December 17, 2018 at 9:48 am #5545
I enjoyed the episode more than I thought I would. That doesn’t say much because I was going to blow this Bree episode off completely. I won’t comment or delve into the changes from the book because I simply don’t remember most of what happened in the book. So I just watched it all unfold like a new story.
Tobias! Despite my feelings for the Randall men, Tobias is always a joy to have on scene. I like how they fleshed out the story prior to his accident. I think it adds a much needed weight on Bree’s shoulders to help add complexity to her coming relationship with Jamie. I did not like the “ghost/vision” at the end.
Laoghaire – seriously? The only pleasure I got out of those scenes was knowing she is the shrew she’s always been. Ok – not entirely true. I did like the parallels between Frank in his marriage to Claire & Laoghaire’s marriage to Jamie. I like that it gave Bree a little more insight into what her father (Frank) must have been going through. I did not need the pretty little picture she conjured up of “happy times”. Seriously, as if. Jamie was not happy with you blondie. I will not be convinced otherwise.
IAN! That was a very happy surprise. I enjoyed his scenes very much. I don’t recall if that scene happened in the book but I would have liked Jenny to have been there. Oh the pointed questions she would ask.
Stephen Bonnet – there’s the rogue pirate I was looking for! When he first came on scene, I thought he was way too pretty to play the role. But there’s the villain I was looking for. He played the layers of the character perfectly.
Roger without the beard is more tolerable than with. Hopefully that helps him grow on me.
So with all the flashbacks, we couldn’t get a young Jamie flashback (even if it was with that ex-wife of his?) Seriously?! Way to not capitalize on the beauty that is Sam Heughan
The obituary nugget – eh – I’m so so on that. I did like that we get a snapshot of Frank’s feelings for Claire and the blow it must have been that Claire did, in fact, go back to Jamie. I just find it difficult to believe that Bree would have just given it a passing glance – a girl studying History at Harvard? If you want the answer to “who died?” read the damn evidence that your own father pointed out to you. Duh.
Brianna wandering the hillsides in her Sound of Music garb was utterly ridiculous. I was expecting her to break out in song. Girlfriend should have froze to death within hours but clearly she means to disappoint us. Clearly, still not a fan of her character. lol
I can’t say I understand why the writers chose to have Brianna spend most of her time with the wretched ex-wife versus Jamie’s family. I guess it was more to connect her to Frank’s circumstances than to set a foundation for Jamie. I found that unfortunate.December 17, 2018 at 10:18 am #5548
Episode 7…Gah! Hated it!! I was not even going to watch it, but I feel like I can’t comment on what I don’t see, so I forced myself to watch it. With no Claire and/or Jamie, hated every second of it.
Soooo many changes from the book! Terrible!! The show is beginning to not even resemble to books we know and love. It’s like GOT, just going off the rails. Hate that! So many of the changes seem unnecessary and self-indulgent. I can’t even stand hearing the showrunners talk about the changes anymore, they make me sick. And I am done reading anything DG has to say about the changes because she pisses me off every time I do.
Yes! LOL, it was like the Sound of Music on crack!! Bree looked like a fool trudging around the Highlands. Like, be freaking careful of where you’re walking!! So not realistic that she hurt her ankle within 5 seconds of time travelling. Dumb!
OMG, the Hag! What the hell was that?!? Awful change to the story. Hated all of that. Little Joanie was super cute, and one of the only redeeming things about the episode.
Ian, meh. He was there for like 2 seconds. Everything between Bree & him was so stiff. Waste of an opportunity with a great character. Already knew Laura D. wouldn’t be there as Jenny, and I can’t stand that. That is one of the best parts of DOA. Hated that!
Tobias! Yesssss!! One of the only other redeeming things about the episode. He is great. I definitely enjoyed seeing him again. I honestly didn’t even really care what he did, I was just happy to see him appear to help the crappy episode along.
Bonnet the psychopath. Oh boy, he is such a creep. Definitely a worthy villain in the series. Weirdly enough, he is one of the people that is pissing me off the least haha!
Roger, oh Roger. What can I say? Blah!
This season is on the hot-mess express train, and it has completely derailed. I wouldn’t even spend my money to own this season. I am just holding my breath to get through this nonsense, so we can get off the train at Fiery Cross and hopefully everything will get better there.December 17, 2018 at 11:18 am #5550
LMAO – I wanted to get my commentary in before you because I knew you’d have a visceral response to it.
Quite honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the books after book 3 so I’m okay watching the changes and treating them as separate from the series. I think that’s what it’s come to. It’s not a hardship for me because I wasn’t as devoted to the latter books as I was to the earlier ones.
But I’m sooooo surprised at how ‘okay’ I am with Bonnet because he is the bad guy and sinister and evil.December 18, 2018 at 6:42 am #5557
That is true! A great perspective to have. Cuz you’re right! After book 3, they aren’t that good, so maybe there will be some better changes that come out of the show. There are several things that I wouldn’t mind being changed in the long run. The preview is looking very different from the book too, and I’m worried about Murtagh.
Lizzie, totally another mis-casting. I don’t understand how you get that wrong. Ugh!
I really hope we are done with the Hag for good. Her demanding Jamie’s money was pretty true to the book haha!December 18, 2018 at 9:18 am #5559
OMG – LIZZIE! Yes! Seriously, what is up with the casting? Aside from Season 1, they almost always miss the mark on casting.December 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm #5561
I don’t know! I don’t understand the casting issue. I really don’t understand how they would even get some of the big decisions so wrong. Some of it they have gotten very right, and some has been terrible. Lizzie being a perfect example. You’re telling me that they couldn’t find a small, sickly, petite Scottish blondish-haired young woman??? I would love to know the actual reason why this happens. Lord knows, the showrunners will never admit to it, refusing to ever remotely criticize any of their decisions. Being an old film and TV buff, I have to say, that some of the best, most well known roles, either based on a book or not, are always right on the money with casting. You never have a situation where you say, “wow, Jack Nicholson was so mis-cast in that role, but it was an awesome role anyway.” SMH!December 29, 2018 at 2:31 pm #5581
Ick to Roger & Bree’s “honeymoon”. You know, I probably would have been more receptive to it if they didn’t try so hard to parallel it to Jamie & Claire’s wedding night. Just don’t. Seriously.
Claire going total fan girl to George Washington was the cutest moment.
That last scene….love her or hate her…it was difficult to watch and listen too. The best and worst night of her life….I felt for her. And damn, the faces of the people in the tavern hearing her screams. That part was the worse because that still happens today. How many people stay silent or stand back and let that kind of thing happen? 200 years hasn’t changed all that much. Sad, but true.January 2, 2019 at 6:40 am #5609
OMG, yes, poor Bree in episode 8. That was horrible. I’m glad they didn’t actually show it though. Because it was so awful as it was.
Episode 9…meh. I didn’t hate it. But, I didn’t love it either. I do enjoy seeing Jamie get all verklempt and seeing him be all Jamie. But, I know where this is going and the focus on Bree that occurs in DOA and FC. I feel like Jamie and Claire are boring as hell this season, and they have turned into a snoozefest. I do like that they didn’t drag out Bree finding her mom and Jamie. Funny when she found Jamie peeing on a building! Ian and Murtagh were wasted in this episode too. Ugh! They need to be shown more, way more! In the books, there was so much more going on, so many other characters and situations. Jamie was doing a lot more in the books. I feel like nobody is “doing” anything in the show. It’s just a few characters, and that’s it. And yes, DG goes all soap opera on us in DOA with the “While doing laundry, Mom finds the ring Bree recovered. When confronted, Bree’s all ‘you have to keep my secret.’ Then, “I don’t know who my baby-daddy is.” The cheese is starting to ooze.
Poor Roger, that about sums up the episode. The poor guy can’t get a break. Jamie hauling off on him is awful. I hate that part in the book. That is when I really start feeling for Roger, and liking him more, as I continue to dislike Bree. I forgive Jamie though, because he really didn’t know that Roger wasn’t the bad guy.
Oh, and what I had a feeling would happen, is happening to me now. Sam is just too young-looking to pass as Sophie’s dad. It is super-unrealistic. I can believe Catriona being her mom a little bit more. But, damn! Sam and Sophie look like they could be a couple, not father & daughter. It just looks weird and creepy.January 2, 2019 at 9:32 am #5613
I am on the complete other side. I absolutely loved episode 9. Loved it even more after the second watch. It was Jamie-Claire centric, which is where the show shines more. I really liked the small moments in this episode – Jamie observing Bree across the table; Bree present in daily, simple life on the ridge. Jamie realizing he doesn’t want to let his daughter go was one of my favorites. I think the season needed this episode to build on that relationship and give us a break from Bree’s horrors. Even more so since they didn’t take the time for Bree to ‘get to know’ Jamie through their family in Scotland.
This episode, I finally warmed up to Bree. Not just because I feel for her & what she went through but because I felt like she fit. I could see both Claire & Jamie in her which I never fully embraced, even in the books. That’s probably why I really tuned them out and forgot most of the book stuff. lol Of course, I’ll probably be piping mad at her the next episode
The ‘reunion’ – just right. Sam really nails the nuances in his emotions & that showed in this episode. Even the hollowness he feels from not being able to raise his own children – a man destined to be a father – it oozes in every one of his scenes with his kids.January 2, 2019 at 5:51 pm #5617
Maybe we will be spared all of the times Bree keeps talking about how great Frank was, and constantly throwing Frank in Jamie’s face. I like that they did address it a little bit already, and maybe that will be the end of that. Because in the book, I feel bad for poor Jamie when Bree is constantly bringing up Frank-this, Frank-that.
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