Hi Leon, I didn't mean I was glad OUTLANDER was over, as I believe it could have used a few more episodes devoted to Jamie's healing to really make it right. I meant, in specific, the past two episodes and the graphic torture depicted on screen, which I found unsettling and unpleasant to watch. Yes, I know life is full of unpleasant things, but the degree to which these are portrayed sometimes make me wonder. After a graphic rape, do we need to see the bones in each of Jamie's fingers jutting out at Claire attempts to set them or is an overview of the hand and said bones enough? Everyone has an opinion and I can only share my own. :-) Thanks for reading, Leon, and I don't think for a minute that you need worry about Randall representing the gay community. Anyone who goes there need not be heard.
What Diana accomplished in the aftermath of Jamie's attack far outweighed what was portrayed on screen and that was a mere blip in comparison to what was, in the book, hours of torture at the hands of Randall. I don't think I'm whitewashing her work by wishing there was more to Claire and Jamie before and after the torturous rape, but I can also understand others' appreciation of the work that appeared in the series. For me, the true beauty of the story always fell into what the two were able to do in the aftermath of what overcame them, not that they went through it in the first place.
There does seem to be a disconnect between the intimate moments (sans sex) and the other moments of the series, making me wonder if the writers truly understand what's going on with Jamie and Claire. :-/
Thanks, Kitty, for your comment. It was a hard review to write as I was torn between the obvious hard work that went into the portrayals of the scenes and the distance that has been placed on Claire and Jamie for too many episodes in the second half of Season 1. I witnessed the banter and fun between the leads last year at comic con and agree they have a tremendous rapport. I expected to see more of it during the season, making me wonder how much of that ended up on the cutting room floor.
Nope. Space (Canadian network) hasn't renewed it yet. I know part of their decision will hinge on Syfy's partnership, but hopefully not all of it!!
By the way, Elizabeth, my mom really enjoyed your review! ;-) You've passed the mom test!!
Ahhh. Well, I read Helter Skelter and then dug into him a bit more and never found he was quite THAT charismatic, although he wanted to be. He spent sooo much time in and out of jail and prison that I don't think he would have had time to make that kind of impact on anyone but an irrational young woman. (I say that having had a ridiculously charismatic con man singer jerk as a boyfriend, who I even put into prison, so I'm not being judgey!) I'd count that story as utter fiction. :-)
Your comments cracked me up. Geez RA, just suspend your disbelief a little. It's JUST a TV show! At least that's what everybody tells me when I make similar complaints in my reviews, which is why I'm doing a few less of them. ;-) Kyle being allowed to stay while being dressed for a pickup game made me laugh, and I've already suspended my disbelief so far (or I want Lori gone so badly) that I didn't even notice how Carter was dressed to visit her in the sanitarium. The Lori character, it seems, should have added something to the narrative, especially since she was given a purpose by being the egg donor. Instead it seems she's more useless than ever and killing her off to really drive the girls story forward, and perhaps discover Taylor is Elizabeth's egg, would be far more engrossing. Lori (and Kyle with his pestering and unrealistic love needs) have become like the flashbacks on Arrow. Nothing but a distraction.
Hey Terrie, I'm not sure what part you're referring to as really happening, but Manson did indeed record music in 1967. Some of the episodes are named after his songs. You can find some of them on YouTube. They're not any more terrible than any of the rest of the people trying to find their way at the time. What cracks me up is when I learn the guy was 5'2" tall. How in the heck did the guy amass such a following at that stature?? Talk about charismatic and mesmerizing.
WINTER!!! Oh golly guys. I hope you're still getting pings for this! I'm going to interview Stephanie Szostack about Season 1 and what's coming up on Season 2. What do you want to know. It's all for you!! Send me your questions. You can also email me directly, if you want. Email is on the site. Hugs!
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