Jamie’s Top 36 Looks from Outlander Episode 204: LA DAME BLANCHE

Before we get started, I’d like to acknowledge James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser’s 295th birthday today. As I have always favored mature Jamie, these excerpts from Diana Gabaldon‘s The Fiery Cross seem the most appropriate compilation of words to borrow for the occasion – an endearing and touching peek at Claire and Jamie on his big 5-0.

Jamie and Claire have many tender moments throughout the novel series, all of which Diana manages to make unique in her masterful way. This scene is particularly poignant because of the mention of Jamie’s father, Brian. For those who don’t want a glimpse into the future, skip ahead. But to Jamie – Happy Birthday, lad!

     I glanced sideways, careful not to move in case he was still asleep. He wasn’t. He was lying quite still, though, utterly relaxed, save for his right hand. He had this raised, and appeared to be examining it closely, turning it to and fro and slowly curling and uncurlng his fingers – as well as he could. The fourth finger had a fused joint, and was permanently stiff; the middle finger was slightly twisted, a deep white scar spiraling round the middle joint.

     His hand was callused and battered by work, and the tiny stigma of a nail wound still showed, pale-pink, in the middle of his palm. The skin of his hand was deeply bronzed and weathered, freckled with sun-blots and scattered with bleached gold hairs. I thought it remarkably beautiful.

     “Happy Birthday,” I said, softly. “Taking stock?”

     He let the hand fall on his chest, and turned his head to look at me, smiling.

     “Aye, something of the sort. Though I suppose I’ve a few hours left. I was born at half-six; I willna have lived a full half-century until suppertime.”

     I laughed and rolled onto my side, kicking the blanket off. The air was still delightfully cool, but it wouldn’t last long.

     “Do you expect to disintegrate much further before supper?” I asked, teasing.

     “Oh, I dinna suppose anything is likely to fall off by then,” he said, consideringly. “As to the workings . . . aye, well . . .” he arched his back, stretching, and sank back with a gratified groan as my hand settled on him. Continue reading Jamie’s Top 36 Looks from Outlander Episode 204: LA DAME BLANCHE

Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode 203: USEFUL OCCUPATIONS & DECEPTIONS

In Episode #203: USEFUL OCCUPATIONS AND DECEPTIONS, Sam Heughan‘s Jamie spends most of his time drinking, drinking then drinking some more. He’s very isolated in this episode, single-handedly attempting to stop a large scale Jacobite invasion. What’s most interesting about this episode (at least, to me) is Sam’s political persona. We all revel in his charisma and sultry looks as Jamie, but he must use his seductive skills to woo a Minister of Finance and a Prince without letting down his guard or abandoning his own principles.

While I miss sexy Jamie, I quite enjoyed Sam’s performance in this episode. Even when he’s in a room full of people, he acts alone, using his body language and subtle expressions to keep us engaged. In the end Jamie finds out he’s not alone at all. Claire is always with him.

It’s lovely to see the new “old” Jamie re-emerging. For your enjoyment, I present my favorite Top 29 of Jamie’s Looks for Episode 203 and one Murtagh.

#30: Murtagh’s Going to Find Something to Eat Face – Did he say something or someone? It’s hard to tell with his accent sometimes.

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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode 203: USEFUL OCCUPATIONS & DECEPTIONS

Episode #203: USEFUL OCCUPATIONS AND DECEPTIONS introduces three beloved characters to the Outlander saga – our favorite pickpocket Fergus (played by adorable French actor Romann Berrux), Mother Hildegard (the incomparable role taken on perfectly by English actress and, of course, puss-smelling canine medical assistant Bouton (aka Scamp).

Written by Anne Kenney and directed by Metin Hüseyin, this episode feels more like Season 1 to me than the first two episodes do, perhaps because Claire is back in blood and goo and Jamie is trying to take control of his future, as well as Scotland’s. This is a wonderful episode and sets the story on course for the remainder of the season. It’s full of back room political dealings, espionage intrigue, savory scenes of Paris, painted ladies, beautiful costumes and spectacular sets. Continue reading A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode 203: USEFUL OCCUPATIONS & DECEPTIONS

Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode 202: NOT IN SCOTLAND ANYMORE

Episode 202: NOT IN SCOTLAND ANYMORE explodes with vibrancy, culture, intrigue, darkness and a lot more humor. My favorite scene involves Jamie running into his old crush, Annalise de Marillac, at court. Sam Heughan’s expressions are priceless and jump from one hilarious face to the next. Personally, I think Murtagh steals the show. This is my favorite episode of his so far because we view him in such a wide range of situations from perilous to lascivious. Here’s hoping he gets some while in France.

Claire takes to the streets of Paris, looking gorgeous in her new wardrobe. Jamie and Murtagh don’t look too shabby either in their Parisian finery. Claire and Jamie’s new digs equate to a small palace. (What’s French for McPalace?) And I’m wondering if Murtagh prefers to sleep in the stable.

This is quite a different world which makes Season Two feel like a different show. The Frasers have adapted to their rich surroundings without any trouble, though, at the same time, seem out of place in this superficial environment. I’m eager for Claire to begin work at the hospital and for Jamie to find out his greatest enemy is not dead. Patience, I know.

Lots more Jamie in this episode, but I still donated a few spots to Murtagh and one other new character introduced at court. With that, here are my Top 30 Looks for Episode 202: NOT IN SCOTLAND ANYMORE. Enjoy!

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Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode 201: THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY

Outlander Season 2 is in full swing. I finally managed to hobble together 30 Top Looks from Episode 201: THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY. Due to the darkish nature of the episode and the limited screen time in the eighteenth century, I had to fill in some spots with a few other characters. As the season progresses, it’ll be all Jamie, all the time – with an occasional Murtagh here and there because how can I resist?

Because the blogosphere and mainstream news outlets have exploded with a complement of entertaining reviews and recaps, I will no longer be doing a second post. As this one is so late, I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Episode 201: THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY has a lot of ground to cover. I absolutely love the opening scenes between Claire and Frank, though I think the entire sequence could be a bit shorter. The extra scenes are great but I’m already worrying about a rushed ending – and that’s all I’ll say about that.

Jamie’s character is going through an interesting transition. He’s very withdrawn in this first episode, it being only days (maybe a week?) since his escape from Wentworth and their departure from the abbey. It will be interesting to watch him heal and overcome Jack’s contamination of his dreams and love life.

I would take the time to write more, but I’m already two episodes behind, so . . . maybe I’ll come back later . . . but by then, we’ll be onto new and exciting episodes with characters who won’t seem to die, characters we don’t want to die, more scenes from the future and lots of surprises (I’m sure).

I hope you enjoy my Top 30 Looks for Episode 201: THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY. Now that I’m caught up, I’ll try to stay caught up and hopefully add more of my two cents on each episode.

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Outlander Season 2 is Upon Us

If you’re a fan of Outlander (if . . . he he), you know the Season 2 on-air premiere is fast approaching. Given that, I decided to rev up my blogging engine following a wonderful Tribute to Outlander in Beverly Hills at the Writer’s Guild Theater Thursday evening with executive show runner Ron Moore, co-executive producer Maril Davis, producer/ writer Matt Roberts, co-executive producer/ writer Anne Kenney,  co-executive producer/ writer Toni Graphia, and a couple of other folks who may interest you – Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies and . . . oh, who else was there? . . . thinking . . . thinking . . . duh . . . Sam Heughan. That’s right. How could I forget? Sadly, co-executive producer/ writer Ira Stephen Behr was unable to attend for reasons not given. Also absent from the panel (and definitely missed) was best-selling novelist Diana Gabaldon due to the fact she is one of the busiest people in the world and cannot be in two places at once. Continue reading Outlander Season 2 is Upon Us

Meet Brianna Randall Fraser

After an exhaustive search for the perfect Brianna Randall Fraser, Outlander Starz has cast twenty-something, English beauty Sophie Skelton. Let’s all give the adorable brunette-turned-redhead a warm-hearted welcome to the Outlander family.

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