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OUTLANDER Season Two, Will You Be Watching? …#springiscoming

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It’s no secret that I’m an avid fan of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, as well as,  Ron D. Moore’s adaptation of the story for television found on the STARZ network in the U.S. and on Showcase here in Canada.

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What probably impressed me the most about Outlander’s first season was how the show’s creators manage to find two actors who were able to step into the roles of Jamie and Claire so effortlessly. I’m sure that was a concern for many fans, as we all had our own visions of Jamie and Claire, and getting the casting right was key if the show was going to get off the ground.

 

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The show’s outstanding scenery, music and the contributions from supporting cast members all came together to make Outlander’s inaugural season a huge success.

Outlander’s story is a long one as those of us who are still reading the series, it has been eight novels and the story is still not over. It’s filled with romance, adventure, and the harsh reality of living in the 18th century which includes a far amount of violence. Near the conclusion of Outlander, the first novel, readers and television viewers alike were presented with a particularly horrific act that for readers of the novel will not soon forget.

As Season 1 came to an end, we all knew what was coming as Jamie was left in the hands of Black Jack Randall in Wentworth Prison. From a pure production point of view, it was an incredibly difficult episode to pull off, the show’s creators did an amazing job. That said, I fear that there are images forever burned into my mind that I will never be able to erase! Okay, perhaps that’s being a little melodramatic, but I’m sure that there are others out there who agree with me.

After many discussions around the proverbial “water-cooler”, I think that despite the rawness of the season finale, most people that I’ve talked with will be tuning into Season 2. I know that I certainly will be, and from the looks of the first trailer for Season 2, the production values certainly appear to be of the highest quality once again. I also have a soft-spot for Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the series and as a history major, 18th century Paris was my favourite time period to study.

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So, the question is, will you be watching?

 

 

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Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1) – Christina Lauren MUST READ REVIEW

The Hangover: Wedding Edition?

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Sweet Filthy Boy

Christina Lauren


 

FROM GOODREADSOne-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.


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Christina Lauren is why, no matter what Diana Gabaldon or Robin Hobb say or even the writing crimes of E.L. James, fan fiction is a good thing. How could anything that provides that lightning strike of inspiration to create not be? Particularly when the result is so very satisfying.

BBWhen I read Beautiful Bastard, the writing duo comprised of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who are professionally known as Christina Lauren’s first novel, I thought to myself “Now this is what Fifty Shades should have been”. Whether it was in fact Twilight or FSOG fan fiction notwithstanding, Beautiful Bastard was a wonderfully dirty romp with an unexpectedly sweet love story at its core. Free of some of the more disturbing themes present in FSOG and portraying a romance between two people with a much more straight forward power dynamic I look forward to its inevitable film adaptation for which the rights have already been purchased and is stated to be in development. From that unlikely foundation these two gifted writers have forged an entire wildly successful series that I can tell I will be revisiting in the near future.

AllyssaMilanoDespite my appreciation of the Beautiful Bastard series I wasn’t particularly moved to read the Wild Seasons offerings. It could have simply been a “so many books, so little time” moment or my inner prude may have objected to the title… nah, let’s be real that’s not it. But for whatever reason I didn’t embrace this newest series until I came across it when looking for something to treat the book hangover inspired by the recent binge re-reading I did of every single available book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. These two series might seem like unlikely bedfellows but let me tell you the love scenes in Ms Hoyt’s Regencies are HAWT.

Upon college graduation Mia, Harlow and Lola plan to spend a girl’s weekend in Sin City as a reward for a job well done. Mia is naturally very quiet and reserved, mentally preparing to sacrifice herself and attend business school in Boston come the fall semester. Realizing her domineering father’s dream since her own was demolished when she was involved in a hit and run accident ending her burgeoning dance career before it had even begun. They have barely arrived at their Hangover style suite when across the crowded bar she spies the most attractive man she has ever seen. A silent conversation ensues. Personally, they had me the moment they mentioned his dimples. Really is there anyone alive who can resist them?

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The Hangover (2009) R | 100 min | Comedy | 5 June 2009 (USA)

Instead of marching across the bar and taking Mr. Man-Candy back to her room for some happy fun time she allows herself to be dragged to the next stop on the Vegas strip pub crawl with her besties. Unsurprisingly after their heated silent exchange Mia can’t sleep, their raucous neighbours across the hall only add to her insomnia. When she decides to rain on their parade she discovers none other than Dimples himself, flirting ensues.

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The next morning Ansel aka Dimples finally and rather adorably locates his quarry with his two closest friends in toe. In a different and only mildly unbelievable twist of fate Mia awakens the next with the mother of all hangovers and a wedding band on her left hand. Apparently, in a fit of previously latent spontaneity Mia proposed to Ansel. The folie à deux or in this case à six was the only place I had to tamp down suspension of my disbelief that not one of them would think this was a sketchy idea BUT if we let reality intrude that would be flushing the potential for a very entertaining series right down the drain. So I shushed the inner voice that sounds suspiciously like my mother and read on.

Sweet Filthy Boy was remarkably entertaining, most of all I found Mia’s character to be particularly surprisingly likeable. To write a shy character who is somewhat retiring without crossing the line into insipidity is more difficult than one would assume. Case in point – Isabella Swan, did even the Twi-hards not want to punch her in the face? I could give example upon example as this fawn-like caricature seems to be extremely popular in commercial fiction and rather than coming across as appealing in their vulnerability it ends up inevitably translating to “annoying victim”. However Mia’s reserve and quiet nature seemed completely genuine and appropriate for the story. Her personal difficulties were easy to empathize with, even for an extrovert like myself. Finally a heroine who doesn’t orgasm with just a steamy glance from the love interest. Don’t get me wrong Mia and Ansel tore up the sheets but it wasn’t always effortless, which was a refreshing change from the typical love scenes in romances.

Ultimately, Sweet Filthy Boy was perfect, a fast fun read that made waiting on the sidelines for soccer practice to be over a pleasure rather than a chore. And just in case you are wondering I did pick up Dirty Rowdy Thing immediately to find out how the “playah” Harlow and the Canadian Finn reach their happy ending.

About the Author


christina-laurenChristina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced ten New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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#Droughtlander is Over…Finally! GUEST POST

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I think that for all of us who are fans of Outlander, the television series, we can all agree that the return of Outlander couldn’t have come soon enough. The second half of the series kicked off with a bang as we were brought right back to where we left off, at the garrison of Fort William where Claire was being held captive by Captain “Black Jack” Randall. This episode, named “The Reckoning”, was different from the first half of the season because there is a change in narration. The episode is told exclusively from Jamie’s point of view. It was a real treat to hear Jamie’s voice as the central focus since the novels are primarily written from Claire’s perspective. All along I’ve really enjoyed the changes that the show’s writers have made because I strongly feel like they have only served to enhance and improve on the storytelling. These changes have given a voice to the thoughts and actions of the other characters in the story. Whether it’s additional scenes, dialogue or even just a lingering focus on a character’s facial expression, the creativity of the show’s writers has filled out the story in new and wonderfully, unexpected ways.

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If you have read the book, then you are well aware that there are some traumatic events to come, and I know that I am eagerly waiting in anticipation to see how the show will deal with the developments between Claire, Jamie and of course, Captain Randall.  One sensitive issue was the spanking scene, which caused much speculation between die-hard fans.  In the book, Jamie had to deliver corporal punishment to his wife for putting all of the Mackenzie men at risk by disobeying his instructions to stay put when he left to confront a deserter from British army who might be able to help clear his name. When the Mackenzie men mounted the attack to rescue Claire from the clutches of Randall, she put everyone’s lives at risk. The show kept very close to the original plot line and I thought that both Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe did a fantastic job pulling off what must have been a difficult scene to navigate.

In Episode 10, “By The Pricking of My Thumbs”, we begin the lead up to a significant twist in the plot that changes the course for Jamie and Claire. There were some excellent scenes and dialogue added that were the perfect complement to the story, such as Dougal’s drunken meltdown upon hearing of his wife’s passing or Laoghaire’s stubborn refusal to accept Jamie’s marriage when Claire confronted her about the ill-wish. There’s also a scene where Claire stumbled upon Geilles conducting a very similar pagan ritual dance that she witnessed at Craigh na Dun the night before she disappeared from Inverness in 1945. We also finally understand how Jamie became involved in a duel, an event that does not occur in Outlander (but does happen later on in in the series). This scene had been in the previews for the second half of the season and it left me wondering how the duel actually came to be.

The episode wraps up with Claire being swept up in the drama surrounding Geilles Duncan, and so once again, Claire’s life is in peril because she didn’t listen to her husband’s advice to stay away from Geilles. Oh the would-have, should-have, could-haves that plague Claire! Even though, I’m well familiar with what is to come, I find myself waiting with great anticipation for the last half of the season to unfold.

Outlander S1, Ep. 8 “Both Sides Now” Mid-Season Finale

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Episode 8 – Both Sides Now

It’s hard to believe that we won’t be getting anymore Outlander until next spring. To be exact, April 4th in the U.S. on Starz, and for those of us living in Canada, Showcase has posted on their website an ambiguous “April 2015” return date. All I can say is that I hope we don’t have to wait an extra three weeks to watch the second half of the season like we did with the first half, but I know that I’m just deluding myself to think otherwise!

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In this mid-season finale, I finally get an answer to the question that I asked 15 years ago, which was “But what about Frank?!”. In her review of Episode Seven, “The Wedding”, Andrea discussed how her feelings about how difficult it must have been for Claire being torn between Frank, her husband back in the future and Jamie, the husband of her present circumstances. As the story progresses, we know that Jamie and Claire were meant to be together, and that the relationship that she has with him has a greater depth than the one she had with Frank. But we never really get to see what it was like for Frank after his wife disappeared. I think that was likely done intentionally so as not to detract from Claire and Jamie’s story. Although, perhaps Diana Gabaldon did have plans for Frank and that part of the manuscript ended up on the editing room floor? Regardless, I really enjoyed the show’s interpretation of what might have happened to Frank.

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The episode opens with Frank desperate and desolate at the police station in Inverness. As Frank makes another attempt to get the detective to work harder to find Claire, it becomes clear that the police no longer believe that she is missing but rather that she has run off with her lover. After Frank reported that he caught a man the night before Claire disappeared gazing mournfully up at her window, the police decided that Claire and this mysterious Highlander must be lovers and that Frank needed to accept that he had been dumped.  Later that night, as Frank drowns his sorrows at the local pub he is approached by a woman who supposedly has information about the “Highlander” suspect that Frank has been searching for. I have to say that if Frank fell for the ploy of “come meet me in a dark alley after midnight and don’t forget the money!” I might have had a few choice words for my television, but as it was, Frank was clearly not that overcome with grief to see the con for what it was. We get to see a little of that “Black Jack” streak when Frank comes face-to-face with his would-be attackers. As he nearly beats a man to death and roughs up the woman sent in to lure him in the first place, we see that perhaps Frank has more backbone then we think. The mild-mannered Frank, was not so mild and certainly not very well-mannered.  Reverend Wakefield gives Frank a cautionary pep talk about “drinking from the poisoned cup” and that Frank should never let himself sink so low again.

Outlander 2014Back in the 1740’s, Claire and Jamie are enjoying the “honeymoon” period of their new marriage. All seems to be going swimmingly well, until the happy couple are set up some red coat deserters  as they are in the middle of an intimate moment in a meadow where they were suppose to be searching for medicinal herbs. Claire is forced to save herself from being raped and from Jamie having to watch at gun point by using her newly acquired self-defense skills with a dagger.  In the aftermath of the incident, it is clear that the honeymoon was over, as Jamie and Claire struggle with their feelings about what happened. Jamie feels impotent and Claire is angry at him for letting them get into that situation in the first place. This incident is key to the next poor decision that Claire makes…and for those of you haven’t read the book yet, trust me, Claire makes many more bone-headed moves in her lifetime! She is unceremoniously left behind as the men ride off to try to get some witness testimony that might help clear Jamie’s name. It is at this point that the book and show take very different paths to get to the same point.

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In the book, Claire willingly makes the decision to walk away and try to find Craigh na Dun but in the show it appears to be less of a choice and more of a coincidence that she finds herself back where she started. The split screen technique of Claire and Frank both heading towards the stones that could reunite them, was very well done. The cinematography and music to the calling to each other through time was exquisite, then to have Claire come within reach of returning to Frank only to be taken by some red coat soldiers was simply the icing on the cake. We see Frank leaving, dejected and heartbroken, while Claire is hauled off to her inevitable meeting with Captain Jack Randall.

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The details of Claire’s confrontation with Randall vary slightly from the book, but the essential parts are there. Claire tries to bluff her way out of an interrogation by Randall, which as usual fails miserably. We are left with Jamie bursting through a window demanding that Randall “take his hands off” his wife just as he was about to torture Claire. This is where we leave our not-so-happy couple until next April. Sigh.

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After many conversations with friends who have read the book, there was much speculation about where the story might leave off for this mid-season finale, I have to say that I thought we might have made it farther through the story, and now I don’t see how book one of the series can be completed in only 16 episodes which means we will likely see this book stretch into Season Two. There’s certainly enough story to go around, so now the question is just how far will they get in the next 8 episodes? The good thing about having the season split in two is that it gives us time to savour the episodes.  You may also want to check out the free pod-casts on iTunes to hear Ronald D. Moore’s commentary of each episode. I have listened to the first episode podcast and found it very interesting to hear Moore’s reflections as the episode unfolded.

Outlander: The Official Podcast  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/outlander-official-podcast/id910631883?mt=2

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29d5959d53924a4acabf65e21a5e6756In that moment, the reason for my bitterness became clear to me. I wasn’t angry at Jamie or the Redcoat deserters. I was angry at myself for forgetting about my plan to make my way back to the stones at Craigh na Dun, my plan to return to my own time, to my husband, Frank. – Claire Fraser, Both Sides Now

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If Scotland Had Been Watching Outlander, the “YES” Vote Would Be A Slam-dunk!

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The premiere of Outlander, the television series, is rather convenient given that on Thursday, September 18th, the people of Scotland will be asked to cast their vote, “Yes” or “No” to the following question:

“Should Scotland be an independent country?”

You can read all about why the Scots should vote “Yes” according to the Scottish government’s website on the vote:

http://scotreferendum.com/

If you want to read why the Scots should vote “No”, check out the UK government’s response:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/scottish-independence-referendum/about

But here’s the irony of it all, the people of Scotland and the rest of the UK, haven’t been able to view the show (unless they have tried online streaming) because none of the television networks have picked it up yet! The fact that the entire show has been filmed in Scotland, and it’s a story involving a rather significant piece of Scottish history as it was the last attempt to force the English out of the country, seems not to matter.

Now before you start… , reminding me that the story is NOT real and it’s just a TV show, I know all of that….I haven’t completely lost touch with reality. But it does beg the question that if the Scots could see the show right now, with the most important vote they will ever participate in their lifetime in two days time, how would the show influence the voting?

In the first few episodes, the most inflammatory acts of British oppression, really only come from one man, Captain “Black Jack” Randall. We know from the first episode, that he is not a nice guy, (to say the least) and as Claire hears more about Jamie’s experiences with Randall, we realize just how bad he is. At that point, we just assume that he is evil incarnate and that he’s just one guy with too much power.

“The Garrison Commander”, S1, Ep6 paints a very disturbing picture of how little respect the English ruling class had for the Scottish people. The scene that I refer to involves Dougal, Claire and a room full of British high-ranking officers. I won’t give the away the details except to say that the appalling arrogance and disrespect demonstrated towards Dougal, was unbelievable. Again, as this a fictional story, and this particular storyline is meant to invoke sympathy for the Scottish clans in its viewers. The unmitigated display of disdain for the people of Scotland, is also the interpretation of the show’s writers and what I assume is loosely based on real events and journals about the attitudes of the time that would have been authenticated in part through research. But I know that as I watched the scene, I was appalled, and I cannot help but think that if I were a Scottish national, it would be a very difficult scene to swallow and not have some kind of reaction. Given the current political climate in the country today, I think that the “No” side is pretty lucky that no network has picked up the show yet.

How is it possible that the UK could be losing Scotland? Perhaps it is a 21st century version of that same English arrogance that is ushering the people of Scotland down a path to separation?

It is clear that David Cameron’s government has been blindsided by the increased support for Scottish independence and now at the 11th hour, his government is scrambling to turn the tide. What will be the final outcome? The polls are declaring it a tight race right now but it could be that after Thursday’s vote we see something that the highland clans could not achieve back in 1745, a free Scotland.

For further reading on the topic check out the following links:

Outlander S1. Ep2. “Castle Leoch”

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GUEST REVIEWER – teachergirl73

Beautiful. Stunning. Marvelous. Exquisite. Wonderful.

All of these adjectives can be used to describe one of the most anticipated new television series in years. And you thought I was just talking about Sam Heughan!

In all seriousness, I believe that all of these descriptors can be applied to Outlander from the perfectly eerie and moody backdrop of Scotland, to the transformation of the novel to television screenplay, to the casting that seems to have captured the characters from Diana Gabaldon’s novel with a real authenticity.

In the second episode,  Claire arrives at the Castle Leoch and her first significant introduction is to Mrs. Fitzgibbon. Mrs. Fitz (as everyone calls her) runs the castle and appears to accept Claire as a new guest to the castle, with just a wee bit of wariness.  As Claire checks on the condition of Jamie’s earlier battle wounds, he tells the story behind how he came to be flogged at the hands of Captain “Black Jack” Randall. As Claire’s disbelief of the reality of her situation turns to acceptance that she is no longer in her own time, Claire finally breaks down in Jamie’s arms. Unlike in the book, we get to see the filling out of Claire’s musings about Frank, how worried he must be now that he’s realized that she is missing, appearing to have vanished into thin air.

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The next day, Claire is brought to “Himself”, otherwise known as Colum Mackenzie,  the laird of Castle Leoch. Claire arrives in his room and discovers that she has a few moments to herself. As she rifles through books and papers on his desk, she finds the confirmation that she needed. She discovers a letter on his desk, dated 1743. Before she can do anything else, Colum enters and begins to deftly question Claire about who she is, where she’s from and how she managed to end up in the clutches of Captain Randall. Colum interrogates Claire under the guise of caring and concern for her well-being, but it is clear that he has ulterior motives. At the end of the conversation, there is a slight deviation from the book, when Colum tells Claire that she could catch a ride with a travelling merchant who should be passing by at the end of the week. Claire leaves this meeting believing that she’s a week away from getting back to Craigh na Dun, and she seems to become almost ambivalent about her situation.

After the meeting, Claire spies a moment of playful fun between Dougal and a young boy in the courtyard. Mistakenly thinking that she was witnessing a touching father-son moment, Claire later realizes her error when she is officially introduced to Hamish Mackenzie, “son and heir to Colum Mackenzie”. She quickly excuses herself from the dinner table,  before she makes anymore errors in judgment.

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The next day, Claire goes to check on Jamie at the stables and hears more of his story. Jamie reveals to her that he is an outlaw, wanted for murder, and living under an assumed name. After hearing about Jamie’s precarious position, hiding from the Redcoats, with a bounty on his head, Claire asks him why he chose to share his story with her. His reply simply stated, “You asked”, and that he “decided to trust” her, rather than hide from her. At the end of this scene, we also see how Claire’s being watched by Dougal’s men everywhere she goes.

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Later in the episode, Claire witnesses Jamie intervene on the behalf of the young girl Laoghaire who is to be punished by Colum for displaying “loose behaviour and morals”. Laoghaire was to receive the strap in front of everyone attending the hall. It is clear that Jamie’s intervention is received with suspicion by both of his uncles Colum and Dougal, and that Murtagh is clearly a confidant of Jamie’s. Claire, also begins to suspect that perhaps Jamie is the cause of Laoghaire’s punishment, as she ponders why he would save her from the humiliation.

At the end of the episode, just as Claire is about to leave with the travelling merchant, Dougal comes for her, and Claire experiences deja vu as Dougal brings her to a room in the Castle that Claire had explored with Frank. It is in this room that Claire and Frank had a very intimate moment in 1945, that Colum reveals his grand plan for her. Colum has decided that Claire is to remain at the castle as the local healer. This does not sit well with Claire,  but Colum makes it very clear that she will remain at Leoch until he is sure that she poses no threat to him, his family, or his clan.

The Way Out (S1, Ep3) – PROMO

 

“Stranger In A Strange Land” – Outlander (Sassenach – S1, Ep1) 

Like Claire’s recall of the vase in the window, I vividly remember the day I purchased my first copy of Outlander not long after its first printing two decades ago. This is noteworthy only because if one considers the number of trips I have made to the bookstore that one visit should stand out is rather astonishing. Being a somewhat “particular” although some might say peculiar reader it was the hefty size (627 pages) that appealed to me. I wanted a story to lose myself in, Outlander granted that wish in spades. It is unequivocally my favorite book of all time though I will admit that it took the television premiere to remind me of that fact.

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SYNOPSIS – The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

CLAIRE-AND-FRANKAfter viewing the pilot episode, I believe the television series promises to be just as compelling as the internationally best-selling novel. The production quality of this adaptation is utterly exquisite. The set, acting and casting is truly flawless. I think teachergirl73 was almost disappointed by my lack of criticism and being a Virgo finding fault isn’t usually a challenge for me! Truly, I often find it more difficult to critique books and films that I love. It is next to impossible to find adequate words to do justice to something that fulfils your every expectation particularly when you anticipate disappointment. That is the situation in which I currently find myself, I thought there was no possible way that they could satisfy my expectations. I guess that is why you should “never say never”.

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Several months ago when the still shots of the cast were released I was nonplussed but not dissuaded either but I found I didn’t truly dare to hope until I happened upon the first teaser trailer. Later we were fortunate enough to watch some of the coverage of the panel session with the cast, author Diana Gabaldon and creative head Ronald D. Moore at Comic Con 2014. If listening to the cast and crew describing the journey of this story to television was not convincing enough the clips allayed any fears fans would have about the adherence to the spirit if not the exact word of the novel.

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Sassenach (S1, Ep1) deviates very little from the beginning of the original story with former war nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and her husband Frank travelling to Scotland on a second honeymoon to reacquaint themselves with each other after only having seen one another a handful of times over the course of World War II. Claire and Frank witness an early morning druid ritual at sacred standing stones for Samhain. When Claire returns alone later she is inexplicably drawn to the stones and awakens to find herself amidst a skirmish between British red coated soldiers and a band of Scottish Highlanders.

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In a situation not unlike jumping from the pot into the fire Claire finds herself rescued from probable rape at the hands of her husband Frank’s ancestor and doppelgänger Captain Jack Randall to captivity with the very men that he is pursuing. Hidden in a crofter’s cottage she cannot allow the men to attempt to reset an injured man’s dislocated shoulder without providing aid and so we are introduced to young Jamie MacTavish.

Outlander_Cast_Jamie_420x560_v2One could chalk up the much of the appeal of this new series to the extremely bonny Sam Heughan in a brilliant casting selection as the iconic character of Jamie Fraser. But that would be short-sighted considering wondrous detail evidenced in every scene. I eagerly anticipate what is to come in upcoming weeks. Episodes of Outlander can be viewed online via STARZ and Sunday evenings on Showcase at 10PM ET. If you missed the debut episode or simply want to watch it again Showcase is replaying the pilot titled Sassenach at 11AM ET August 31st.

Castle Leoch (S1, Ep2) – PROMO

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