Aug 282014

page to screen

Outlander: Episode 3

The Way Out

30 second Episode recap: Claire has nightmares that she’s accused of witchcraft due to her time travel experience, which just cements the fact that she doesn’t believe she can tell anyone the truth.  She’s very likely right.  Claire decides to settle into life at Leoch in the hopes of proving to Colum how she is not a spy.  It appears to be working out because she hears through the grapevine that she’s done so well that he wants to keep her forever, especially after she saves a boy from ‘demon possession’, which was really just poison.

Claire and Jamie grow closer, which is awesome to watch.  The eye contact is so hot it makes my flat screen sizzle and Sam Heughan just gets sexier and sexier every week as the love of my life, Jamie Fraser.  Anyway, they tease each other and grow closer as they rescue a different little boy from further public humiliation and a lot of physical pain, discuss demon possession, and bat their lashes at each other while trying to maintain a decent emotional distance.

Claire also spends more time with Geillis Duncan, who is far creepier in the show than she was in the book, and you watch Laoghaire (Leery as is pronounced on the show) grow more and more unhappy with Claire’s presence in the castle.

The episode ends with the preparations for the big MacKenzie clan gathering and Claire decides she must escape no matter what.

dun dun dun

We all know that this episode so far deviated the most from what was written in the books.  I thought at first that that was what I would discuss in this week’s blog, because I have many a thought and opinion on that subject.  Instead, I think I’d rather use this opportunity to talk about what I believe is the biggest complaint about the show.

I am a member of many Outlander groups online.  I am part of groups on Facebook and Goodreads.  I love a good debate.  I love talking to people who have opposing views.  I think it’s healthy to have an intelligent discussion with someone even if it’s slightly heated, so long as you know when to laugh and let it end.  I like Frank.  Most fans do not.  I love to debate exactly why I like Frank and why I think he is a good man and I especially love to discuss this with someone who thinks Frank is only just a few steps better than Black Jack Randall.

To be clear, Discussions = Good.

What I do struggle with when I am reading other fans rants are the people who rip these poor actresses to shreds over their bodies.  Ladies, aren’t we judged physically too much  already?  Why would we ever choose words or phrasing like ‘too bony’ or ‘buck toothed’ when discussing anyone, let alone another woman?  Being judged by your body or looks hurts, regardless of whether your thin or not, and I have never met anyone who hasn’t faced it in some way.

I was in a group and someone actually said that Starz should have refrained from showing Claire without her clothes because the actress is ‘far too bony to be Claire’.  Far too bony… wow.  She said that she was ‘turned off and grossed out by the bones that stuck out’.  I know how I would feel if someone said that about me.  Would it have been as acceptable if that same person had said someone was ‘far too fat’?  Do people not realize that it’s just as terrible to ‘thin shame’ as it is to ‘fat shame’?  Or to use hurtful words about someone’s body in any context?

I know it’s easy to get caught up in people on screen as characters, but they’re not.  If the biggest complaint about Caitriona is that she’s ‘too bony’, then I’m sure she’s heard it and that is sad.

I get it.  In the books Jamie talks about Claire’s ’round arse’.  We’ve all latched onto that as one of our favorite things about the fictional relationships.  But, isn’t it possible that Jamie was mostly teasing Claire?  Husbands generally do that, as do wives. Is the size of Caitriona’s bum and boobs really that important?  Or if they put those big arse jokes in could it possibly be pulled off as  flirtatious joking, and not as a literal description?

Instead of expressing over and over what we perceive as flaws in someone else’s bodies, especially in such a mean way, let’s talk about why there was a possession rather than a changeling, or the scene in the supposedly haunted ruins.  Even better, what did you guys think about the bard’s story at the end of the episode… It was different from the books, but it was still hauntingly beautiful.  Or, how awkward it was to watch Claire massage Colum’s butt!


I’d definitely love to hear your thoughts.

Till next week!

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 Posted by on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 am
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 Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 8:00 am
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