December 3, 2018 at 10:45 am #5474
Finally, an episode this season that I actually liked! Episode 5 was good. Yay for limited Bree & Roger! I am super excited that they brought Murtagh back. I had a sneaking suspicion they would do this somehow, and I thought it was well done. And that answers my question about Duncan haha! I always kind of thought of Duncan as the “Murtagh of DOA” but now we have the real Murtagh, I guess the writers don’t really need Duncan anymore. Although, he does marry Jocasta down the road, I guess that’s not important for the show.
I really enjoyed seeing Jamie try to get settlers to come to his land. I don’t remember him having as hard of a time of it in the book. But, I can see that the writers are laying the foundation for the regulators, then the Revolution, so oh well. Again, I guess it’s no biggie in the show.
I thought they captured Claire very well in the episode. Seeing her doing her doctor work. Then just her mundane day-to-day life around the homestead. And then the reality of being all alone, and having to just survive when the shit hits the fan. Again, I don’t remember the Muellers being that insane about the Native Americans. Oh well again. We got to see Claire being a peacemaker out of that. Hello crazy pig that lives under the porch later on! Yay!! Loved Jamie’s reactions to the pig.
And yay for John Grey and Willie coming up!! Probably my fave part of DOA book.December 4, 2018 at 2:38 pm #5490
Finally! Duncan/Murtagh on our screens. I’ve been twiddling my thumbs waiting for his character to show up. They wouldn’t have left him alive otherwise or make the effort to change the book. And they introduced his character in perfectly. And they reunited him with Jamie and Claire perfectly. I LOOOOOOOVE that we get more of him. Love love love.
Awwwww, Cloud Dancing’s wife was killed. 🙁 I loved seeing her on screen again and didn’t get enough of her. That’s a Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman reference, in case you didn’t know. lol The “gift” was so sad. Poor Claire, having to deal with that.
It was interesting to watch Claire maneuver through life on the Ridge and having to live through the tragedies of the time. Very very interesting. I felt her anxiety and relief when Jamie came home and called out “Sassenach”. And I just love when Jamie runs to her when she needs him. L.O.V.E.
Yeah yeah, Bree.
Oh great – John Grey is on the way. I hate liking him as much as I do. lolDecember 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm #5505
OMG, yes, I felt so much relief, like Claire, when Jamie came back to the house & yelled out “Sassenach.” It was like, whew, the stress is gone. 🙂December 10, 2018 at 10:14 am #5509
I really, really enjoyed John and Claire’s candidness with each other. She wasn’t going to let things go unsaid and be the polite wife. That’s my girl! I liked the honesty on both of their parts and the realization (for both) that Jamie is Claire’s and Claire is Jamie’s. Whoever comes in & out will not change that.
And to follow it up with THE ring. Not some stupid key ring – but THIS ring with the thistle and their poem. Perfection! It was given in the same spirit as in the books – doubt over the “other” person and a confirmation of his love for her. Loved it! That was a love scene that was well written and well timed. Bravo.
I loved being able to see Jamie with Willie too. From grabbing him by the scruff of his neck to teaching him how to fish…..such wonderful father moments that have been robbed from him over the years.
And our “silver fox” taking in Jamie’s secret and going toe to toe with John. I love him so much!December 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm #5511
Episode 6 was good! I loved it for it’s simplicity, just lots of good scenes with characters we love and care about. Yes, I really liked the Claire and John scenes too. You can see the many situations from all angles, and I love that. And yes to the ring! Finally, the ring we know and love (although, the detail was lost on camera and I rewound it and watched it, like, 20 times to see the detail!). So glad that ring finally showed up! Love Jamie and Willie. I love their relationship throughout the entire series. William never annoys me or pisses me off as much as Bree does haha! I appreciate little kid actors who work on shows & movies, and I thought the little boy who played Willie did a good job. Definitely glad they told Murtagh the truth about him. Oh yeah, loved when Murtagh is all like “why are you even tolerating this Redcoat (John)?” Haha! You go Murtagh, you go!
I feel like they were kind of foreshadowing Murtagh’s death a few times in the episode. For him to have lived through all the craziness of the Jacobite rebellion, Culloden, prison, transport, only to be killed as a Regulator, or in the Revolution? I will have a hard time with that. I’m pretty sure nothing short of an old age death will make it tolerable for me.December 10, 2018 at 12:58 pm #5512
ITA – a nice quiet death, surrounded by his loved ones….that’s the only acceptable death I can take for such a wonderful character like Murtagh.
Bree, on the other hand, can spin around in a time warp for all I care. lol Seriously, I know it’s mean, but even the casting doesn’t make me like her. Usually, once they come to life, I find a way to connect but I simply do not care.December 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm #5513
The moment John told her that Jamie offered himself to him was so well done. I don’t think Claire thought much about Jamie’s feelings – only that this redcoat had a thing for her man – but that moment must have hit her like a brick. Definitely not an offer Jamie would give lightly and speaks immense volumes to the relationship John & Jamie do have. Very very well done.
Oh and those few moments when William looked back as he rode away. Oh my heart – Jamie’s pull toward him was so amazing on Sam’s part. I loved that small little scene for all of it’s power & the hope that it gave Jamie.December 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm #5515
Yes! I loved how Willie had previously asked Jamie why he did not look back at him when he was going away from Helwater. And then, this time, he did look back! Loved that!
ITA with you about Bree. I don’t think it’s mean. I think a lot of fans of the book and/or show do not like her and her storylines, and that’s okay. With such a robust book with so many characters, there are bound to be characters that we hate, or love to hate. I never liked Bree, never! She drove me crazy and annoyed me throughout the book, and the show is/will be the same. Nothing will make me like her. I think once she went back in time, that sealed the deal for me. I was done, done, done. I think that was a terrible decision on DG’s fault. I would have been able to tolerate her more if she had stayed in the future. And then I hate when she goes back to the future. And the kids are in that mine tunnel thing & they can hear a time portal, and it seems like Bree and/or her kid/s may go back in time again. Ugh! GMAFB!! Just leave her in the future & forget about her. Honestly, I feel like she is a completely pointless character. It’s like DG created her to tie Jamie and Claire together during the time they were apart. A crappy plot device. And then DG was like, oh crap, what do I do with her now? And then Bree is foisted on us for the rest of the series. Jamie & Claire’s story and love story were certainly strong enough to stand on their own. They did not need a “child” to keep them emotionally connected. Barf!
Contrast that to how DG introduced and dealt with Willie. The complete opposite. I never feel like he is foisted on us as readers. His character is more organic. He doesn’t come across as a desperate plot device, and I feel like DG “knew” what to do with him.
I did really like Roger in the book for the most part. His scenes with Bree were the most terrible, but other than that, I did like him. I feel like the role is completely miscast, and I do not like the actor or his portrayal at all. Hate it! So, the show is making me hate show-Roger, even though I was okay with book-Roger.
Okay, I’m going to bring it up, not trying to be a party-pooper, but just can’t help myself. Can we talk about Jamie and Claire’s cabin? With just Jamie, Ian and Claire, they manage to build this Lincoln-Log perfect cabin in the middle of the North Carolina mountains?? What the hell?!? No way is that realistic. The structure, the roof, the whole damn thing is way too perfect to be realistic. I would have liked to see a little more realism with that set. And, the forest is starting to tick me off because even I can tell that the trees and foliage they show do not look like the trees in the North Carolina mountains! The foliage is all wrong. Even the sky and weather is totally Scotland, where they are shooting. I feel like even in the close shots, I can tell the difference. The whole thing just irks the crap out of me. And I continue my complaints of them not shooting in the U.S. because it’s not a union show, blah, blah, blah. I am not fooled. But, whatever. That is all nit-picky stuff that’s just fun to moan & groan about because, hey, it wouldn’t be as fun if I didn’t haha!December 12, 2018 at 10:16 am #5522
LMAO – I love how much you and I are on the same wavelength. When Jamie first carried Claire over the threshold, I rolled my eyes. I just thought – that cabin is SOOOOOO wrong. It wasn’t even built yet and I thought it was so wrong.
Bree – #same
Roger – I liked his character but again, wrong call on the casting. He doesn’t fit with Bree and he doesn’t fit in the past. All wrong. The voice, okay, he has a good voice but not enough to get me to care about him.December 12, 2018 at 5:50 pm #5531
I will be haunted by the perfection of that cabin haha! The inside isn’t too bad, because it doesn’t look as perfect. SMH at the outside! That is where Roger and Bree end up living, so I guess the perfect cabin will be around for a while.
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