader target audience. Tough-guy-show fans liked last season just fine, and (no surprise to most media viewers) like their action leads to be smart as well as tough, and relationships (friends, enemies, lovers) to be developed and interesting. I remembered the comment about the writers being fans of the Godfather. Talk about developed characters and relationships... Hope I didn't stray too far into my pet peeve!
I'm back to stockpiling hankies for the rest of the season, with an extra box for my Scot hubby who decided to stick with us after last episode!

Susanlynn♥ said...

Diane...I had not read the books when I watched season one. To tell the truth, I liked the first episode, but then I kind of lost interest and missed several episodes. I think that I surfed back in to the Wedding. Then, I was hooked. After season one ended, I read all the books over the summer because I could not wait to see what happened to Jamie and Claire. We are in for lots of tears for the rest of this season . yikes. Reading about the events is one thing, but seeing them play out on the screen is another. Someone suggested that I buy a bottle of Drambuie to sip as I watch the angst hit the fan..Bonnie Prince Charlie's beverage of choice. It will be interesting to see what the writers take from the book, what they omit, and what they change.

Susanlynn♥ said...

Nancy..Thanks for the link to your article. You certainly hit many of the highlights of DIA. I read the whole series of books after I watched season one. I had no idea what was going to happen in the books because I had not searched out any information online. The opening of DIA left me shaken and stirred! What ??? Claire is back in her own time . It's twenty years later, and Jamie is dead. I must admit that I had to scan ahead to find Jamie . I think that the "how-to-explain-lovebites-on -your-thighs scene is probably one of my favorites. What a guy.

Susanlynn♥ said...

Caitronia Balfe is going to be a guest on Rachel Ray on Thursday May 12 at 10.00 am Eastern time.

Kathy Van Wesep said...

There are a few things I don't like about this episode. First is the way Claire is being portrayed as self serving, two-faced and mean spirited. It makes her very unlikable and not in keeping with Book Claire. Because they chose to reveal that BJR was alive early on, it set up a situation where Claire had to hide information from Jamie (which I accepted because she was trying to protect Jamie and she eventually told him the truth), but they used that to then set up this dilemma of Alex and Mary's love for each other and the awful scene where Claire, claiming she is only concerned with Mary's happiness, talks Alex out of marrying Mary. This is not something Book Claire would have done. She may be misguided and handled things badly out of her desperate obsession to insure Frank's future, but she is never two-faced and mean spirited as she comes off in that scene. TV Claire is hurting people she claims to care about because she thinks Frank's being born is more important than Alex's, Mary's or Jamie's happiness.

After reading the script, I realized that they cut the entire first scene between Fergus and Claire where he tells her that he was born and raised at Maison Elise and didn't know if one of the prostitutes was his mother. It explains why he reads women so well at an early age and why he wants to stay with Jamie because he feels needed, useful and safe. They are becoming a family. We have so few tender and humorous moments in Dragonfly in Amber to counterbalance the many dark and heartbreaking moments, that I feel like I have been robbed by not being able to see this lovely scene between Fergus and Claire. The writer's notes say they cut it for time, but they had 5 unused minutes for this episode which would have accommodated this important scene. I hope they find a way to work it in later or at least provide us with that scene on the DVD.

Diane said...

Oh dear, I had promised that I would stop writing an extra novel here, but Kathy, I was having the exact same thought just before reading your email. I had just read the script for the episode and couldn't believe they left out that moment of tenderness, and exposition, between Fergus and Claire. It would literally have added less than 30 seconds to leave it in. There was another tiny detail I had written about on another site because it represented one way in which the entire tone changed. The script direction had Jamie come in and kiss/embrace Claire immediately before he picked up Fergus. I just thought it was the weirdest thing that such a formal non-greeting followed a night in jail and worrying, how odd. Then there were a few other natural moments of affection, in the script, that wouldn't have taken more time, or change the story, and didn't end up on screen. They were all things that would have at least brought back some our characters warmth from last season. Now I'm frustrated that we're not only missing the extreme connection from the book, and the total commitment from last season, but now we're missing sweet moments from the scripts! Everyone talks about things that end up on the editing room floor (like poor Claire and Fergus), but someone had to decide, nah, Jamie wouldn't kiss Claire hello, and a handful of similar calls. I can't imagine the actors would be making those choices. All odd.
I'm also so happy about how you described the distinction between book and season 2 Claire! Perfect. It made me remember that it was almost a joke that Claire couldn't be devious because everyone could read her face. What happened to Claire's glass face!? (If that's what they called it.)

♥Susanlynn said...

We need to see some tenderness, touching, and connection at the beginning of the next episode to get us through all the pain and suffering that is about to happen. We need to see that the link between Jamie and Claire is unbelievable strong and exceptional to be able to endure what is about to happen to them.

Diane said...

Yes. I think that's what I've been thinking all season: how are we going to survive the *SPOILERS* repercussions of the duel if not (and how will we believe they do) if we don't see the tie that binds through thick and thin? In fact how will we survive/believe that it endures the 20 year separation. Theoretically we see that by the end of the season because we know Brianna appears. That's why I was so shocked about ep 1: 1945 at the beginning and 1968 at the end of 13 episodes that includes last season's leftovers (the healing process)? How much time did that leave for Paris, Faith and their return from that - if they show it - then Scotland, battles, the big goodbye? That's probably why book readers may be even more concerned about how the show time has been used, although it seems like lots of non readers have had the same reaction to the lack of everything you just described, Susanlynn - plus change in how J&C's individual nature's are written - compared to last season.
I think their nature's were returning by the end of ep 5 but now I'm scared of events to come even if they figure out how to handle it all better. Yikes!
I'll see you all next week (I know I said that before, but I'll give another try to stop reading and keep an open mind by Saturday. Aaaah!

♥Susanlynn said...

Well, we know that the last two episodes are going to be heart wrenching and probably shocking to folks who haven't read the books. The next episode will be extremely painful to watch. That leaves only a few episodes between now and goodbye. Let's hope that the rift between our two true lovers is not as long as in the book and that we get a few good loving scenes before the angst hits the fan.

Kathy Van Wesep said...

Well the sneak peek with Jamie and Claire in bed, the baby kicking and Jamie talking to the baby is beautiful yet bittersweet knowing what is to come. Sigh ; (

Susanlynn♥ said...

Kathy. Yes, I saw that preview . So sweet. I guess that they made up after Jamie had a chance to cool off. Whataman.

Susanlynn♥ said...

I noticed that BJR did not rise after the king gave him permission.He waited until the king and his courtiers had left. I wonder if that was to show the effects of his injuries. Was it painful for him to rise?