Lord John holds a sword to Jamie's throat.

Finally, a Final Season 3 Outlander Sunday Seven

Finally!  Have you forgotten all about  Outlander?  What’s it been?  A month and a half since Outlander’s season 3 ended?  Longer?  Blame some of it on my goddamn 2-week cable outage!  Well, at least part of it.  Onward!

My Seven Favorite Outlander Season 3 Episodes

It should come as no surprise to you (if you’ve read each episode post) that I have a favorite Outlander character.  Of course, those are going to be my top four.  I have a second favorite character.  Those two episodes follow.  And we’ll round out the list with the appearance of a familial-adjacent character.

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Lesson for This Week

Do not write fan fiction containing characters you hate.

They He It will just make you so angry you have to go out at 9:00 p.m. to buy a bottle of wine to calm you down.  Then you drink 2/3 of the bottle.  Then you wake up the next morning with a headache.

Off to delete those files because life is too short to be that angry at something so inconsequential.

Frustraion: Just Ahead

Let’s Just Forget January 2018

[All in the form of a “Sunday Seven,” but on Friday instead of Sunday.  Apparently, my mind only works in increments of seven now.]

Two Weeks in Hell Heck

Two weeks ago—TWO WEEKS!  FOURTEEN DAYS!—on January 19, I was working on my Outlander season 3 favorite episodes post.  I began having difficulty saving the in-progress post as I had no internet connection.  Not a big problem, I thought.  My router is getting old and it sometimes “burps” offline for a few minutes.  I had the backup plan to write the post offline, then copy and paste when the time was right.

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Sheep! Too cute!

Laughter: the Best Christmas Present

The streak continues!  How long can the “Sunday (& Not-Sunday) Seven last?  Who knows.  Take bets!  Start a pool!  At least now I’ll try to get them posted on Sunday.  Unless, of course, I don’t.  :/

I actually have three Sunday Seven posts started, but with it being Christmas Eve, I thought of something more appropriate to the season.   Every year around November/December, I receive the Signals catalog.  It’s “for Fans & Friends of Public Television,” (that’s what it says on the cover) which I support.  It boasts unusual games, DVD sets, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and more; many items are made in developing countries.  It also has a bevy of T-shirts with silly sayings.  Here are seven my favorites.  They’re in no particular order because I couldn’t determine which ones I liked best.  (See #6 below.)

Seven Silly T-Shirt Sayings (Ha!  Alliteration!)

  1. Hyphenated.  Non-hyphenated.  That’s irony.
  2. The engineer’s motto:  If it ain’t broke, take it apart and fix it.
  3. Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with catsup.
  4. People who wonder if the glass is half full or half empty are missing the point.  The glass is refillable.
  5. I prefer my kale with a silent K.
  6. My decision-making skills resemble those of a squirrel trying to cross the street.
  7. 99 bugs in the code
    99 bugs in the code
    Take one down
    And patch it up
    132 bugs in the code.

And that’s a wrap!

Merry Christmas, all!

Woof!

Woof!

(Photos  and quotes ©2017 Signals catalog)

Jamie and Claire search for Ian in the jungle.

The End Is Here: Outlander 313

And so season 3 of Outlander goes out with a bang—if you’re me.  Or a whimper, if you’re nearly everyone else.  I actually understand the criticisms and agree with some of them.  The episode was disjointed; there wasn’t a clear narrative; the writers tried to check beloved book scenes off their list; the token sex scene wasn’t that great.  (But then, ever since the reunion episode, Claire and Jamie sex has either bothered me or bored me.)  Yet, at the end, I felt satisfied.  Even a bit energized to possibly read the next book in the series, The Drums of Autumn. Thankfully, that urge has passed.

Much like the episode, this week’s seven thoughts are disjointed, and in most cases, have nothing at all to do with the story.  And here they are:

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The Squick & the Great: Outlander 312

Quite a dichotomy, yes?  Fortunately, the squicks are among the first two scenes, leaving us with a remainder of nothing but great.  (Incidentally, both squicks are taken from Voyager, while much of the great was new.)  It’s also obvious that the dozen or so storylines introduced this season are trying to get wrapped up.  Let’s discuss.

The Bakra, Episode 312

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Claire washes up on shore after a night in the ocean.

Waiting for Next Week: Outlander 311

Yet another “I don’t really care” episode for me.  Which means, I’m not particularly motivated to write about it.  When then means the post will likely be really late.   But let’s get to it.

Uncharted, Episode 311

1.  Run Stumble through the jungle

The first 15 minutes or so was Claire stumbling through the jungle, encountering all sorts of problems; no food, no water, sun, snakes, fire, ants, fire ants.  I hate these kinds of survival storylines. Probably because we know the star of the show isn’t going to die, so it’s just tedium to get through.  Regardless of how terrific the actor is.  And Caitriona Balfe is truly terrific.

(I remember an episode of Magnum, P.I. where Thomas was lost and disoriented in the ocean.  It turned out to be a great episode, mostly because through flashbacks we learned so much about his background.  But it took a long time before I could watch the episode in its entirety.)

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Claire rocks a straw hat.

Seven Lonely Outlander Opinions

It took me two false starts (and many false starts on the blog post) before I could settle in and watch “The Doldrums” in its entirety.  It was jarring; it didn’t feel like Outlander.

People watch Outlander for many reasons.  It pulled me in with its epic love story.  It kept me interested in fabulous secondary characters and the talented actors who portrayed them. But the essence of the show, the Scottish Highlands, is now gone.  I didn’t realize how much I’d come to love it until it was taken away.

So why are these opinions lonely?  Because many of them are most likely unpopular.

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Claire and Jenny talk on the steps of Lallybroch.

Seven Outlander 308 Musings

Apparently, I’m not the only fan that had difficulty discussing last week’s Outlander episode, “Creme de Menthe.”  Shaun, the Scottish guy who vlogs about the series was so uninspired he didn’t even do an entry for the episode.  Thankfully, this week’s episode was near perfect.  And yet, here it is, Saturday, and once again I am scurrying to get my thoughts posted.

Here’s what I learned.

First Wife, Episode 308

1.  Now I get it.

I never cared for Young Ian in Voyager.  Not anymore.  This isn’t a new concept.  Several fans who didn’t care for Lord John Grey in the books finally saw his appeal when David Berry brought him to life.

When I first saw pictures of John Bell as Young Ian, I was unimpressed.  But an actor is so much more than a face, and John Bell is perfection in the role.  I was just beginning to adore this character when his life changes dramatically and his future becomes uncertain.

John Bell plays Young Ian Murray in Outlander.

Young Ian brought to life—adorably

2.  Poster child person for passive-aggressive personality?

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