Thanks for reading. :-) Get some rest!
Editors don't have editors, so we make what are called "mistakes."
It was definitely hard to watch, and more bonding would have been healing, both for us and for Jamie. What was portrayed was only a mere fraction of what it took to bring him back to life, but he was also speaking to Claire far in advance of the time on the show in the book, so a lot was lost in translation. :-/
That's about what I was thinking earlier today. Book readers can survive knowing what they do because they have background as sustenance to live on while they wait for more meat to the relationship between the two lovers, whose love has not fully been portrayed on screen beyond sex scenes and conversations after traumatic incidents. It's the TV viewers who are being mislead, not knowing fully the reality of the relationship these two incredibly involved characters shared thanks to Diana Gabaldon. They had so many tiny, and what seemed to be inconsequential conversations, that made their life complete. Without them, viewers a missing an important part of who there are. I can only hope they realize that reading is fundamental and over the waning months before season 2 pick up the book to fill in the missing pieces. Even if they only skim the book, it should help with the bigger picture.
Hi Leon, I didn't mean I was glad OUTLANDER was over, as I believe it could have used a few more episodes devoted to Jamie's healing to really make it right. I meant, in specific, the past two episodes and the graphic torture depicted on screen, which I found unsettling and unpleasant to watch. Yes, I know life is full of unpleasant things, but the degree to which these are portrayed sometimes make me wonder. After a graphic rape, do we need to see the bones in each of Jamie's fingers jutting out at Claire attempts to set them or is an overview of the hand and said bones enough? Everyone has an opinion and I can only share my own. :-) Thanks for reading, Leon, and I don't think for a minute that you need worry about Randall representing the gay community. Anyone who goes there need not be heard.
What Diana accomplished in the aftermath of Jamie's attack far outweighed what was portrayed on screen and that was a mere blip in comparison to what was, in the book, hours of torture at the hands of Randall. I don't think I'm whitewashing her work by wishing there was more to Claire and Jamie before and after the torturous rape, but I can also understand others' appreciation of the work that appeared in the series. For me, the true beauty of the story always fell into what the two were able to do in the aftermath of what overcame them, not that they went through it in the first place.
There does seem to be a disconnect between the intimate moments (sans sex) and the other moments of the series, making me wonder if the writers truly understand what's going on with Jamie and Claire. :-/
Thanks, Kitty, for your comment. It was a hard review to write as I was torn between the obvious hard work that went into the portrayals of the scenes and the distance that has been placed on Claire and Jamie for too many episodes in the second half of Season 1. I witnessed the banter and fun between the leads last year at comic con and agree they have a tremendous rapport. I expected to see more of it during the season, making me wonder how much of that ended up on the cutting room floor.
Nope. Space (Canadian network) hasn't renewed it yet. I know part of their decision will hinge on Syfy's partnership, but hopefully not all of it!!
By the way, Elizabeth, my mom really enjoyed your review! ;-) You've passed the mom test!!
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