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Jamie’s Ghost

Diana Gabaldon has said two interesting things about the iconic “Jamie’s ghost” scene right at the beginning of Book 1 (and 01×01 in the TV show):

1. Jamie is ~25 years old at that moment

2. The scene will be explained in the last scene of the last book

Jamie was about that age when he fought at Culloden. Readers know how that was one of the times he nearly died.

So I think that as he’s delirious after the battle, he somehow sees Claire – who he had sent back through the stones on the morning of Culloden – in her own time.

But he doesn’t remember any of this until the very final moments of his life – and we know how memories of Culloden are slowly coming back to him in Book 7 and Book 8.

But this memory brings him peace, because at the very moment he’s leaving earth – and, presumably, Claire – he’s remembering the moment right before she came to him.

Totally speculation on my part…but I think it could be plausible…

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Wizard of…Outlander?

So I may be a bit late to the party on this one, but there are 2 *very interesting* parallels between Outlander and the Wizard of Oz (aside from the really obvious one in “The Gathering” (01×04)):

1. All the 1940s scenes are washed out, with muted colors. The moment Claire wakes up in 1743, we see lush greens and blues and real COLOR for the first time

2. Geillis wears red shoes. We see them close up twice – in “The Way Out” (01×03) and “The Devil’s Mark” (01×11)

So…no idea if this was intentional…but if it was: give credit where it’s due. Well played, Ron Moore.

 

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Among the theories postulated about time travel, a tumblr friend proposes a theory she terms “The Endless Loop.”  It is both fascinating and mind boggling.  http://gotham-ruaidh.tumblr.com/post/121471504266/the-endless-loop.  Below is her tumblr post.

The Endless Loop

Here’s something I’ve had in the back of my mind for almost as long as I’ve been an Outlander fan.

Jamie and Claire have always and will always find each other. Literally.

Claire is born in 1918 and falls through time in 1945. She arrives in 1743, spends 3 years there, goes back to the 20th century, stays there until 1968, goes back to 1766. Presumably lives the rest of her days with Jamie until she dies (Diana Gabaldon has repeatedly said that she expects the series to end circa 1800, in Scotland, but then again she said that Book 5 would be called “King Farewell” and that there would only be one more book after that…but I digress…)

Anyway, the key point is that even if Jamie and Claire pass away circa 1800, Claire will be born again in 1918. She’ll fall through time again in 1945. She’ll meet Jamie again in 1743. Etc.

So they’re in an endless loop of finding each other, losing each other, and then finding each other again.

Here’s food for thought: If Jamie and Claire are in this loop – and have been in it countless times – what iteration are we reading about in the Books? Is this their 10th go-round? 100th?

But it doesn’t matter – because they always, always find each other.

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Thoughts?

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Episode 110 is another great one in Season 1, and we’re glad to share some of our favorite scenes.

The Smackdown.

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Could you swear you didn’t cheer aloud when Claire slapped Leghair?  You know she had it coming.

The Edict

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This is great because it shows that Colum, though feeble and smaller in stature commands the room.   He is The MacKenzie.  There is no doubt about that.

Goodbye Kiss

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*sigh*  Here is the point in which Claire chooses.  “Come back to me, James Fraser.”  She has done all she can to take care of him, she has made sure he has more than what he needs, but she needs him to come back.  She loves him, and Jamie knows it.  That is why he is on the verge of tears at this parting.  He will miss her, yes, but he is touched that she will miss him as well.

And the kiss.

Mrs. Fitz

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We love Mrs. Fitz.  If her reaction is any indication of the majority at Castle Leoch, Colum may have underestimated the acceptance of Jamie as Laird and Claire as his Lady.  Regardless, Mrs. Fitz has always supported Claire and has a genuine affection for both of them.  We hope she and her family survive the aftermath of Culloden.

The Changeling

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This isn’t necessarily a favorite scene, but it is one that makes us wonder.  Claire is catapulted back through time 200 years, yet she completely dismisses any notion of fairies, changelings, or anything else from the mythological or supernatural realms.  After having an experience that defies explanation, one would think she would be a little more open minded.

 

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Ok everyone!  Who is ready to get elbow deep into Book 3 of the Outlander Series – Voyager by Diana Gabladon.  If you do not have a copy you  can get one here as a hardcopy, digital, or audiobook version.

I am testing out how I want to do this, so there may be a change in formatting here and there.  I will always try to put the synopsis and content discussion under a cut.  That should keep spoilers down to a minimum.

Today we will be talking about the Prologue and  Chapter 1

Warning…..there be spoilers ahead!

Continue reading Voyager Readalong Prologue – Chapter 1

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Who did you love to hate?  Tell us here!

 

 

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Lionsgate and Starz to Spend $1.8 Billion on New Films, TV Shows

Lionsgate is banking on the old adage that content is king. As part of that strategy, the media company will spend $1.8 billion annually on new films and television shows, Lionsgate Chairman Jon Feltheimer said during a shareholders meeting in Toronto on Tuesday.

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Lionsgate is banking on the old adage that content is king.

As part of that strategy, the media company will spend $1.8 billion annually on new films and television shows, Lionsgate Chairman Jon Feltheimer said during a shareholders meeting in Toronto on Tuesday. That figure represents the programming budget of not just the studio, but alsoStarz, the cable player that Lionsgate has a deal to buy for $4.4 billion.

That will work out to roughly $1.5 billion spent by Lionsgate for film and TV content combined, and approximately $300 million shelled out by Starz for TV programming.

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In some brisk remarks to investors, Feltheimer said that, backing this programming will allow Lionsgate to “…deepen our relationships with current distribution partners as well as to forge alliances with new digital platforms.”

Analysts have questioned the sales price for Starz, arguing that it leaves the company heavily leveraged. But Feltheimer also argued that bringing the players together would lead to cost savings, in the form of more than $200 million in combined operating cost synergies and cash tax savings. That deal is expected to close by the end of 2016.

A union with Starz also gives the studio greater negotiating heft in a field that is dominated by sprawling media conglomerates such as Disney and Comcast — companies that command theme parks, cable channels, and massive merchandising operations. That allows them to demand better pricing for the shows they license to cable providers and other distributors.

A marriage between Lionsgate, the studio behind “The Hunger Games,” and Starz, the maker of “Outlander” and “Power,” will, in Feltheimer’s words, give the two entities “more leverage [and] better relationship for us with all of our buyers.”

The company’s theatrical business has struggled in recent months due to the failure of “Gods of Egypt,” a pricey fantasy film, and the end of the “Hunger Games” franchise.
But Feltheimer argued that Lionsgate’s mojo is back. Its film business is on a roll, he claimed, while hailing the upcoming release of the acclaimed musical “La La Land” and the World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.” He also cited the success of television programs such as Hulu’s “Casual” and HBO’s “American Lion.”

The Lionsgate chief stressed the company’s willingness to take advantage of digital platforms as a means of bringing its programs to the masses, noting recent pacts with the likes of YouTube Red and Verizon’s Go90, as evidence of its flexibility. Once the merger closes, the companies will also be involved on five over-the-top services and a Starz app.

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“These new platforms are bringing us closer to the consumer and capitalizing on our natural advantages as a young, digitally-fluent next generation studio,” said Feltheimer.

The gathering took place at the Shangri-La Hotel, with a crowd that was dominated by board members, executives, and only a handful of investors. As part of the meeting, shareholders approved the nominations of Mike Fries, the CEO of Liberty Global, and David Zaslav, the CEO of Discovery, to the board of Lionsgate. The two executives helped orchestrate the Starz merger through the companies’ stakes in Lionsgate. Sir Lucian Grainge, the CEO Of Universal Music Group, was also approved as Lionsgate’s newest director.

John Malone, Liberty Media and Liberty Global’s chairman and a Lionsgate board member, was not on hand.

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Caitriona Balfe’s best moments in Outlander as she marks three years playing Claire Fraser

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AS Caitriona Balfe marks three years in the role that has catapulted her to stardom here we mark her five best moments in Outlander

 

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser

THIS week marks the third anniversary of Caitriona Balfe joining the cast of Outlander to star as time-traveling combat nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall.

From the first episode, it was clear Balfe was the perfect choice to play the hard-headed, soft-hearted character, Claire.

To celebrate, here’s a look back at some of Balfe’s most memorable moments from the last three years.

The time she fixed Jamie’s dislocated shoulder

This scene cut straight to the heart of Claire’s character. She had been tossed through time, attacked by Black Jack Randall, hauled to a strange cabin by a violent (albeit loveable) ruffian, and still had the presence of mind to properly set Jamie’s shoulder. Because at the heart of it, Claire is a healer first.

The wedding

It was a beautiful episode in its entirety. The dress, of course, was stunning, and the private moments between Claire and Jamie were by turns tender and humorous. But perhaps the most poignant scene was the moment she stood staring at her two wedding bands, a bittersweet reminder of all she had lost and all she had gained.

Any time Claire sassed Dougal

Whether she was knocking him over the head with a handy object or giving him a sound tongue lashing, she stood her ground and refused to back down.

Faith

In this episode, fans had the opportunity to witness Claire without her hard veneer as she crumbled at the heartbreaking loss of her baby girl. Vulnerable and without such hard edges, she seemed a much more relatable person.

When Claire says goodbye to Jamie

Her agony at their parting – for what she believes is the final time – is clear, as is the fact that she knows she has no choice but to go back through the stones to an uncertain future. A heartrending moment indeed, and Balfe brought it to life on screen in a way that left her fans’ hearts hurting, as well.

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Episode 109, “The Reckoning,” is aptly named.  Throughout the episode we see many characters having to answer for and deal with the consequences of their behavior.  It is one of my favorite episodes and is the beginning of the second half of Season 1.  These are a few of our favorite scenes.

Forgiven

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Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan said this is one of their favorite scenes.  In fact, it was one of Caitriona’s audition scenes.

The episode begins with Jamie’s rescue of Claire where the mid-season finale left us.  Once Claire and the rescue party are safely away, Jamie confronts Claire.  They engage in a fierce argument where each says things that will soon be regretted.  The root of their anger is fear.  Jamie is afraid of losing Claire and Claire is afraid for her own safety.  When she was captured by the Red Coats, she was still shaken by the attack in the glade.  No only had she been nearly raped, but she was within seconds of a second attempted rape and mutilation by Black Jack Randall.

It is difficult to argue against Jamie’s point that her capture wouldn’t have happened if she had stayed “put,” but neither of them sees the situation with a clear head.  Harsh words are exchanged, but when Jamie explains his feelings of helplessness when he heard her screams and reminds her that he was practically unarmed when he rescued her, the situation begins to calm.  He finally drives home his point when he tells her that she is “tearing his guts out.”  Despite the fact that she attempts to return through the stones, she loves Jamie, and seeing his grief brings them back to a good place… for about five minutes.

Duty

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This was a highly anticipated scene when the episode premiered, and fans wondered if Ron Moore would really take it there.  He did.  Although parts of the so-called “spanking” were funny to fans, Claire failed to see one bit of humor.   A husband spanking a wife for disobedience is taboo in Claire’s time and ours.

However, I disagree that Jamie performed his “duty” because it was the societal norm of his time.  When Jamie, Claire, and the Highlanders first arrived at the inn, Jamie doesn’t seem to have any intentions of exercising his duty.  It isn’t until he notices, to his surprise, the highlanders ignoring Claire that he begins to consider it.  He even tells her upstairs that if what she had done had hurt only him, he would never say more about it.

When Duncan points out that Claire doesn’t “understand” what she has caused, that is the game changer.  Jamie knows he must take action.  In my opinion, he doesn’t punish Claire because it is customary, but rather because the Highlanders expect it.  That in itself I don’t believe would even be enough to persuade him to take action, but he knew if he didn’t do something he could never depend on their help again.  Claire would be ostracized from the group.

Hail to the Chief

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First, Colum summons the “three weasels” and holds them accountable for collecting funds for a Jacobite rising.  We can’t fault Colum for being agry that Dougal and Ned did this without his prior knowledge or approval.  He may have physical limitations, but Colum commands the room.

After dismissing Dougal and Ned, Colum shares his displeasure with Jamie on his marrying a sassenach.  I especially like this scene for the show-only fans who haven’t read the books.  This is the first time we realize that Dougal does in fact want Jamie to be his successor instead of Dougal, but he fears that having a sassenach wife will prevent the clan from supporting Jamie over Dougal. Subsequently, we learn that Colum’s judgment is sound when Jamie advises him on resolving the issues that threaten to induce a civil war within the clan.  Jamie, our King of Men, is showing us great leadership potential.

Beauty and the Beast

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This is one of my favorite scenes simply because of Jamie and Sam Heughan.  He’s so unbelievably handsome.  It is understandable that Laoghaire (aka Leghair) wants Jamie to be the one to take her virginity (assuming she still has it), but… NO.  Back off sister.  He’s off the market.

Jamie, being the King of Men, rejects her in as kindly a manner as can be done.  However, in a Podcast, Ron Moore claimed he really wanted Jamie to actually be tempted enough by Laoghaire to kiss her.  He said Maril argued with him about it and he finally acquiesced.  We owe Maril a debt of gratitude.

You are my home now.

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Let’s just be honest here.  Who doesn’t love good make up sex?  Jamie and Claire certainly do, but she made Jamie earn it.  She withheld affection, but after seeing that Colum was capable of bending for the greater good, Jamie followed suit.  And thank you, Sweet Baby Jesus, that he did.  Jamie swears an oath to never lay a hand on her again, and Claire forgives and “has” him.  (Who wouldn’t?)  But when she has him where she truly wants him, she makes him a deal he can’t refuse.  With a knife to his throat, Claire makes her own vow:

“Jamie, if you ever raise a hand to me again, James Fraser, I will cut your heart out and have it for         breakfast.  Do you understand me?  Do you?”

“You have my word.”

Girl power in action.

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Episode 108 is the mid-season finale.  We see what Frank has been doing since Claire went through the stones and we also see how Jamie and Claire’s relationship continues to grow.  She has become one of the clan.  She forgets about her plans to return to Craigh na Dun until she suffers an attempted rape and happens upon the stones while awaiting Jamie’s return from meeting Horrocks.  Before she can touch the stone, she is captured by British soldiers and taken to Black Jack Randall.  Jamie rescues her just in the nick of time.

It’s different.

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Jamie and Claire are married two days when they picnic at the top of the cliff and meet the beggar, Hugh Monroe.  Hugh gifts Claire with a unique fossil, which appears to be a dragonfly trapped in a chunk of amber.  We will see this fossil twice more in Episode 213.  However, my favorite part of this scene is illustrated in these gifs.

Jamie, as inexperienced as he is, recognizes that their relationship is special and wonders if what they have is typical of married couples.  Out of guilt, Claire fights her feelings for Jamie but ultimately does not lie to him.  She confesses that what they share is not usual, it is different.  This may be the first time Claire admits to herself, as well as Jamie, that they share a unique and special love and a unique and special physical relationship.

May I just add here that the hand sex in the last gif is super sensual?

The Sgian Dubh.

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“Every man and woman must know how to defend themselves, Sassenach, especially those married to a Fraser.”

After the attack by the Grants, the Highlanders decide Claire should learn to defend herself from an assailant.  Poison is often seen as the weapon of choice for women, but as Dougal points out, “it has certain deficiencies in combat.  The lass needs a sgian dubh.”  Angus trains Claire in the proper use of the sgian dubh (hidden dagger), and we later realize that this scene is foreshadowing an imminent future event.

 

The Sgian Dubh Again.

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While frolicking in the meadow (because the wanting never stops), Jamie and Claire are attacked by two British soldier deserters.  The situation looks grim, as one soldier holds a gun to Jamie’s head while the other attempts to rape Claire.  Claire takes a brief moment to gather her wits and recalls her sgian dubh training.  Because she has the weapon and knows how to use it, she is able to save both their lives.  During the instant the gun wielding soldier is distracted by the screams of his dying partner in crime, Jamie is able to slit his throat.

I love badass Claire.

The Cliffhanger.

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Jamie rescues Claire before BJR can harm her, but Jack’s reaction is priceless.  “Good God.”  Then he laughs like he is happy to see Jamie, which is probably true given his obsession, but Jamie is the last person he expected to see in his window.  This is a great cliffhanger because we know we’re going to see a confrontation, a battle between good and evil.  We even suspect Claire will have some explaining to do since she promised Jamie she would “stay put.”

Then begins our first Droughtlander.

 

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