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Outlander Episode 102: Castle Leoch – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

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Mandy comes through again with her Gàidhlig translations for Outlander Episode #102. Would you like to know what Jamie whispers to Claire when he’s comforting her by the fireplace? Read her blog for a good sigh.

Originally posted on Great Scot!:

OK. This episode was a bit harder to decipher (and I had company, so I couldn’t run it back and listen again as much yet). With only the Punishment Scene clip to do some prep work on, this first post is going to be a bit light until I watch again a few times, but here is what I have so far.

As always, these are my best guesses unless tagged confirmed by Àdhamh.

By the way, did anyone else hear the lovely strains of Loch Lomond in the score while Dougal is play sword fighting with Hamish? I love what Bear McCreary is doing!

Arrival at Leoch

4:06  Mrs. Fitz to the returning Highlanders

Seall sibh – I see you! (plural)

Bandaging Scene

14:46 Jamie to Claire during the bandaging scene

gràdh  – love  (I’m sure it’s just a general endearment, right? ;-) )

It’s not Gàidhlig but I love…

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A TRUE FAN’S REVIEW OF OUTLANDER EPISODE #102: CASTLE LEOCH

Hundreds of reviews for Outlander Episode #102: CASTLE LEOCH came out yesterday and today. So, if you’re taking the time to read mine, I want to say “Thanks!” If you haven’t seen the episode yet, I strongly urge you to watch before you read. I do not hold back on spoilers in this review as I did for the red carpet premiere.

Before I get into the highlights of the episode, I want to point out some new, very-welcome additions to the opening credits: Gary Lewis as Colum MacKenzie and Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan.

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The episode starts where it left off in SASSENACH. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) enters the courtyard of Castle Leoch as an involuntary guest – shall we say – of the MacKenzies. What I like most about this opening is the feel. It’s quite like watching a stage play. Ms. FitzGibbons (Annette Badland) enters from stage right to greet the dirty, smelly, hungry Highlanders. Claire sees them all as a friendly lot for the first time and is unable to crack a smile at their camaraderie. It serves to cast her further as an “Outlander” in this strange place. There’s no voiceover here. Claire communicates her alien presence perfectly through her subtle facial expressions and body movements.

Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) is in an alien world.
Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) is in an alien world.

As usual, she comes to attention when the welfare of one of her patient’s is in jeopardy. Mrs. FitzGibbons is the alpha female (aka Bitch #1), but Claire stands her ground.

Come on. Admit it. Mrs. FitzGibbons is kind of bitchy. There’s a new woman in the castle, and she’s hot. “Damn. Even more competition for me, er, I mean – my granddaughter.”

Jamie (Sam Heughan) plays the scene cool. He’s just brought a new kitten home to the castle, but he’s trying not to get too attached. Too late, lad. We already saw you fall in love with her on the side of the road. And there’s no need for the “I’ll be fine” speech as he winces when he throws a bag over his shoulder. He’s already fainted in front of her.

Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Mrs. FitzGibbons (Annette Badland) check out the English chick (Caitriona Balfe).
Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Mrs. FitzGibbons (Annette Badland) are checking out the English chick (Caitriona Balfe).

There’s no music during this scene, and the courtyard is awfully quiet. I think there was more noise in the background during Ron D. Moore’s podcast for Episode #101 – not that I’m complaining. I don’t want to miss a single word of dialogue. A companion podcast for Episode #102 is also available. This time, he’s accompanied by his wife, Terry, costume designer extraordinaire. Check it out here.

As the episode unfolds, there are a few flashbacks to Frank (Tobias Menzies) and Claire walking through the castle and her memories of his talks about interrogation. The flashbacks seem to take the place of the voiceovers. I’m one of the few who didn’t mind the voiceovers, but I must admit – I very much like the flashbacks. I’m a flashback girl. Instead of Claire saying, “Frank once told me . . .” we are rewarded with Frank telling us what we need to know. There’s nothing wrong with more Tobias Menzies.

Mrs. Fitz – as she later corrects Claire – takes control and orders everyone into the castle. Have to do something about that swelling. Little does she know, she’s about to make it worse.

At last, we come to “the scene.” Sitting beside the fireplace in Claire’s guest chamber, much is revealed – from the scars on Jamie’s back to the story of how they came to be there. Outlander Starz released two parts of this scene which I elected not to watch beforehand. I wanted to wait and watch the entire story unfold in context. I’m very glad I did. It’s powerful and very well-performed. Chemistry ignites in both good and bad ways.

We experienced only a glimpse of Captain Jonathan Randall (Tobias Menzies) last week. He’s front and center in Jamie’s flashback to Lallybroch. It’s a serene place for about 3-seconds before Jamie hears his sister, Jenny (Laura Donnelly), screaming. He rushes to her aid and is confronted by Redcoats accosting her as well as his family’s property.

Black Jack Randall enters. One of the things I find most interesting about his character so far is his lack of expression. No, that’s not an insult to the show or Mr. Menzies’ performance. But when you compare his character to Frank, they are night and day. You know which is which even without the wig and hat.

Frank is scholarly, tender, awkward, yet confident. Black Jack is simply menacing. He’s so menacing, the expression is stuck on his face as if carved in stone. I’d venture to guess he has a little Hannibal Lecter in him. His heart rate never increases no matter what he’s doing. The word sympathy is not part of his vocabulary, although I liked the way he says, “She’s bonny.” He made it sound dirty – so good and so bad.

Captain Randall (Tobias Menzies) gets ready to "Take a closer look" at Jenny Fraser (Laura Donnelly).
Captain Randall (Tobias Menzies) gets ready to “Take a closer look” at Jenny Fraser (Laura Donnelly).

I won’t go into the gratuitous details of the scene. It’s heart-wrenching, as we knew it would be. We feel every lash of the strap on Jamie’s back and share Jenny’s terror and degradation. Shivers. Rage. If they can do this to us with the painful scenes, I’m not sure how I’m going to handle Jamie and Claire finally cutting through the sexual tension. Oy. Not that there isn’t plenty of sexual tension almost being cut through in the fireplace scene! It’s the best sex scene without sex I’ve ever seen.

Jamie (Sam Heughan) gets close to Claire (Caitriona Balfe).
Jamie (Sam Heughan) gets close to Claire (Caitriona Balfe).

But this scene isn’t just about that. This is where Claire and Jamie show their most vulnerable faces to one another. He opens up to her about his painful past – something about which he hates to talk. It’s more difficult for Claire because how do you tell someone you’re from the future without their thinking you’re nuts  – or worse, “A witch!”

Jamie (Sam Heughan) waits for Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) reaction to the scars on his back.
Jamie (Sam Heughan) waits for Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) reaction to the scars on his back.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) cries on Jamie's (Sam Heughan) shoulder.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) cries on Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) shoulder.

Eventually, Claire finds herself in Jamie’s arms. As they hold each other, their theme softly and slowly builds until Claire has her “I’m sorry” moment. Bear McCreary, the composer for the show, has a wonderful blog where he discusses the music for each episode in great detail. Please visit his site to read about his  influences for each scene.

After Claire and Jamie overcome that famous awkward moment, Claire is on her own for a while with her only friend relegated to the stables. The next morning – bright and early – Ms. Fitz wakes Claire  to help her dress. It’s a humorous (“It’s a brassiere.”) and fascinating scene to watch and makes me very glad to be living in the 21st Century – well, almost.

Costume Designer Terry Dresbach wrote a detailed description on her blog: Getting Dressed. I cannot do a better job, so check it out.

As in the book, Claire tries to fit in using her wit and knowledge of the age. But no matter how smart she thinks she is, this is not her century. These are not her people, and they are not characters from a history book. Caitriona Balfe does a superb job of looking like she fits in without really fitting in. Clothes may make the man, but they can’t change Our Claire. Her 20th Century roots keep showing.

After sticking her felted foot in her mouth at dinner, Claire decides to seek out Jamie. I guess she doesn’t have enough sexual tension in her life, or maybe she thinks she’ll be safe in a stable.

I have not made it a practice to re-read corresponding chapters of the book before each episode. I might  start doing that. I’d like to compare my emotional responses between the book and the show.  As I stated in my review for SASSENACH, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan disappear when they are on screen. Once again, in CASTLE LEOCH , they simply become Claire and Jamie.

The stable scene may seem like an easy bit to play, but it’s not. They’re eating and glancing at one another. We see the curiosity building even faster than the trust. This is not a time to overdo it. Jamie’s already had his chain yanked back once. He’s not eager to go there again.

Claire & Jamie (Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan) have lunch in the stable.
Claire & Jamie (Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan) have lunch in the stable.

As I watched this scene, I found myself wondering (again) – what would I be thinking or wanting for Claire right now if I didn’t already know what’s going to happen? Would I want her to get back to the stones and Frank, or would I be rooting for Jamie? Perhaps a few more flashbacks with Claire and Frank in intimate moments rather than fyi’s would have helped. Oh, that sounds like a complaint, doesn’t it? I’m just sayin’ . . . If we want Claire to be torn, then let’s tear her up inside, right?

It wasn’t my intention to write a scene-by-scene description of the entire episode, so I’ll breeze forward. Claire meets the Laird of Castle Leoch, Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis), and we see his legs for the first time. He suffers from Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome which created a technical challenge for the crew, but they did a fantastic job with the visual effects – not that I expected anything less. Watch this inside look with Executive Producer, Ron D. Moore, to see how they approached the challenge. The video also includes commentary on Claire’s dressing scene described in Ms. Dresbach’s blog.

Next, Claire meets Geillis “They say I’m a witch” Duncan. Probably not the best way to introduce oneself. Personally, I don’t think I would have made friends with her no matter how desperate I was for allies, especially the way Lotte Verbeek plays her. There’s something about that giggle. I love it yet also cringe.

Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) has a mean giggle.
Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) has a mean giggle.

Finally, we get our first glimpse of Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson), Mrs. Fitz’s granddaughter and Bitch #2. It runs in the family, ye ken? Laoghaire’s father accuses her of “loose behavior.” What exactly is loose behavior in the 18th Century? I want to know. I mean, Claire walked around in a shift with her legs showing in broad daylight, and no one threw stones at her. As a matter of fact, no one even seemed to notice her beyond Mrs. Fitz. What’s up with that? Maybe there should have been a bit more oogling, pointing and staring? Ah, life in the 18th Century is no’ easy. But I’m digressing again  . . .  Back to Laoghaire. Is she an 18th Century Nellie Olson, or a misunderstood teenager who would fit right in with a 20th or 21st Century clique? There’s an idea. She and Claire should have traded places. Would have solved a lot of problems.

Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson) has loose morals? Nah.
Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson) has loose morals? Nah.

Let’s pretend we don’t know anything about this young ‘un and be thankful brave Jamie stepped in to save the day and her hide. That brings us to the “something is afoot” between Jamie and his uncles scene. Several dubious stares are shared back and forth. Who’s in charge of this castle anyway? Mrs. Fitz or Dougal MacKenzie, cause it sure as heck ain’t Colum.

So, Jamie takes a beating for the bi– Laoghaire and ends up in Claire’s nursey hands again. He seems to like it there. She has a gentle touch, and she likes to touch things that grow. There sure is a lot of inflaming going on – just not in the right places, except for that one time.

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) nurses Jamie (Sam Heughan) again.
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) nurse Jamie (Sam Heughan) again.

Where is the doctor in this joint? Oh, that’s right. He died of a fever because Claire wasn’t there to nurse him. Which brings us to Claire’s hopes of returning to the stones being dashed when Colum tells her he’s inviting her to stay at Castle Leoch indefinitely to act as the castle Beaton. It’s all Jamie’s fault. He keeps getting hurt which gives Claire a full-time job.

The tension is building. Do you feel it? Claire vs Black Jack. Claire vs Dougal. Claire vs Colum. Claire vs Mrs. Fitz. Claire vs the charming Rupert. Just wait until she gets a gander under Angus’ kilt, aye?

Next week, it’ll be Claire vs Her Conscience. It’s already bending a bit. She never did change poor Jamie’s bandage in this episode. Forgetfulness is not a good quality in a nurse, but she couldn’t help herself. His blue eyes and gifted lips – not to mention his witty remarks, kind manner, and keen mind – distracted her. No’ fair.

For a look at why Claire gets so easily distracted around Jamie, check out Jamie’s Top 30 Looks for Outlander Episode #102: CASTLE LEOCH.

Outlander is based on the novel by Diana Gabaldon. Episode #103: NO WAY OUT airs on the Starz network on Saturday, 23 August at 9:00 pm EST. You do not want to miss it.

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Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode #102: CASTLE LEOCH

Two Outlander episodes down, fourteen to go. The wait for the series to begin was torturous – not Black Jack Randall torturous, but bad enough. As the season progresses, I suspect we’ll wish time would fly by slower, but not until after Episode #107: THE WEDDING, of course!

Hm. There might be quite a few interesting looks to countdown from that particular episode. Until then, let’s concentrate on the several melt-you-to-the-core looks we received from Jamie during CASTLE LEOCH. Well, really . . . Claire was on the receiving end, but we all projected ourselves, didn’t we?

Below, I humbly submit my Top 30 Looks for Jamie Fraser from Episode #102. This was a tough one, ladies and lads. It was jam packed with searing, soulful, teasing, dramatic and cocky looks from our favorite son of Scotland. I’m more than happy to hear your feedback if I missed any of your favorites.

I decided to start you out with an easy one before jumping into the toughest looks of the night. Here we go.

#30: Jamie’s Chickens Are Not Verra Good Company Face – I’m sure the feeling is NOT mutual for the chickens.

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#29: Jamie’s I’m Getting Tired Of Being Bossed Around By Bossy Women Face – See you later, Sleepy. Good horse.

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#28: Jamie’s I Just Want To Be a Farmer Face – Damn those Redcoats!

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#27: Jamie’s Damn It . . . It Is Redcoats Face – Brace yourself. It gets a little hairy but we gotta stick by Jamie’s side.

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#26: Jamie’s The Devil Has My Sister Face – We may not like watching this scene, but it certainly does a fantastic job establishing everyone’s characters.

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#25: Jamie’s Noooo! Face – I don’t know about the rest of you, but chills arise when Jamie screams. Even the Redcoat holding him seems to be disturbed by the blood-curdling sound.

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#24: Jamie’s I Can Do This For Jenny Face – As if we needed another reason to adore this man . . . He’s willing to endure anything for those he loves. And boy, does he prove that in the end!

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#23: Jamie’s That’s A Big F#@*&$! Dagger Face – Thanks for putting the idea of slitting your throat into Black Jack’s head. Even he hadn’t thought of it, but as you can see – he appreciates a good suggestion when he hears one. Next time try, “Slit your own blankety-blank throat, Black Jack.”

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#22: Jamie’s Don’t You Dare Go Into The House With This Foul Creature From Hell Face – Look at the tension in his face, shoulders, and arms. His eyes are boring through Black Jack’s black soul.

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Okay. It’s over. You can open your eyes now. Let’s go back to Castle Leoch, shall we? Claire is waiting.

#21: Jamie’s I’m Talking To The Horse In Gàidhlig Face – There he goes again. What woman, er, horse wouldn’t do what he says when he talks in Gàidhlig? Repeating my question from earlier in the evening, what exactly does it “feel” like to have Gàidhlig whispered in one’s ear?

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#20: Jamie’s That One Kind Of Hurt Face – You have to give beaucoup credit to the man. He sure can take a punch, even when it’s a cheap shot to the shoulder. Reminds me of the Karate Kid. “Sweep the leg.”

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#19: Jamie’s They Were Holding Me Prisoner Face – And he’s back to flirting even in the face of pain. He just can’t keep his eyes off Our Claire . . . but then, neither can we.

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#18: Jamie’s I’m Ready Face – All joking aside, Jamie takes one for the lass. What a guy! Too bad it’s Laoghaire.

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#17: Jamie’s It’s Not What You Think Face – Yeah, even Old Alec can see what’s going on. How do you get any work done, Jamie? Claire, don’t you have some stones to get to?

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#16: Jamie’s I’m Not Afraid Of Rupert Face – Um. Jamie sure does use his tongue a lot. Wonder what else he can do with it. . .

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#15: Jamie’s I Need Ye Sassenach Face – He calls. She comes.

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#14: Jamie’s She’s Just A Girl With Spirit Face – So . . . are you saying you like a lass with spirit, Jamie lad? I know one or two.

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#13: Jamie’s Ruckus Face – Yes, he said “rrruckus.” What other reason do I need to include this look – besides the fact it’s a lovely close up?

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#12: Jamie’s I’m A Wanted Man Face – Yes. We know. We know. You’re a wanted man. Claire wants you. I want you. We all want you. Even Black Jack . . . Ooh, you’re wanted by the authorities. Never mind.

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One more thing – eyes up, Claire. Ye ain’t marrit yet.

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#11: Jamie’s I’m An Outlaw Face – See #12 above. We’ve already established you’ve stolen our hearts, Jamie. Move on, man!

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Welcome to the Top Ten of Jamie’s Looks for Episode #102.

#10: Jamie’s F#@* You Uncle Dougal Face – He uses such harsh language with those eyes of his, but the directed animosity is well-deserved. And Dougal gives as good as he receives.

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#9: Jamie’s Goodbye Sassenach Safe Journey Face – Look at that broken heart. He found her. He held her. He lost her. Don’t give up hope, lad. There’s always diabolical plans afoot.

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#8: Jamie’s You Can’t Leave Me Now Face – Yes, I know he already said goodbye above, but I love this look he gives her. So many emotions cross Jamie’s face when Claire tells him she’s leaving. This is only a fraction of what we’ll see at Craigh na Dun, aye?

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#7: Jamie’s She’s My Sassenach I Caught Her Face – Two days and nights in the saddle. He’s playing it sooo cool.

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#6: Jamie’s You Hit Like A Haggis Face – The man can’t stop smiling and melting hearts. [Wonder how the extras faired on this shoot.]

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#5: Jamie’s I’m Biting My Lip Face – You didn’t really think I’d let you down, did you? Those eyes. Those lips. He knows how to use them.

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#4: Jamie’s I’m Willing To Take One For The Lass Face – Oh, that Laoghaire! I almost wish I didn’t know what’s going to happen.

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#3: Jamie’s Your Husband Is A Lucky Man Faces – Had to go with a collage on this one. I think we know what he’s thinking. Did I mention there’s a huge four-poster bed a few feet away?

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#2: Jamie’s No Promises Sassenach Faces – I didn’t think you’d mind one more collage. There are two many wonderful expressions on Jamie’s face when he says those words.

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#1: Jamie’s That’s Not A Sausage In My Sporran I Really Am That Glad To See Ye Face. This scene is just as steamy as it is in the book though we don’t get to “hear” Claire’s realization. That’s okay. We “see” it all. A voiceover would have ruined the moment. Le grand sigh.

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So, that’s my latest Top 30. I hope you had just as much fun as last week. We had to plow through some real doozies tonight, but we did it. Next week, Laoghaire takes center stage. There should be some whoppers.

Outlander Episode #103: THE WAY OUT airs on Starz on Saturday, 23 August in the U.S.

Don’t miss Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode #101: SASSENACH

Mood Boards

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Visit An Eighteenth Century Life to see Terry Dresbach‘s inspirations for creating her 1940s looks on Outlander.

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I always make mood boards for any project I am designing. I thought it might be interesting for you to see these as the season progresses.

Starting with the 40s. They are not specific images, you don’t look at it and say, “oh let me make THAT dress”, It just creates a feel, a tone, a world. I often present these boards to a director (film), or show runner (television), to give them an idea of where I want to take the costumes. 

I am also including additional research images.

(btw, you all know these are galleries, and if you click on an image, it will create a larger gallery of all the images)

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Ask Heughan

Today, Sam Heughan (star of the fabulous new original series Outlander based on the novel by Diana Gabaldon) took time out of his very busy shooting and drinking schedule to answer our questions via twitter. Well, he didn’t answer any of mine, but I understand . . . Guess I wasn’t witty enough. Oh, well. I enjoyed the show anyway. If you missed it or want to relive the fastest tweeting you’ve ever seen – I’ve posted them in order below.

We’ve always known Mr. Heughan is a professional tease, and he didn’t disappoint during his twitterview, especially when asked what he wears under his kilt. I’ll let you read his answer for yourself.

My personal favorite of his responses is “I’m soooooooo blonde #AskOutlander #BlondesHaveMoreFun” because I can’t imagine him as anything other than a ginger any more – despite his twitter picture below. Wonder why he’s not a blond there? Hm. I wish I’d asked.

Normally, I restrict my personal comments to Jamie Fraser, but it was Sam Heughan on the other end of that twitter session, so . . . Let’s review, shall we?

Blond-haired Sam Heughan . . . cute. Would probably look twice.

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Dark-haired Sam Heughan . . . very nice – hot, actually. Would most definitely look twice, maybe three times or more – especially with those brilliant blue eyes.

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Ginger-haired Sam Heughan . . . gawah. (Is that a word? It is now!) Can’t take my dark brown eyes away. Some day, he’ll let the ginger grow out – as soon as Season 1 shooting completes, most likely. [Yay! We have a Season 2!] Until that time, we get to feast our eyes on Jamie Fraser come-to-life. Now, when do we get a live-tweet session with JAMMF? How much fun would that be?

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Outlander Costumes

Terry Dresbach is the amazing and talented Costume Designer for the Starz Outlander series, based on the novel by Diana Gabaldon. Ms. Dresbach has a wonderful blog where she shares her sketches, research and design process for several characters in the show. You can visit her at An Eighteenth Century Life. It’s full of fantastic Outlander goodies! Don’t miss out on her thoughts and insights on the show and life in Scotland.

As Outlander gets under way in the United States and across the globe, we are gifted with more trailers, clips, and photographs than we know what to do with – not really! The latest released (via Outlander-fan) is a collection of promotional cast photographs. Although most of you have already seen them, I decided to post them on my site to help spread the love.

As has already been proven, this show has taken absolutely no shortcuts when it comes to talent or expense. The performances so far outdo every other television show on the air, past or present. And the costumes are rich and as much a character of the story as the actors and landscape without your even noticing. Well, okay . . . our eyes can’t help but be drawn to Claire’s wardrobe. And come on, men in kilts. Are you kidding me?

To start things off, I’ve posted a few choice wardrobe selections of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) from Episode #101, followed by the promotional cast photos.

Our first vision of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in her much sought-after blue  coat.
Our first vision of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in her much sought-after blue coat.
Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in her white "shift" dress and shawl.
Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in her white “shift” dress and shawl.

SPOILER ALERT: I think Jamie would have lost his virginity just looking at Claire in this next piece.

Back view: The pièce de résistance – Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) on her honeymoon, wearing  stunning silk & chiffon peignoir.
Back view: The pièce de résistance – Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) on her honeymoon, wearing a stunning silk & chiffon peignoir.
Front view: The pièce de résistance – Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) on her honeymoon, wearing  stunning silk & chiffon
Front view: The pièce de résistance – Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) on her honeymoon, wearing a stunning silk & chiffon peignoir.

Cast photographs were taken by Outlander unit photographers, Starz photographers or Producer Matt Roberts.

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Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode #101: SASSENACH

The Outlander television series, based on the novel by Diana Gabaldon, is finally underway. While we toil away the hours waiting for Episode #102: CASTLE LEOCH (airing on Starz 16 August in the U.S.), I thought I’d have a little more fun with Episode #101: SASSENACH.

And so, here’s my Top 30 Countdown of Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) best looks in the show. As his character is introduced half-way through, I had fewer scenes to select from than I will in future episodes – but what a selection we were given! Read on to see if you agree or disagree with me. As usual, it’s all in good fun.

 #30: Jamie’s Giddyup Face – Don’t we love a man who loves animals?

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#29: Jamie’s I Have To Dump You On The Ground Now Face – And none too gently either.

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#28: Jamie’s I’ve Had A Hard Life Face – Please don’t mention the name “Black Jack” Randall to this man and definitely do not ask if he knows him.

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#27: Jamie’s I Meant To Fall Off My Horse Face – Yeah, he meant to do that.

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#26: Jamie’s Who The Hell Is This, Where The Hell Did She Come From, And What The Hell Is She Going To Do To Me Face – And the trust begins . . .

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#25: Jamie’s This IS A Good Place For An Ambush Face – Um, why did a woman from the 20th century and another country have to point out the obvious to her captors?

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#24: Jamie’s I Can Kick Like A Rockette Face – No stunt man needed.

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#23: Jamie’s Look At My Thigh Muscles Face – Are you looking at his face? Nope. You’re looking at his leg, aren’t you?

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#22: Jamie’s I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Sling Face – Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

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#21: Jamie’s Good Ole’ Tulach Ard! Face – No one yells it like this man.

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#20: Jamie’s I Think We’re Being Watched Face [In Gàidhlig] – Everything sounds sexier in Gàidhlig, doesn’t it?

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#19: Jamie’s Making Sure She’s Not A Wet Nurse Face – What exactly are you doing back there, lad?

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#18: Jamie’s Castle Leoch-Sweet–Castle Leoch Face – Yeah, even he doesn’t looked thrilled to be there.

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#17: Jamie’s Take A Drink And Forget Your Troubles Face – All night on a horse with this man wrapped around her, and she’s still not convinced? Sheesh!

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Followed by Claire Randall’s (Caitriona Balfe) Yuck Face – It’s not Colum’s Rhenish, after all.

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#16: Jamie’s I Trust Her Face – The trust is already building between them.

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#15: Jamie’s Who The Hell Is This Amazing Woman Face – This man has more looks than I can countdown!

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#14: Jamie’s Yes I’m In Pain And Almost Bled To Death On The Side Of The Road But I Can Still Flirt Face – You cheeky lad.

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#13 Jamie’s I Got Mine So Get Your Own Beautiful Sassenach Face – He’s just happy to have her “back in the saddle.”

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#12: Jamie’s You Don’t Want To Know What I’ve Got Under My Kilt After Doing Battle With The Redcoats Face – Okay, I’ll say it . . . remember the scene after the skirmish with the Campbells . . . a little something called a cockstand?

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#11: Jamie’s I’m A Soldier Face – Don’t really know what it is about this look, but I love it – so intense. What’s he thinking?

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And finally – hope you’re still with me – welcome to the Top Ten.

#10: Jamie’s This Is My Wet & Sexy Face – Shooting in the rain is a pain but damn.

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#9: Jamie’s I’m Looking At The Face Of An Angel Face – Are we in love with him yet?

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#8: Jamie’s Wet Nurse? Face – Easy boy.

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#7: Jamie’s You’re Making My Teeth Rattle Face – And there’s that Jamie sense of humor.

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#6: Jamie’s I Just Said Cocknammon Face – Say it again please.

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#5: Jamie’s I Showed You My Tongue Now You Show Me Yours Face – Okay.

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#4: Jamie’s I’m Just Plain Hot Even With All This Blood Face – No explanation, excuse, or reason needed. What a minute . . . why is this not #1?

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#3: Jamie’s I Wish She’d Said Yes So I Could Throw Her Over My Shoulder Face – Silly, silly Claire.

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#2: Jamie’s Thank You, Sassenach Truly Face – Le Sigh.

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#1: Jamie’s My Father Always Told Me I’d Know When I Found Her Face* – Sorry, Frank. We love you, too, but . . . Well, you understand.

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* I know this isn’t the moment he wakes up to find the Sassenach sitting on his chest, but I like this picture of his eyes through her hair, staring up at her with complete devotion and love.

So, that’s my Top 30. I hope you had fun with my selects. Methinks we might need a Top 30 of Frank’s Best Looks. What do you think?

Lastly, I want to mention this list is dedicated to my friend, Carrie Merrick. I hope you got a chuckle or two from it, Outlander Warrior. [Sorry. I couldn't find enough pictures of someone's "fine ass."]

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