1.16 First Thoughts.
Sam Heughan was magnificent.
Caitriona Balfe was very good as well.
Love Murtaugh as always.
That’s the only positives I’m feeling right now.
IMO they butchered the end of the book. Murdered it, took it’s soul out and laughed a little, then fileted it and served it to us in jumbled peices.
I am going to watch again now, and I’m sure at least twice tomorrow including the live viewing, but I did not love it. I only even liked the performances. I’m sure a good chunk of that is bitterness about the book changes, but that is a double edged sword just heaping it all on that. I mean, yes, I’m displeased BUT it’s because the story itself suffered.
Jamie’s characterization suffered even more. I’m angry not so much about the fact that I didn’t see what I wanted but that non-readers don’t know how magnificent the story and Jamie’s strength of character is.
Jamie’s faith and rigid Catholism is a huge part of his character. And yet he jumps to the #1 cardinal sin by default? I don’t think so. Not my JAMMF.
I am truly surprised Diana is full throttle in support how they have weakened him.
Behr and RDM had no business writing this episode and even Anne Foerester’s direction didn’t save it for me.
I didn’t cry. I wasn’t nearly as affected by the performances or the actions as I was in 1.15 or even 1.06. The brutality and rape wasn’t pleasant to watch or even think about AT ALL but all of it didn’t come across as “real” to me. The first rape was raw and terrible, but once both actors were unclothed it didn’t read as convincing to me.
And I’m NOT putting that on Sam Heughan at all. He sold it. He was beyond amazing. But the writing and direction seemed lacking. And I hate to say it, but Tobias just didn’t sell it nearly as well as I thought he would. Most of you will probably disagree with me here, but he seemed very weird to me in this episode.
And to even think of putting Tobias in the same performance conversation with what Sam Heughan’s has done in these past two episodes is ridiculous. I’m sorry, but that is just my opinion. He was much better in 1.15 and throughout the season. Most notably in 1.06, 1.08 and 1.09.
The abbey was a mess story wise. I never had a problem really with them moving the location to Scotland (which is also just a story decision. No reason for them not to just have a travelling montage that ends off the coast of France just as easily) but they even took having an Abbot for an uncle away from Jamie.
It’s not enough to just have Jamie not nearly as educated or religious or mature, they felt the need to strip powerful family ties as well?
And I see why there was no Jamie/Claire sex. He wasn’t ready BY FAR nor was there time. I guess they thought we got enough of their passion in 1.07-1.10. Hell, we haven’t even seen them elude to any sexuality in their relationship at all since 1.11. I am not happy about that.
Jamie and Claire are passionate individuals and are very passionate as a couple. And it’s not just about the act of having sex, it’s the very real intimacy of their relationship at its deepest level. It’s why what Randall does to him and how he does it that it breaks Jamie so badly. He used that intimacy and made it a weapon. Without a foundation… As feared the story stuffered in the end.
What I am more unhappy about is the fact that we were right. This part of the story - which covers over 100 pages, or roughly 1/6 of the book - was rushed and they didn’t come even close to doing it justice. If DG feels differently then that’s her business, but even if I grow to appreciate this episode more I can promise you my opinion of that won’t change. This is what happens when you are given 16 episode then spend about 5 of those (2 complete episodes almost and bits and pieces along the way) “adapting” the story to make it your own.
I feel failed. By basically everyone but the actors.
Let the LOOOONNNNGGGG Withoutlander officially begin!