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.
[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.
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!)
Hyphenated. Non-hyphenated. That’s irony.
The engineer’s motto: If it ain’t broke, take it apart and fix it.
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with catsup.
People who wonder if the glass is half full or half empty are missing the point. The glass is refillable.
I prefer my kale with a silent K.
My decision-making skills resemble those of a squirrel trying to cross the street.
99 bugs in the code
99 bugs in the code
Take one down
And patch it up
132 bugs in the code.
The long-awaited, highly anticipated “print shop scene” episode has arrived! You knew there would be disappointment in the crowd. After all, everyone has a favorite moment they want to see brought to life, and you can’t possibly recreate everyone’s moment, let alone portray it exactly as they had in mind. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have any particular notions or desires, so I wasn’t terribly disappointed. I, too, had read Voyager with great anticipation for Jamie and Claire’s reunion, and was thrilled to experience it, but… eh, we’ll get to that later. So let’s discuss
A. Malcolm, Episode 306
1. It’s a special episode
Just in case you didn’t realize it was a “special episode,: we got an extra 15 minutes as a reward for waiting two weeks. Then we got a cold open (the first ever of the series) that depicts a day, or at least a morning, in the life of Jamie Fraser Alexander Malcolm, Printer & Bookseller. And its title card boasts a special conceit with the writer and director coming hot off the presses.
The problem with being a procrastinator is (obviously) putting things off until the very last minute. This sometimes leads to skipping things altogether, at least when they’re not essential. In this last week’s Sunday Seven case, it was a combination of getting sidetracked and not coming up with any ideas. But I promised to blog throughout the entire Outlander season and finally thought of something Outlander related, so here goes.
Podcasts (and a Vlog) I Enjoy—to Varying Degrees
In reverse order (i.e., from least to most enjoyed):
Last week’s post mentioned the ever-increasing fabulousness of each Outlander episode would likely come to an end. It did. But we can still count and discuss…
Freedom and Whiskey, Episode 305
1. It was better than expected
Faint praise for sure. After all, it featured my least favorite character, while my most favorite character was nowhere to be seen. (Well, he was likely at Helwater with his new wife and adopted child.) But this episode sufficiently held my attention upon first viewing so as not to seem to drag. Nonetheless, I have little desire to watch it again or listen to any of its podcasts, and no desire to discuss it on message boards.
Season 3 of Outlander just keeps getting better and better. Episode 301 was great; episode 302, better; episode 303, even better, possibly the best; episode 304, possibly the best, with a couple of exceptions. Unfortunately, the streak likely ends here. The second half of Voyager isn’t nearly as compelling as the first half, falling into some pretty terrible tropes. Plus, there’s no more Lord John Grey (for a while).
[Note: I had this post finished several days ago, but forgot to publish it by Saturday.]
Outlander covered quite a bit of ground this week, literally, figuratively, and temporally. Ten years passed for Claire, Frank, and Brianna. Claire graduated from medical school, Bree from high school, and Frank went to the movies with his mistress. Only four years (or thereabouts) went by in the eighteenth century, but they were an eventful four-ish years.
Did the episode meet my hopeful expectations? Absofreakintlutely. So, let’s discuss
Written by the wonderful Anne Kenney, “Surrender” was everything one could hope for. And more. Well, maybe not everything if you were looking for an exact repetition of the book, or took exception to the brown tam not hiding the red hair, or whatever other nitpick you had. Yeah, this is just my opinion, but it bothers me when people can’t enjoy the forest because there’s one tree they’re unhappy with. Then again, I want everyone to like everything.
I will miss you next season, Anne! Your scripts are wonderful. So here are my thoughts for
In an effort to try to become somewhat disciplined with my writing, I’m reinstating my Sunday Seven. And what better way than to discuss Outlander? Sure, my posts will be a week late. But that’s okay. By this time, all the reviews have been written, the podcasts & vlogs have been published, and discussion of the episode has died down. What better way to get ready for the latest episode than to refresh our memories of the last episode?
Well, crap! I forgot that Starz loads the episodes early OnDemand, so I’m already late. Maybe we’ll make this a “Saturday Seven” in the future.
This is not a list of favorite moments. Well, some are favorites, others are simply observations, some of which I’ve not seen elsewhere. On to the thoughts for