Outlander Season One Volume One DVD Release Deleted Scenes

After viewing the deleted scenes on the Outlander Season One Volume One Blu-Ray DVD Release, I believe in the editing process as a win for viewers.

The walking through Castle Leoch of Murtagh taking Claire to meet Himself, the Laird, Colum MacKenzie for the first time went on too long. The Claire voice overs were distracting and I am grateful they were limited in the final versions. The alternate sequence of the wedding vows played odd as Claire was looking as if she would fall right to sleep standing at the altar.

Though all the deleted scenes had some insights and additional information for the viewer, they were not necessary for understanding the characters, themes, or falling more in love with the series.

Now to the Achilles’s heel of being a reader fan and a viewer fan.

The one very large exception, a VERY LARGE EXCEPTION to the editing is a glaring deleted scene. The. Honesty. Speech. That was sorely missed during the bridal chamber discourse between Jamie and Claire. Lo and behold it was shot and then cut. The sequence took all of a few seconds of screen time. I was crushed at first to see it, to hear it, knowing viewer fans know not of it’s existence. I said something out loud (likely of the cussy type. I honestly cannot recall what as I was so stunned at the moment) to the dear friend I was viewing with.  After a few deep breaths, I found hope. Perhaps it will be shown in a flashback when Claire is pondering to be truthful or lie to Jamie where keeping a secret is not an option.

Only time will tell as the second half of Season One is nearly upon us.

If you have the opportunity, I do recommend watching the numerous deleted scenes. Outlander edited to the proverbial cutting room floor is still Outlander and well worth the watch.

To Ransom A Man’s Soul Podcast 14


At the Abbey Jamie is safe and not recovering well. Claire is aty his side along weith the Fathers and Brothers of the Abbey. Murtagh ever staeady wingman is there also.

Jamie is not doing well. He is unable to eat or drink much. He tells Claire to leave first through Murtagh then to her directly when she demands why.

Jamie tells Claire everything that happened to him at the hands of BJR at Wentworth. It is unbearable.

Claire comes to a decision after prayer and the time of quiet.

A force of will she conjures BJR and channels him to get Jamie to fight back and be reclaimed, redeemed, healed.

This is a heavy podcast topic and mature content.

The Outlandish Companion Volume II

The below provisional Table of Contents for The Outlandish Companion II was posted by Herself on Facebook.
I imagine many a “squee” have been let out by reader fans.
There is so much juicy detail to delve into, to analyze, to provide backbone to current theories, or dissuade notions that have had loose ends.  My mind is reeling. 

THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, VOLUME II  It is about time. Been chomping at the bit for this book.

 TABLE OF CONTENTS (provisional)


Section 1: Chronology of the Outlander Series

A complete listing of all novels, novellas and short stories, including the eight (so far) novels of the main series, the three (so far ) novels of the Lord John series, and quite a few novellas, which deal with various lacunae in the main novels, secondary characters, and anything else it struck me to write about.

Section 2: Detailed Synopses  I like this idea to refresh a reader’s memory going into a subsequent book. Heck sometimes a starting point is needed when researching for timelines or specific events.

I do mean “detailed”. These are synopses for THE FIERY CROSS, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, AN ECHO IN THE BONE, and WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, and they run about 15-20,000 words each. The point being that 20K is a whole lot less than the 380-500K that each novel runs, and therefore ideal for readers who want to refresh their memories before a new book comes out, but haven’t got time to go back and re-read the whole series.

 Main Outlander Novels:

  • THE FIERY CROSS (done) – Hang on to your hats….
  • A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES (done) Build up
  • WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD – ANSWERS and tissues lots and lots of tissues.

Lord John Novels (if I have time…) – READ THEM – do it – you will not be sorry. LJG is such a favorite. He and Jamie are very much alike though I doubt either would admit it at different intervals in their friendship/relationship. 


 Section 3: Cast of Characters – How many of these characters would I like to see their own stories or books from? MANY that is all.

This is a big chunk, as it includes all the characters from the second four novels and from the Lord John books, with brief notes as to which book each character is introduced in, who they are, and whether they’re fictional or real historical persons.

Section 4: Controversies and Conversations: Sex and Violence Getting the popcorn ready… fireworks will fly.

  • Spanking, Beating, Flogging and other Interesting Topics involving Physical Interactions of a Non-Consensual Sort (This one consists of two parts: a basic essay on the spanking scene in OUTLANDER, plus a discussion of intrinsic cultural bias and the effects of reader frame of reference.) I really loathe it being called a spanking scene. Seeing it as some sort of sex play in the context of the scene and experience has high ick factor for me.
  • “Don’t You Think That’s a Little Rapey?” (Discussion of rape—or not rape—as depicted in the books. Rant about current ideolization of rape. (No, that isn’t misspelled; I _mean_ “ideolization”—i.e., the conversion of a cultural phenomenon to ideology.) I had to look up that not misspelled word. I admit confusion as to how it has become an ideology. I must research further. 
  • The Role of Sex and Violence in Fiction and Real Life Rough sex exists as does BDSM – though it was not common talk culturally when the first Outlander book was written.
  • Sadism (Character Analysis of Black Jack Randall – Redemptive violence vs. Unredeemed Violence) Intrigued with eyes covered.
  • Selection of Reader Letters (and the Author’s (more-or-less) Witty Replies) Always worth a chuckle and mouth agape moments.
  • Adultery (or not) Does she mean Frank after Claire returned? Jamie when Claire went back to the future? Claire with LJG when they thought Jamie was dead?
  • Bad Language and its Uses, JHRC can “we” get the bloody hell over it?
  • Cultural and Ethnic Depictions Times and sensibilities have changed since many of the Outlander books were written.
  • The Loch Ness Monster HMMMMMMM yes that.

 Section 5: History and the Three Levels of Lies Tricky this. I love the history woven in. It would be so much easier to write straight up fictional times and places in my humble opinion. The grit and depth real history lends  to fiction creates a sense of truth and a new version of history that is rich and beautiful.  I have more appreciation for events when I can connect on a completely different point of view.

(basically an analysis of what history actually is—i.e., it’s not necessarily “what really happened”—and the relationship between history and historical fiction, with notes on the responsibilities a writer of historical fiction may or may not have to the people of the past.) 

  • History and the Responsibility of a Writer of Historical Fiction
  • A Note on Organizing the Past; How to Keep Track of Your Research

Section 6: A Comprehensive Annotated Gaidhlig Glossary and Pronunciation Guide – by Adhamh O Broin  SO needed. As I have maybe 10 Gaidhlig words.

[Section 7: The OUTLANDER Family Tree]? I WANT I WANT I WANT. Are Fergus and Claire truly relatives?  And? So many possibilities of lineage. 

(I put this one in brackets, because it might be better to use it as endpapers, as was done in MOBY. If we do it in the body of the book, though, I might add a page or two of commentary—such as notes on Davina Porter being Jamie’s grandmother, his mother’s middle names including Caitriona, and where Heughan the foul-mouthed smith (not show in the family tree, but relevant to the discussion) came from.)

Section 8: Writing, and other Games You Play by Yourself (essays on writing in general, with specific notes/advice on certain topics. Includes: ) Rubs my hands together in anticipation.

  • “Mind Games”
  • “Watch This” – just a stream-of-consciousness example of what goes on in my mind when I’m working. (I do this live all the time, and there’s a good version of it on YouTube under “Author’s Road – Diana Gabaldon”)
  • “An Annotated Coda” – How to Read Like A Writer
  • “A Brief Footnote on Tidiness”

Section 9: Claire’s Medical Procedures I would really like the book that she wrote. Yes I know she was a fictional doctor but come on you want it too. Bunch of nerds.

Section 10: Costume, Cookery, Herbs and Music in the 18th Century  I really must get my cosplay items together.  Come on y’all, you want to dress up too. I see myself wandering around “fests and cons” interviewing other Outlander clan folk.

Section 11: Maps and Floor-plans Lookalike homes built EVERYWHERE. There is a market for this people. Builders jump on it.

  • Map of Lallybroch (exterior)
  • Floor-plan of Lallybroch (interior)
  • Map of Fraser’s Ridge
  • Floor-plan of the Big House at Fraser’s Ridge
  • (maybe a few other things)

 Section 12: The Methadone List (as of 2015)

 Section 13: Bibliography

  • Similar to the one in OC I – i.e., broken down into relevant categories.
  • Assorted Photos, Sidebars and Personal Recipes

The Outlandish Companion II–at the moment, at least–scheduled to be published on Oct. 27th of this year.

As you can tell I am just a little bit excited to read this book. I have so many questions and ponderings. I wonder what of my theories will be in fact “true”. 

What do you find most exciting in this second companion?


A Response: Claire Sex Raunchy?

Ever since the Herald.ie’s article on Caitriona Balfe with the headline utilizing the word raunchy, I have been uncomfortably bantering it about. Chewing on the word as it pertains to Claire’s sexual activity in Outlander.

I have looked up the definition of raunchy in several dictionaries. (An American word in origin as an interesting side note by the way.)

According to the Cambridge British English dictionary it is defined as rude or offensive because of showing or talking about sex in an obvious way.

Merriam-Webster has a more detailed definition: Dealing with or suggesting sex in a way that is somewhat shocking
: very dirty, smelly, etc.

1. Slovenly, dirty
2. Obscene, smutty

Stop for a moment and review the sex scenes in the Starz Outlander series thus far….. Raunchy likely NEVER entered your mind.

What descriptors do you come up with?

Okay, okay, I will freely admit that “Downtown Frank” was a shock as a reader as there is never a mention of him in the pages: A) servicing Claire thusly, B) He does not seem like the sexual assertor in the relationship, and C) He feels more sexually selfish in the pages.

That shock aside, Claire’s encounters feel raunchy not at all. They feel like what a sexually aware, in tune with self, vibrant woman would experience. A married woman I ought add. Is raunchy even possible within consensual married sex or any consensual sex for that matter?

No shock she and Frank would have sex at the bed and breakfast. Second honeymoon folks. She and Frank were trying to reconnect and rebuild after the war years. Raunchy? No.

No shock she would like receiving oral sex and suggestively not wear panties on an outing with her husband. And bless her for asking for what she wanted. Ask and hopefully thee shall receive. Raunchy? No.

The wedding night. Virgin groom. Exploration of each other. Claire as teacher. Jamie as astute learner. Three times for sex. Get it done sex. Lusty I like it with you sex. Then the connecting intimate sex. She gives him oral. Nibbles on him. She even has an orgasm during the evening’s activities. No real shocks here. Raunchy? No.

She and Jamie have mostly clothed sex outdoors. No shock here, newlyweds and they are traveling about. Raunchy? No.

On top of those examples, Outlander sex scenes never feel gratuitous to me.

Sex is a very real and healthy part of Claire’s point of view. Sex is a form of communication, an act of giving and receiving, and bloody hell she enjoys it.

The point of the Herald.ie article was actually a solid one. That the intimate scenes are easier for Cait to shoot because she and her co-stars are friends. She feels safe. She feels supported. She feels free to play her role.

That all sounds like the foundation for not only filming intimate scenes but for sex in general.

I wonder how many of the millions of the female readers and viewers have been given permission of sorts to have a positive, open attitude toward sex thanks to our beloved Claire? Or how the male fan views female sexuality?

What say you?