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  1. Agreed. And kudos to the casting, as usual. I felt like I was truly looking at older Romann Berrux. César has won my heart, and I love the strength that Lauren Lyle is bringing to Marsali. They're an equal team, just like Jamie and Claire. Moreover, Fergus' love for Jamie is, well, beautiful. "Perhaps I love too much." Double-meaning. I can't wait to see César's reaction in the next episode for the single word of "Fraser". I love father-figure Jamie Fraser. Both Sam and Cait were stellar in this episode; they hit all the right notes. They own these characters now. They embody the roles. Damn, they're good. Special mention to Albie Marber. His Elias was wonderful. Now when I reread that chapter, I'll have a sweet face to go with the name. Oh - and Annekja was great. They cast even the smaller parts perfectly. Bring on Father Fogden! I was a bit disappointed we didn't get the Governor Grey scene. I've really come to love David Berry. His presence is palpable. Maybe, it'll make his appearance in Jamaica all the more meaningful. (I would absolutely watch a Lord John Grey spinoff. Make it so, Starz.) I didn't realize it until this episode, but the surnames are reversed on the show. Claire has been going by Fraser and not Malcolm on the show's Porpoise. When Captain Leonard called Claire "Mistress Fraser", I thought that was slip-up that revealed he knew Jamie's identity as Red Jamie. I didn't realize it was the Alexander Malcolm name that gave him away. Interesting. One change I didn't like was show Tompkins. I liked the Rat Tompkins in the book who spilled the beans, due to Claire's threats. This Tompkins was sinister, and it didn't sit as well with me. Not sure why. I guess I liked the more colorful/playful book version. One little thing I loved (I went to Saturday night worship, so I guess it especially struck me) was the nod to Claire's Catholicism. When the crew was praying the Lord's Prayer, Claire joined in, but she didn't recite the doxology - "for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever." I'm Lutheran, not Episcopal/Anglican, but it's spot-on that the Protestant British crew would say the doxology and Claire wouldn't. It was such a small moment, but I adored the detail. As Matt Roberts noted in the after-ep conversation, writer Luke Schelhaas did the research. Love the authenticity laced throughout. Well done.
  2. I like Ben. He’s been through a lot. I’m pissed at Joe, on his behalf. Saying Ben was swearing on the Marines is well-nigh a personal attack. Yes, this is a game, but you should still respect a person’s being. Joe needs to go asap.
  3. That was Elias Pound. I don’t think Claire recognized him; I think she was taken aback to see someone that young. With so many of the older and more experienced crew dead or ill, it’s the youth who have to become leaders beyond their years.
  4. Can Shannon Gross write every other episode? Most important: Hello, Book Jamie and Book Claire! That was perfect. This is the on-the-same-level, tag-team I've been waiting for. Woo hoo! I adored everything about this episode. The credits were great, and Bear's music was sublime. Marsali has always been one of my favorite characters, and I love how Lauren Lyle is playing her. Special kudos to Gary Young. His Yi Tien Cho is brilliant. And shout-out to Ping An! I have to assume more than one person crafted this plot. "A story told is a life lived." Cue Claire's voiceover. We finally have payoff of Claire's narration to us the viewers. That was perfect. Loved the sailors' song, especially since I've been conditioned from beer commercials to say "dilly dilly!" in celebration. Elias Pound is so precious. :( This exemplifies how a simple episode can be superb - focus on the character moments and let the actors shine. Dilly dilly!
  5. I'm excited for the season 4 down-to-earth costumes, back to season 1 flavor. The more rugged, the better. I think it'll make the pictures better too.
  6. I really enjoyed this one. The pace was perfect. A lot of quiet, slow moments. It gave the actors room to breathe. Joanie was charming. I love Jamie as father figure. Looking forward to the protective nature coming out next week. I like the idea of such an age difference between the two girls. I always imagined they were closer in age. Since they aged up Marsali, it makes sense that the girls would probably have different biological fathers. I know it's in the books, but they underlined how young Jenny and Ian's children are when they start having children. It sets a precedent for Marsali and Brianna. The fight was great. Jamie and Claire were completely open and can now build into new intimacy, from that honest foundation. Credit to Sam, Cait, and the writers for building towards that. The last episode was frustrating, but this one might make that one more palpable. I like that they kept Jamie's greylag goose story, without adding the word goose. It's little things like that that keeps Outlander rooted in place. Yes, Murtagh is cool, but I love Ned Gowan. Can we keep Bill Paterson? Just recast him in every location. Everything about Silkie Island was well done. Show more, talk less. Beautiful last shot. Really heightened the urgency to find a ship. This episode showed me that Outlander is still top shelf. I'll chalk last week up to clunky and necessary exposition. Bring on the tall ships!
  7. I'm fairly sure it was. I don't pay as much attention to Outlander Twitter accounts lately. Still, I happened to be online when Sam tweeted something like "snoreee.. 'Frasier!' Frasier?!" That made me assume a night shoot and a certain moment when Jamie says, "Fraser". I have high hopes for that scene. :)
  8. Based off the conversation on the cliff in the preview, I’m hoping Jamie and Claire are in the process of getting that chemistry back. Jamie has been hiding the fundamental truth about Laoghaire. Maybe once that’s out in the open, and they’re both fully truthful with each other, that chemistry will return.
  9. I like the fiend -> fortune change, as well. It makes me wonder what happens to Yi Tien Cho. (I LOVE that Claire calls him that.) I was bummed to see the press destroyed, but yes, this makes more sense. Jamie is being kind of a dick. Is he trying to prepare himself for when the manure hits the mill at Lallybroch? I'm sort of Team Claire, at this point. (The preview of them on the cliff intrigues me.) There were a lot of changes in this episode, and lots of seed planting for later seasons (bodies thrown overboard, Brianna-Jamie issues, etc). I did love the brotherly dynamic between Fergus and Wee Ian. It's a delight to watch the growth of Clan Fraser.
  10. I agree with a bunch of posters that I was underwhelmed by Jamie's photo reaction. I was looking forward to that, as well. Still, I've developed more grace for my favorite shows. I don't do the "Television Without Pity" thing anymore. I've always had the "don't let the imperfect get in the way of the good" thing, but it has increased exponentially since the election results on November 8th. I love this show, and I want it to continue as long as possible. Those involved in the show have been patient, engaging, and affirming with a lot of fan reactions, but, understandably, they've had reservations to the more intense fans. I want to create an atmosphere where everyone involved with the show is motivated to stay. I do agree this episode wasn't perfect. But it was pretty damn good.
  11. Taking the photos as part of a broader discussion to the Book vs Show thread...
  12. That'll do, Matthew B. Roberts. That'll do. Cold opens are best kind of opens. I was sort of stunned that Jamie told Claire about Willie right away. Yet, I'm glad the writers did that, since it's such a huge thing for Jamie to hide from Claire for so long in the book. I think there was more sex in this one episode than in all of season 2. It's the chemistry and longing that is so beautiful. The later photos of Brianna were exactly as described in the book. It felt a little literal to me, but I'm sure some readers will appreciate it. I loved hearing Jamie's "Bree-ana". I love the pace of this season. It's not rushed. Season 1's pace was really uneven, largely due to the need for the window scene break. Here, we're getting a lot of quiet character moments. It was nice to have an episode with minimal plot, allowing Jamie and Claire to simply appreciate each other's company. Well done, show, for hitting all the right notes on an iconic episode.
  13. In the show, yes, apparently. In the book, Jamie fainted because Claire touched his broken nose. I always thought touch was the sense that most connected them (and not just sex). So I really liked that, in the book. No complaints here, though. In two weeks, I’m sure we’ll see a lot of touching, like that timeless hug on the floor.
  14. Agreed. I kept anticipating the screen was going to go black, and it kept going. That was awesome. And I really like the height differential, requiring Jamie/Sam to look up. Not only was that an interesting use of space, it would definitely contribute to getting dizzy and fainting. I loved how they used the puddle prologue. It created a seamless transition. I'm sold on Roger and Bree. This one episode created a solid foundation for next season and on. I totally envisioned Cait taking an ax to Lotte's neck in a couple months. It'll be fun to see Geillis go so dark that Claire will have to do that. This was a lovely episode. I expected a bit of filler, but it never felt like that. Peaceful, like Claire said. I almost wished it were Christmas here. I bet it will be a nice episode to rewatch in December. Oh - and hey - when did Claire go through the stones? It seemed like she left Boston on Christmas Eve. I guess when she escaped Culloden, it wasn't on a feast day. Still, it seems like this detail was completely ignored. Maybe by showing us part of the print shop scene, they think we wouldn't notice. Fair enough.
  15. That was perfect. I have been waiting for this episode for a year, probably even more than the print shop. Jamie as father figure is one of my favorite forms of Jamie. Loved the title card. I squealed so loud, when I figured out what was being carved. Better choice than the book's horse. "The Scottish Prisoner" shout-out. And Hal and John on the same screen together! Definitely a treat for book readers. David Berry is a gift to this show. His Lord John Grey is better than anything I imagined in my head. And now, when I reread the books, I can imagine him. His chemistry with Sam is great. You can really see a camaraderie forming there. "Stinking papist" scene. So glad that was included. It needs to be introduced now, to pay off in season 7. :) And TWO "dinna fash"es. This makes me excited for book 9. I'm craving Jamie and William bonding. Sam's acting all the way through was spot-on. This episode is an emotional roller coaster for Jamie, and Sam brought his A+++ game. For me, this is easily top 5 episode material, maybe top 3.