Outlander at Comic Con San Diego 2015

I’m posting these Comic Con quick-bits for those of you who are not big on social media but love Outlander. Today in San Diego, Executive Producer Ron D. Moore (as Batman above), author Diana Gabaldon (as Darth Diana above), stars Caitriona Balfe (as Princess Leia above) & Sam Heughan (as Jon Snow above), and Co-Executive Producer (and first time panelist) Maril Davis participated in an Outlander panel where they drank whiskey, put on make up and talked about Season 2.

Most disappointing news of the day: No new casting announcements. Thus, we continue the restless Roger Mac and Brianna watch.

Biggest news of the day: Diana Gabaldon is penning at least one episode for Season 2, but does not plan to make another cameo appearance.

Most exciting news of the day: The second half of Outlander Season 1 is currently available for DVD and blu-ray pre-order, due for release on September 29.

Biggest tease of the day: Diana has already written the final scene of the Outlander book series. Yes, die-hard fans already know that, but she revealed today she showed the scene to Ron and Sam.

Courtesy of Flicks and the City, here’s the Comic Con Outlander Q&A panel for your enjoyment:

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Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from #Outlander Episode 116: TO RANSOM A MAN’S SOUL

It was two years ago today – July 7, 2013 – Sam Heughan was cast as James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. How appropriate I should be publishing my final episode-related Top 30.

When we left Jamie in Episode 115: WENTWORTH PRISON (a hauntingly spectacular episode and one of my favorites of the season), Claire was forced to surrender her beloved husband into the hands of Captain Jack Randall at the end of a failed rescue attempt. I’m sure you recall Jamie’s now-famous tear tracking down his cheek.

Unfortunately, Jamie is subjected to much worse than a nail through his hand in Episode 116. None of us want to dwell on the many painful faces he wears during his torture, but I’ll do my best to highlight Sam Heughan‘s brilliant acting, without the assistance of good ol’ PocketJamie. After all, this episode is for adults only. PJ doesn’t meet the height requirement.

In this episode, Jamie faces his worst fears in the depths of Wentworth Prison – the only thing more agonizing than torture being the loss of Claire. The darkest and deepest of emotions are explored and used to tear our hero down then build him back up again. In the end, it’s Claire’s devotion which saves Jamie. She promises to follow whichever path he intends to take – life or death – because a blood oath is a blood oath:

They swore on “our Life,” not “your Life” or “my Life.” Jamie and Claire are one to the end.

So, here we go with Jamie’s Top 30 of the finale. I can’t guarantee many laughs, but I hope you appreciate my selections. Don’t worry. Even the faintest of hearts can handle this list.


#30: Jamie’s Dead Zone Face – Much like our last look of Janet Leigh‘s Marion Crane in Psycho (not a bad title for this episode), Jamie looks dead to the world – his soul crushed beneath Psycho Randall’s boot.

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Ask Diana

If you missed it or are not on twitter, you want to know Diana Gabaldon jumped online today to answer questions in a Barnes & Noble twitter-hosted chat. I haven’t posted one of these in a while, so thought I should jump to it.

Since the success of the Outlander television series, websites have been cropping up in support of the show – reporting anything and everything to do with Outlander, big and small. However, I will continue to add creative content to my postings (whenever I have the time), so that you can enjoy something a little different.

Having said that, yesterday I posted five Season 2 promos showcasing Claire, Jamie, Murtagh, Dougal, and one other character. As today is Executive Producer Ron D. Moore‘s birthday, I am adding two additional promo posters to my collection.

Happy Birthday to our fearless showrunner:

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#Outlander Season 2 Promos

Principle photography for Outlander Season 2 is underway and has been for several weeks. Most of you have read the novel on which S2 is based: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. But some of you prefer to let the story unfold through the television series. If you are part of the latter group, you have quite a roller coaster ride in store. If you thought Season 1 was exciting . . . wait until Season 2 wraps itself around you.

Many new characters are introduced, including wee Fergus (who will be played by the adorable French actor, Romann Berrux) and a young John Grey (one of my personal favorites who has not yet been cast). I’ll leave the others for your discovery.

I took a short break from writing on this Fourth of July to do a little Outlander artwork and thought I’d share my Season 2 promos with you. Obviously, they’re my take on the Some Like It Scot promos. I added one spoiler warning, followed by a gap. Don’t scroll past it if you don’t want to see the last poster.

I hope you enjoy!

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A True Fan’s Review of #Outlander Episode 116: TO RANSOM A MAN’S SOUL

It seems fitting to write my final Outlander Season One review for Episode 116: TO RANSOM A MAN’S SOUL on World Outlander Day. It was twenty-four years ago on June 1st, 1991, Diana Gabaldon‘s groundbreaking novel was first published. And twenty-four years later, we have the complementary groundbreaking television series to further indulge our appetites.

I’m foregoing my usual recap for this episode. Sorry if anyone is disappointed, but you’ve all seen the episode or you wouldn’t be reading this article. Frankly, I don’t feel like rehashing Jamie’s scenes of torture.

In lieu of a recap and traditional review, I generated a list. You know how I love to make lists. Needless to say, the following mentions barely scratch the surface of this astonishing episode.

Ten Things I Love About Outlander Episode 116: TO RANSOM A MAN’S SOUL and One Thing I Could Do Without:

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#Outlander Mini-Recaps

As Outlander nears the big finale, I decided to take a look back over the episodes and revisit the posters I created for the second half of the season. The exceptional cinematography and lighting in each episode prompted me to make major updates to all eight posters to include some of my favorite shots.

I love to hear from readers, so let me know what your favorite episodes of the season are so far and why. Thanks so much for reading and supporting my musings!

And because I can never post artwork without doing a bit of yakking, I’ve added very short, itty bitty, mini-recaps for each episode.

Episode 109: THE RECKONING

The Reckoning puts us inside Jamie Fraser’s mind for the first time and places him in several awkward situations – from settling matters between his two feuding uncles, to facing his old flame Laoghaire back at Castle Leoch, all starting with his rescuing Claire from the fiendish Randall’s clutches.

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Of all the landscapes, I especially love the snowy Castle Leoch scenery in this episode – breathtaking. And the setting between Jamie and Laoghaire near the river is very “organic” – her approach (down below) and her departure (here) both being a bit haunting. It’s almost as if she’ll be haunting Claire and Jamie for a long time to come . . .

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But the most memorable scene for me is that between Claire and Jamie in the bedchamber where he takes this oath:

“I swear on the cross of my Lord Jesus, and the Holy iron in which I hold, that I give you my fealty and pledge you my loyalty. If ever my hand is raised in rebellion against you again, then I ask that this Holy iron might pierce my heart.”

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Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from #Outlander Episode 115: WENTWORTH PRISON

In Episode 115: WENTWORTH PRISON, Jamie is in big, big trouble. It’s bad enough he’s sentenced to death, but Claire’s rescue attempt only seems to make the situation worse. What could be worse than the hangman’s noose? Why Jonathan Wolverton Randall, of course.

While there are a few heroic and handsome Jamie looks this week, he spends a great deal of time in agony. Sam Heughan‘s performance is extraordinary, but I called on PocketJamie again to humor things up.

Here’s hoping PJ has the right stuff in this 2nd Special Edition PocketJamie Countdown. Beware of dark humor.


#30: Torture Device PocketJamie – Don’t worry, lassies. That’s PJ’s stunt double hanging there.

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