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August 02 2014 @ 09:42 pm
Outlander Free Preview Premiere  

Honestly, I saw the differences from the book and somethings (who knows about the blood over the doors) seemed like unnecessary changes but honestly I don't care that much because it was such a great journey.

As a huge fan of the books, I know what is happening as I watch and even what is coming next. Before watching the show I kept thinking that no matter what we fans of the book see in the show, we will always know what is coming. There is no surprise for us. And yet the entire time I watched the free preview of Sassenach (episode one) I wondered what was coming next.

Honestly, from what I saw in this first episode both the acting and the story telling seem wonderful to me. I may be a little biased but I did fear what my favorite book would look like on screen.

Tobias Menzies was great and so believable as both Frank and Black Jack Randall that I found myself mesmerized by him. He's going to be one of the more fantastic aspects of the show but then I knew he was a great actor.

The other character and actor I loved was Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie. I loved the moments he backs up Claire's commanding nurse ways and when he's a nonsense leader to the band of highlanders he's traveling with. You can just see in his face that he's puzzled by Claire and trying to figure out who and what she is.

I'd listened to a podcast that talked about Caitrionia Balfe's performance as though they weren't sure about her ability to carry it off but I'm convinced she can. She seems to switch gears much like Claire without issue. There were a couple moments I wasn't entirely sure about specifically Jamie finding her again after the fight with the English but knowing the story these moments are bound to happen.

Sam Heughan did a wonderful job being Jamie. When Claire sets his arm, his reaction just seems so real. And the first time he calls her Sassenach made me more happy than swoonish... is that even a word? Oh well. I loved the show and I can't wait the next two weeks to watch the second episode.

Try it.
Jo Ann: Out: Jamie in costumeyeuxdebleu on August 3rd, 2014 05:41 am (UTC)
I pretty much agree with all you said. I'm not sure why you mentioned the blood over the doors. Did you mean you didn't think it was necessary to the story or that you didn't remember it in the book? I didn't think it was important either except it gave Frank an opportunity to mention how superstitious the Highlanders are.

I noticed there was no young Roger scrunched down in a chair at the Reverend's house, but I suppose they can explain who Roger is if and when the TV series goes to subsequent books.

I, too, had doubts about Caitriona, but she was fine. The scene where Jamie finds her after the Redcoat attack seemed like awkward acting on her part, but she was OK in all the other scenes.

Love Tobias, love Graham, and of course I adore Sam's Jamie.

It's going to be very hard to wait until August 16th to see episode two. Do you have a link for the podcast or can you tell me where/how to find it?
Jill aka Josireesanwar on August 3rd, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
Regarding the blood over the door, when they discover it Claire wonders about it and Frank tells her it is blood and about the reasoning for it. It lent credence to his historian background. I just didn't love that he was the confused one and Claire tells him it is blood (though she'd know) and then Mrs. Baird tells them about the superstition though that makes sense. I don't hate the change but I just didn't love that Frank seemed ignorant about it.

I didn't notice Roger! I'll have to rewatch!

Yes, that is how I felt about it. She's doing great it was just that one moment.

I'm hoping to post the podcast to the OW LJ. Gotta do it... I'll get on that.
Jo Ann: Out: Jamie w. nameyeuxdebleu on August 3rd, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
I think the business about the blood over the door could have been cut to allow space in the episode with more of Jamie and Claire, aye?

You didn't notice Roger because what I said was that he wasn't there. In the book, Claire goes to sit in a chair and discovers a small boy curled up asleep in it. That was Roger and Rev. Wakefield explained who he was and why he was raising him. It wasn't important because they can explain later on who Roger is.

About the podcast, I realize now you were talking about the one in Maureen Ryan's review. I've heard it.
Angelserenitysangel on August 3rd, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you that it's lived up to expectations. That's always a worry when a favourite book is adapted to screen. You know there will always be changes and you worry will they spoil it? So glad you are happy with how it's going.

I'll definitely catch up with this one soon!
Jo Ann: Kilt: Proud to be Scottishyeuxdebleu on August 3rd, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
I think Ron has done a brilliant job of adapting the story and so does Diana Gabaldon...an achievement I don't think she truly expected. I hope you get to see it soon. I'd suggest watching it in HD and full screen. Sam's Jamie deserves nothing less. :>)
Angelserenitysangel on August 5th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
Great achievement indeed. Caught the first episode and I'll definitely keep watching...In HD and full screen cause agreed about Jamie ;)
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Jill aka Jo: SPN: Bike wheeesireesanwar on August 4th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Cool. Yeah, I think Ron Moore did fantastic. I'm so happy he wanted to make it so true to the books for the fans.
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Ron Moore is a great story teller.
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Phoenixburned_phoenix on August 4th, 2014 08:03 am (UTC)
I love how much you love those books/that show :) I'll check it out when I get home :)
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Jamie circlesireesanwar on August 4th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
Some people had BSG. Some have SPN but I have Outlander. LOVE IT SO MUCH!
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turple_purtleturple_purtle on August 5th, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)

Sights of Scotland aside, I was underwhelmed. Balfe is dull as Claire...her delivery of "JHRC" was flat and dull (seemed delivered like she was reading a cue card). When I swear, it's a lot more emphatic and emotional, LOL.

The scene after Cocknammon Rock about rejoining Dougal and the others seemed more forceful than how I read it in the book; wasn't crazy about it.

I may give it one or two more episodes chance, but if things don't get better I'm bailing.

Maybe my expectations were too high. =D
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Je Suis Prestsireesanwar on August 6th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Really? I didn't love Balfe's delivery of JHRC either but hoped it would become more natural as she used it in the show.

I agree with that Cocknammon Rock scene too. I didn't love it.

However, I pretty much loved everything else and while I did feel Balfe was the weakest link, I really think she can grow into the part.

I've heard that things might be a little slow until the 6th episode but that sounds like so many shows I've come to enjoy.

It is hard not to have high expectations but I'm going to support it because I want to see this beautiful story come to life and I'm hoping like so many shows, things will improve over time.

I feel like of all the books, Outlander is going to be the toughest part to portray because it really has less going on that the other books.
turple_purtleturple_purtle on August 6th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
...become more natural as she used it in the show.

I've come across this sort of comment a number of times... but, I would think that's what a rehearsal period is for. With few exceptions (soap operas, for example, who have limited rehearsals before filming), I can't believe they didn't do read-throughs, etc. And shooting schedules are rarely, if ever, chronological due to schedules, weather, site availability, etc.

I will say the last line in the Rock scene came across a bit more playful than the rest of the scene ("Well then, I guess that means yer comin' with me").

I know DG is happy with the results, but she has created such a vast world of and for these characters that everyone has their own version of things in their own heads that 100% of the fanbase won't be satisfied.

Dunno, things just seem...off.

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Jo Ann: Out: Clan MacKenzie plaqueyeuxdebleu on August 6th, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
I liked the first episode, but I tend to agree with much that you said here. However, I hope you'll hang in there. I think Caitriona will be much better later on and in period costumes. I thought the white dress she was wearing was dreadful. I know it's supposed to appear to Dougal and his gang that Claire is in her shift, but I think she could have had something that looked better.

You have to stick around for episode four...the wedding night...and reviewers are saying episode six with Black Jack and Claire is terrific, too. I hope you will.
turple_purtleturple_purtle on August 6th, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)

I know! IIRC, wasn't it a white dress with small flowers on it in the book? And seriously, who leaves a warm shawl laying on the ground on a cold morning?

We'll see... =)
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