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Outlander Based on Books – Coming to Netflix

Interesting article. Netflix has picked up the first two seasons.  Diana is working on another book. This article was published in Oprah Magazine on May 15. Follow link to read.

Gabaldon is currently working on the series’ ninth book titled Go Tell the Bees I’m Gone.

Source: Outlander Based on Books by Diana Gabaldon – Outlander Books in Order

Outlander – Season 4 (A. Malcom)

outlander-season-3-poster-bigLast evening at 9 p.m. PST, I tuned into Starz on my Amazon account to watch the highly anticipated reunion of Claire and Jaimie.  What I had hoped to be an emotional reunion of two lovers turned out to be a sex feast of epic proportions. Prepare yourself for plenty of breasts, rear-ends, low front shots, and sexual positions attempting to turn up the heat in Edinburgh.

Was I impressed?  Was I moved?  No, I was bored stiff.  Don’t shoot the messenger.

True to its former episodes, the producers have done their utmost to keep with the graphic sensation this series has brought from sex to torture.  Hey, I know what goes on in the bedroom, but does the intimate reunion of these two star-crossed lovers need to take fifteen minutes to undress one another?  Do we need to stare into each other’s eyes for sixty plus seconds?  Do I really need to see two people grunt and grind in moaning ecstasy?

Once again, having not read the books (shame on me), I suppose I anticipated too much from Claire’s return. Frankly, I had enjoyed Season 4 quite a bit until now. Besides Jamie fainting, the reunion left many unanswered questions, except to answer what is a zipper, what are photographs, what’s a bikini?  The emotional aspect that could have been was spread as thin as the coverings on their bodies.  Frankly, I felt cheated.

I have read that the producers have taken liberty with the book version to tweak it here and there.  Whatever possessed them to make this entire extended episode filled with grunting, kissing, and head-butting is beyond me.  Come on, guys!  You’ve left me emotionally starved though given millions of women an organismic moment with Jaime, who by the way is sick of being idolized as a sex object.  You’ve done the viewers and him no favors.

I’m done ranting.  I think I’ll go rewrite the scene for myself so I can have some closure. And, of course, we ended it with another possible rape scene–what else?

Thankfully, the fully clothed members of Poldark return this evening on PBS.

Outlander – Ep. 301 (The Battle Joined)

301**SPOILERS UNTIL IT AIRS** There are great advantages to having a subscription to Starz on Amazon. The main one is that episodes are posted online before viewing is available elsewhere.  I couldn’t sleep this morning and woke up wide awake at 3:15 a.m. Sat down at the computer with a cup of coffee and had a notice that Season 301 of Outlander was up and ready. Of course, I didn’t think about going back to bed. Instead, I hit “watch now.”

To be totally honest my interest in Outlander has come and gone. Not a huge fan of graphic violence and sadistic behavior, there have been times I’ve walked away from the series with no regrets.  There have been others where I’ve returned to see what’s next. After the end of the last season with the flash forward twenty years, my interest has piqued again.

Episode 301 returns the audience to the blood, violent, and gory outcome of the battle of Culloden in 1745. Claire has returned to the future, and Jamie has returned to fight. Be prepared to watch many of the characters you’ve seen in the show die a terrible death, except Jamie who is severely wounded and miraculously spared.  As an author, you have the power of life and death while writing. You can twist history and keep alive any character in order to continue the series book after book.

The show, as usual, flips back and forth from the past to present with rapidly changing scenes. In the present, Frank and pregnant Claire have moved to Boston and taken up residence. Claire is still in the past, refusing to allow Frank to touch her and retreats into a depressive shell.  When she has her daughter, things appear to mend for a brief moment as they recommit to one another to raising the child.  Let’s face it, Jamie lovers. Poor Frank has gotten the short end of the stick in Claire’s adventure. Regardless if he’s the spitting image of Black Jack, he’s a heartbroken man who has lost his wife to a ghost from the past. I cannot help but feel sorry for him.

The show begins to insert the reality of the times, too, where women were expected to be housewives at home and possess no opinions regarding the workplace or politics. As you know, Claire is far too outspoken to keep quiet and allow society’s norms to mold who she will become or how she should behave. It’s that part of her prickly and outspoken personality that occasionally rubs me the wrong way.

Nevertheless, lass, Outlander has returned. I’m hoping for less blood as the season continues, but once Claire starts cutting people up on the operating table, that will no doubt end.  And yes, your Jamie, wounded from battle lives on. I will give Sam a high-five for his performance on the battlefield and his moaning among a heap of bodies next to Black Jack.

If you can’t wait to watch each week, ditch your cable and sign up for Starz on Amazon. A link is off to the right.

‘The White Princess’ Recap: EP Defends Avoiding Rape in Series Premiere | TVLine

“The White Princess” – Executive Producer Emma Frost defends her choice to divert from Philippa Gregory’s book and avoid rape in the series premiere’s Henry-Lizzie sex scene.

Source: ‘The White Princess’ Recap: EP Defends Avoiding Rape in Series Premiere | TVLine

Kudos!  Thank you for avoiding rape when it was so overused in Outlander.  It’s about time someone had the insight to change it from the book to the television screen.  You got it right this time!

 

Outlander Season 201, Ep. 202 (Not in Scotland Anymore)

Titanic Blood And Steel 2012I burned my popcorn in the microwave last night. Well, not literally. Only to say that I’m not scattering popcorn kernels after last night’s episode. I’m going to keep my kernels private, which is more than I can say for the body parts Starz loves to flaunt.

Last night’s episode started off graphically with hot lovemaking between Claire and Jamie. With the young Scot dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, it’s no wonder the lad is having nightmares. Well, you will be privy to that horror as the face of Claire morphs into the face of Jack Randall underneath Jamie, moaning with pleasure. Jamie loses it, grabs a knife, and repeatedly stabs Jack in the chest until he’s killed the bastard. At first, you fear he’s done in Claire during a moment of madness, but Jamie jolts awake dripping in sweat. This is your gory welcome to Episode 202 – you will be drenched in blood.

The things I avoided in the last half of season one, are apparently going to be shoved in my face by Starz regardless of my distaste. I would really like to get through this series, but if my complaining gets on the nerves of the die-hard fans, I am surely going to be hanged, disemboweled, and quartered.

After the shocking start of the episode, we get to the crux of the matter – they are not in Scotland anymore. I will give Starz credit for one thing – they have done a fantastic job with costumes and scenery. They have spared no expense to give its fans a time-travel trip into 18th century Paris. Jamie and Claire are living the life of luxury, wearing beautiful clothes, and making acquaintances so they can get an inroad into the royal court.

However, along with the greatness above, comes the vulgarity (love that word) of the French in the eyes of its visitors. As one scene unfolds in a brothel, while Jamie meets the Prince, you will be entertained by a few shocking scenes of prostitutes with decorative imitation penises and flashy nipples that give Jamie and Murtagh a shock.

I suppose you could call the lighthearted scenes of Claire’s new upper-class friend getting her legs and honey pot waxed slightly entertaining. You’ll later find out that Claire has tried the hairless trend herself and crawled into bed with Jamie. Poor Jamie, however, still sees the face of his enemy underneath and cannot perform.

The remainder of the show deals with Claire and Jamie attempting to infiltrate the court and rub shoulders with the individuals who can help their cause. Episode 202, not as moving as 201 with Claire’s return, pushes the story along. It jumps from nightmarish scenes, lighthearted bantering and hair removal, to dull, watching the king attempting to have a bowel movement, and an unexpected revelation at the end.  Jamie suggests eating porridge in the morning to the king as a means of fiber, since Scots don’t have that problem.  If anything, I can attest that one bowl of oatmeal does the job for me.

As I’ve stated before, no, I haven’t read the entire series in book form. I’m a virgin to the story, so I see this series televised from a different viewpoint. Unfortunately, Starz is apparently going to push those scenes I’ve attempted to avoid into my face nevertheless. Hence, my popcorn burned last night, and I’m keeping the few kernels that escaped to myself.

Oh, and once again, by 11 o’clock Friday night, the episode was posted for watching. At least I’m getting the value of my $8.99 a month Starz subscription. Thanks Amazon.  Here’s hoping Starz stops the flashbacks of terror and moves on with the show.

Outlander Season 201, Ep. 201 (Through a Glass, Darkly)

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On April 5, 2015, I wrote a post – “Outlander Returns, But I Won’t Be.”  I did not watch the second half of Season 1, mainly out of protest due to the violence and scenes I didn’t care to have burned into my psyche.  It was a personal choice, and I have not regretted that decision.

I don’t have Starz on cable, but I have added the Starz subscription to my Amazon account for $8.99 per month to get back on the ship sailing for France.  Perhaps, out of ignorance of not reading the entire series (except for book one), I have no idea what lies ahead.  Bravely, I decided to pick up the story, which hopefully is a little less violent in nature.  Please warn me if there is something ahead.  I just don’t have the time to read books when I’m busy writing them.

Last night I streamed the first episode of Season 2, which apparently was released ahead of airing on cable.  A lot of reviewers emotionally thanked Starz for that gift.

Jamie and Claire have arrived in France, fleeing the horrid past I failed to watch. Of course, Claire has her agenda immediately after their arrival, in spite of the fact that Jamie is recovering from ghastly abuse at the hands of Randall.

However, the story doesn’t begin there.  Claire is found lying on her back again having come through the portal.  Dressed in her Eighteenth Century clothing, she’s returned to 1948.  After being found wandering the streets by a passing car, she learns that her plan to stop the Culloden massacre has failed – those Brits won anyway.  Everyone she loved and knew is dead, gone, and a pile of dusty bones buried somewhere in the land she left behind.

Mild manner Frank is elated she’s back. Claire at first only tells her journey to the vicar’s housekeeper who danced the dance in Season 1 around the mysterious stones. She is traumatized, heartbroken that she has left Jamie, and pregnant.  Okay, now don’t get me wrong, but something along the time-travel continuum must have went wacky in the creative license Gabaldon took in this instance.  Nevertheless, Claire is carrying Jamie’s child even after coming through the portal.  After Frank discovers all the secrets of her disappearance and impending motherhood, he loses it.  His violent outburst is reminiscent of his psychopathic ancestor.

After calming down, Claire and Frank come to an agreement of sorts. Claire will put the past behind. Frank will raise the child as their own. They will move to Boston and begin a new life. As Claire takes Frank’s hand coming off the plane, we are thrown into the flashback of her arrival with Jamie in France.

What can I say about Claire? Her character irks me a tad. She’s bullheaded and determined, while Jamie questions the morality of their decision to try and change the future. Of course, Claire isn’t privy to all that knowledge we have now about how changing the future can lead to disastrous results. Nowadays, we’ve read enough fiction novels, seen movies, and television shows that point out that fact.  Perhaps, Stephen Hawking can chime in, too, that if it were possible to time travel, it’s not a very good idea to change the past.

After meeting the key players in France, making their first enemy (boy that was quick), viewers are off on another adventure with the Scot.  Admit it — you only watch because of cute Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser.  You’ve seen his naked behind making love to Claire and you want more.  I get it.

So, let’s see how Outlander plays out in the future. I will admit the acting is top-notch, especially for Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies in the first episode of Season 2 last night. They almost had me crying. How Tobias can switch from a maniac to a decent human being shows his wide range of talent.  The costumes and scenery this season look to be stunning. Long gone is the cold castle as it appears the players will now be living in luxury.

I will continue to pen my two-cents worth and scatter kernels for your delight.  In the meantime, my next project is my own time-travel story that will have you scratching your head over my creative liberties.  Should be fun nevertheless but probably not Starz worthy.  No naked Scots in mine, only a crippled Brit.

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