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.
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).
[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
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
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
It’s time to revamp and reorganize the blog. The Skeptical theme served me well for a couple years (especially since it was literally picked at random via a random number generator). But a renewed interest has me itching to post pictures and the old theme was too narrow for what I’d like to do.
That renewed interest is knitting, brought by my current love affair with Outlander. And since we’re in the middle of a prolonged cold spell, it’s not too late to make some chunky cowls and arm warmers. Look for some project photos and knitting thoughts coming soon. As well as some additional blog housekeeping.