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Screen Caps Outlander Season Finale Ep 1×16

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Screen captures from To Ransom A man’s Soul episode 1×16 the Outlander Season One Finale. 

  

                                                      

                                                                              

And now on to Season Two based on Dragonfly in Amber.

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To Ransom A Man’s Soul Ep 1×16 Review

WARNING: Mature subject matter follows.  

Take a moment. Breathe slowly in and out. You along with Jamie Fraser survived the Outlander Season One Finale. 

The acting raw, gritty, and terribly truthful. Absolutely outstanding across the board throughout. Each cast member raised their own bar to meet the other.

The Darkness Inhabited 

  
Special kudos for Tobias Menzies and Sam Heughan.  Incredibly bold and brave. Deeper into the sadistic, twisted desires of Black Jack Randall together viewers are taken. Sheer brutality and indignities upon Jamie Fraser. 

The horrific terrors of rape are offered up too easily by Black Jack Randall. A desire to overpower, gain submission, and twist emotions that force the breaking of Jamie for his sadistic drive.  Played to exquisite perfection.

More than the physical side of rape is shown by the use of disturbing psychological tools invoking Jamie’s desire for Claire to finally get the response he is after. As Jamie says, “He made love to me.” A heartbreaking moment for a broken Jamie and viewers. Randall has accomplished his end goal. 

Definitely a difficult watch. It is shocking, absolutely enough to induce memories of those who’ve endured sexual assault.  
  
These scenes are straightforward with a no holds barred view of Randall. Black Jack Randall is not lauded or given a sympathetic point of view. He is darkness, not evil. Evil infers the supernatural, darkness is of this earth. 

Jamie is plunged so away from the light he wishes to die by any means when Randall’s promise to kill him are thwarted by his rescue.  As he put it Randall hurt him too much and not enough.   


By Highland kine stampede Jamie is rescued and lovingly carried out of the prison by Murtagh. What a brilliant and unexpected plan using reveille to disguise the noise of the encroaching herd.  What a clever decision usings cows as a means to rescue.  Hope given by hooves.

  
More hope is offered to viewers in Black Jack Randall being crushed under the trampled door presumably dead.  Momentary satisfaction and relief as the story moves ahead. 

Darkness continues to hang on after taking refuge in a monestary with FatherAnselm and Brother Paul.  The devastating effects are obvious in Jamie’s demeanor. He wants to die, cannot touch or look at Claire, vomits up all food and drink, and though physically healing well is fevered and lacking will to live. These symptoms of deep trauma are examined with consideration and reality.  The desperation spreads through Claire, Murtagh, and the Brother.  They recognize wisely there is more at play causing Jamie’s want of death as escape. 

  
Murtagh seeing  Jamie needs to be joined in the darkness by Claire to find out what he is hiding and reclaim him from it. The idea is sound, the execution goes off mark. Claire sets herself up to invoke the memory of Randall in order to get Jamie to share the secrets, to fight back. The use of lavender oil is smart but then instantly he realized it is Claire he is fighting and not Randall. They slap, kick, tumble to the floor? Why, if not to fight Randall? How does fighting Claire help him regain himself and begin healing? It doesn’t quite make ends meet. 

  
In this process the brand is exposed. After which he does reveal the secret of being broken and ferls unable to be a husband any longer.  A small breakthrough. Then something awkward occurs. Claire makes it all about her and says she will die right here with him if they cannot be together.  That is what turns him back toward her and he begins to come back. Again this math doesn’t quite add up in my estimation. What about what he needs to feel strong and whole? Virtually left out of his process back.  

Claire’s fierce protection is also not displayed to what we know it can be during the scenes at  the monastery. She seems partially present outside of setting his hand. Her demeanor is more fretful than proactive as she usually is.

  
A solid move and return back to path happens in Murtagh cutting out the brand from Jamie’s skin by his request while sober and in his right mind. Finally we are getting somewhere.

 
 The exit to France is a clean departure from Scotland into the future. The conversation between Claire and Jamie on the deck of the ship feel strange and forced. It was a sore disappointment how Claire divulged her pregnancy. The lack of intimacy of the outdoor location of a ship’s deck  was a misstep, though Jamie’s first real smile in a couple of episodes warms the heart. Seeing them in a state of sexual reconnection and emotional coming together would’ve wholly altered this sequence.

    

The first season sails off to France where season two will pick up. Hope, a pregnancy, and trying to change the future together.

Overall this episode gets an A-  for the strength of the first half of the episode and the efforts to get on point in the second half.

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Podcast To Ransom A Man’s Soul Ep 1×16 Review and Recap

 Outlander Season One has come to a close.  We get drawn into the world of Black Jack Randall in a disturbing and real way. We see the aftermath upon Jamie and Claire. Can he survive his ordeal? Can she save him? Where will they go?

Listen to my recap and review for all the information.

 

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A Few Words From An (Outlander) Fan

Oh, like many of you, I’ve been pondering Outlander author Diana Gabaldon’s, “A Few Words From The Author” tweet. 

Also, like many of you, I didn’t appreciate the delivery toward how some fans feel anticipating viewing the rape and torture of Jamie Fraser by Black Jack Randall in the  season finale episode 1×16 To Ransom A Man’s Soul.  Those of you who worry about how difficult it will be are not whiners or complainers. You’ve a right to your own feelings about what is to come, just as Herself does.  Apples and oranges the perspective of a fan and the perspective of an author.

I’ve no doubt the acting is exquisite and award-winning. I’ve no doubt the actors had to be excessively brave and trusting of each other, the crew, and the team.  Those are not the issues at hand here. Nor is Sam’s humor or Diana’s. Frankly no one has the right to tell a reader or viewer,  how to feel, how to process, and how to interpret the material. Once the characters and story spring to life in any medium, they now in essence belong to the individual reader or viewer.

Loving a book series and accepting what is within the pages, does not mean absolute love or fealty of every scene, every character, every choice, or every path that unfolds. Secondly in the written, the reader ultimately chooses what imagery exists in his or her mind’s eye. There is a choice to what level the material is let in. In the visual medium, there is no room for softer filters or integration. It is what it is. Take it or leave it. Watch or close eyes. Viewing is much more vibrant and dare I say real than reading. There is little room to move toward or away from content as desired or needed. Reading is also an active participation where viewing is a more passive engagement. Again, the experiences are vastly different from one medium to the next.

to the content, the elephant in all of this. Experiencing rape and brutality in the written is nowhere near what is experienced in the visual.

Being an avid lover of the Outlander series doesn’t mean I relish all the challenges the characters go through. They’re vehicles toward character growth and depth. We see the personalities dim and flourish under hardship. We see truly what each individual is made of. The fruits of devastation as it were. The meaning of grit, love, brokenness, grief, joy come flooding in. Gifts at the end of near mortal losses or actual deaths. These events are mirrors into the souls of people created from one and placed onto pages to fall in love with or loathe to the end.

All that said and knowing Outlander intimately since 1991, during the horrific events, I struggle in heartbreak, anxiety, gut wrenching awareness, whether by delving into the word again or into the visual medium. In general, rape and torture are not topics I wish to read about or see, yet I do and I will for what will be born out of them in this instance. And perhaps for the hope of justice, even revenge that might come upon the perpetrators against my friends, these characters so real.

I will watch. I am excited and scared. I will not enjoy seeing all that will be seen. I set my joy on the beauty from ashes that will come for these beloved friends.

 

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Ó Broin Seeks To Revive Scottish Gaelic Language And Culture

By Christy Wiabel Smith

 

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Àdhamh Ó Broin is a passionate man; passionate about his country, passionate about his culture and passionate about his language, a language that was nearly lost to history.

Born in Argyll in western Scotland, Ó Broin has spent the better part of the last decade learning about the dialects of Scottish Gaelic. Love of the language and its roots led him to become an activist of sorts, advocating to resurrect “the richness of the Gaelic language.”

“People learning standard book-Gaelic, as it is mostly now, will not save the language from extinction,” he said. “Imagine people in the South speaking as if they were reading from a book and not in their own rich dialect. This would be a good comparison to how things are in Scotland right now.”

Ó Broin discovered his love of language as an adult, studying everything from German and French to Dutch and Slovene, but his connection to Gaelic ran deep and became life-changing. He has devoted a great deal of his time and energy to the immense task of resurrecting forgotten dialects such as Dalriada Gaelic, his local dialect. And he is also the first person in almost a century to raise a native speaking family.

“I speak only Gaelic at home with my three youngest children, who are all fluent in our local dialect,” he said, explaining that his family would think it strange if he spoke English to them.

Ó Broin is Scots to the core. He loves his haggis with “neeps and tatties,” a traditional meal of savory meat pudding with roasted turnips and potatoes, although he prefers his haggis of a vegetarian variety. He drinks beer, but likes a “wee drop” of whiskey now and then. And he’s a prolific writer, singer and also a storyteller, something he’s learned bit by bit over time.

To become a fluent speaker of Scottish Gaelic, Ó Broin spent time with elderly people, who he feels are the richest resources of culture and language in Scotland.

In an interview with BBC Radio Scotland, Ó Broin said, “We live in a society where old people aren’t respected anywhere close to what they should be. They’re popped in their homes and forgotten about.”

Sitting and having a cup of tea with the “old folks” gave him the opportunity to learn, not just the words of Scottish Gaelic, but the speakers’ “lifestyle and wisdom, their take on life and how they looked at the world.” His ultimate goal was to immerse himself in the culture as well as the language.

Sadly, Ó Broin said the culture is fading, and the language is losing idiom and color at a staggering rate.

Only about a dozen dialects remain of over 200, and the last 50 years have seen a drastic decrease in native language speakers. According to Ó Broin, the ignorance of the tongue by the government in London over the years has contributed to its demise.

To try and curtail the loss, he founded DROITSEACH, a project whose goal is to ignite interest in the lost Gaelic dialects of Scotland and revitalize the language and culture.

“I would measure my success in one thing: when people cease to make excuses for speaking poorly in Gaelic and take pride in their language again. It is my mission to bring this about,” he said. “Some eggs will need broken to make this omelette, I can tell you. But it doesn’t deter me.”

It was the DROITSEACH project and his desire to see people take pride in their language that led him to meet with the producers of “Outlander,” the Starz original television series based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books.

Ó Broin was aware of the novels because of Gabaldon’s treatment of Gaelic in the text. In a question and answer session on his website, Ó Broin explained that he was “moved to tears” by the respect shown to the language in the books, and when he found that the show was in need of a Gaelic consultant and coach, he reached out to them.

“It was like someone had finally heard our cry in the darkness. I knew, reading this, that we could do something truly fantastic, maybe even revolutionary in the strictly cultural sense, and somehow I knew I had to make sure the job was mine,” he said.

As Gaelic consultant, it is Ó Broin’s task to make sure the actors and actresses speak with as close to proper pronunciation as possible and that their lines are accurately translated.

“I’d call it challenging,” he said. “Some of it was so easy, because you’re dealing with consummate professionals. Sometimes it was tough, because the Gaelic is only one ingredient, and there’s so much else going on. You’ve got to learn to be a team player.”

Though his days on the set of “Outlander” are anything but typical, he enjoys being a part of something that will bring Gaelic to the masses.

“Personally, it has allowed me to meet so many lovely people from cast to crew to fans and support my family in the process. Professionally, it has opened terrific doors to allow me to go it alone, doing what I love and bringing the Gaelic language and culture onto the world stage, where I of course have always thought it belonged!”

Because of his Gaelic outreach program and his sudden popularity among “Outlander” fans,  Ó Broin embarked on a tour of the western United States in March, which took him to Seattle, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs as a guest at Scottish-themed events.

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Stephanie Elkins and Adhamh

Coordinated with Stephanie Elkins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Sassenachs, an “Outlander” fan group in the west-central United States, the tour allowed Ó Broin the opportunity to share his passion for Gaelic.

His presentation included everything from history and culture to his efforts in reviving the language. He performed a bit of traditional music as well, and of course he shared his experiences on the set of “Outlander.” His audience followed in the footsteps of the cast and learned first hand the difficulties, and sometimes the humor, of learning to speak a new language.

“I hope I can act as an ambassador for the Gaelic language and culture and leave people with the desire to learn more,” he said. “I am in that most privileged position because I am doing what I love for a living. I never take that for granted, and so people’s interest in our little Gaelic corner of the world has been mind-blowing.”

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Christy and Adhamh getting silly.

Thank you Christy for contributing this insightful article and Àdhamh Ó Broin for sharing your passion.

About Christy Wiabel Smith: She is a recent graduate of Colorado State University – Pueblo with a degree in journalism. She loves writing profiles about amazing individuals like Adhamh and hopes to publish a book of their stories some day.  She has two grown boys, a step son and daughter, and two wonderful grandchildren.  Christy lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, two dogs and a psycho bird named Boomie.  Contact: cak9463@yahoo.com.

 

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Adhamh and I clowning around.

Adhamh and I clowning around.