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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.
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.

Jill aka Josireesanwar on August 6th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
I tend to think that sometimes it is just going to come out awkward.

Doesn't bother me.

Okay. Well, hopefully it gets better for you.
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... =)
Jo Ann: Out: Catriona full faceyeuxdebleu on August 7th, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
I don't recall what Claire's dress was like in the book, but you have me curious now so I'll check the book.

And seriously, who leaves a warm shawl laying on the ground on a cold morning?

I know! That jumped out at me immediately when she stood up. I can only surmise that she was so bewildered she didn't think of it.