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  1. Good point. I think I was so influenced by the movie "Belle" (Gugu Mbatha-Raw being so powerful in the role) that I expected to see some echoes of her emotions/struggle reflected in the characterization of Georgiana Lambe. If acceptance is not her aim, I get it. She's probably trying to get back to Antigua by whatever means necessary.
  2. This Sanditon adaptation is flawed, but I find that I enjoy it enough to stick with it. The way I accept it is to think of it as Jane Austen fanfic (which it essentially is) - Jane set up the scene in 11 chapters, and Andrew Davies let his imagination run free to fill in the rest. I really do like the seaside setting, while construction is ongoing to build up the town - it's a very different dynamic from other Austen works. Some of the character dynamics are starting to click for me. Some things that really make me side-eye (a shower demo in mixed company? Please!) The music is fabulous and really establishes the mood of the piece. Arthur Parker and his love of port and toast is just so endearing and seems like a character that could have plausibly been in an Austen novel. Esther Denham is a great villain, although they've already gone way soapy with her with the "nails in Clara's wound" scene. I thought it was interesting that Esther is clearly outmatched by Clara's ruthlessness. Clara didn't seem to feel pain which was spooky. Lady Denham seems heavily inspired by P&P's Lady Catherine . Edward Denham seems like a less subtle Mr Wickham. Tom and Mary Parker are growing on me - Tom is quixotic, but really loves his family. Sidney is the brooding, smouldering enigma, and Theo James does know how to smoulder! Not sure yet how I feel about Georgiana and Charlotte. Georgiana Lambe may be very wealthy, but she's still an outsider in this land, so I don't totally buy that she would be this "bold." I would have bought her being more reserved and stand-offish like Mr Darcy, skeptical of everyone's motivations, but I would have thought she would be more respectful of clergy given the times, and more on guard as far as her behavior given the racial dynamics. Charlotte is treading awfully close to "insufferable" Mary Sue territory, but the character is saved by the actress being very endearing.
  3. Okay, Kristen Bell's speech was positively delightful. Definitely a highlight of an uneven awards show
  4. Having Kelly perform *twice* just illustrated how lacking many of the Idol performances were tonight. Also liked seeing Ruben, Vonzell, and Candace in the audience. Loved Joey, Clark, and Jax. Quentin was good, but didn't knock it out of the park. The others were different degrees of *meh*. So HAPPY Daniel is finally gone from the competition. He was the only one I actively disliked because he was so clearly out of his league. He needs at least 10 years to hone what musical talent he has.
  5. I'm so glad someone on this forum mentioned this podcast. It's definitely been a great way to get through #Droughtlander
  6. Having gone to PaleyFest last year (Veronica Mars and HIMYM panels), I was almost positive Outlander would get invited to be one of the panels this year (timing of Season 1 part 2 was too perfect), and to my delight they did. I'll be buying tickets when they go on sale ... I imagine they'll screen *something* for the attendees and have at least 90 minutes of discussion, so well worth the price of admission.
  7. E! Online has a new preview for the second half of the season.. http://www.eonline.com/news/607928/this-first-look-at-outlander-s-darker-return-is-filled-with-so-much-jamie-claire-goodness
  8. I don't think that's the approach they're taking with this series, because Ron made a point in the interviews leading up to the premiere that he's "adapting" the books to the TV screen rather than what he did with Battlestar Galactica where he took the framework of an existing work and took it in his own creative direction. So I don't think they're radically going to go off script / create new storylines, but I think the show has the benefit of tightening up the pacing and focusing the narrative a bit more so it can fit in the remaining episodes. I hadn't read the book when I started watching the series, and just finished book 1 a little while ago. So far, I'm pretty satisfied with all the creative choices made, even when it's subtle in the grander scheme of things. For example, I think they've done a wonderful job of setting up Laoghaire as a character - perhaps more successfully than the book managed. I think that will lead to a more impactful introduction of the witch trial storyline.
  9. I think if she had run off and was found later, with no danger to clansmen due to having to get her out of Fort William, that would have been one thing. But the mortal danger she puts them in due to breaking her promise ups the stakes for the consequences of her decision. Had Jamie done something similar under the circumstances, I do think he would have been strapped or some other brutal form of discipline. The book alludes to prior occurrences of Jamie being strapped by his father and Dougal for bad behavior. The closest we've seen the show depict this type of justice being doled out is when Colum was rendering verdicts for cases brought to him at Leoch, and the boy who had his ear nailed to the pillory because he stole some bread. I do like, however, that Claire didn't accept the status quo of the times and in no uncertain terms told Jamie that if he tried it again, she'd cut his heart out and fry it for breakfast. And Jamie swore the oath never to do it again. He could have doubled down on the view that strapping was his right as a husband, but I don't think that was the sort of relationship he really wanted to have with her. He respected her way too much for that. I wonder how the show will tie this "strapping" occurrence to the fight that happens at Leoch when they return. They don't have a lot of episodes to get through the remaining book plot so it might even happen in the same episode. I hope they retain the line "I am your master ... and you're mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own." I think this is the point where Claire really goes "all in" with the marriage, so I'm hoping the show runners can get her from the betrayal of the strapping to forgiveness and true commitment to the relationship they've built together.
  10. I figure if the People's Choice Awards increases people's awareness of this great production, I'm all for voting. Takes a second, doesn't require registering. Why not. I hope they get attention from the Golden Globes in a couple months.
  11. Wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Jamie's character and the strapping scene, but reading that section in the book provided some very important context for me. They establish had any man done what Claire did, they would have been beaten and possibly maimed, so in some ways it was more egalitarian for her not to be exempted from punishment just because she was a woman. She didn't just disobey orders, she put many clansmen in mortal danger trying to rescue her, and led to Jamie really committing murder killing a guard when he heard her scream. Probably not the greatest way to get his charges dismissed. I'm curious to see how they handle it in the show, because Diana has a lot more room in the book to explain the conditions that led to this punishment. Willie will likely get punished too. And I do hope they have Claire fight back and get Jamie to swear the oath never to do it again. And since they never used the line about marriage having room for secrets but not lies ... this might be an interesting spot to reintroduce that dialogue since Claire got caught after breaking her promise to stay in the forest.
  12. It was an interesting contrast to how both husbands showed their love. In retrospect, the wedding with the most impetus to be a quickie civil thing ended up being a lavish beautiful church ceremony with gorgeous dress, custom ring, blood oath, etc. And the wedding where they had all the time in the world was the one that was hastily dispatched with on the way to the restaurant. Have to say, I teared up a bit when Murtagh was getting emotional during the ceremony in the church. He was the one who saved her from Black Jack in episode 1, right? And it was a nice touch when Rupert lit up like that when Claire complimented the ring.
  13. Contains some mild spoilers about future episodes. http://tvline.com/2014/09/20/outlander-sam-heughan-jamie-naked-wedding-night/ In particular,
  14. Diana let some information slip about the wedding episode in the comment section of one of her FB posts today. Her words (in reference to someone quoting key dialogue from the book) ... "Bear in mind that some lines from the book may not be in this episode--but that some lines from these scenes do occur in _other_ episodes."
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