The Battle Joined S3 E1

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The Battle Joined S3 E1

Written by Ronald D. Moore

Directed by Brendan Maher

Listen to the podcast to get my fully realized coherent thoughts on the episode. Bottom line: Ron did us a solid. I LOVED it. 

For fun, here are my thoughts while watching the episode the first time through. 

  1. OMG OMG OMG shhhhh it’s time to watch?. Squee.
  2. Sings along nervously.
  3. Is he going to wake up dead?
  4. Oh, damn dead bodies in piles. Seriously everyone shhhhhhh.
  5. Dude that’s harsh ? killing them where they lay.
  6. Jamie wakes up, someone’s lying dead on top of him.
  7. Jamie don’t let them notice you. Don’t move damn it.
  8. Disordered battle memories flood his mind.
  9. MARK ME
  10. Someone get him a medic!
  11. Gut punch he remembers smelling Claire’s wrap. SHE’S GONE.
  12. Murtagh?sigh
  13. BRRRRR anyone else freezing while watching this?
  14. NOOOO you’re running the wrong way! Don’t go towards the redcoats.
  15. Uh oh he sees HIM. BJR is in his line of sight.
  16. Double uh oh BJR sees Jamie too.
  17. IT’S ON bitches. 
  18. Soooo many dead.
  19. BJR is liking this proximity?. personal space bubble please?
  20. Is he going to lick him? Kiss him? Ummmm boys there’s a fight going on.
  21. Death match BJR vs Jamie.
  22. Advantage BJR thigh slash move.
  23. YES, Jamie went for the gut.
  24. “Stand right there Jamie so I can finish you off, please, I’m just so tired now.”
  25. Ew BJR don’t you touch him. Slaps hand away.
  26. He just fell into his chest. WHAT IS HAPPENING?
  27. Ashes to ashes they all fall down.
  28. BJR dies on top of Jamie. He must have been thrilled.
  29. Little bunny foufou? what?!
  30. Enter Claire hallucination. Are you alive?
  31. It’s RUPERT. Hey old buddy.
  32. Another gut punch, he wants to be left to die. Tortured let me be.
  33. Atta boy Rupert. 
  34. The dragonfly in amber is left on the ground.
  35. Boston 1948. Huge home.
  36. Frank is trying so hard. It’s sad and desperate.
  37. Frank don’t wait for meals. She’s not so domestic these days.
  38. Modern appliances screw that.
  39. She looks so cute pregnant.
  40. She’s going to do it. Cook in the fireplace.
  41. Nosy neighbor for the weirdness.
  42. Of course, it’s all about the husband. Side eye.
  43. Snort, he LOVEs surprises.
  44. FTS Claire is thinking.
  45. Look pretty for the boss.
  46. Jamie needs Claire to patch him up. So painful to watch.
  47. Holed up in the farmhouse waiting for death.
  48. Rupert abides.
  49. Claire is one unhappy feminist, erm housewife.
  50. Smash the patriarchy!
  51. Pompous ass.
  52. Oh, the little lady has an opinion.
  53. Smug douche canoe.
  54. Frank way to speak up for your wife. Atta husband. She IS a badass.
  56. Insert sarcasm emoji.
  57. Thems fighting words. Yes, Harvard Medical?
  58. That’s the ticket Frank. Good you are checking how she is after that BS.
  59. Two days later on the moor?
  60. Where’s Murtagh? We want to know too Jamie.
  61. The redcoats are here.
  62. It’s HAL! LJG’s brother.
  63. “No milord, traitors all.” We need a Rupert sarcasm emoji.
  64. Hal is not impressed.
  65. And you get a soldier’s death, and you get a soldier’s death.
  66. Claire, master of the stove!
  67. Bad milk is a bad omen.
  68. The bird, what does it mean.
  69. Frank, man, you’re trying too hard.
  70. Tea bagged American style.
  71. Claire’s been thinking, egad.
  72. I want to be an American!!!!
  73. That was a bone throw to Frank, “our child”.
  74. No touchy the belly! AWKWARD.
  75. Well that breakfast went south quickly.
  76. Can of worms opened and flung all around. Frank eke.
  77. Heartbreaking desperation.
  78. Oh Frank.
  79. Oh Claire, dayum woman. You went there.
  81. Why you shocked man. Calling her a cheater.
  82. WHOA nelly he’s giving her an out.
  83. Rupert may have a job as a motivational speaker in the afterlife.
  84. It burnses seeing Jamie so busted up and invalid.
  85. No, you’re crying.
  86. STOP talking about Angus. Where’s the damn tissues?
  87. Rupert Thomas Alexander MacKenzie ? noooooo
  88. It’s a lonely night on the timeout couch.
  89. Dear Reverend can wait? her waters have broken.
  90. Oh hell. Not Red Jamie. God’s Blood.
  91. “Shoot me or go away.” LMAO
  92. Freaking debt of honor.
  93. Jamie proves once again he’s hard to kill.
  94. It’s labor time!
  95. Claire’s doulaing herself.
  96. Enter Doctor Dirt bag.
  97. Oh, second child I see. Frank didn’t think he could be shocked again.
  98. Way to take a case history and decide it complicates things.
  99. Sweet Frank wants to go with her to delivery.
  100. I love you. Crickets.
  101. They put her under after she says no? grrrrr.
  102. Paging Doctor Misogyny. You bastard is spot on Claire.
  103. HE’s HOME! Jenny and Ian greet him.
  104. Claire wakes up in a panic over her baby.
  105. She’s alive!
  106. In the afterglow of holding her live baby Claire wants to try, Frank loves her so.
  107. Another I love you gone without response.
  108. No, you didn’t just ask that! Damn way to break the mood.

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Ron Moore A Spontaneous Twitter Q and A

Tonight Ronald D. Moore, the Outlander TV series creator, showrunner, and executive producer popped in on Twitter for a spontaneous Q and A with fans.

Some questions were not related to Outlander, so I transcribed the tweets I thought you’d want to read.

  • @JayneStevensLMT: Which scene are you most looking forward to for Season 3? RDM: The ship scenes.
  • @par995: Are you serious about recasting Jamie and Claire? RDM: Uh……………no
  • @phillyoutlander: Will you be doing all your filming for season 3 & 4 in Scotland? RDM: probably not but haven’t locked in locations for sea voyage and Caribbean.
  • @honeypotfraser: Any chance of going to South Africa to use Black Sails ships? RDM: It’s under discussion.
  • @smeghead30: Can Murtagh’s speech please please be included in deleted scenes in the DVD? RMD: I think it will.
  • @chattysassenach: Will NC be filmed in Scotland or England? RMD: Don’t know yet.
  • @jennmabney: Are season 3 & 4 going to be filmed concurrently or consecutively? RDM: There will be a break in between.
  • @mollymay410: Do u think Voyager will be as difficult to adapt as Dragonfly? The same? Easier? RDM: It’s already proving much easier.
  • @shaliepa: Do you see the future of Outlander that you may go beyond the story in the books? As if making changes?     RDM: The changes we make obligate us to follow them up in the show as we go forward but try to keep to books.
  • @sassenachSJ: How many times do you watch each episode? RDM: Really hard to say. Maybe a dozen? Also lots of watching individual scenes an sequences without going through whole show.
  • @fringefreedom: What was your favorite episode of Outlander this season? RDM: 207- Faith and 213 Dragonfly in Amber.
  • @abigibs: Favourite scene in season 2? RDM: Star Chamber.
  • @kgirldc: How many episodes for S3 & S4? RDM: The plan is 13 per season but always subject to change.
  • @jill_milander: Will we get a blooper reel for S2? If so, who flubs lines the most? RDM: I think so but there aren’t that many flubs to be honest.
  • @cecimartin: What has been the biggest obstacle to overcome during S2? RDM: The adaptation was tough because it was a more complicated book.
  • @gsojudy: Will you film in the US at some point? RDM: Don’t know.
  • @pjglaser: When do you start shooting season 3? RDM: Early fall/late summer.

There you have it. The Season 3 and 4 locations are not settled yet. The adaptation is easier this go round. He’s looking forward to the ship scenes. I know, I know, we are looking forward to the bookstore scene… And there’s little rest if Season 3 filming is to start in a couple of months for the cast and crew.

A big thank you to Ron Moore for giving a little dish to the fans.

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War Is Come S2 Preview

From the luxurious and at times cutthroat happenings in France, The Fraser’s have gone home. They did all they could to stop the Jacobite uprising from taking place, but alas, it is now upon there own doorstep. Prince Charles has arrived and war is come to Scotland. The remaining episodes of the season will be steeped in difficult living, fighting, and more grave losses. Claire has shared all she knows with Jamie and Murtagh, now all they can do is try to change history for the win.

Returning to face the fight are favorites among the many, renowned Jacobite Dougal MacKenzie, Angus Mhor, and Rupert MacKenzie. I wonder what other faces will emerge. Will Mary Hawkins virtue be avenged? Will Black Jack Randall return with one life less? Can Lallybroch be saved now that Jamie is a known traitor? Have we heard the last of Alex Randall? The Duke of Sandringham? I imagine he is playing all sides as before.

Those are some of the many questions to be answered in the 5 remaining episodes.

Culloden is near and all we can do is wait, watch, and wonder.

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He’s back. Mark him, he will have an uprising. Scotland, she is exquisite to behold.

Jamie and Claire FOREVER.

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81 Through A Glass, Darkly S2 E1 Screen Caps

81 screen caps from Through a Glass, Darkly S2 E1 for you to enjoy. Each frame seems to tell its own story. How would you caption them oh so clever readers?

1. Oh my head. The noise. The nightmare.
2.  I’m alive.3. What year is it?
4.  No.5. It’s burned up.
6. Damn you Craigh na Dun.
9.  Not again, this bloody road.10. I’m feeling followed.
11.  TELL ME.12. All for not.
13.  All lost. All gone. Dead and buried.14. Where is SHE?
15.  What am I going to say? What? How? 16. Peering through a glass, darkly.
17.  Where did the plaid come from?18. Sensory overload.
19.  I’m baaaaack.20. Hello sweetie.
21.  Just a touch…22. Don’t touch me.
23.  Damned paparazzi.24. I need Mrs. Graham.
25.  What? Huh?26. My wardrobe is a tad out of date.
27. Festival garb, really Claire you’re into re-enactment now?  28. Meanwhile at the Reverend’s house…
29.  Is she telling yet?30. Here smell it.
31.  Fairies? Och no, the bloody stones.32. What are they talking about?
 33.  Too much war.34. He had no idea what the word f*ck meant. We had a good laugh about it.
35.  Mrs. Graham knows what to do.36. There’s not enough booze to handle this story.
37.  Hm. Okay, so you’re a time traveling bigamist still in love with your other husband. 38. I love you, I love you, I love you…
39.  Your lips are moving but I can’t understand a word you are saying.40. Another. Man’s. Baby. WTF!?!?!?
41.  He may as well call her a whore too. Everyone else has.42. Careful Frank…
43.  You cannot frighten me. 44. He’s not BJR. He’s not BJR. He’s not BJR.
45.  Crap officially lost all over the garage.46. I hate this junk.
47.  I’m sterile. 48. What conditions?
49.  Now, you can touch me. 50. Awkward.
51.  I might never be happy again.52. As part of giving Him up.
53.  LEAVE it on Claire. Leave it on. 54. Into the looking glass.
55.  No words.56. Sobs. it burnses.
57.  What have I agreed to?58. This is my life now.
59. One more step… 60. The smile is no for Frank.
61. Reaching into the future.  62. The memory her smile was about.
63.  Welcome to Le Havre, Sassenach.64. Murtagh ruining the moment. Gee thanks man.
65.  Sassenach, I’m tired. Do we have to talk political intrigue NOW?66. No more rockin’ bed.67.  You can do it!68. Cousin Jared that’s a mighty fine wig yer sportin’ or is it?
69.  Incoming kiss…just kidding. Psych.70. I’ll see your Jacobite leanings and raise you a flogging (or two) and busted up hand.
71. You no trust ME? Me?72. Uh oh. It’s the pox. 73. Who is here for me to insult?!
74.  HELLLLLOOOOO, it’s the smallpox. Duh.75. I will not forgive you…vulgar pig.

76. So our lives have been threatened. Pish.

77. There you go again, Sassenach. Making friends and influencing people.
78. The fans sigh, finally…the kiss we’ve been waiting for. Welcome back Jamie.  79. That ship, she burns real pretty like.
80. I hate you all, peasants.

81. The harbor is so lovely lit up just so.

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3 In Time-Through A Glass, Darkly-S2 E1 Review

There’s nothing quite like waking in a stone circle enraged and heartbroken. The wailing anguish of Claire immediately grips the heart for the ride ahead. Season 2 episode 1, Through A Glass, Darkly, is a powerful opener for the following twelve episodes to come. It’s an exciting and refreshing start.

The feelings of loss, desperation, pain, grief, trauma, love, healing, and even hope are set into motion early on in the viewing. There’s little to quibble about in this highly crafted, well done episode.

A quick rundown synopsis: We’re most definitely not where we left off at the end of Season 1 sailing to France with Jamie, Murtagh, and Claire. The opening and subsequent first segment, flings us forward with Claire back to the future, in 1948. Frank eagerly comes to reclaim her at the hospital. Jamie is presumed dead; lost at Culloden.  This first segment tumultuously deals with her sudden reappearance, outlandish story and behavior, pregnancy, alongside the reality of Frank and Claire’s teetering marriage. War separated and changed them, in this Claire became someone quite different, having lived an entirely different life, and finding her true match and love in Jamie. For Frank she left, but his life perhaps was not so different with the exception of her absence; for him to pick up where they left off seems simpler than for her. Of course, it’s far from that.

 Once a basic resolution is made between them, a timey-wimey, very clever hand holding flashback brings us to the expected beginning where we meet Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh landing at the  port of Le Havre, France 1745. They set out to change history using Claire’s basic foreknowledge.

What turned my head?

First off, I found three to be an interesting theme, specifically in some shared experiences of Claire, Frank, and Jamie. This is where the rather forced love triangle of Season 1 really seems to puzzle together and fit. It’s all quite brilliantly connected.

Living With Ghosts:

Frank is dealing with the ghost of Jamie within Claire. She is anguished and has thick emotional walls about her. She is there by default, not want. She’s carrying Jamie’s baby, a physical reminder of her time away and his sterility. Frank cannot compete with what and who she came from, no matter how he pleas and loves her. It’s refreshing to see his full point of view.

Claire is managing the ghost of Black Jack Randall left behind haunting Jamie. He is not yet free, the healing will take time, though he is improving. She has to be strong and reassure him.  She has to gently move him back to the land of the fully living. He’s still a tender, hurting man. The physical wounds a constant reminder on the outside, but the inner wounds far worse to contend with. As time goes, we see sparks of himself returning to himself. For herself, Claire is fighting the ghost of Black Jack Randall as well with Frank. When he initially comes near, she sees BJR  and flinches. The kinder ghost of Frank upon BJR left in Season 1 for her, but she now sees the horrific ghost of BJR, upon Frank.

Jamie, since the very beginning has lived with the memory of Frank within Claire. He’s often pushed to choose for the future of Frank, and not what from what he wants or desires to do. This takes a terrifically substantial toll upon him emotionally. He’s a loyal husband, and manages his love for Claire while amazingly well, while honoring her future past.


Claire has been torn away from Jamie and returned to the relative safety of the 20th century. She’s clearly unwell and struggling. Frank is going through the heartache and confusion of a wife returned to him; unwilling, broken, and pregnant. Jamie is slowly physically and emotionally healing from the Wentworth assault by Black Jack Randall. They all have many layers of emotion to process and grow from individually, and as a couple in their own time.

Moving on…

The acting is utterly flawless. One would have to be dead not to respond viscerally to what’s onscreen. One cannot help but be taken up into every emotion throughout. It’s impossible not to be deeply affected along with the beloved characters. Rich writing and performances by all.

Caitriona Balfe continually blows my mind with her acting ability and fearless nature. She pours out everything and more into Claire. It’s rare to see such vulnerability and range in any actor. When she screams in the opening sequence and then loses it on the kindly stranger, it is a high bar set for every other costar. She IS a star to be reckoned with. I cannot say enough about her portrayal and talent. She’s the perfect onscreen Claire.

No one can escape the reality of Tobias Menzies finding the desperate, conflicted, and helpless side of Frank Randall. His angry release has truth in it. Wouldn’t any man in such a position respond this way? It’s ever convincing the spectrum of emotion he experiences in our watching.  It is highly compelling to see his point of view outside of Claire. Frank is a more well rounded and understandable character at this point. The audience knows him far better than before. I venture he is still quite a mystery to unfold though. Don’t get too comfortable yet. Sam Heughan is deftly playing with the subtleties of Jamie Fraser. He’s a bigger than life character that Sam has brought into the realm of flesh and blood reality. He’s hurting and pensive. He’s lacking the strength he and Claire are accustomed to. Part of his soul has been pierced by Black Jack Randall. Showing us these inner wounds with quiet interpretation, is a thing of beauty and heartbreak. He makes us root for him. His allowance of Claire bolstering him and fortifying his healing is the of unseen side of true strength. Sam shines brightly in Jamie’s transition time.

Not last by any means, are the costuming and locations. The periods are set exquisitely. The richness of 18th century France in contrast to the crisp 20th century, is alluring and exciting to see. Terry Dresbach, her design and costuming teams, and all of production teams, are doing a fantastic and believable job. I would say better than any other current television series.

This Season 2 premiere effort is better than this fan could’ve anticipated. The twists upon the writing by Ronald D. Moore and the writing team, and the exacting direction by Metin Hüseyin, astonished me in the best ways possible. The several different shots looking through windows playing on the title are clever and create an even more palpable sense of what the character is feeling.

There’s no doubt in my mind the tone of this season has a veil of hope in the darkness, from which rich soil to grow in and from can emerge.

As I wrap up this post, there’s so much more to discuss that has been left unsaid here, so please listen to my full review companion podcast.


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