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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.