A Happy Holidays from Outlander 2014

Outlander Starz posted a happy holidays video with the cast filmed prior to their filming break.

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It is wonderful seeing faces we have been missing week to week.

Caitriona “Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser” Balfe

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Nell “Laoghaire” Hudson

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Annette “Mrs. Fitz” Badland

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Lotte “Geillis Duncan” Verbeek

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Graham “Dougal MacKenzie” McTavish and Gary “Colum MacKenzie” Lewis

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Tobias “Frank Randall/Black Jack Randall” Menzies

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Sam “JAMMF” Heughan

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April cannot get here soon enough. Until then Happy Holidays!

First Look Into The “Darkness”

The second half of Season 1 of Outlander on Starz is going be be darker than the first half. The adventure very much begins when the next episode airs (April 4th, 2015 US).

The E Online first look video is quite a ride compressed into a small viewing package.

Ronald D. Moore, Graham McTavish, Caitriona Balfe, and Sam Heughan are in the clip talking about what is to come.

The second half of Season 1 will be quite surprising for viewing fans that are not readers too. Outlander is no romance fluff.

I hope you enjoy the captured screen stills.

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Favorites and Dislikes First 8 Episodes

In the first 8 episodes of Outlander, I have some favorites and dislikes. I imagine you do as well.

Overall I am in love with the show but as with anything, nothing is perfect.

As a fan, it is important to note that one can believe in something yet not agree with every aspect or detail.

Overall Favorites

  • My beloved books and characters coming to life.
  • The actors are all exceptional.
  • The chemistry is spot on between the lot of them.
  • The costuming is gorgeous but blends as it ought.
  • Scotland – yes a big duh.
  • The team producing, writing and making this happen are all fans.
  • Starz for taking this series on and giving it the budget, time, production it deserves.
  • The risks the writers are taking with the adaptation.
  • Men in kilts – again a big duh.
  • Herself
  • Starz for involving the built-in fan base. Smart ones ye’r.
  • Ron for loving and not fearing such material.
  • Bear McCreary
  • Social media involvement of so many of the cast, production, crew, Starz interacting with fans.
  • Makeup and effects.
  • The Gàidhlig – Àdhamh Ó Broin
  • Season two being picked up.

Overall Dislikes

  • The mid-season break. If I was a casual watcher I would not return because of it. I am NOT so I will wait, woefully.
  • Each show is only an hour long. (You think I jest).
  • The bloody wait until episode 109.

Specific Favorites

  • Claire. Seeing her. Hearing her. Yes, yes, yes. Caitriona Balfe takes my breath away.
  • JAMMF  – Sam Heughan IS Jamie. He has captured his physical sensibilities so well.
  • The subtlety falling through the stones took.
  • Frank going downtown on Claire in the surgery. (This is not book Frank at all)
  • Rupert, Angus the “on the road comedic sideshow” and fleshing out of their characters.
  • Murtagh getting more time.
  • Dougal being so layered.
  • Tobias Menzies being completely convincing as both BJR and Frank.
  • BJR scaring the bejeebers out of me EVEN though I basically know what he is going to do.
  • The wedding night – big duh.
  • How Claire told Jamie she wanted to look at him on the wedding night.Her slow walk around. How she touched him.
  • The ’40’s music Claire heard in her head.
  • Mrs. Fitz.
  • Geillis Duncan being so out there. Lotte is a genius in her interpretation.
  • Mrs. Graham telling Frank the story of the stones.
  • The whole Garrison Commander episode. Mind blown. Nightmares had.
  • Ned procuring the wedding dress in a hoorhouse and a wedding date. I about screamed with happy.
  • “Is that Spanish?”
  • Chemistry between Cait and Sam. Palpable.

Specific Dislikes

  • Too much Frank. I have always been a Frank fan, yet his far more screen time than expected seems to have rushed other parts of the story telling. Especially Episode 108. Relationship building between Claire and Jamie and several events felt compressed to make room for Frank.
  • Claire and Frank running to the stones at “maybe” the same time and “maybe” hearing each other in episode 108. I GET it but still after a few viewings feel it is a bit over the top, overwrought and cheesy.
  • The wedding ring. I enjoy the sentiment, the making of it, but not the style.
  • Claire’s painfully squished breasts in her wedding clothes undergarments.
  • The early episode Claire voice overs seemed too numerous or obvious.
  • Laoghaire because she exists. LOL. I have Herself to thank for this one.
  • The blasted wait until episode 109.

What are your favorites and dislikes? I am sure to have missed something. Please leave a comment, tweet me or post on Facebook!

Claire’s Healing Touch

Claire is asked by Colum in No Way Out, Episode 103, to massage him like the previous castle healer did. She of course agrees knowing she can help alleviate some of his pain. (Warning you will see a bit of Colum’s (Gary’s) backside below).

She helps him tremendously and there conversation eases.

Later prior to Gwyllyn the Bard performing, Dougal refers to Claire’s healing touch as to why his brother is in improved spirits. He also calls her something else that us not quite so flattering.

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