Outlander Season 3 – Episode 4

A bonus episode for today thanks to reaching my first milestone on my Facebook Page.  When I first broke up the book this was two episodes but by the time I got to the end I was running out of room.  Looking back, the two episodes were not enough on their own and would have to have included filler, so I have combined them, as I think they work well together anyway.

This is the episode we have been waiting for, the most emotional and with one of the best sex scenes in the series.  The feels begin with Claire and Brianna’s farewell and continue with Jamie and Claire’s reunion.  This will be the one we watch over and over again!

As a special gift for this special episode, look back over the past two seasons at this epic love story in this beautiful fan video:

Jamie and Claire

EPISODE 4 – A. MALCOLM PRINTER

1968

Claire goes to see Joe and tells him what is happening, a student comes in with an old skeleton. Then she heads back to Scotland.

Back in Scotland, Brianna and Roger have found Jamie – Alexander Malcolm, Printer – in Edinburgh. It’s time for Claire to go back and find him. She gets suitable clothes and some money to take with her and they have a final meal before she heads off on Samhain to go through the stones. Claire and Brianna have a sad farewell, then Brianna and Roger share a romantic moment when he tells her that she has him, once her mother has gone.

CLAIRE CRAIGH NA DUN

Claire goes through the stones and wakes up 20 years after she last left. She makes her way to Edinburgh and finds the print shop. Out the front there is a sign “A. Malcolm – Printer” Jamie is standing with his back to her, when she says his name he turns and at first thinks he has imagined her, as he has so many times before. When she touches him and he realises she is real, he faints.

Jamie and Claire become reacquainted and share a kiss, she tells him about Brianna, they look at photos. They go to the tavern to find Mr Willoughby, then to the brothel where they have a confrontation about whether she wants him the way he is now and finally make love.

JAMIE AND CLAIRE STEAMY

What will be changed?

When I first broke up the episodes I had this one finish when Jamie faints, as it included a lot that I have now put into Episode 3. I think this is made up of the following scenes: 1. Claire in Boston; 2. Claire, Brianna and Roger have a farewell dinner and discuss the preparations then head to the stones where there is an emotional farewell. 3. Claire awakens, goes to Edinburgh. 4. She finds and confronts Jamie. 5. They go to the tavern and find Mr Willoughby then to the brothel where he has rooms and the big reunion sex scene. I think space is needed for their reunion to get to that point.

What can be left out?

They may leave out the skeleton part, which is not really necessary. They could leave out Joe altogether.  Mr Willoughby’s sexual fetish could probably be left by the wayside.

What CAN’T be left out?

The farewell scene at the stones between Claire and Brianna! The photographs of Brianna!  All the reunion!

What are we looking forward to most?

The most anticipated scene in this season – the reunion of Jamie and Claire! Oh the feels! This is the most anticipated episode of the season and I think they will do it justice.

Most anticipated dialogue:

“Dinna be afraid.  There’s the two of us now.” 

“Do ye want me?  Sassenach, will ye take me – and risk the man that I am, for the sake of the man that ye knew?”

Tissue Rating: 2+ boxes!

Sexy Times Rating: *****+ Best sex scene since Season 1!!!

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Outlander Season 3 – Episode 3

I have been to the Lake District in England twice, such an absolutely beautiful place, so serene and picturesque, home of Beatrix Potter and many stately homes.  Although different from Scotland, it would have been alike enough to make Jamie’s heart ache, but how he would have loved the stables and horses, the fresh air and relative freedom.  Still, a poor exchange for the Highlands he loved before Culloden, and his beloved Claire.

LAKE DISTRICT

EPISODE 3 – HELWATER

1756-1758

While most Jacobite prisoners were deported or executed, Lord John Grey arranges for Jamie to be taken in as a groom at the Lake District estate of family friends, the Dunsanys, where he will be known as Alex MacKenzie. Jamie enjoys being outside and working with horses again. The daughter of the house, Geneva, follows him about and flirts with him. She has been promised to their neighbour the elderly Lord Ellesmere but she wishes Jamie to take her virginity and blackmails him into it. She marries and is soon in labour with her first child. Jamie is enlisted to take her father to her. Sadly, she dies from complications from childbirth. Jamie and the coachman are called to a scene in the house and to bring pistols. In the ensuing kerfuffle, Jamie shoots Ellesmere as he threatens to drop the baby out of the window. The murder is covered up by Geneva’s parents and her mother offers him his freedom to go home to Scotland but as he has just learned he has a son he decides to stay and we see Willie grow up into a feisty little lad beneath Jamie’s watchful eye.

JAMIE AND HORSES

1968

Claire has gone back to Boston to get affairs into order. She thinks back to a conversation she and Brianna had while cruising Loch Ness, discussing Gillian Edgars/Geillis Duncan and the methods of time travel from Gillian’s book. She also thinks back to when she first became a surgeon and met Joe Abernathy.

As she says goodbye to her home in Boston – Flashback – Frank and Claire fight about him going to live in England and taking Brianna, his alleged affairs, he accuses her of sleeping with Joe. He storms off, has car accident and then dies.

She receives a telegram from Roger to say he has found Jamie in the past.

What will be changed?

I first thought that Helwater would take the whole episode but looking at the break-up as it continues along, I think they will condense it more than I first anticipated.  They can’t have an episode without Claire in it, and I don’t think there is enough time in the season to add to much extra stuff.  Therefore, I think they will jump between the two timelines, showing what was happening with Claire while Jamie was at Helwater – bringing up Brianna, her life with Frank etc, as well as what is happening in 1968 to find him.  The first two episodes sort of broke up themselves, but now it is getting more difficult.  I don’t envy the writers!!

What can be left out?

There’s a lot of small detail that could be left out in Helwater, in 1968 and in the past but I think they have proven they can condense portions of the book and still cover the important parts, include some important dialogue and make it all seamless so I’m sure they will here too.

What CAN’T be left out?

I think it is important to see Jamie with Geneva, to show his gentleness and compassion even though he was forced to make love to her, even though we will all grit out teeth!  And we must see what happened to Frank.

What are we looking forward to most?

The scene where William is born – that will be a doozy!

 Most anticipated dialogue:

Not really dialogue but Roger’s telegram “HAVE FOUND HIM STOP WILL YOU COME BACK QUERY ROGER” 

Tissue Rating:  1/2 box (depending on how much you love Frank)

Sexy Times Rating: * – well, it’s not Jamie and Claire…..

Outlander Season 3 – Episode 2

I have to say that reading through this section of the book I fell in love with John Grey as I do every time.  He is such a sweet and tortured soul and his love for Jamie is heartbreaking.    I have seen many ideas pop up in fantasy castings and can’t wait to see who they choose (I don’t have a particular “actor” in mind myself).  Diana once said she saw LJG as a “Young Jude Law”, so let’s just pop this image here to help us along!

YOUNG JUDE LAW

 

EPISODE 2 – WHEN I AM THY CAPTIVE

(alternative title – Ardsmuir)

1968

Claire, Brianna and Roger search for Jamie through historical records while getting to know each other. Thanks to Fiona’s story of the Dunbonnet, they know he gave himself up and was sent to prison. Now they just need to search all the prison records to find him. Roger asks Claire how she became a doctor (possible flashbacks). She finds him – Ardsmuir Prison.

ROGER AND BREE

1755

Jamie is incarcerated in Ardsmuir Prison and has become a leader to the men there, known as Mac Dubh. The new Governor of the Prison is 26 year old Major John William Grey (we see a flashback to his first meeting with Jamie to establish his identity). He is furious to hear that Jamie is there but eventually must ask for his help questioning a man who was found wandering the moor muttering about gold in a combination of Gaelic and French. After their return, Jamie escapes but is recaptured. In order to find out if Jamie had found the treasure, he befriends him, arranging for him to have dinner and play chess with him. He eventually finds out what he needs to know and Jamie uses the friendship to make things better for the men, resulting in a strange friendship. However, John becomes infatuated with Jamie and when he shows his hand, Jamie becomes angry and will no longer participate. Jamie takes the blame for another inmate when a scrap of tartan, which is forbidden, is discovered, and he is whipped. (Flashback – he recalls his first flogging at the hands of Jack Randall and the recovery).

1968 – They know he was at Ardsmuir, now they just have to find where he went after that.

What will be changed?

Both the search for Jamie back in 1968 (including a lot of flashbacks) and Jamie’s time in Ardsmuir were long and detailed in the book but I think they will condense them to fit in this one episode. The book includes Claire and Frank’s reunion after she returns through the stones but it has already been dealt with at the start of Season 2.

What can be left out?

I don’t think they will include a lot of John’s POV – his letter to his mother, his pining for his lover Hector. John’s sexual orientation should be obvious through actions and looks. Some of the flashbacks to Claire becoming a doctor may not be necessary either.

What CAN’T be left out?

Jamie finding out about the treasure and the “white witch” and his escape to search for them.

What are we looking forward to most?

Jamie meeting grown-up John Grey for the first time.

Most anticipated dialogue:

“Take your hand off me, or I will kill you.” (Jamie to Lord John)

 Tissue Rating: ¼ box (or more, depending on how sad they make lonely Jamie)

Sexy Times Rating: *** (assuming they include Jamie’s sex dream in Ardsmuir!)

Outlander Season 3 – Episode 1…..maybe?

I totally feel for Maril Davis, Matt Roberts, Ron Moore and the other writers of Outlander because breaking a book into episodes is bloody difficult!  Trying to find a break point, an end point, and fill the episode with relevant storyline without meandering all over the place is mind-exploding.  Anyway, bored and sick as I was, I gave it a red hot shot.  I’ve kept it short enough to scan through quickly over a cuppa.  Please tell me your own ideas too!  I’ll an episode every couple of days, but lets start, as they say in the classics, at the beginning.

EPISODE 1 – Battle, and the Loves of Men

JAMIE BATTLE

1746

Jamie awakens on the battlefield, unaware if he is alive or dead, the corpse of Jack Randall across his body. (Flashback to the battle where Jamie kills Jack). Some Highlander survivors find him and they take refuge in a farmhouse where they are eventually discovered by Redcoats led by Lord Melton. As the Highlanders give their names before their execution Melton realises he has captured Red Jamie, who had spared the life of his younger brother John William Grey, and he owes him a debt of honour. He sends him home to Lallybroch.

1968

Picking up exactly where the finale of season 2 left off, Claire asks Roger to look into what happened to Jamie after Culloden. She talks to him about what happened when she came back through the stones, and their life in Boston.

Flashback – Claire is not adjusting well to being back and being a new mother. They fight and eventually they make love on the nursery floor, the first time since she has returned.

Brianna discovers the legend of the Dunbonnet and realises it is Jamie.

1752

Jamie (“The Dunbonnet”) has been living in a cave not far from Lallybroch for the past 6 years. He comes to the house to wash and shave once a month when it is safe. Jenny is pregnant again, but Ian has been taken to Inverness under suspicion of being a Jacobite sympathiser so Jamie says they must come for him when her time comes. Fergus fetches him but while he is with Jenny and her newborn, Redcoats arrive looking for illegal weapons and Jamie has to hide in the cupboard with baby Ian, trying to keep him quiet as Jenny tells them the bairn died. Young Jamie overhears and is hysterical and in the resulting stramash the soldiers depart. A couple of months later, Fergus is intercepted bringing Jamie supplies and has his hand cut off. Jamie decides to have himself recaptured to save his family and the people of Lallybroch. Mary McNab comes to him with food and offers herself as comfort.

What will be changed?

Although it was fine to omit it in the books, I think viewers will feel they have earned the right to see Black Jack’s death, and it also gives the creators the chance to show a bit of the Culloden battle, as it is not actually included in the book. They could also include Murtagh’s death in there as well.

What can be left out?

Although there’s a good chance the entire sex scene on the nursery floor will be shown, if they decide to do the flashback, I don’t think viewers are ready to see Jamie with Mary McNab so I expect we will just see him take her hand in acceptance and the rest will be implied, as it is in the book.

What CAN’T be left out?

Fergus losing his hand – that’s a must!

What are we looking forward to most?

The scene with Jamie and baby Ian in the cupboard is a tense, emotional and even slightly funny scene – classic Diana!  I for one can’t wait to see that on screen!

Most anticipated dialogue:

“I dinna want to go home! I want to be shot!” – Jamie to Melton

Tissue Rating: ¼ box (for Fergus alone – maybe more if they up the emotional tone on Jamie wanting to die).

Sexy Times Rating: ** – well, it’s not Jamie and Claire…..

DOGGIES & DROUGHTLANDER

It’s a beautiful winter’s day here. The sun is shining through the windows and warming up the very clean floors. While I was having a lovely Sunday lie-in this morning, my wonderful husband got up and vacuumed and steam-mopped all the living, dining and kitchen area. He moved all the furniture and cleaned under them as well. So I made pancakes, because they all love them and we haven’t had them for a while. The reason the floor really needed a good clean is due to our newest family member. Adding to our menagerie of two elderly beagles (Boo and Obi), our 2yo Siberian cat Milly, our Eastern Bearded Dragon Norbert, Samurai Fighting Fish Bilbo and our two nesting lovebirds Peach and Mango, we have recently welcomed Audrey, the Miniature Dachshund puppy. Audrey, who has recently completed puppy training and can sit, stay, drop, roll over and shake hands, is alas not toilet trained because her Mummy, my 19yo daughter, has no idea where to start with it. Therefore we are on the constant lookout for puddles and poops and sometimes the house smells like a puppy toilet. Nevertheless, she is quite adorable and she also has a purpose. She will be trained as a therapy dog to help her Mummy with her anxiety, depression and OCD. In the meantime, she has brought her a lot of love and joy, and for that we are quite thankful.

TAY AND AUDREY

 

I’m also at a loss tonight because no more Outlander on Sunday nights, after that amazing Finale last week! So now we are officially in Droughtlander! It has been a long week for me, sick on the couch and bored. So bored, in fact, that I actually broke up the next book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series – Voyager – into possible episodes for Season 3, just for fun. I learned something important from that exercise. I re-read these books regularly and I do not skip a single word. They are a luxurious read full of lushly drawn characters, incredible world-building and tangled plots. Pages upon pages are spent on descriptions of the scenery, the weather, the sights, smells and feel of a place, taking the blank canvas of the reader’s imagination and painting a detailed picture. More pages are expended on the thoughts of the character in whose POV she is writing at that time, until you feel that you are inside their head, that you know that person intimately. Conversations are peppered with descriptions of the tone of voice, the facial expression, the actions of the character. It creates a visual in the reader’s head, unique to each of us. But when predicting what might be included in each episode I realized that the scenic descriptions that take pages upon pages can be achieved by the sets and locations where the scene is filmed and they are absorbed in a simple glance (thanks to the Emmy Nominated Jon Gary Steele and team). Those thoughts that are so wordy in the book, are dealt with using voiceover, facial expression and added diaglogue. The dialogue itself can take page upon page but takes little time at all when performed by the talented cast. And so, the perception that there is too much in the books to include in a show is too simple a concept, and the end result is that I not only deeply appreciate the incredible storytelling of my favourite author, but also the phenomenal talent it has taken to bring it to life on the screen. What an enormous job! And they have done it so well.

OL FINALE(Copyright Starz)

 

Giving Back

It’s always sad when our World Vision sponsorship comes to an end. Our first child grew too old, and our second child whom we have sponsored for many years has moved out of the sponsorship area. This time we have decided to sponsor a three year old girl from Chad who goes by the hopeful name of Opportune. In her country, it is a feat simply to make it to 3yo. We have been reading about Chad, in addition to the information provided by World Vision, and we are once again made thankful that we live in this country, where we are not threatened by war, disease and famine. Where we have health care and education, and a life expectancy forty years longer than that of those living in Chad. I know there are those who are cynical about funds reaching those in need, but we are forever hopeful that our small monthly amount makes some difference, and in the meantime my children have learned to be thankful for the life they have. Not just that their parents can afford iPads and overseas holidays but that they have the simplest requirements such as water, food and clothing. Now my daughter is looking at saving up to one day do an overseas volunteer program.  Both my children, as is the case with most kids, can appear to take things for granted and appear ungrateful, but they are both compassionate and caring and socially conscious.  They are looking forward to watching little Opportune grow, be healthy, get an education which she can use to help her community.  In a land where most girls are married by age 18, many by 15 and many in polygamous relationships, where emale genital mutilation is common and maternal health virtually nonexistent, this is a lofty ambition.OPPORTUNE

It has been one of my aims this year to give back and to this end I will be volunteering for Lifeline both in their Book Warehouse and also for their Book Fairs.  Lifeline provides an invaluable resource to Australians in personal crisis through 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.  The money raised through the Book Fairs is almost entirely used to fund this service.  If you or anyone you know needs this service, please call 13 11 14.  And if you like books, you will be in your element at the next Book Fair in February!

BOOKFAIR FLYER

So whether it is helping an elderly person to take their shopping to the car, taking a meal to a new mother struggling at home, putting coins in that meter you see just about to expire, or simply taking the time to thank someone for a job well done, we should all make an effort to GIVE BACK.

Tracey xx

Why hello there 2016!

So I started my blog and then didn’t blog for 6 months.  My bad!  Let’s see how I go this year!

ONE WORD

The hectic days of NaNoWriMo in November, followed by the even more hectic days of December as the year came to a close, encompassing the end of the school year, Christmas and all the preparations and celebrations it drags with it, are over. We have held 2016 by her tiny feet, slapped her new pink bottom and heard her birthing cry. Now it’s time to plunge in with both feet, hands in the air, one eye closed against the fears and doubts, one eye open to the possibility of adventure and excitement. I don’t do “Resolutions” but I do have “Goals” although they are usually the same each year – lose weight, get fit, catch up with the filing, be a better friend, get my finances under control, take more time for my art. But I do choose One Little Word to live by for the year. This year it is DARE. This year I DARE to finally put myself out there, to complete the incomplete, to conclude, to take risks and be brave. By the end of this year, when she is an old crone taking her last hacking breath, I intend to be proud that I had the courage to put myself out there and tried to reach the stars. And so, my friends, WATCH THIS SPACE. Because this year, I am going to be DARING!

DARE 6

 

FRESH & DELICIOUS

I have decided to try and branch out with my meals this year.  You know how you always stick to the same repertoire?  This was my New Years Day dinner and it was delicious!  I didn’t have the makings of a real Vietnamese salad so I just used shredded lettuce, carrot and cucumber, some sliced spring onion and a squeeze of lime juice.  I put the chicken balls on top and drizzled on some kecap manis.  Yum!  It is now going on the list!  My friend Helen suggested it would be healthier not to roll in the sugar, but it gave a fantastic caramelised finish and I think it balanced out the salty/sour/sweet balance you need for Vietnamese, however it does make a bit of a mess!   Try it without if you like.

CHICKEN BALLS
Vietnamese Chicken Balls

INGREDIENTS:

500g Chicken Mince

3 tbspns fish sauce

1/2 small onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or 2 tspns minced garlic)

2 tspns minced lemongrass

3-4 tbspns chopped coriander

1 tbspn chopped mint

1 1/2 tspn cornflour

1/2 tspn salt

Few grinds fresh black pepper

Sugar for rolling the meatballs (about 1/4 cup)

1. Mix chicken with rest of ingredients except for sugar in large bowl. Mix gently because if you overwork the meat, meatballs will be tough.

2. Using slightly damp hands, roll mixture into golf ball sized meatballs. Put on a plate and refrigerate for half an hour.

3. Preheat oven to 200C.

4. Take meatballs out of the fridge and line a pan with baking paper.

5. Roll meatballs in sugar and place on paper.

6. Bake for 15 minutes, giving the pan a shake a few times to get even browning.

 

NEW FRIENDS

We made some lovely new friends as the year came to a close and shared New Years Eve with them as well.  Mel is a fantastic photographer and took this gorgeous photo of our Siberian Milly, who turned 2 on Christmas Day.  I hope to share more wonderful times with her and John over 2016!

MILLY NYE
Milly NYE 2015

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!  Pop in to see my Outlander updates, excerpts from my writing and more from my life.

Tracey xxx

I wanna go to SDCC!!

So I’ve been writing.  And reading.  And I’ve been doing a very cool online Masterclass in writing with James Patterson.  And I’ve been looking after sick kids.  And working.  And I’ve been watching TV.  And I’ve been Facebooking and Tweeting.  And I’ve been wishing I could be at San Diego Comicon.  Because, I mean, it has EVERYTHING I want in a holiday.  First of all, I love San Diego.  Been there a couple of times, great place.  I could have found a nice resort there, near the beach.  Taken the kids to SeaWorld again.  And then we could have all gone to Comicon.  I could have done all the panels for all my favourite TV shows (Outlander! Arrow! Game of Thrones! The Walking Dead! and more), I could have seen the Star Wars panel and I would have cried when Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher came out and made my 14 year old self very, very happy.  I could have seen all my favourite authors, got lots of ideas and tips.  I’d have gotten autographs and photos and asked questions and bought memorabilia.  I don’t think would have dressed up, I’m not a cosplay sort of person.  But I’d have loved it.  *sigh*  Maybe I had better get that book of mine finished so I can have a reason to be there next time.

If you’re interested in the James Patterson Masterclass, it was great.  Go look here.

If you want to see the Star Wars Comicon video, try this.

And if you want to see Sam & Cait from Outlander talking about Season 2 at Comicon on IGN, here you go!

I can’t wait for more Comicon panels and interviews tomorrow!

"I love you"  "I know"
“I love you” “I know”
Sam & Cait - I ship them so hard!
Sam & Cait – I ship them so hard!

The Nonsense Begins

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I was getting frustrated the other day because, well, I have a lot to say and nowhere to share it.  It has been a long time since I had a blog and a lot has changed since then.  I was very much into Scrapbooking at the time and although I’d love to have the time to do some more, I prefer to spend my time writing and if I do have the arty urge, I have an art journal which I can art away in. I also liked to share my photos, but I am sad and ashamed to say that I have barely touched my camera lately.  I’d like to remedy that though.  There is something to be said for seeing the world through the viewfinder.  It tends to draw everything into a small space and make it look bigger and more wonderful, which is truly magic.

And magic is something that means a lot to me.  Not the pulling-a-rabbit-out-of-my-hat type of magic, but the magic of Speculative Fiction – also known as sci-fi fantasy – which I love to write.  Dragons, sorcerers, swords and grand adventure.  I was inspired to sign up to NaNoWriMo last November and managed to finish a novel in 30 days, which suprised no-one more than it did me!  I am still playing with it but I hope to submit it for publication in some form or another this year. I am also writing romance, which is something I tried to do and failed many times over the years, so it will be interesting to see if I have any success with it.  And I have been writing poetry too, something I have done on and off all my life.  I thought I’d share a bit of all of those things here.  Along with any art, recipes, book and movie reviews and other topics I feel strongly about.

Such as “Outlander”.  I find it hysterical that almost 40 years after being a screaming, fainting, tartan-clad Bay City Roller fan as a teenager, I am once again involved in a fandom of a similar type.  Well, it does involve Scots in tartan and a lot of females getting moony-eyed over good-looking men!  It began many years ago when I became obsessed with the book series by Diana Gabaldon, and has escalated to a Facebook and Real Life obsession of both the books and television series.  No doubt I will post a few Outlander themed posts here as well. I’m not sure how it will all develop but I promise it will be interesting and fun.  And I hope you will join with me on this journey into the immensity of nonsense.

Tracey xx