Thursday, August 31, 2017

Season 3 episode titles

Here is the full list of episode titles for OUTLANDER Season 3, courtesy of OUTLANDER TV News.

Episode 301 (September 10, 2017) – “The Battle Joined”
Episode 302 (September 17, 2017) – “Surrender”
Episode 303 (September 24, 2017) – “All Debts Paid”
Episode 304 (October 1, 2017) – “Of Lost Things”
Episode 305 (October 8, 2017) – “Freedom & Whisky”
Episode 306 (October 22, 2017) – “A. Malcolm”
Episode 307 (October 29, 2017) – “Crème De Menthe”
Episode 308 (November 5, 2017) – “First Wife”
Episode 309 (November 12, 2017) – “The Doldrums”
Episode 310 (November 19, 2017) – “Heaven & Earth”
Episode 311 (November 26, 2017) – “Turtle Soup”
Episode 312 (December 3, 2017) – “The Bakra”
Episode 313 (December 10, 2017) – “A New World”

Please note, there is a one-week break between Episodes 305 and 306 (probably to build up anticipation for Jamie and Claire's reunion!)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Outlandish Observations is 9 years old!

Nine years ago today, on August 28, 2008, I started Outlandish Observations!

I had two goals in mind when I started this blog. The first was simply to learn about blogging. The second was to create a central repository for news and information for OUTLANDER fans, a place where people could go to find answers to commonly asked questions, links to other OUTLANDER-related sites, and the latest information on Diana Gabaldon's new and upcoming releases.

To say that this blog has succeeded far beyond my wildest imaginings is a severe understatement! In the beginning, I never expected anyone to visit my site except a few dozen of my friends from the Compuserve Books and Writers Community and the Ladies of Lallybroch fan-site.  I didn't talk about it on Compuserve for the first couple of years, because I was very reluctant to draw attention to it where Diana Gabaldon could see -- which seems silly in retrospect, but it's true.  Suffice it to say that I did get over that shyness, eventually. <g>

Special thanks to all of my followers on the Outlandish Observations Facebook page! Last year at this time I had 8,752 followers on Facebook. Today that number is 9,604, an increase of 9.73%! I'm delighted that so many new people have found my site in recent months. Welcome! I hope you take some time to look around and see what else is available here.

Outlandish Observations was one of the first successful OUTLANDER-related blogs. These days there are dozens and dozens of fan-sites, Facebook groups, and so on. The more the merrier, as far as I'm concerned! <g> I'm proud to be a part of such a thriving, creative, and enthusiastic worldwide community of fans, united in our passion for these books and characters and this amazing story Diana Gabaldon has created, that is now being brought to life on TV.

I'm delighted to see so many new people discovering OUTLANDER as a result of the TV series!  In case you're wondering, yes, I will be posting weekly recaps of the Season 3 episodes, just as I've done for the first two seasons. Look here for my Season 1 and 2 recaps.

No question about it, this is a very exciting time for OUTLANDER fans everywhere! It's quite a challenge to keep up with everything that's going on these days, and I hope you're finding this site helpful.

Many, many thanks to all of you who've visited Outlandish Observations over the past nine years. It's been an amazing journey, and I'm so glad you've come along for the ride.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Is the printshop scene being hyped too much?

Here's something I have been pondering recently:

I have been wondering if the reason STARZ hasn't announced more Season 3 episode titles (only the titles of the first five episodes have been confirmed) is that they're worried about losing a large part of their audience at the beginning of the season. If it's confirmed weeks ahead of time that the reunion (and the very-much-hyped printshop scene) doesn't take place until Episode 306, will casual viewers decide to skip the first 5 episodes? I can imagine STARZ not wanting to risk that.

Sometimes I think they're paying way too much attention to the printshop scene already.  With all the buzz about the printshop, can it possibly live up to the fans' expectations?  Like the Red Dress in Episode 202 ("Not in Scotland Anymore"), which was hyped incessantly, and turned out to be not quite what I was expecting.

Will the actual scene(s) be anticlimactic? God, I hope not!!  Matt Roberts, who wrote the episode, is one of my favorite OUTLANDER writers, and a huge fan of the books.  I trust that Sam and Cait will both give amazing, unforgettable, emotionally wrenching performances. <g> But my point is, by paying so much attention to that one scene in the media ("Printshop! Printshop! Printshop!"), they make it sound like there'll be nothing else worth watching in the first part of the season.

It's true that STARZ has been trying to counter this impression, by releasing many images and video clips focusing on other aspects of Season 3.  But what about the mockup of the printshop set at SDCC, which was clearly designed to attract a LOT of attention among a more general audience who might not be familiar with the books?

All this hype around a single scene (no matter how pivotal it is for Season 3, and the series as a whole) is probably inevitable, but it still bothers me.  It's sort of the TV equivalent of those readers Diana Gabaldon has talked about sometimes, who skip the early parts of VOYAGER because they think the Ardsmuir and Helwater sections are boring (!) and they just want to get to the reunion and the sex scenes that follow.

What do the rest of you think about this?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

OUTLANDER on the cover of Entertainment Weekly!

OUTLANDER is on the cover of the September 1st issue of Entertainment Weekly!

Check out EW's exclusive photo shoot featuring Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, on the set in South Africa earlier this year.

And here are some new photos from Season 3!


Just a little more than two weeks to go!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How ladies got dressed in the 18th century

Some of you may remember the scene near the beginning of OUTLANDER Episode 102 ("Castle Leoch") where Mrs. Fitz helps Claire get dressed in 18th-century clothing for the first time.

Here's a video showing how upper-class English ladies got dressed in the 18th century.

I like this demonstration because it's done slowly enough to follow this complicated process, and because the narrator explains what each separate garment is for.

One item she didn't explain, however, is the corset busk, shown at 2:11 into this video.  (Similar to the one shown here.) You may recall that Brianna used a corset busk as a weapon in A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, when she was being held captive by Stephen Bonnet's slave Emmanuel.

You can definitely get a sense of how time-consuming it would be to put on all of these layers of clothing!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

VOYAGER TV tie-in paperback edition is now available!

The TV tie-in paperback edition of VOYAGER is now available!

You can find it here:

Barnes & Noble

It's also available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore, if you'd like an autographed copy. The Poisoned Pen is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore, and they ship all over the world.

For those who are wondering, there is no difference in the text of the book. They're just re-issuing the paperback with a new cover, as they did for OUTLANDER and DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, to promote Season 3 of the TV series.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A new OUTLANDER blog focusing on North Carolina

Introducing a new OUTLANDER blog by a friend of mine who lives in North Carolina. OUTLANDER North Carolina will focus on the history and places of NC featured in the OUTLANDER books (and, we hope, eventually in the TV series as well!)


If you haven't read DRUMS OF AUTUMN (Book 4 of the OUTLANDER series), there's a Major Spoiler below! Read at your own risk!








As a longtime resident of NC, I will never forget how stunned, delighted, and fascinated I was, on my first reading of DRUMS OF AUTUMN, to discover that Jamie and Claire were going to settle in North Carolina.  I love seeing references to North Carolina in the OUTLANDER books, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

This new blog looks like it's going to be a very interesting site. Please take a moment to check it out!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Going to see Diana Gabaldon in September!

I'm very excited to announce that my mom and I will be attending Diana Gabaldon's appearance at the Bookmarks Book Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, on September 10th!

Tickets just went on sale yesterday, and given how fast her events typically sell out these days, I'm amazed there are still seats available.  But we got our tickets, and we're going!

This will be the first time in more than four years that I've had the opportunity to attend one of Diana's events.  Yes, it's on the same night as the Season 3 premiere, but I keep telling myself that's what the DVR is for. <g>

Here's Diana's announcement of the event on her Facebook page.

If you're interested in attending, you can purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July poll results

Here are the results of the July poll, which asked the question, "Which is your favorite animal from Diana Gabaldon's books?"
  • 55.25% - Rollo
  • 11.62% - Adso
  • 11.62% - Clarence, the mule
  • 7.17% - The White Sow
  • 7.17% - Bouton
  • 3.58% - Donas
  • 0.72% - Lucas, the Friesian stallion
  • 0.56% - Gideon
  • 0.56% - Ping An, the pelican
  • 0.40% - Hiram, the goat
  • 0.16% - I'm new to OUTLANDER and haven't encountered any of these animals yet.
  • 1.19% - Other
There were 1256 responses to this month's poll. I've been featuring these monthly polls on Outlandish Observations since 2008, and I have to say, this has been one of the most competitive and most entertaining polls I've ever done.

True, the first-place winner was never in doubt (Rollo has a LOT of fans!), but what surprised me was how close the race for second place turned out to be. Clarence and Adso were only a couple of votes apart the entire time the poll was running, and I think it's fitting that the wee cheetie and the gregarious mule ended up tied for second place.

Thanks very much to everyone who participated!

Please take a moment to vote in the August poll, which asks the question, "Which NEW character are you most looking forward to seeing in OUTLANDER Season 3?" Thanks!