After listening to Garnet explain love in the last episode, I couldn’t stop thinking about Ruby and Sapphire’s love story… I want an episode about it so bad, but I have a feeling we’ll never get it because THINK OF THE CHILDREN or some nonsense.
My head canon, based on Garnet’s love speech, is that Ruby and Sapphire didn’t get along at first. Their personalities are very different. But after fighting at each other’s side long enough (possibly after getting stranded on Earth), they started to care for each other. Over the FIVE THOUSAND YEARS they’ve been on Earth, their feelings grew and grew until they fell in love so completely, we now get Garnet.
We know they were Garnet by about… the 1700′s? Based on the shark/pirate painting. But I really want to know if they were Garnet when they decided to stay on Earth, or if they fell in love after.
Warning, I’m a spoilery reviewer and I leave nothing out so buyer beware… oh yeah, and this is hella long. Again. Sorry. Not sorry.
Have I ever mentioned to you good people how much I love great characterization? How much I love people on my shows talking to one another? People on my shows communicating, actually speaking words, even if they’re out of anger? How much I love actors who understand who their characters are? How much I love consistency in my characters? How much I love when characters do act out of character, it’s addressed?
Well if not, let me tell you, I love all of the above more than anything else when it comes to story telling, great plots without all of the above just leaves me feeling like what should have been a great meal, just turned out to be nothing but empty carbs. If I’m going to have carbs, I need that sucker to taste good, because carbs can be really bad for my ass and my waistline.
Anyway, yes, it appeared that not a lot happened in Lallybroch, from a plot perspective, but everything that happened, every conversation that was had, moved the story forward, and I was here for it. A lot of those conversations also moved me to tears, so the episode was brilliant on quite a few levels. I expected nothing less of course because this episode was written by Anne Kenney, who wrote the quite brilliant wedding episode. Let me just say, that I prefer these sorts of character-driven episodes, over the plot driven ones.
Anyway, without further rambling, let’s begin shall we?
What I Disliked?
1. That freaking sleeve thing that Claire was wearing when Jamie was telling her about BJR.
What the hell was it? It looked like somebody hadn’t quite finished pulling it up her arm. Yes, I know that many of the garments in those periods weren’t always stitched together, but still, it was hella distracting.
2. That we weren’t allowed to have a full episode of Jamie and Claire without one of them ending up in danger.
There’s enough danger coming, I’d have been happier if the show had ended at Claire’s declaration.
3. That the show ended after 57 minutes instead of giving me the full 60 minutes.
I’m greedy and I now have to wait a full week before the next one airs. What’s up with that mess? Also, there are now only four episodes left, not sure how the writers are going to manage to cram everything in, but I have faith.
What I loved With The Passion of A Thousand Burning Suns
1. The theme song.
Always and forever amen. That shit literally makes my heart soar and makes weep in appreciation whenever the vocals move in. I’ve mentioned it already, but even as I’m typing this, the tears are falling. Ugh. So freaking good.
2. I’ve just noticed that all the writers are also co Exec Producers of the show. I love Ronald D Moore. Truly.
3. The opening shot.
Scotland truly is God’s country isn’t it? So freaking beautiful. Apart from the fact that it’s colder than a witch’s tit, I’d live there any day.
4. Jamie: “And they just stay aloft like birds”
I know I’m not the only one who loved Claire telling Jamie about planes and all the modern progressions. The truth is, I could watch them talk about grass all day and I’d still be like…
Also, how pretty are my OTPs?
5. Jamie: “How old are you Sassenach, I never thought to ask.”
Oh Jamie, you are so 1744. ( apparently we entered a new year)
6. Claire: “I’m 27” (Yes I’m pretty sure we were all thinking the same thing, let it go) Jamie: “Och. I always thought you were about my age or younger.” Claire: "Are you disappointed?“ Jamie: "Nah. It’s just that when I’m 40, you’ll be 245.”
Jamie made a funny! I love him. Have I mentioned how much I love him?
7. Jamie and Claire getting off their horses when they were still miles away from Lallybroch.
I’m not gonna lie, I’d have stayed on those freaking horses until I got right to the door. Don’t judge me.
8. The flashbacks to Jack Randall molesting Jenny.
I forgot what a bastard BJR is, and I’m now petrified about Wentworth all over again.
9. Jamie: “There were rumors, that Randall had got Jenny with a bastard child.”
Hush, all children are precious Jamie.
10. Jamie: "Do you not think I’d suffered enough after what happened that you must name Randall’s bastard after me?“
Jamie, Sweetie, the kid is right there! Language!
11. Jenny: ”Randall’s bastard?“
She need not have said a word more. I could tell Jenny was about to blow. This was a hilarious encounter in the book, and poor Claire just stood trying to be anywhere but where she was right then. Siblings fighting is never a pretty thing. I used to beat my brother up regularly when we were kids. Don’t worry, he’s still with us, and we got past our childhood.
Can I just say how amazing Laura Donnelly was here? The freaking tension between these two was amazing, everything was literally telegraphed on her face.
Lol. Poor Claire. I could see the imaginary punch coming from her towards Jenny a la Allie McBeal’s dump truck. (Go look it up.)
13. Jenny: ”Do I have to do what I did when we were bairns? Grab you by the bollocks to make you stand still and listen to me?“ Jamie: "You’re now trying to shame me in front of my own wife?!?” Jenny: “Well if she’s your wife then I imagine that she’s more familiar with your balls than I am.”
Hahaha! Jenny’s got jokes! By the way, can I say how happy I was I was that Jenny didn’t actually grab Jamie’s balls like she did in the book. Also, I’m happy that they didn’t include the slaps too. We got what we needed to out of the scene without reverting to them physically fighting each other.
14. Ian: "It’s good to see you Jamie, you always knew how to make an entrance.“
15. Jamie feels slightly foolish now. Now be a good boy and apologize to your sister.
16. Ian: ”And this would be...“
Hahaha, Claire’s still salty about Jenny calling her that. As I would be too girl, as I would be too.
17. Ian: ”You drink whiskey?“ Claire: "I’ve been known to have a glass or two”
Hahaha! The understatement of that century I’m sure…
18. The tension between Jamie and Jenny back at the house though.
Stubborn fools the both of them.
19. Jamie: “What happened with Randall? I need to know.” Jenny: “Then I’ll tell you once, and never again.”
Honestly, I could live without Jenny telling me what happened between her and Jack Randall again. That shit hurts my soul.