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S1 Gag Reel and Screen Caps

Seeing this cast be quick to laugh and enjoy each other is endearing and sweet. Below are the screen captures of my favorite looks. The top face goes to Caitriona “Claire Beauchamp Fraser” Balfe when she catches Sam “JAMMF” Heughan’s real skin. “Oh shit.” with a giggle. Caitriona has a full body laugh. It must be greatly challenging for her costars not to follow suit when she loses it.

  
  
  
  
  

 

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IGN Sam And Cait SDCC2015 Interview

Max Scoville (@MaxScoville) and Roth Cornet (@RothCornet) of IGN interviewed Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan at the San Digeo Comic-Con today (7/10./2015).

This is one of the better interviews I have come across recently,  with solid questions for Sam and Cait to field. The discussion surrounds the S1 Finale and the upcoming S2 based on Dragonfly In Amber the second book of the 8 book series.

Though no spoilers were given for current fans of the show (and books), they share a few details about what is to come. The adaptation  of book to screen is even more challenging this season, but the essence and themes will be captured according to Cait. As Sam put it, when they are back in Scotland the second part of season 2, there  will be more mud and blood.  Caitriona talks about Claire’s struggle to follow a new set of social rules as a  woman when they arrive in France. Of course, the pregnancy and impending parenthood will be focused on as Jamie and Claire learn to work together, keep their bond and love during the season.

Please enjoy the screen captures.

  
  

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Season 2 Character Casting Announcements 

The casting for Season 2 is exploding this week. As with Season 1, impressive choices thus far. Welcome to the Outlander family.

Rosie Day as Mary Hawkins a shy girl whom Claire takes a liking to. In time she proves to be a very important character.  Find her on Twitter @RosieDayDream.


Andrew Gower as his highness Bonnie Prince Charles the key to an historic event.  Find him on Twitter @TheAndrewGowan.

Natalie Spence as a wife. I wonder if she will have a tryst with a famous character. Find her on Twitter @nataliespence20 and Facebook.

Romann Berrux as much beloved Fergus (Claudel) an orphaned street child with a soecialty in pickpocketing who Jamie adopts. Incredible adventures await.

Dominique Piñon as Master Raymond. Sorcerer? Magician? Apothecary? What is he exactly? I am most excited about meeting him onscreen.

Robert Cavanah as Jamie’s wine merchant cousin Jared Fraser.


Stanley Weber as Le Comte St. Germain a mysterious and intriguing character who is involved in politics and society. Find him on Facebook, Twitter @Stanleyweber, and Instgram.

Each one will bring something special to the screen. Sister Hildegard, King Louis, Alexander Randall, Roger MacKenzie Wakefield, and Brianna Fraser are certainly on deck to be announced. A very exciting wait indeed.

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A Finale. My Fan Expectations Shattered.

I’ve spent the week since the Outlander Season One finale, pondering why I am so discontented over it.

I’ve said repeatedly in my writing and podcast, these are two different Outlander universes. We get to keep our book friends while experiencing and enjoying our screen friends.

I completely understand how adaptation works. Adding characters, shifting timelines, creating new storylines, broadening parts, having an actor’s hair, height, or eye color be different, does not have to be a big deal to the heart and path of the story.

So why if I know this, am I struggling with the focus, content, and ending to the season?

I was desperately trying to stick to my own advice, to separate the two universes, yet I cannot lie, the last episode was a deep letdown. So much so, I worry what the next seasons will look like. Will there be any semblance of what I and others so treasure and love?

This one thought keeps brimming to the surface as my mind will not quiet on the subject.

Since the show was first announced, book fans were assured the story was in good, capable, and understanding hands. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore repeatedly stated publicly to the existing fan base, that he promised (not exact quote) his longtime book fan wife and Head Costume Designer, Terry Dresbach, he would not mess up her book. The fact that half  the writers’ room team were avid fans as well forebode that this would translate into the screen version in essence faithfully.   Great news all around.

I cannot dare speak for all book fans, only for myself. I understood this to mean that the essence of these beloved characters, the relationship development, important events and key scenes would remain intact if at all possible.

I began to feel unease after the second half of the season started, though initially amazing, writers’ room concoctions began to take more screen time leaving less for the core relationship and story development.  Episodes were counting down with extensive material yet to cover. I pushed aside the reader worry, and kept the trust alive. I kept reminding myself what Ron said, what he promised, along with Diana Gabaldon’s assurances. I believed redemption would be had.

My first viewing of To Ransom A Man’s Soul left me utterly shocked and angry. I could not take off my reader goggles no matter how I tried.

Is that really it? Is that all? Wait, wait, what?

The next viewing, I had more success taming my inner book fan and reviewed it strictly on what I saw on-screen, negating my foreknowledge. The third and fourth viewings, simply left me in a quandary of dissatisfaction.

But why? I can see an adaptation for what it is an enjoy it. Why not this instance?

Since I could not make peace, I allowed my reader goggles back on and pondered all these days off and on. I critically thought it through. Still I found no comfort.

The heart and spirit of the material was watered down. Claire appears more fragile and weaker than she is. Her digging deep into the supernatural, pushing herself to the brink of her own limitations, expressing a fierce love toward Jamie in necessary fashion was truncated and diminished.  Her strength where he had none lacked follow through.

Jamie’s healing is cruelly shortchanged. The powerful love they share that binds forever who they are together, is a mere spark of what it ought to be. Jamie had saved Claire from certain death. This was her chance to pull him from darkness, to champion his body and very soul. He didn’t get to fight back and win his freedom through Claire pretending to be BJR. She did not get to push him to healing and wholeness. The emphasis was on the darkness with a passing nod at ransoming Jamie’s soul.

My heart beats hollow. Our beloved friends seem glancing imitations of who they should be at the end of this episode.

I kept thinking that even without complete restoration of soul and spirit, and knowing there would be no hot bath scene, surely, there would be an intimate, passionate reclaiming of each other through sex as healing medicine. If not, then a deeply connected time of conversation, holding of each other, sharing, crying, nurturing scene of healing. Nope wrong again.

Instead an unnecessary beach scene with Willie, Angus, and Rupert saying goodbye to Claire and Murtagh while Jamie sat in the row boat occurs. Then once on board a lackluster and almost impersonal exchange between Claire and Jamie on the ship’s public deck ending with her blurting out she is pregnant. They are left without virtually any individual and relationship structural reinforcement.

Deer in headlights. THAT’s the end. What just happened? I never ever saw that coming.

Bottom line, I feel terribly misled by the powers that be by the continued assurances, by the promise not to mess it up for book fans. I trusted fully. Shame on me for taking it at face value. I take responsibility for my lapse into the Pollyanna. Right or wrong my feelings and interpretation along the way.

I say write a great adaptation,give us excellent storytelling, and incredible acting. Defend and own your new vision without inferring the core will remain.  Please don’t sell me something that you know will not delivered upon.

Feeling cleansed and purged, I’ve now little expectation of what is to come in Season Two or down the road. Like other adaptations, Outlander is venturing down alternate unknown paths.  In all truthfulness, that is quite fine with me. Now that my rose-colored glasses of expectation are in the trash, I will be able to watch with no interference from the Outlander bookverse no matter what any power that be says. One harsh reckoning for this book fan and in the end needed to break any ties to the written word.

I end this no longer grieving how Season One ended. I am a clean slate sailing away with television Jamie and Claire. I’m ready for whatever comes our Outlander way.

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ADOO Is 1 Year Old

HELLO THE HOUSE!

How can this be? One year ago I started the A Dram of Outlander Tumblr page because of my love and passion for Outlander. I thought just maybe I had a little something to add to the discussion.  Hey now stop laughing, I know I’m not known for ever lacking something to say. Apparently I’ve very much to say will nearly 600 posts and 23 podcasts. Anything related to the books series and the TV series, with a side of Scotland can be found here.

From humble beginnings it’s blossomed into this website and the podcast.  ADOO is also active on  Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, and of course, Tumblr. A variety of ways to get what I post.

It is a bit dizzying thinking of the amount of hours I’ve invested this past 12 months. You see, ADOO functions only because of me. There’s no team or partner.  On occasion, keeping up with new Outlander content my  sleep even ends up shortchanged. A real sacrifice considering  I’m a regularly sleep deprived working midwife.  This is a work of love indeed.

I’ve greatly enjoyed reading your comments and having deep discussions on the variety of platforms with many of you.

A special shout out to Alastair Stephens and Lani Diana Rich of The Scot and The Sassenach,  Ginger and Summer of  The Outlander Podcast , and Mary and Blake of  Outlander Cast for being supportive and inclusive when I jumped in to the podcasting pool.  Thank you for being so kind and patient when I asked questions or needed guidance.

To all my followers, without you none of this would matter. Thank you for your support, thoughts, feedback, listening, and reading. Thank you for being receptive to my voice among the many in the Outlanderverse.

As a final note, I will continue to post and podcast during the show hiatus with interviews, book related topics, character analysis, a whole lot about Scotland, and anything else I can come up with.

Time to go blow out some candles and welcome ADOO into year two.