Episode 213: "Dragonfly in Amber" (SPOILERS)

Here are my reactions to Episode 213 of the OUTLANDER TV series, titled "Dragonfly in Amber". I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, and I thought it was a wonderful way to end the season.


There are SPOILERS below! If you don't want to know yet, stop reading now.









I didn't care for the opening sequence with the scene from "The Avengers". It may have been fun or nostalgic for viewers who remember the 1960's, but it didn't mean anything to me. I was born in 1964, so I've never seen this show and I don't know anything about the characters.

There's Roger (played by Richard Rankin), at long last! I always pictured him from the books as clean-shaven (at least until DRUMS OF AUTUMN), but I don't mind the beard. His eyes are just gorgeous!

Good idea to open with the Rev. Wakefield's funeral. It seems a more plausible reason for Claire and Bree to show up on Roger's doorstep than the rather flimsy excuse of a research project that's given in the book. I was a little disoriented at the first sight of Claire in 1960's hairstyle and makeup, because she looks so different from the Claire we're used to.

And here's our first look at Brianna, played by Sophie Skelton. I loved the way Roger noticed her instantly, and couldn't take his eyes off her.

"Last time I saw you, you were about seven or eight years old." This is exactly right, even though the little boy who played wee Roger in Episode 201 seemed much younger than that.

I love Roger's Scottish accent. I could listen to it all day long. <g>

Good to see they remembered Fiona.

I like the use of the "dancers at the stones" music from Episode 101 when Claire is looking at the artifacts and remembering.

The scene with Roger and Claire in the Reverend's study was well done. The setting reminded me vividly of Claire and Frank in Episode 201, sitting across from one another as Claire told the story of what happened to her.

"How did you do it? Finally say goodbye to that one person you loved most in all the world?" Good line, and it brought tears to my eyes.

I liked Claire's response to this very much: "Whether you want to say goodbye or not, they're gone, and you have to go on living without them, because that's what they would want." She was trying to smile, but it seemed to me that she was holding herself under tight control, to keep the grief from pouring out of her.

Claire watching Brianna sleep, saying, "God, you are so like him," comes straight from the book.

And here's Jamie, at last! I liked the way he wrapped himself in his plaid, indicating how cold it was that day.

"Pressed his fingers where the nails had been" - I shuddered a bit at this, remembering Wentworth, and that horrific scene where BJR nails Jamie's hand to the table. But Charles Stuart talking about Doubting Thomas made me think of this quote from DRAGONFLY:
Roger felt the small shudder that ran through the girl’s body, and without thinking about it, reached up to take her hand. He winced involuntarily as she squeezed it, and suddenly in memory heard one of the Reverend’s texts: “Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.” And those who must see, in order to believe? The effects of belief wrought by seeing trembled fearful at his side, terrified at what else must now be believed.

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 49, "Blessed are Those...". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
The shift from Claire and Jamie in 1746 to Bree and Roger in 1968 was a bit jarring, but I liked the music as they drove through the Highlands. The scenery is just stunning!

The Fort William that Roger and Bree visit here is largely fictional. In real life, there's not much left of the original Fort William. Here's a photo that my sister took in 2012.

I like the hat and scarf Brianna is wearing. Her memory of Fort Ticonderoga is intriguing; was Frank possibly looking for evidence of Jamie Fraser there?

"We Randalls are a verra complicated clan, laddie." I laughed at Bree's attempt at a Scottish accent.

The sight of the whipping post in the courtyard made me shudder. I'm glad they made a point of reminding the audience about Jamie's flogging.

So Claire, nearly fifty years old, needs glasses to drive. Nice touch!

It's very sad to see Lallybroch in such a dilapidated state, but I loved the way Claire heard the voices of Jamie, Jenny, and young Rabbie MacNab in her head, remembering happier times. I was delighted that they included Jamie and Claire reciting the words of the Catullus poem that "Da mi basia mille" comes from. It won't mean anything to TV-only viewers, but I very much appreciated the nod to book-readers.

Back in 1746, in the attic of Culloden House, Jamie is shocked at the news that Colum may have taken his own life, but even more so at Claire's suggestion that she could slip the same yellow jasmine into the Prince's tea. I liked the way Jamie's eyes bugged out when he said, "Kill Charles Stuart?!"

And suddenly we're back in 1968, and we see where the bit with the car against the backdrop of the mountains from the opening credit sequence comes from. More gorgeous scenery!

"Grubby doesn't bother me. You should see my bedroom. [pause] That didn't come out right." LOL!

Bree is so young here, no more than nineteen. Watching her, I can't help thinking of how much she will change in the next ten years. I love the way Roger looks at her. Rik Rankin doesn't physically resemble the Roger in my head, but he'll do just fine. <g>

Interesting that Claire, not Roger and Bree, is the one who finds the deed of sassine. I wonder if this means that they won't use the scene in VOYAGER where the discovery of the deed of sassine is the key to locating Jamie in the past?

So Claire thinks Roger has "a lovely physique"? This is a bit of a role reversal from the books, where Roger is the one who is always noticing things about Claire.

Back in 1746, Dougal has been listening to Jamie and Claire discussing the murder of Charles Stuart. "You ungrateful son of a bastard!" is an interesting way to phrase it. I suppose he can't call Jamie a "son of a bitch", because that would be an insult to Dougal's own sister, Ellen. Besides, "son of a bastard" is the literal truth, since Brian Fraser was illegitimate.

I thought this particular transition back to 1968 was very abrupt and jarring. Just when something dramatic is about to happen in 1746, they switch centuries, the music turns upbeat, and we spend a full thirty seconds (an eternity in a show where they routinely cut important bits of dialogue for lack of time) watching Bree walk across a hallway and up a flight of stairs. I thought that sequence should have been cut, or at least shortened considerably.

I recognized Geillis Duncan's voice immediately. This is a neat twist, to have Bree meet Geillis in 1968, and definitely not something I was expecting. Her speech was very good.

Claire's visit to Culloden is loosely based on the scene in DRAGONFLY chapter 4 ("Culloden"), except that in the book, it's Roger and Bree who tour the museum and the battlefield, while Claire understandably doesn't want to go near it.

"They've taken a fool, turned him into a hero."

This is based on a line from much later in the book:
"No, the fault lies with the artists," Claire went on. “The writers, the singers, the tellers of tales. It’s them that take the past and re-create it to their liking. Them that could take a fool and give you back a hero, take a sot and make him a king."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 47, "Loose Ends". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I was startled to see Hugh Munro's gift, the chunk of amber with a dragonfly in it, in the display case -- but possibly not as startled as Claire was!  Again, though, we get another abrupt transition before we can really register Claire's reaction.

The confrontation with Dougal in the attic of Culloden House was really well done, expertly choreographed (it must have been a complicated scene to film!) and very close to the way I've always imagined it, with a few exceptions:

- I laughed out loud when Claire hit Dougal over the head with a stool, remembering the first time she did that, in the corridor at Castle Leoch during the Gathering in Episode 104.
- Claire helping to kill Dougal. This was totally unexpected, but I didn't have a problem with it. I saw it as Jamie and Claire working as a team, in a life-or-death struggle. Claire was acting in self-defense (I have no doubt that Dougal would have tried to kill her as well) and defense of Jamie.
- No last words from Dougal.

When the door creaked open, I thought it was someone coming into the attic at Culloden House just after Dougal's death. Very effective transition back to 1968!

I liked the scene with Bree and Roger and the rat satire very much. Rik Rankin has a beautiful, powerful singing voice, and I had two immediate thoughts, hearing it: a) I can't wait to hear more of his singing in the show, and b) it's going to break my heart all over again when he loses that beautiful voice. (But of course it will be a few years before that happens!)

Nice touch to have Roger pick up the toy airplane that his younger self was playing with in Episode 201.

The scene ends with yet another overly-abrupt transition back to 1746. I wasn't surprised to see Rupert as the witness to Dougal's death (I have suspected this would happen, ever since Angus died in Episode 210), and his reaction was very good and entirely in character, for someone who had been so loyal to Dougal for many years.

"I'd have torn out my one good eye, if it could have stopped me seeing this." Good line, and I also liked Rupert's reaction to Jamie's request for a two hour delay before he tells anyone.

The scene with Claire at the Fraser stone at Culloden was very well done and moving. Caitriona did a terrific job with it. I liked the way she caressed the stone as she said, "I've come with good news."

"She was born at 7:15 on a rainy Boston morning." Well, not to nitpick too much, but that's not quite right:
"I know when Brianna was born, though,” I added, more cheerfully. “She was born at three minutes past three in the morning. There was a huge clock on the wall of the delivery room, and I saw it.”

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 15, "Noble Savages". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
(Not that it matters or anything, but sometimes I just can't help myself.)

"And that's everything. Everything I can remember. See, no tears. Bet you didn't think I could do that, did you?"  I liked this, both as a reminder of how Claire told Jamie the truth about herself after the witch-trial in Episode 111 ("The Devil's Mark"), and as foreshadowing of their eventual reunion in Season 3, at which point presumably there will be plenty of tears.

"Rest easy, soldier." Nice touch.

The confrontation between Bree and Claire in 1968 was really well-written and well-acted. I think Bree's personality comes through here, vividly, for the first time, and I was impressed with the way Sophie Skelton handled this very dramatic scene.

"The man you were with for three years!" As Claire turned away, I got the distinct impression that she was thinking, "I'm not ready for this."

When Roger caught Bree's arm and said, "You told me you just wanted the truth, no matter what. This is it," I thought of the title of MOHB chapter 4: "Don't Ask Questions You Don't Want to Hear the Answers To". <g>  But also, Roger's reaction, keeping calm while Brianna is on the verge of explosion, is very much in character.

When Claire said, "Jamie loved you," suddenly I had tears in my eyes.

And once again, we're back in 1746. This next part, with Murtagh and Fergus, is pretty close to the book, and I liked the matter-of-fact way Murtagh reacted to the news of Dougal's death.

I liked Jamie's line to Fergus: "No matter what happens here today, it's important someone remembers." This isn't in the book, but I thought it was a good addition.

"My real father is some six-foot-three-inch red-headed guy in a kilt from the 18th century?! What is wrong with you??" I loved this! I think I would have reacted exactly the same way, because the whole idea sounds completely insane.

"Own up to the fact that you f*cked someone else while you were married to Daddy, just like a million other bored housewives!"
"I was not bored, and what Jamie and I had was a hell of a lot more than f*cking! He was the love of my life!"

I liked this exchange very much. Bree's use of the F word is shocking, given what we know from the books about her Catholic-school education, but I thought it was entirely appropriate under the circumstances. She wouldn't use such language except under extreme provocation, and this situation certainly qualifies!

Watching the two of them, furious and yelling into each other's faces, reminded me vividly of the big argument between Jamie and Claire by the roadside in Episode 109, "The Reckoning". And when Claire stopped abruptly, looking stricken, I thought it was very much like the way Jamie reacted in that scene. ("You're tearing my guts out, Claire.")  Very dramatic, and very effective.

"Too bad it wasn't you [who died]." Wow, that's harsh, but I think it's understandable, under the circumstances.

And there's Roger, looking extremely awkward and embarrassed at having witnessed this huge argument, slipping quietly out of the room.

The farewell to Fergus was well done. Very close to the book, but I liked this added bit very much:

"You're a soldier now, mon fils. I love you like a son." Awwww!
"Like our own son." And Claire hugs him in farewell.

Can you say foreshadowing? <g>

Back in 1968, Roger seems very willing to keep an open mind about the possibility that Claire's story might actually be true. I think Mrs. Graham definitely had an effect on him! Who knows how much she might have told him about mysterious disappearances near stone circles?

I liked the way Claire realized that Geillis was there in 1968, by stumbling across the flyer with her picture on it.

The actor who plays Greg Edgars looks and sounds pretty much as I've always imagined him. <g>

"She wrote up a million notebooks with her findings."  So Claire glances at the table, and there they are! In the midst of a scene where much of the dialogue comes almost verbatim from the book, this sentence leapt out at me. I think it's a good addition, because it avoids the need for a lengthy search for the notebooks. No need to burgle the Institute if Gillian leaves her notebooks lying around in plain sight in her home, after all.

What a coincidence that Gillian should turn up in the very same pub where Roger and Bree were, at roughly the same time that Claire is talking to Greg Edgars. I found that very hard to believe, but I suppose it was the only way the writers could think of to convey the information that Gillian planned to go through the stones that very night.

I liked the way Bree said, "My mother's insane."

Watching Claire eagerly studying those notebooks, I couldn't help thinking of the parallel to the scene in ECHO where Roger inadvertently lets the Hitchhiker's Guide fall into the hands of Rob Cameron, who presumably studied it with just as much interest.

"...and gemstones to protect and guide you."  Interesting. Book Claire doesn't learn about the use of gemstones until near the end of VOYAGER.

I liked the scene with Jamie and Murtagh. I thought Sam Heughan played this scene just right. Jamie is grim, as well he should be, but determined to do what must be done. Finally, at long, long last (nearly too late!), Jamie has accepted that the cause is lost, the Highlanders are doomed, and there's nothing left to do but try to save his own people, including Claire. (Why it took him until the morning of the battle to figure this out, I will never understand.)

"No. I said I'll not have ye dying for nothing."
"I won't be. I'll be dying with you."

Awwww, that's sad. I'm really going to miss Murtagh!

Watching Claire try to describe Jamie to Brianna, I couldn't help thinking how completely inadequate her words sounded. How the hell do you sum up who Jamie Fraser is and everything he means to Claire, in a few brief sentences? It would be very hard for me to do it, and I've spent nearly ten years thinking about these books and characters on a daily basis. No wonder Claire couldn't manage to convey more than a few surface impressions!

"It would take too long to tell you everything about him."  There's an understatement if I ever heard one! I was really tempted to tell Bree, "Look, just read the books, you'll find out everything you need to know about him." <g>

"I tried, but I couldn't deny what I felt for him. It was the most powerful thing that I've ever felt in my life." Good line.

I liked the next scene, with Claire and Roger and Bree. In the book, Brianna wasn't involved in the discussion of Roger's ancestry or the decision to search for Geillis/Gillian. I think it works well in the TV version to have Bree there, though, voicing skepticism about the whole thing. ("Roger, you're feeding her delusions!")

"Well, then, maybe we all get to watch her slam her head into a five-ton block of granite." LOL! Great line from Roger.

And here it is, finally, the scene I have been dreading all season long.

"I would have gone to the stake with you!" Jamie says this exactly as I have always heard it in my head.

I'm grateful to the writers for keeping as much of the original dialogue here as they did. Nothing can ever replace the original version, it's burned so indelibly into my brain (and it's one of the few longer passages from the books that I know almost by heart), but I think they did an excellent job in capturing the essence of this moment, the urgency of it, and what it will cost both of them, emotionally, to make this decision.

I didn't like (at all!) being jerked abruptly out of that very pivotal, emotional scene, back to 1968.  My mind was screaming, "No! Not now! Just a few minutes more!"  But the scene with Greg Edgars'  body doused in gasoline and Geillis lighting it on fire was riveting enough to grab my attention anyway.

"It smells like a f*cking barbecue." Great line from Roger! The allusion to Geillis's line from the witch-trial made me smile, despite the situation.

So they all hear the stones, but none of them, not even Claire, seem too bothered by the sensation, let alone ready to pass out.

Back in 1746.  At the sight of the big stone on Craigh na Dun, I started muttering, "No. No. No!!!"  Even knowing how utterly futile it was, I couldn't stop myself.

If you look closely as Jamie and Claire approach the stones, you can see a light dusting of frost on the ground. I think that's realistic, as we know it was very cold on the day of the battle.

Again, I'm glad they used so much of the original dialogue in this scene. Especially, "Tell him I hate him to the very marrow of his bones!"

"Come with me through the stones!"
"No, I can't."

I think it was a good idea to include this, for the benefit of the non-book-readers who may not have understood that Jamie can't time-travel.

I'm deeply grateful that they included all of Jamie's words from the book, words that many of us know so well:
"I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you--then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

“Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 46, "Timor Mortis Conturbat Me". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

So heartbreaking, but I wouldn't change a syllable of it, and I'm so glad they kept this bit intact!

I wish they'd had more time for a leisurely farewell sex scene, cutting initials into each other's palms, and all the other unforgettable parts of the farewell scenes in the book. But time is running out, the battle is about to begin, and the cannons are already booming in the distance.

I personally don't think they could possibly have been close enough to Culloden Moor that they could hear the sounds of the battle, let alone that Jamie could get all the way there from Craigh na Dun in time to fight in what turned out to be a fairly brief (but very bloody) battle, but I'll accept that they did it for dramatic purposes.

And now Jamie gives Claire the ring we saw in Episode 201, the ring she was frantically searching for just after she came through the stones.

"I'll name him Brian, after your father." This is a change from the book, where it was Jamie's idea to name the child after his father. But it's a minor point.

Now we see them staring intently into each other's faces, memorizing each other's features,
"Each touch, each moment must be savored, remembered--treasured as a talisman against a future empty of him."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 46, "Timor Mortis Conturbat Me". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
It's amazing that they managed to convey this feeling through their body language alone, but to me it comes through very clearly.

Such a heartbreaking moment, but I think they did a wonderful job with it!

Back in 1968, Brianna now believes Claire's story.

"No more lies! From now on I only want the truth between you and me, all right?"
"Oh, you're so like your father."

I'm sure Claire was thinking, as I was, of Jamie asking her for honesty, soon after they wed.

I liked the way they brought in Roger to tell the last part of the story right there at Craigh na Dun.

Claire's face is so expressive, it's fascinating to watch the realization come over her: incredulous joy and relief, followed quickly by the logical conclusion, "I have to go back!"

That last shot, of Claire's face suffused with joy and that glorious sunrise over Craigh na Dun, may have been melodramatic and somewhat over the top, but I loved it. Just as in the book, we're ending with a feeling of hope, and I think that's just the right note on which to end the season.

I hope you've enjoyed this recap. Look here for my recaps of all of the OUTLANDER episodes.


Kathleen V. said...

Thank you, Karen, for another thoughtful, in-depth review. Throughout the book, there is also frequent time-hopping, so I expected a great deal of it in #213. But I, too, found it jarring at times and wondered (for the 50th time) why they chose to leave it for the very last episode. They also ignored the Dunbonnet sequence, Ardmuir Prison introducing the adult John Grey and Jamie's discovery of the treasure. Overall, I found this episode riveting and satisfying, but found the final shot of Claire a little Gone with the Windish - "....as God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."

Unknown said...

As I watched this episode I was caught up in the emotion of it all and was (mostly) able to let go of the books and enjoy it. With the exception of the constant time switches. At times I felt like those old-time comedians where you could hear a funny sound as they violently shook their heads in confusion. At the end I felt that they had crammed too much into one episode -- including things that happen far into our travelers' futures.

I was in high school in the early-mid '60s, so I enjoyed their portrayal of that time period. Claire's makeup and clothing were great, as were Brianna's.

Does it seem to you that they are not considering all of the books and are mixing things up that will cause them to stray even farther from the "real" story in the future? It does to me. I have a feeling that, if they get to nine (or ten) seasons, the TV version won't have the ability to resemble the books much at all.

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen , I liked the Final and it was a fitting ending to a great season , even better than season 1, a lot of emotional scenes and the acting was suburb , the actors playing Roger and Brianna were just right in there parts, felt the writers stuck to the book a lot and was glad to see, the scenes between Claire & Brianna were very powerful , Roger was the voice of calm when the two women needed it, was in tears when Jamie & Claire had to say goodbye , but loved the ending in which it's found out that Jamie survived and was still alive and it gave a window into season 3, will be reading "Voyager" in the Fall , I hope to add season 2 of "Outlander " to my Video library for the Holiday season, please post more soon. Sincerely Yours. Mary Tormey.

Pat Stearman said...

Thank you. as always you give us a great recap. Just makes me want to sit and watch the episode OK the whole series) again!
Interestingly re the cannon fire, just saw a tweet which says they've discovered that the Highlanders were killed with swords rather than the guns we always assumed.

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen , the Final was excellent and a fitting ending to a good season and felt it was better than season 1, the opening was very good with an introduction to Roger , and it explained why Claire & Brianna were in Scotland , I felt Claire was aged very well , I hope they do the same for Jamie when the time comes for season 3 , scenes with Clare visiting certain sites like Culloden Battlefield , Lallybroch , were very powerfully hauntingly done , the visit at Fort William were haunted as well , when Brianna felt disturbed looking at the wipping post was a way to connect her spiritly to Jamie , the flashbacks were very well done , especially the fight between Dougal & his death , plus the plot to poison the Prince, seeing Gillis Duncan was a surprise and was glad to see her, the confrontation scenes between Claire & Brianna were very powerful and very well acted , Brianna acted the way any one would in hearing all of this for the first time , Roger was the rock that both women needed at this moment, Clare looking for Gillis was from the books , finding out that Jamie knew Claire was carrying there baby was a surprise and you could feel the tension between them in tha scene , Roger seems to be willing to believe Claire 's story a lot more than Brianna than when she tells them about Gillis , you knew where Jamie was taking Claire but you wanted to spend more time together , was in tears when they had to say goodbye at the stones and was in tears at this point, it's here at the stones that Brianna finally believes her mother , buy seeing Gillis , and hearing the buzzing from them , the way her mother did , loved the way they made up , the ending was perfect when Roger tells Claire about the prisoners after the battle of Culloden who were excted and how one escaped , plus realizing that Jamie was still alive and had survived , it gave Clare a way to see the future and how she must return to him , giving fans and viewers an window into season 3 , will be reading "Voyager", this Fall, I hope to see the Season 2 of Outlander On DVD for the Holidays so that I can put it into my Outlander video library, please post more soon. Love Your Blog, sincerely Mary Tormey.

Susanlynn♥ said...

Karen, thanks so much for another excellent review.

Well, two people were stabbed in the heart in that episode,Dougal and me !! I thought that the goodbye scene was heart wrenching and poignant. Yes, I wish that we could have had that scene in the cottage the night before Jamie and Claire parted as in the book, but their frantic last coupling at the stones was so tragic. It made me think of a line that they did not say "I give you my body that we may be one." Thinking that they would never see each other again, they wanted to be one for one last time.

I thought that switching back and forth from the sixties to the past was effective. The one jolt for me was hearing the enraged Dougal saying " You filthy, lying whore" and then hearing THe Four TOps belt out I'll Be There"...wait...what?

And may I just say that Claire rocks those glasses and Bree rocks that cap. I liked CLaire's sixties look. The slight silver streaks in her hair were attractive. She was a much gentler, calmer, more introspective Claire than we have seen in season one and two. She did seem subdued and living more internally than the young Claire. It was obvious that she had spent the last twenty years pining for Jamie.

Susanlynn♥ said...

The scene of Jamie holding Claire and walking her backwards to the stone was brilliant. He stares at her face, memorizing it. When he finally turns her to face the stone and moves her hand with his to touch the stone, he says "Goodbye , Claire" ,but he can just barely say "Claire" as he lowers his head and a tear rubs down his cheek. He just barely gets her name out. That did me in.

Anonymous said...

Do the three scenes mentioned by Ann not happen in Voyager?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous...yes, all those events happened in Voyager, not DIA.

Anonymous said...

Very good recap! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, I haven't been commenting on this season, but will try to be brief. The acting,costumes and sets were again wonderful. (And again, mostly ignored by the Emmy's-- grrrr!!!) Caitriona was simply stunning in Faith, and Tobias again showed his versatility in the first episode playing a very emotional Frank.

A thought I have had since I first read the books a decade ago--why does no one, including Herself, not mention that if Frank never exists, Claire wouldn't be there to fight for him. She would have had no reason to be in Inverness in the first place.

I liked that they opened with a series from the 60's, but, even though I liked the Avengers, didn't think it was a good choice. Wouldn't the Twilight Zone have been more appropriate--there were a couple episodes that featured time travel.

The swelling music and beautiful sunrise at the end were good, if overdramatic, but the song that played over the credits was too jarring a transition, even if the lyrics were fitting.

I, of course, had to watch it several times. my first time through I see changes made from the books, second time I am catching any dialogue I missed due to accents or whatever, by the 3rd and 4th time I can concentrate on the story. And by the 6th viewing I am looking for opes-es, there have not been that many in all 29 episodes. Ex. the flogging scene, Jameie's blood is all over the platform, but his kilt is totally clean? At least those are my excuses for needing to watch multiple times!

As I also use a scooter when I travel, I would love to hear from you about your experiences using a scooter in rugged territory like the Highlands, and whether you rent or own, have problems transporting it or do the rental cars have lifts for the scooter, etc. sakey49666@aol.com (would prefer if you didn't publish this, thanks!)

I feel I need to write to Ron Moore and tell him don't change a word of the reunion scene!!! I (and probably anyone else who has read the books) has it memorized and changes will be blasphemy to say the least!!!

So now we endure another droughtlander. Sigh.

Thanks again for your web site, all the work and your great comments.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why the (very important imho) graveyard scene at St. Kilda's was left out. I have always had my doubts about Frank's reason for putting up the stone for Jamie there. I can't help wonder why it was not shown. If it is part of an effort to show Frank in a more sympathetic light (Ron seems to have a bee in his bonnet about this) then I will be very annoyed.

Anonymous said...

You lost me on the grave yard scene. As I read it in the book, I wondered how the stone got there and when. What is the source for Frank putting up the stone for Jamie? I must have missed it.

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