16 Days of Outlander - The Gathering
Be prepared for a list of many… this is one of my favorite episodes!
Favorite Interpretation/Variation on the Book: Dougal Getting Hit in the Head with a chair (In the book he kisses/forces his tongue down Claire’s throat.. I like her hitting him much better.)
Favorite Minor Character(s): Hamish MacKenzie and he wee friends chasing Claire about the grounds.
Favorite Clever Moment: Angus and the spiked Port
I love this scene. Claire’s cleverness is without parallel. The excited bounce from Angus as he believes Claire lets loose is too funny. Spitting out the mouthful she takes while Angus drowns himself in spiked port, perfect. I also love that she wasn’t afraid to say what she had done to it, she knew no one would know what that term meant and used it to her advantage.” Go on share it with all your friends” That’s right Angus, go knock out everyone with a very strong sleeping draft.
Favorite Jamie Moment: Je suis prest
Not only do I just love the way they styled Sam Heughan and his incredible acting in this scene, because let’s face it, it’s amazing; but I loved this part of the book as well. you can feel the tension coming from Claire, she doesn’t know what she’s done but it’s not good. This is another bonding part between the two of them. Jamie expressly gives her his clan motto without thinking about it. He WANTS her to know who he is, even when it’s dangerous for him to share any of that information. She knew the translation of his motto, but didn’t know enough of the clans to place it with a certain group, if she had his real identity would have been discovered much sooner, and I think Jamie was secretly hoping she would.
Favorite Book-to-Screen Moment (but I wish there was more): Jamie’s speech at the Gathering. In the book he was a little wittier but this scene was done wonderfully.
I love this scene in the book so much. The high tension you didn’t know why it was there, the speech he gives declaring himself an ally instead of a member of the clan, then draining the goblet of whiskey and stating “I’m fortunate enough to have aligned myself with a clan who has such fine taste in whiskey!” This scene still held the tension and all the characteristics of the book. Very well done.
Favorite Jamie/Claire Moment: The Stables
The reason I love this scene so much is how open Claire is with Jamie. He already knew she was ready to leave, but she tells him without hesitation. When she says that’s all I am just a Sassenach, and Jamie apologizes; I love her reaction that she knows he didn’t mean it in a condescending way, it’s his pet name for her. Everything about this scene I love.
Shinty. Do I need to list why this scene is a favorite?
Favorite Costume: Jamie leaving Leoch and Claire’s Coat with the Rent Party
There’s something about Jamie in this full Highland regalia that made me say “Wow” every time I looked at it. I love him with the Dun Bonnet, especially with the meaning that hat will hold in the coming years for him. Claire’s coat…can I have it? It’s gorgeous. She is the best dressed prisoner in the show, which is a complete deviation from the books, but a deviation I enjoy.