Seven Outlander 308 Musings

Apparently, I’m not the only fan that had difficulty discussing last week’s Outlander episode, “Creme de Menthe.”  Shaun, the Scottish guy who vlogs about the series was so uninspired he didn’t even do an entry for the episode.  Thankfully, this week’s episode was near perfect.  And yet, here it is, Saturday, and once again I am scurrying to get my thoughts posted.

Here’s what I learned.

First Wife, Episode 308

1.  Now I get it.

I never cared for Young Ian in Voyager.  Not anymore.  This isn’t a new concept.  Several fans who didn’t care for Lord John Grey in the books finally saw his appeal when David Berry brought him to life.

When I first saw pictures of John Bell as Young Ian, I was unimpressed.  But an actor is so much more than a face, and John Bell is perfection in the role.  I was just beginning to adore this character when his life changes dramatically and his future becomes uncertain.

John Bell plays Young Ian Murray in Outlander.
Young Ian brought to life—adorably

2.  Poster child person for passive-aggressive personality?

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Seven Late-ish Thoughts about Outlander 307

Sorry I’m late.  I had a very lengthy post written about all the action that took place in “Crème de Menthe,” (had a hard time limiting it to just seven!) but you find can synopses of the episode many other places.  I’m just here to express my not-always-popular opinions. So here goes:

Crème de Menthe, Episode 307

1. What’s to dislike?

According to Megan from Loinlander, there were a lot of complaints from book fans that the episode didn’t exactly follow the events portrayed in VoyagerThat’s a good thing.  I actually skipped over the chapters immediately following Claire and Jamie’s reunion, because it felt like a French farce.  So many things happening at once, so much misunderstanding, so many interruptions. So no complaint here.  Except maybe for Jamie.  (See #6 below.)

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The Not-Sunday Seven for Outlander 306

The long-awaited, highly anticipated “print shop scene” episode has arrived!  You knew there would be disappointment in the crowd.  After all, everyone has a favorite moment they want to see brought to life, and you can’t possibly recreate everyone’s moment, let alone portray it exactly as they had in mind.  Fortunately for me, I didn’t have any particular notions or desires, so I wasn’t terribly disappointed.  I, too, had read Voyager with great anticipation for Jamie and Claire’s reunion, and was thrilled to experience it, but… eh, we’ll get to that later.   So let’s discuss

A. Malcolm, Episode 306

1.   It’s a special episode

Just in case you didn’t realize it was a “special episode,: we got an extra 15 minutes as a reward for waiting two weeks.  Then we got a cold open (the first ever of the series) that depicts a day, or at least a morning, in the life of Jamie Fraser Alexander Malcolm, Printer & Bookseller.  And its title card boasts a special conceit with the writer and director coming hot off the presses.

Outlander's episode 306 title card was printed on an 18th century printer.
Clever or conceit? Or clever conceit? (Photo © Entertainment Weekly)

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A Sunday Seven of Outlander Podcasts

The problem with being a procrastinator is (obviously) putting things off until the very last minute.  This sometimes leads to skipping things altogether, at least when they’re not essential.  In this last week’s Sunday Seven case, it was a combination of getting sidetracked and not coming up with any ideas.  But I promised to blog throughout the entire Outlander season and finally thought of something Outlander related, so here goes.

Podcasts (and a Vlog) I Enjoy—to Varying Degrees

In reverse order (i.e., from least to most enjoyed):

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Outlander 305’s Sunday-on-Saturday Seven

Last week’s post mentioned the ever-increasing fabulousness of each Outlander episode would likely come to an end.  It did.   But we can still count and discuss…

Freedom and Whiskey, Episode 305

1.  It was better than expected

Faint praise for sure.  After all, it featured my least favorite character, while my most favorite character was nowhere to be seen.  (Well, he was likely at Helwater with his new wife and adopted child.)  But this episode sufficiently held my attention upon first viewing so as not to seem to drag.  Nonetheless, I have little desire to watch it again or  listen to any of its podcasts, and no desire to discuss it on message boards.

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Outlander 304’s (Sunday) Seven Thoughts

Season 3 of Outlander just keeps getting better and better.  Episode 301 was great; episode 302, better; episode 303, even better, possibly the best; episode 304, possibly the best, with a couple of exceptions. Unfortunately, the streak likely ends here.  The second half of Voyager isn’t nearly as compelling as the first half, falling into some pretty terrible tropes.  Plus, there’s no more Lord John Grey (for a while).

Lord John Grey mourns the departure of his beloved Jamie Fraser.
I, too, am sad Lord John Grey will be leaving us for a while.

And now on to…

Of Lost Things, Episode 304

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Sunday Seven for Outlander 303

[Note:  I had this post finished several days ago, but forgot to publish it by Saturday.]

Outlander covered quite a bit of ground this week, literally, figuratively, and temporally.    Ten years passed for Claire, Frank, and Brianna.  Claire graduated from medical school, Bree from high school, and Frank went to the movies with his mistress.  Only four years (or thereabouts) went by in the eighteenth century, but they were an eventful four-ish years.

Did the episode meet my hopeful expectations?  Absofreakintlutely.  So, let’s discuss

All Debts Paid, Episode 303

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Sunday Seven’s Saturday Edition of Outlander 302

Written by the wonderful Anne Kenney, “Surrender” was everything one could hope for.  And more.  Well, maybe not everything if you were looking for an exact repetition of the book, or took exception to the brown tam not hiding the red hair, or whatever other nitpick you had.  Yeah, this is just my opinion, but it bothers me when people can’t enjoy the forest because there’s one tree they’re unhappy with.  Then again, I want everyone to like everything.

I will miss you next season, Anne!  Your scripts are wonderful.   So here are my thoughts for

 Surrender, Episode 302

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Outlander Is Back! And I Have Thoughts.

Seven of them!

In an effort to try to become somewhat disciplined with my writing, I’m reinstating my Sunday Seven.  And what better way than to discuss Outlander?  Sure, my posts will be a  week late.  But that’s okay.  By this time, all the reviews have been written, the podcasts & vlogs have been published, and discussion of the episode has died down.  What better way to get ready for the latest episode than to refresh our memories of the last episode?

Well, crap!  I forgot that Starz loads the episodes early OnDemand, so I’m already late.  Maybe we’ll make this a “Saturday Seven” in the future.

This is not a list of favorite moments.  Well, some are favorites, others are simply observations, some of which I’ve not seen elsewhere.  On to the thoughts for

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Ravellenic Games Update

It appears I may fail the Ravellenic Games.  Not an Epic!Fail, as the crash of Sergio Henao (Columbia) and Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) in the Olympic cycling men’s road race.  The two cyclists, in a lead group of three riders, crashed in the late stages of the race during the mountain descent.  (I remember reading an article in Bicycling magazine, many years ago when I was actively cycling, when the author tried to scale the Alpe d’Huez, the best-known climb in the Tour de France.  He made it to the top, but hadn’t realized how treacherous the descent would be.  He, too, crashed.)

Hmm, it appears I’ve digressed into a different passion.

After 3-plus days of knitting, I have only 5½ inches to show for my work.
Ugh. Only 5½ inches to show for 3 days’—and several hours’—work.

After thee full days of knitting (today is day 4), I’m still on the spiral 3×3 rib, for a total of 5½ inches.   The entire project consists of 36 inches (for both socks).  At this rate, I’ll have completed only 32 inches by the closing ceremony.  This is my first experience using fingering weight yarn.  Between the super-fine yarn and the teeny tiny needles, progress is s–l–o–w.  I could persevere and work harder/longer, but honestly, I’m getting B.O.R.E.D.

Oh yeah.  And I think I’m allergic to wool.  😦

Actually, I could Epic!Fail if I just give up.  When I started writing this blog post, I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel, but now that I’ve discussed my frustration and ennui, I’m much more tempted.  I will finish the socks eventually, because they’re adorable; but I think for now I might switch back to a couple other projects that aren’t wool.